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David was a bachelor, and had no children. 
Hanify, David John Page (I1801)
 
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David was baptised by the Reverend David Bruce of the Presbyterian Church, Auckland, being the first child whom he baptised.

He was a farmer in the Gisborne district from 1892, having initially farmed in the Ellerslie district then been in business in Napier. David and his wife Mary (nee Mossman) were pioneer settlers in the Hangaroa district.

The following biography is an extract of an article by Rowan Mossman, sent to Rex Sinnott 19 Apr 2017. The original article also contains photos and documents which greatly enhance the story of this coupe and their children.

Mary Esther Mossman October 1858 in Kingston Canada, died 17 February 1946 in Gisborne.

Mary Esther Mossman was the 4th child and first daughter of parents Thomas and Eleanor and was born in Kingston Ontario in Canada in October 1858. She came to New Zealand with her parents and siblings as an 8 year old in 1866. During her time in Auckland she met David Bruce Watt who was the son of an Auckland Jeweller and Scottish immigrant James Haldane Watt. Bruce had been born in Auckland on 11 February 1853. In 1876 he lived at Great South Road in Auckland where he was a farmer in the Ellerslie district. Mary’s uncle, the well to do Mr James Dilworth did not approve in any way of their romance and saw young Bruce Watt as a totally unsuitable match for his niece. He arranged for Mary to be sent down to Waipawa in Southern Hawkes Bay where her parents Thomas and Eleanor had moved to, following a stint farming in the Waikato. Bruce followed Mary to Hawkes Bay and the couple were married from Mary’s parents residence at Waipawa on 13 October 1880. Bruce was 27 and Mary 21 at the time of their wedding, Mary’s brother Willie and sister Isabella were the witnesses to the occasion.

James Dilworth decided that, as a consequence to his niece’s marriage, to cut her out of his will. He was a very well off man and his estate worth thousands of pounds.
Mary and Bruce first established their home in Napier where Bruce set himself up running a bakery. His background or training in this field is unclear; In 1881 he had secured an interest in a bakery business and established himself in business.

Mary and Bruce Watt had the following 7 daughters:

Mary Eleanor “Ella” Watt born 26 September 1881 (died 21 April 1949)
Edith Jane “Jean” Watt born on 5 April 1884 died (17 October 1968)
Beatrice Isabella “Isa” Watt born 3 February 1886 (died 13 January 1981)
Minnie Evelyn Watt born 8 December 1887 (died 23 July 1980)
Charlotte Letitia “Letty” Watt born 11 September 1889 (died 18 March 1970)
Dorothy Ursula Watt born 3 November 1891 (died 31 August 1975)
Elsie Elizabeth Mercy Watt born 20 June 1893 (died 25 January 1987)

In late 1887 Bruce sold the bakery business

Bruce and Mary together with their 5 oldest daughters then moved to Gisborne, their last two daughters Dorothy and Mercy both being born there. In Gisborne Bruce took up farming taking on a largely undeveloped property at Hangaroa known as ‘Cheviot Hills’ around 48 kilometers from Gisborne but relatively close to Waerenga-o-kuri where Mary’s older brother Willie Mossman was living and had inherited the Laurels property through uncle James Dilworth. In 1899 Bruce who had become a well-recognised settler in the area was appointed a J.P.

Mary and Bruce brought up their family at Cheviot Hills and developed the property. Later in 1908 the family moved to Patutahi where Bruce had acquired a small farmlet known as ‘Waitaka’ from Mary’s brother Willie Mossman.

Waitaka was situated off Elmers Road close to the Waipaoa river. Bruce was highly respected within Gisborne, 5 of their daughters were married from ‘Waitaka’. Later they sold this property and moved into a large 2 storey house known as ‘Arnloss’ situated at 253 Stout Street Gisborne. Bruce passed away at 72 years of age on 8 October 1925. Following his death the two unmarried daughters Ella and Dorothy both spent time at Arnloss looking after their widowed mother. Mary outlived Bruce by some 20 years. She died in Gisborne on 17 February 1945 aged 87. 
Watt, David Bruce (I6173)
 
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Dennis Jacombs noted that John died as an infant - this conflicts with his marriage to Sarah Newark. 
Jacombs, John (I2348)
 
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Dermod Gavan Duffy was probably named after Charles Gavan Duffy, a Victoria MP at the time Dermod's father Michael was alive. Michael, like Charles, was a staunch Irish Republican.
Dermod served in the NSW artillery in the late 1880s, but deserted after less than 2 years. A deserters notice in the NSW Police Gazette of 12 Feb 1890 for no. 1671 Gunner Dermod Gavan Hanify described him as 21 years of age, 5 ft 6 1/2 inches high, hazel eyes, fair hair, fair complexion; a surveyor's assistant; dressed in plain clothes.
Note that his brother Hugo was a surveyor's assistant in the mid 1880s.

Dermod was listed in the Victoria Police Gazette in the quarter ending Dec 1887 - he had been charged with housebreaking.

In the late 1890s, Dermot was in Auckland, New Zealand, and was also a gumdigger at Hakaru in Northland. From at least 1905, he lived in Queensland, first at Nymbool and later at Townsville and Kalamia. He was a cook. In 1907 he married Mary Cremer at Chillagoe, 300km west of Cairns.

He enrolled for WW1 service in the Australian Imperial Force on 29 Nov 1916. At that time he was living with Mary Margaret at Perkins Street (c/- George Stevens), South Townsville. He served in the 42 Infantry Battalion - 7 and 8 Reinforcements, from February to June 1917. He embarked at Sydney on the HMAT Wiltshire.

