Adam's Family History
The Jenkins family originally from Warwickshire,
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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.
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.
Not found in
1881 British Census, so he was probabaly dead by then. His
occupation was surveyor according to his son Digby's death
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
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
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.
of the 1918 Raetehi fire.
of Harold Jenkins.