Adam's Family History


The Jenkins family originally from Warwickshire, England!

Welcome to my page. I have put this page to together in an effort to find more people interested in researching the following families.
This page is a work in progress. I will add more stories as I come across them.

Information I do have!

I believe they arrived in Wellington New Zealand from England sometime between 1885 and 1895. The exact date and ship remain a mystery at this stage.
Digby JENKINS married Hannah DAWES, they had a son Digby Hancock JENKINS he married Maria DUNNE. They emigrated to Wellington, New Zealand circa 1885. They had eight children; Harold, Constance, Gertrude, Mary, Anne, Digby, Bert, Edward. For a while they lived in the Otaki area but eventually they returned to Wellington.

Digby JENKINS (Senior)
Not found in 1881 British Census, so he was probabaly dead by then. His occupation was surveyor according to his son Digby's death certificate.
Digby Hancock JENKINS
I found a christening record through a search of the Latter Day Saints "Family Search" website.The record gives the date 26 July 1844, and location, Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwick, England; it also indentifies his parents as Digby JENKINS and Hannah. In England he worked as a commercial Clerk in Solihull near Birmingham. A death notice pasted inside Maria DUNNE's diary gives the following information "JENKINS On Oct 7th 1922 at Apu Cresent, Lyall Bay the Rev. Digby Hancock JENKINS aged 78 years. On arrival in New Zealand I believe they had a farm near Otaki where Digby became a lay preacher. From the death notice it seems he later became a Reverent in Wellington.
According to Maria's death certificate her father was dead at the time of her wedding. She was born in Clonmel, Ireland around 1843. Her father was Edward DUNNE and her mother was Anne POWELL. Her father apparently was a Presbytarian Minister. She married Digby around 1871 in Bristol, England. Maria kept a small diary with some important dates recorded.
Sample page from Maria Jenkins diary.

According to their marriage certificate they were both Maori Missionaries at time of marriage. This ties in with a story from Harold junior about he and his sister being left with a Maori couple for a few days on the Wanganui River as flood waters delayed their parents return.
Harold would ocasionally have to leave his family in Raetihi and travel around the North Island in his capacity as a Maori interpreter. During one of these trips to the Napier area he heard of a large fire in Raetihi which apparently had killed everyone in the town. Fortunately this report was wrong but it was a very grave situation for his family. His elder daughter put together an account of the Raetihi fire.

Account of the 1918 Raetehi fire.
Photo of Harold Jenkins.