After the war, Dermod returned to Townsville, and continued to work as a cook. In 1925 he was in Kalamia. He died in May 1925 when he fell from the wharf and struck his head against the ship where he worked, the Adelaide Steamship Co's barge Oura. The cause of death was drowning and cardiac failure.

Neither the report in The Brisbane Courier, nor his death entry, named any children, though the Courier noted that he had a grown-up family and was a returned soldier. 
Hanify, Dermod Gavan Duffy Page (I1762)
 
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Descendants of William and Ann are in Perth, Australia, possibly emigrated in 1967. Dennis Jacombs gives William and Ann's marriage date given as 11 Feb 1731, compared to IGI - 14 Feb 1731. 
Jacom, William (I2385)
 
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Dilworth had been engaged to his first cousin Nell Stubbs, however this wedding did not eventuate due to his premature death. He died while serving in World War One on 19 May 1915 at the age of 21 in Gallipoli. He is buried at Walker's Ridge Cemetery, Anzac in Turkey. 
Mossman, James Dilworth Bradley (I9587)
 
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Doctor Rowland S., who was physician to Queen Mary, received from her a grant, in 1558, of Roslare Manor. 
Scurlock, Dr. Rowland (I12641)
 
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Dom Placid Sinnott took his grand nieces Elizabeth and Catherine Druhan and their Rossiter cousin from Kilmore away to convents when they were young. The Rossiter is assumed to be Catherine, as she is the only known daughter of Michael and Margaret (Sinnott).

In a report on the investiture of Elizabeth Druhan as abbess of Kylemore Abbey in 1941, there is mention of a cousin of the Abbess, Dame M. Aloysia, who was also at Ypres and had died at Macmine, County Wexford, after she had gone there with the Order over 20 years ago. This is probably a reference to Catherine. 
Rossiter, Catherine (I4042)
 
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Dora was said to be a school teacher, but she is not on the State on-line Teachers Roll. She could possibly have taught in a Catholic school as a lay person. 
Hanify, Dora May Page (I59)
 
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Dorothea Creed-Jacobs was one of four daughters of George Creed-Jacobs and Mary Gesch. George was the first Creed-Jacobs generation - a son of Charles Alfred Jacobs and Alice Maud Creed.

Dorothea married Geoffrey Hargreaves on 21 Apr 1941 at Maryborough. They had a daughter Carol Ann, born in 1942.

Dorothea's husband-to-be, Pablo de la Rosa, arrived in Australia in Jan 1942 on a Red Cross hospital ship. He had been serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Philippine Islands. He was assigned to the 2nd Air Force and met Dorothea while assigned to the 4th Air Depot in 1942 in Townsville.

Dorothea had a son, Barry Bak, on 24 Jul 1943 at Townsville. Barry was born prematurely and lived for only 8 hours.

In the 1943 electoral roll, Geoffrey Clarence Hargreaves was at North Aramara, Wide Bay, labourer, and his mother Christina was at Aramara. Dorothea is not on the roll.

Geoffrey and Dorothea had different addresses in Geoffrey's 1944 passport application - he was in Brisbane and she was in Townsville.

All of this indicates that Geoffrey and Dorothea's marriage was short-lived.

Dorothea travelled from Sydney to San Francisco on the USS Marine Phoenix, arriving there on Dec 1947, according to shipping records. Pablo met her there the next day. She was travelling under the name Dorothea Bak (it is unclear how she got a passport in that name), and Carol Ann was not on the passenger list. She listed her occupation as waitress, and named Paul (most likely Pablo) Delarosa as a friend. They married on 14 Dec 1947. Dorothea became a naturalised US citizen in 1950 at San Antonio, Texas.

She served as Private First Class in the US Army Air Corps.

According to www.familysearch.org (United States Public Records) Dorothy Delarosa, also known as Dorothea M Delarosa (born 7 Aug 1923), lived at 406 Clower, San Antonio, Texas 78212 from 1 May 1993 to 1 Jan 2009. This is the same address and about the same time period as Pablo. She also had a second address: 410 Paschal St # 1, San Antonio, Texas 78212 from 1 Apr 1968 to 1 Jun 2001.

Dorothea's burial place, Sam Houston National cemetery, is a "United States national cemetery". This is a designation for 147 nationally important cemeteries in the United States. A national cemetery is generally a military cemetery containing the graves of U.S. military personnel, veterans and their spouses but not exclusively so. 
Creed-Jacobs, Dorothea Maud (I8611)
 
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Dorothea died aged 6 weeks. 
Purtell, Dorothea Josephine (I7569)
 
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Dorothy was born in Maryborough on 7th October 1917 and was baptised at St Matthews Lutheran church Maryborough on 4th January 1920. She married John William Baker (born on 28 August 1904) on the 15th October 1953 at Brisbane Queensland.

Throughout their live they were known by all family member as “Auntie Dolly” and “Uncle Jack”. They had no children. Jack was a retired member of the Australian Air Force and was on a Veterans pension. Dolly worked at Webster’s biscuit factory in Brisbane for a substantial period of her life.

