Topic: Hannah Barnes (nee Law) (1816-1867)

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Widow Hannah Bell emigrated to New Zealand in 1859. Nine years earlier, her first husband had been accidentally killed when he fell off a steeple. She was my third great grandmother - Debbie McCauley (2013).

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Hannah Law was born in South Kirby, Yorkshire, England, in 1816. She was christened there on 19 August 1816. Her parents were Michael (1791-?) and Mary Law (nee Dickensen).

On 11 February 1834, Hannah married John Bell (c1810-1850) in South Kirby, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. They had six children together:

  1. Richard Bell (1834-?). Born in 1834, Richard was christened on 15 June 1834.  He was aged 25 when he arrived in New Zealand aboard the Oriental in 1859
  2. George Bell ( - ).
  3. William Bell (1839-?). Born in 1839, William was christened on 17 November 1839.
  4. Ann Bell (1842-?). Born in 1842, Ann was christened on 20 February 1842.
  5. Mary Bell (1844-?). Born in 1844, Mary was christened on 14 July 1844.  She was aged 15 when she arrived in New Zealand aboard the Oriental in 1859.
  6. Edward Bell (1847-1912). Born in 1847, Edward was christened on 31 January 1847 in South Kirby, Yorkshire, England. He was aged 12 when he arrived in New Zealand aboard the Oriental in 1859. Edward married Mary Watt (1860-1949) in Turakina on 19 May 1881 (reg. 1881/1569). He was a farmer. Edward died at Orini, aged 65, on 20 May 1912 (reg. 1912/2281) and was buried in Taupiri Cemetery on 22 May 1912.

John was a contractor and was killed when he fell off a Doncaster steeple in 1850.

Hannah, along with her children Mary, Richard and Edward, emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Oriental, arriving on 10 February 1859. The Oriental was built in 1830. On 12 February 1859 the Otago Witness reported it's arrival in Lyttleton: 

Feb 10 - Oriental, Macey, from London with 8 puncheons whiskey, 8 cases British manufactures, 5 pkg furniture, besides a full cargo for Canterbury. Passengers - John and Duncan Maines, F. Golding, Harriett, Mary, Richard, and Edward Bell. The "Oriental" arrived at the Heads on Wednesday morning, having left the Downs on the 1st November. The greater portion of her cargo and passengers are for Canterbury. We regret to learn that one of the apprentices fell from the royal yard into the sea, and was drowned. (Otago Witness, 12 February 1859, p. 4)

On 15 July 1861 (reg. 1861/1628), Hannah had a second marriage to John Barnes (1817-1889) at the Episcopal Church in Dunedin, Otago.

Hannah died in Queen Street, North East Valley, Dunedin, aged 51, on 23 August 1867 (reg. 1867/2699). Her death notice appeared in the Otago Daily Times on 26 August 1867: 

DIED. On the 23rd August, at Queen street; North-east Valley, Hannah, the wife of John Barnes, contractor, aged 51, late of South Kirkley. Home papers please copy. (Otago Daily Times, 26 August 1867, p. 4)

Hannah Law (1816-1867) headstone

Hannah was buried in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery on 27 August 1867 (Block 1P, Plot 15). The following people are buried in the same plot:

  • Emma Barnes: burial 28 August 1859.
  • Susan Barnes: 26 years, burial 16 March 1861 - First wife of John Barnes.
  • Emma Barnes: 9 years, burial 8 August 1864 - Daughter of Emma Barnes who died in 1868.
  • Emma Barnes: 46 years, burial 30 August 1868 - Third wife of John Barnes.
  • James Black Hanson: burial 26 January 1883.
  • John Barnes: 72 years, burial 18 November 1889 - Hannah Law's second husband.
  • Elizabeth Barnes: 75 years, burial 24 July 1903 - Fourth wife of John Barnes.

Hannah Law (1816-1867) grave

John Barnes died in Dunedin, aged 72, on 18 November 1889 (reg. 1889/3178). He was buried with Hannah, along with his other wives and family, in Dunedin's Southern Cemetery on 20 November 1889. The notes recorded on his cemetery record are: Native of Stockport, Lancashire, England. Arrived on Nourmahal in 1858 at Port Chalmers. Occupation: Carter and Contractor. Ex Mayor (1885), On Council from 1866.

From: Dunedin’s 19th Century Mayors: Barnes, John (1885) b. Stockport, 24.12.1817; emigrated to Port Chalmers in May 1858; began business as carter and contractor, ferrying goods to the goldfields, and contracting for public works. Elected to Town Board in 1863 & the new Town Council 1866, also being appointed inspector of works in 1877, and ultimately mayor in 1885, despite his ‘crudity of language, hot temper and lack of social graces’. His propensity, as an elected officeholder, to become actively involved in contracts led to a notable tragedy in 1886. Two women were killed by rocks from a mishandled Dowling St blasting operation being supervised by Barnes's son, who had replaced the established foreman. Barnes himself d. at Dunedin on 18.11/1889, having never recovered from a fall from a horse at Milton 18 months earlier. Cyclopedia, 1905, pp. 99, 104, 108; Fenwick, pix p. 34,; Civic Enterprise, pp. 76, 102 (+pix after p. 112); see Jane Thomson papers.  



Births, Deaths and Marriages Online.

Dunedin Cemetery Records Online.

Dunedin's 19th Century Mayors.

Otago Daily Times (26 August 1867).

Otago Witness (12 February 1859).

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Hannah Barnes (nee Law) (1816-1867)

First Names:Hannah
Last Name:Law
Date of Birth:1816
Place of Birth:South Kirby, Yorkshire
Country of birth:England
Date of death:23 August 1867
Place of death:Queen Street, North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand
Place of burial:Southern Cemetery, Dunedin
Family Surname:Bell
First settled:Dunedin
Date of Arrival:10 February 1859
Name of the ship:Oriental
Port of arrival:Lyttleton
Sailed from:London
Spouses name:John Bell and John Barnes
Spouses date of birth:c1810
Spouses date of death:1850
Spouses place of death:Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Spouses place of burial:England
Spouses nationality:English
Date of marriage:11 February 1834
Place of marriage:South Kirby, England
Fathers name:Michael Law
Fathers date of birth:November 1791
Mothers name:Mary Dickensen
Name of sibilings:William Law, Mary Law, and Esther Law
Name of the children:Edward Bell, Richard Bell, George Bell, William Bell, Ann Bell, and Mary Bell