Jack at age 85 years passed away at his home on 4th September 1989. Dolly at age 88 years died at home on the 18th October 2005. 
Pohlmann, Dorothy Ruth (I7307)
 
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Dorothy never married. 
Watt, Dorothy Urcilla (I6199)
 
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Dudley was an engineer. He lived in Victoria. 
Richardson, Dudley Gardiner (I5171)
 
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During World War 1, George made diary notes of his trip to Port Said on the troopship Willochra, then on to Marseilles on the Kinfauns Castle. 
Aldridge, George Patrick (I182)
 
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Edith Ellen Beatrice was born in Melbourne in 1871. She travelled from Adelaide to London on the ship Hesperus in 1883 with her parents and five siblings, including Millicent who was born en route. Family oral history suggests that Beatrice was educated overseas for singing. She went to France for some three years for finishing school and was fluent in French. Perhaps she also had singing lessons there. It seems likely that, after arriving with her parents in England in 1883, she went to France by boat between 1883 and 1893.

Roma (daughter of Albert Vincent) comments but is probably paraphrasing Muriel (daughter of Rudolph):

"... Edith was a pianist and a soprano ... ”

Musical career in New Zealand

Beatrice was with her parents in Dunedin in 1893 – so was Vincent, at least by June 1894, when he performed in the opera “Maritana”. In June, Mrs Richardson and Miss Beatrice Richardson advertised as teachers of pianoforte. Pupils were received at View Street, Moray place.

In early September 1893 William Albert announced his first Grand Operatic Concert in Dunedin, to be performed on 25 October in the Garrison Hall. The programme included duets by William Albert, and a solo and duets (not with Albert) by Beatrice. Albert was the conductor, and the accompanists were Albert and his wife.

The concert received a generally favourable review from the Otago Daily Times. Beatrice was said to have a nice soprano voice, but rather thin in quality. Albert’s duets were greatly enjoyed, the performers receiving a recall for the second one. The duet “Oh, Maritana” was tastefully sung by Miss Richardson and Mr Blenkinsopp. The duet “My sufferings and sorrows” by Miss Richardson and W. Woods was heartily appreciated.

In early March 1894 William Albert announced the first chorus rehearsals for a production of the opera “Maritana”. The cast probably included Beatrice. “Maritana” opened on 20 June at the Princess Theatre, for a four night season. Beatrice played the principal role of Maritana, and Albert conducted. On the second and fourth night, Vincent Richardson played the part of the King of Spain.

The Otago Daily Times review of the opening night noted that attendance at the opera was “decidedly satisfactory” given the competition from a series of concerts on the same week. The opera had its amusing points, but there were also very many creditable points about it. The orchestra and chorus performed well. With more power, Beatrice would make a good Maritana, but she conscientiously and earnestly strove for success, and gave a performance which was quite commendable, as far as her physical attributes would permit. She sang sweetly, and received (but declined) one encore.

The review of the second performance noted the capital attendance, and that the audience was appreciative, with frequent and spontaneous applause throughout the evening. Blemishes common in amateur productions were conspicuous by their rarity.

The review of the third night gave it a warm commendation. Beatrice, in the title role, acted with grace and abandon, while her singing was likewise of a satisfactory

In March 1895, William Albert announced the inauguration in Auckland of a series of Grand Operatic Concerts, on the same scale as his concerts over the previous 15 years at Melbourne, Adelaide etc.

By April, the “Maritana” rehearsals were progressing satisfactorily. There were to be 2 full casts of principals. Beatrice Richardson and Madame Florence Anderson were cast as Maritana, and Vincent Richardson and A. Horton Busby as Don Jose. The opera was to be produced at the Opera House on 1 July and the rest of that week.

In June, the Observer noted that Miss Beatrice Richardson, who earned golden opinions of her impersonation of Maritana in Dunedin and Melbourne, would make her debut in grand opera in Auckland.

The Evening Star review of the opening night considered the production “fairly successful”, but was not appreciated as much as it might have been, as “Maritana” had been staged frequently by travelling companies with the best singers seen in Auckland. Mr Richardson conducted the orchestra ably, and Beatrice performed well, with one of her songs being encored. She “spoke her words naturally and distinctly, and did not appear to be so much affected with nervousness as some of the others did”.
The review of the second night noted that the production, by a new cast of amateurs, showed much improvement on the opening night. The acting was not as good, but the music was on the whole a great deal better. Vincent Richardson as Don Jose was more successful with his singing, in which he did excellently, than his acting. On the whole he made an interpretation of the part of Don Jose that was a feature of the performance.

The third night’s performance was immeasurably better than the previous two. There was another large attendance. Beatrice Richardson, in the title role, made a very successful and acceptable interpretation.

The Observer considered that the production of “Maritana” by amateurs was very much to Mr Richardson’s credit, and had positive comments on Beatrice and Vincent. The title role alternated between Beatrice Richardson and Florence Anderson, both of whom were very successful. It seemed that there had been a deliberate and organised attempt to discredit the show, but from a musical point of view, there was much in it to enjoy.

On 8 July, Albert announced that “by unanimous request” there would be farewell performances on 9 and 10 July. However, these performances were postponed due to Albert’s indisposition.

“Maritana” was re-scheduled for 10 and 12 August, and then two Grand Final Performances on 30 and 31 August. The cast included Beatrice (on the 31st), Vincent (both nights), and also Mr Hampton (both nights) as the Marquis in his first appearance on stage.

The Auckland Star reported that the final performance was well attended, the opera was well produced throughout, with the singing and acting being very creditable. The Observer gave a more detailed review. The two final performances played to large and enthusiastic audiences.
“On Saturday night, Miss Beatrice Richardson, as Maritana, was in splendid voice, and achieved a brilliant success, her artistic singing and vivacious acting being the feature of the performance. Mr Vincent Richardson, as Don Jose, and Mr Archie Kent, as Don Caesar, were also heard at their best, and, by their splendid performances, contributed in no small degree to the success of the opera ”.

On 21 September, the Observer noted the probability of Beatrice Richardson appearing shortly at the Melbourne Exhibition Concerts, as she had recently received a very lucrative offer of engagement from one of the leading impresarios in that city. It is not known if she took up that engagement.

Marriage in New Zealand

In 1895, Beatrice signed a Notice of Intention to Marry with Herbert Robert Hampton. He was probably the Mr Hampton who was in the Auckland cast of “Maritana” as the Marquis on 30 and 31 August 1895, in his first appearance on stage.

They married in 1895. The marriage was strongly opposed by the groom’s widowed mother Mary Jane Hampton who objected to the Catholicism of the bride. Mary Jane was strongly Presbyterian being a transplanted Mancurian to New Zealand. Sadly Mary Jane severed all contact with her only son and his new wife. It is not known whether they reconciled before Mary Jane’s death in 1905. Interestingly Bert Hampton only converted to Catholicism on his deathbed in 1916. The religious schism continued into the following generation when Beatrice’s son Herbert Ivan took an Anglican for his bride.

Their first child Herbert Ivan (known as Ivan) was born in Wellington in Feb 1901. Zoe Olga was born in 1902 and Horace Royale in 1905, both in Auckland. In 1905 the family was living in Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

From New Zealand to Australia

In 1906 the Hampton family moved to Australia, spending approximately a year and a half in Brisbane, Queensland where it is assumed they met their Richardson grandparents for the first time, and then to New South Wales.

Edith Ellen Beatrice was widowed early in 1916 and married Alfred George Dean Hooper in 1923. Alf Hooper was a brother of Minnie Hooper the ballet mistress for J C Williamson's theatre company. He suffered from polio as a child, could not write, spoke with a slight speech impediment, slight limp. The family wondered what Beatrice saw in him.

Edith went prematurely grey and started to dye her hair henna red. Her granddaughter Patti recalls having a conversation with her when she decided to stop using dye, "her hair had turned a beautiful snowy white."

Beatrice's daughter Zoe and Zoe's daughter Patricia lived with Beatrice – at least in the 1940s.

Beatrice and Alfred lived in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood from at least 1930. Beatrice died there in 1962. 
Richardson, Edith Ellen Beatrice (I3294)
 
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Edith lived for only 13 weeks. 
Jacombs, Edith Wilkinson (I4147)
 
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Edmond married Grany, daughter of Barnaby Fitzpatrick, first Lord of Upper Ossory. They had 8 sons and 8 daughters. More details are in Lodge's The Peerage of Ireland vol II: A Genealogical History of the Present Nobility of that Kingdom (1754), pages 255-268 (Butler, Viscount Mountgarret). 
Butler, Edmond 2nd Viscount Mountgarret (I11560)
 
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Edmund’s birth year is estimated on the assumption that Edmund would have been about 17 in 1832, when Fr Patrick Sinnott (Dom Placid) wrote to his brother Robert about Edmund becoming a priest (see below). The Lady's Island baptism register has no entries 1815-1825.
This is consistent with an entry in a list provided to Adelia Yates bout 2015 by Leandro Betemps, a researcher in Pelotas, who wrote an historical thesis about the French colony in that city:
"Edmundo (Edward) *1815 + antes de 1894 Pelotas" (* meaning born, + meaning died)
However, in a “List of settlers sent to our state of Rio Grande do Sul by João Francisco Froes under the auspices of Mr. Chief of Brigade John Pascoe Greenfeld and destined to the new colony formed in that state by the Associação Pelotense de Colonização” the names of John and Edmund Sinnott appear - at ages of 30 (John) and 45 (Edmund).  The settlers arrived about 1850.

An article in the Wexford People newspaper on 13 Oct 1978, quoting an old letter, states:
“Fr Sinnott [Michael - Dom Placid] seemed to be most anxious that Richard's [Robert’s] son Edmund would also become a priest [Dom Placid was probably meaning Robert's younger brother Edmund].  In one letter written in 1832, from Ampleforth College, he [Dom Placid] states: "I wish Edmund to begin the Latin grammar immediately.  I may perhaps send for him before Christmas, to come to Ampleforth College.  You [Robert] will be able to pay 10 pounds a year for four years.  I will endeavour to find a charitable person to pay 15 pounds a years for the same length of time.  I hope that in Edmund neither avocation to the religions and ecclesiastical life, nor the power nor the will to succeed will be found wanting."
The letter continues: "As there will be no one in Nethertown to teach him, John Murphy having left, he had better take a walk down to Churchtown every night or evening.  Mr Fortune will not, I am sure, have any objection to teaching him for a short time."
 
The article names Edmund as a son of Robert (Fr Sinnott's brother) but is more likely to be Robert's younger brother Edmund. Edmund the son was born either 1831 (death cert) or 1841 (Lady's Island register).  The 1832 date of the letter is consistent with Fr Sinnott's known location at Ampleforth then. 
 
Edmund is mentioned in a letter from his brother William received by their sister Catherine on 25 July 1840, and quoted by Catherine in her letter to their brother Michael.  William had gone to Edward with a picture the evening he received Catherine’s letters (5 Jul 1840).  Edmund was delighted with it and happy to hear that Catherine’s health was returning.  It is possible that Catherine had sent the picture to William.
 
Michael forwarded this news to Robert in his letter of 31 July 1840, and also noted that he had received a letter from Edmund on 29 July, saying that William had sailed that morning for Jamaica and that he expected to be in Liverpool again in the course of 6 or 7 months.  This indicates that Edmund was writing from Liverpool.
 
William wrote to his brother Robert on 14 June 1849, enclosing five pounds for Edmund.  The letter was about emigration from Ireland to Argentina, so the payment may have related to Edmund’s intention to emigrate.

Edmund was issued a passport at Liverpool by Brazilian Consul General on 15 Feb 1850 - also named on the document were Peter Connor, Anastasia Connor, Andrew Kelly and Elizabeth Kelly (but the writing is difficult to read). Edmund was 45 years old, 68 inches (1.72m) tall, had blue eyes, a regular nose and an oval face with a thick beard.

Edmund Sinnot is named as one of the first settlers in colônia Dom Pedro II in a document dated 23 Feb 1850 which is in the  Instituto Histórico do Rio Grande do Sul.  The document is a report by the surveyor that measured the settlers' land parcels. Edmund is one of the 35 first settlers. His "dacta" (land parcel) was number 5. Also noted on the document are:
Nicholas Murphy - dacta no. 3;
Hugh Pierce - dacta no. 7;
Diogo Main - dacta no. 47;
and 4 with birth names cut off: Kerwin, Myler, Rogers, Parle.
This information and photo of the document was provided by Adelia Yates in Sep 2015.

Adelia had earlier advised that, in 1852, Edmund arrived at Monte Bonito Colony in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.  He arrived on the ship "Irene", but it was probably not an ocean-going ship, more likely it travelled from Rio de Janiero.  Nothing is known of his time at the colony, and it may be doubtful if he was there, in light of the evidence of his settling at Dom Pedro II.

He later married Elizabete and there are now many Sinnott descendants in Brazil. Edmund was known as Edmundo in Brazil.

There is an old dam at Monte Bonito, known as the Sinnott dam. It is owned by Serviço Autônomo de Saneamento de Pelotas (SANEP), a provider of drinking water to the public.

A researcher in Pelotas, Brazil has found more details about an Edmund Sinnott. He is said to have married Helen in Ireland, then the couple emigrated to Brazil. His 2nd marriage was in Brazil, to Elisabete Herlles, and they had 3 sons:
Anibal born 1857, married Helena Meyler;
Miguel born 1852 married Ana Anicetti; and
André.

In a collection of Edmund's letters held by a descendant in Brazil is a form letter dated 8 Apr 1854 concerning the Wexford New Catholic Churches - the Immaculate Conception and St John the Baptist at Rowe Street, and the Assumption, St Michael, St Patrick and St Bridget at King Street. In the letter, James Roche P.P. quotes a Papal benediction and asks for donations towards the two new Parochial churches of Wexford.

Edmund received a letter dated 15 Nov 1872 from James Roche P.P. regarding subscribers in Monte Bonito to Wexford churches

Edmund subscribed to the Roman Catholic magazine "The Weekly Register" (Jul-Dec 1885, receipt 16 Oct 1886) based in London. The subscription receipt was for £1 12 6d, so probably included the cost of postage to Brazil for the 26 weekly editions (cost 6s 6d at 3d each).

Edmund and his wife Elisabete both died before 1894.


In a letter dated 31 July 1840 from Michael Sinnott to his brother Robert, Edmund is mentioned as having a letter received by Michael on 30 July, 1840. William went with a picture to Edmund on 5 July; Edmund was very happy with it (this presumably took place in Liverpool while William was in port). Michael says that the contents of letters from Robert and Edmund make up the deficiencies of William's as regards news of Ireland.

Edmund (son of Michael Sinnot and Mary Murphy) is assumed to be the same person as Edmundo Sinnott of Brazil (married Elizabete), on a chart provided by Roberto de Castro Sinnott to Rex Sinnott in October 2011. All of the information on Edmund's descendants is from Roberto. 
Sinnott, Edmund (I1108)
 
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Edward was 22 when his father died on 30 Jun 1599 (Lodge (1754), page 256, footnote (b)). Edward was Baron of Kayre in County Wexford.

According to John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland vol II (London, England, R. Bentley (for Henry Colburn), 1836) at page 124 - Shee of Cloran:
'Catherine, the eldest, who espoused Edward Butler, of Moneyham, in the county of Wexford, eldest son of Pierce Butler, third son of Richard, first Viscount Mountgarret, which Edward died 9th September, 1628, leaving issue, Pierce, Richard, Mary, and Joan.' 
Butler, Edward Esq. (I10103)
 
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Edward was 3 months old when the 1881 census was held. 
Holmes, Edmund (I10070)
 
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Elaine is the only child of Walter referred to in the will of Judith Jacombs. Walter's will is in Birmingham Central Library. Walter died at 18 Mayfield Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham on 31 Jan 1912 and left his effects to his wife Sarah. 
Jacombs, Walter Septimus (I1901)
 
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Eleanor arrived in NZ 1866 after having spent 13 years in USA and Canada.

Her obituary in the NZ Herald of 18 Nov 1914 read:
'The death of Mrs Eleanor Mossman occurred in a private hospital in Hastings on Saturday. Mrs Mossman was born on the Dilworth family estate in Dungannan, north of Ireland, and was a sister of the late Mr. James Dilworth, of Remuera, and was the only surviving member of the family. Her husband predeceased her by some years, having attained the age of 100 years, while Mrs. Mossman was 96 years of age. A son of the deceased lady is Mr. W. J. Mossman, of Ellerslie.' 
Dilworth, Eleanor (I9572)
 
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Electoral rolls record Emma as living at 33 Avoca Street, South Yarra, Melbourne between 1903 and 1924, but she died at Brighton, another Melbourne suburb. Avoca Street is one street away from Caroline Street where her sister-in-law Mary (nee McGregor) and Mary's 4 daughters lived. 
Hockin, Emma (I3750)
 
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Elenor was the daughter of John Boleyn - the same family as Anne Boleyn (c. 1501 – 19 May 1536), Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. 
Bolane, Elenor (I8080)
 
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Elinor is named as the child of Michael [Synnot] and Mary Hore: P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 10. 
Synnot, Elinor (I8177)
 
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Elisabeth Walter was born about 1843 in Ulzburg, Kaltenkirchen in the duchy of Schleswig Holstein, Denmark. The town is situated 13 miles north-north-west of Hamburg, Germany, near the Kiel Canal. The controversial duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were seized by Prussia (now part of Germany) from Denmark after border skirmishes starting in 1848. Part of the duchy returned to Denmark following a 1905 plebiscite taken of the population.

Elisabeth was the daughter of Heinrich Walter with her mother’s maiden name being Mohr. In 1866, Elisabeth married Hans Heinrich Pohlmann in Schleswig Holstein, which was now part of Germany.

Prior to their departure for Australia, Hans and Elisabeth had two children, Christina Helena and Marie Elisabeth.

On 16 Jul 1870, the family embarked in Hamburg, on the ship Humboldt, with Elisabeth’s parents and Hans' brother Johann Heinrich, bound for Moreton Bay, Queensland. On arrival they all settled in Maryborough, Queensland.

On 20 Feb 1873, Elisabeth gave birth to a son, Heinrich Louis. However Elisabeth had little time with her son as she died of typhoid fever on 5 May 1873. The following day she was interred in the old cemetery, Maryborough (Plot 273). Heinrich Louis died on 22 Oct 1873. 
Walter, Elisabeth (I7084)
 
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Eliza married William Richardson in 1847 - she was 24, he was aged 41. Eliza’s father was John Berry, a maltster from the well-known Berry family of Huddersfield, and her mother was Margaret Stirk.

In the 1851 census Eliza, William and their children Hilda Margaret and Mary Ellen were at 16 Market Place, Huddersfield. Perhaps Eliza had arranged for the removal of the two older children (Sarah Jane and Albert), now with two young children of her own to care for as well as being pregnant with her third child. Theresa Clare was born later that year, but did not survive infancy.

Eliza, William and the 4 surviving children emigrated to Victoria, Australia on the ship Ajax in 1853.

More children were born to Eliza and William but, sadly, none of them survived past childhood:
In 1856, John Berry Richardson was buried in a pauper babies’ grave in 1856, and in 1861 and 1862 three year old Bernard and 18 month old Eliza Harriet died at the Caledonian Hotel. The family was particularly sensitive about Eliza Harriet’s death: her death notice spelt out that she died of “dysentery brought on by teething.”
Bernard Richardson was buried in the Sinnott family grave confirming Sarah Jane’s continuing influence within the Richardson family. Little Eliza Harriet’s final resting place is yet to be found. Melbourne General Cemetery is the most likely place but it has no record of her.

In 1878 Eliza Richardson died at Napier Street, Emerald Hill from complications arising out of a strangulated hernia. She was 55 years old. In the probate documents, she was described as a wife (not a widow) but her husband William is stated to be living in East Melbourne. At the time of her death, Eliza Richardson owned two “run down” properties. Her estate was distributed between her two daughters, Hilda Margaret and Mary Ellen and her granddaughter Phoebe (Hilda Margaret’s daughter.)

Her husband William Richardson was not listed as the executor of her will, possibly suggesting either estrangement or lack of legal capacity – he would have been aged 72. The fact that the properties had been allowed to run down suggests estrangement. Eliza may not have had access to the handyman skills of William Albert’s father in law, James Mackereth.

Eliza has a large and impressive headstone in Melbourne General Cemetery. Her husband William is not buried there. 
Berry, Eliza (I3527)
 
179

Eliza was at the same address as her parents in the 1841 census. Her marriage to John Ward in 1841 was presumably later than the census date - 6 June.

At the time of the 1851 census, Eliza was a widow. She had her children Betsey (3) and John (9 months) with her, but daughter Jane (7) was with her grandmother Elizabeth Brumpton. 
Broumpton, Eliza (I10050)
 
180

Elizabeth died in 2009, a week after her husband. 
Shaw, Elizabeth Shirley (I9176)
 
181

Elizabeth died on 24 Mar 1769 according to a family tree on ancestry.com. It is likely that this is a reference to her burial date which is recorded on the Riccall Parish Register. 
Turpin, Elizabeth (I9700)
 
182

Elizabeth is named in her father Thomas's will of 1624. She was the primary beneficiary, in spite of having two brothers. 
Synnot, Elizabeth (I12648)
 
183

Elizabeth was born four months after the death of her father. Her ancestry was of middle- class level, being descended from farmers and parish clerks. 
Romans, Elizabeth (I9607)
 
184

Elizabeth was the only child of William Nugent. 
Nugent, Elizabeth (I15496)
 
185

Ellen had a short life, and little is known about her. She was born in Huddersfield in Dec 1813, and baptised at St Peter (Church of England), Huddersfield in Feb 1814. She was 8th of the 9 children of Mark Hirst and Elizabeth Littlewood. Mark worked as a clothes dresser.

William and Ellen married in Huddersfield at St Patricks Cathedral (Roman Catholic) on 20 Jul 1836, and at St Pauls Church (Church of England) the following day. Ellen gave her occupation as dressmaker.

The first marriage was announced in the Leeds Times on Sat 30 Jul 1836:
'On Wednesday week, at the Roman Catholic Chapel, Mr Richardson, shopman to Mr Bates, silversmith, to Miss Hirst, both of Huddersfield.'

On 31 May 1837 their first child Sarah Jane was born. She was christened at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Huddersfield on 16 July 1837.

Sarah’s brother William Albert was born on 17 June 1839. He was christened at St Patricks on 14 Jul 1839.

William and Ellen’s third child Ellen Hirst Richardson was born on 26 Mar 1845 and was baptised at St Patricks on 10 April, 3 days after her mother Ellen died. The infant died a short time later. The England death index for Apr-May 1845 has Ellen Richardson and her daughter Ellen Hirst Richardson on the same page. 
Hirst, Ellen (I76)
 
186

Ellen was identified as a child of the family of William & Mary Rossiter from her 1901 death entry. The informant was her sister Anastasia Rossiter, present at death, who lived at Newtown. The death entry gave Ellen's age as 46 i.e. she was born about 1863, probably before civil registration started in 1864. 
Rossiter, Ellen (I14724)
 
187

Elsie's 1918 marriage entry gave her occupation as domestic duties, her status as spinster, and both her present and usual residence as Cambridge. Her mother Emma was a witness. 
Watson, Elsie Ada (I2170)
 
188

Emily is not with the Martin family in Union St, Marylebone in 1871 or 1881. 
Martin, Emily (I12840)
 
189

Emma Mildred Pheney was born at the family home at 28 Harrington St North, St Pancras in the County of Middlesex, England. Her mother's bible records the date as 8th October 1858, and the time as 8 am. Emma Mildred's parents were Richard Pheney, a lithographer who later achieved some success as a landscape artist, and Emma Mitchell, who was a teacher and fluent speaker of French. Emma Mildred was the second of four children - an older sister Frances, a younger sister Catherine who died very young, and a brother Robert.

The Pheney family (parents plus Frances and Emma) emigrated to New Zealand in 1867, and followed Richard's father in settling at New Plymouth where Robert was born in 1867. However Richard died in 1869, and his widow took the children back to England. The 1871 census recorded them at 168 Stanhope St, London, with Emma M. Pheney as a scholar, age 12.
On 3 June 1874 she was baptised (as Mildred, not Emma Mildred) and her sister Frances was baptised at the same time.
Emma (Mitchell) Pheney's brother William visited England from New Zealand in 1876, and may have been the key in the decision for the family to emigrate once more to New Zealand.

First came the oldest child, Frances, who celebrated her 21st birthday on the trip on the Dallam Tower in 1878. Emma, Emma Mildred and Robert came later. Emma and Emma Mildred were on the ship Oamaru which arrived in Auckland on 23 Nov 1884. It seems logical that Robert (then *** years old) would have been with them, but he is not on the passenger list. Details on the trip are sketchy. Both Frances and Robert later exhibited paintings in Auckland.

By 1886 Emma Mildred was in the Upper Waiwera area, where a Mr (!!) E.M. Pheney was appointed as Postmaster at the Upper Waiwera Post Office on 15th May, 1886. She was also a school teacher. She taught at Puhoi school first - and left for better prospects at Upper Waiwera.

Emma married Richard Howell on March 31, 1888 at the Schoolhouse at Upper Waiwera, the officiating Minister was John Wesley Griffin. Her 1888 marriage entry gives her profession as teacher. They lived just up the road from the school, where Richard farmed for many years. The couple had four children between May 1889 and May 1900 - Frances, Constance, (Sister Constance), Eileen (known as Bobba) and Richard (known as Rex). Emma had ceased teaching by at least 1894, when her occupation was described on the Waitemata electoral roll as "household duties". The children all went to Upper Waiwera school, as far as is known.

Emma is noted in the NZSG Index of the First Women Electors in New Zealand (1893). A page in the Silverdale School Jubilee Book notes: "Howell, Emma Mildred, Waiwera, Household Duties".

When Rex took over the farm, Richard and Emma retired to Panmure, but later shifted to Balmoral Rd in Auckland. Richard died in 1945; and Emma on 22 June 1947, aged 88, at the home of her daughter Frances Jacombs at 6 Dunedin Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. They are both buried at St Matthias cemetery at Panmure, alongside Emma's sister Frances who never married.

The gravestone inscription says" Richard HOWELL d. 13 Feb 1945 a. 80 years, his wife Emma Mildred d. 22 June 1947 in her 89th year"

Richard and Emma Howell

By Zita Horsley - based on a tape recording by Constance Howell, second daughter of Richard and Emma, and enhanced with Zita's own memories of the family.

WHEN ONE SEES AN AGED COUPLE ENJOYING ONE ANOTHER IT'S INTERESTING to speculate on what their life story might be. So it was with me as a girl when I used to see Richard and Emma (a little lady) in and about their corner property in Balmoral Rd. I passed it often. I'd been told they were relatives, and Val Isbister's grandparents. How interesting I thought, as Val and I were at Auckland Girls Grammar School, and both musical, she a singer and I an accompanist. But more of that later. I'd put it from my mind until the family tree made the relationship clear, and of interest, for the Howell families and Upper Waiwera were synonymous. Richard, a settler, owned the property "Glenholme". In 1886 Emma became not only postmistress but taught at Puhoi and Upper Waiwera schools. Love bloomed and they duly wed.

Thanks to a taped recording of [their daughter] Constance Howell's memories (at 97) for the Colonial Oral History Project, we can form some idea of how life was for Richard and Emma Howell.

THE FAMILY

Frances, their first born, became sister to Constance when she was barely two years old, so we can imagine the bonding as they were country sisters with busy parents, and Emma a very strict mother.

She implanted a love of literature in her family, often reading their favourites such as "Westward Ho!" and "The Water Babies". She loved to recite verse learned long before Waiwera days. Can't you imagine the girls asking for more? Their third daughter came barely five years after Frances. Fortunately for Emma their home had certain refinements such as a bath and an inside toilet. As was customary a verandah added charm -- a place for relaxation with the Weekly News with its pink cover and up to the minute pictures. Newspapers provided more reading. It wasn't all holiday and Emma lovingly taught, and encouraged domestic skills though Constance remembers sewing as less than rewarding (so much unpicking!), and cooking though necessary, was boring.

With three growing girls it was good that Richard saw fit to create a tennis court, and clear a pitch for cricket and rounders -- an encouragement to stay home and have friends in to play. Richard enthused over these activities and Emma joined in. In the evening there were card games to quicken the mind. When Eileen was seven, to the delight of all, a son Richard was born. Someone chose to call him Rex and he was always known by that name.

His sisters by now were all at school, walking the short distance and coming home for lunch. At this time Richard was building up their flock of sheep and the farm generally, but sometimes they travelled past other Howell properties on their way to the Waiwera beach for a picnic - much better swimming than at their own water hole, and how nice to finish off with pick-your-own oysters duly opened over a beach fire.

To travel to Mr Hadfield's place was another special treat as he'd show the children his kauri gum treasures, and he had his own beach! But it was always back to the farm and the animals - so dusty in the gig summertime, and in the winter -- the mud. Once a lady visitor en route survived a clay bank's sudden collapse onto horse and rider, her life was probably saved by her riding side saddle. The horse was not so lucky. Horses were transport, and at the sound of Richard's horse returning the children would rush out in welcome looking for a lift up to be treated to a ride, perched in front of father before he dismounted. This was one of the special memories of their reciprocal love which quietly wove through the patterns of their life.

Reading was encouraged, and with no local church except for an occasional rostered church service at Waiwera, Sunday was as good a day as any for family reading. Constance was later to become a Sister of an Anglican Order, the Community of the Sacred Name. As a girl she pondered on the grace of God. Her diligence gained her a Proficiency Certificate from the Upper Waiwera school, and her studies continued at the Auckland Girls Grammar School. Like many country girls she boarded in Auckland with her Granny. As she walked to school she'd talk to God. Granny would have an annual holiday with her adoring grandchildren at Upper Waiwera. Around the table there were many family discussions with the young members allowed opinions, although Emma maintained a strict code of behaviour.

Rex became the right hand man to his father and later took over the farm. I remember Rex visiting us at the Waiwera Camping Ground, with Gladys and his two daughters. He was of slight build with dark hair and the complexion of a healthy man of the land. When he smiled he looked remarkably like his cousin, George. Eileen [Gladys??] I remember for her thick black hair and hazel-brown eyes. Daughters Val and Patricia were sometimes at the beach with them. For the long holidays the hotel generously allowed the use of the hall for the young people and the campers for holiday dancing and whatever. Val with great confidence would sing "Shine Little Glowworm" for one, while I played. Grandpa [William] would play his button accordion and everyone danced. Val went on to become a well known performer featuring on some long running musical shows on TVNZ.

Life for the Richard Howell family, like all others, was made up of hundreds of happenings, major and minor -- a major in the children's lives the day the school and adjoining house burned to the ground, the children having been first instructed to collect all their books before exiting their smoke fogged classroom ---- the First World War -- another major, which touched every household in Upper Waiwera. And the minors ---- endless, which fill most of our time.

Isn't this the story of every family? The struggle to do one's best, then top it all off with laughter. 
Pheney, Emma Mildred (I1513)
 
190

Emma, born in 1835, was the 4th child of Robert Mitchell and Sarah Weston. It appears that she and Robert were the only two to survive to adulthood, as there is no trace of the other two, John and Mary, after their christenings.

In the 1841 census she was with her brother Robert and their parents in Mary St, St Pancras, London.

In the 1851 census Emma was at 8 Mary Street, Pancras, with her brother, parents, and a visitor James Hamilton. The census form noted that Emma had been born in Somerset, was 16 years old, and her occupation was Teacher French.

When Emma married Richard Cliff Francis Pheney in 1856, she was a minor, a spinster and her residence at the time of marriage was Mary St.

Emma, Richard and their children Frances and Emma emigrated to New Zealand in the 1860s. The Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals 1838-1883 (Auckland City Library) includes the Mary Shepherd which arrived on 5 March 1867, and which had departed originally from London. On board were:
Mrs F. Pheney and child [Marie Louise Pheney, widow of Richard’s brother Francis, and her daughter Louise Caroline Emma]
Mr & Mrs R. Pheney and 2 daughters
They then sailed from Manukau on the Rangatira to New Plymouth on 16/3/67.

After Richard died in 1869, Emma took Frances, Emma and Robert to England. In the 1871 UK Census for St. Pancras, Ward 4, Marylebone the entry for 168 Stanhope St listed Emma Pheney, Head, Widow, age 35, Governess, Born London.

The family returned to New Zealand in the 1880s. First came the oldest child, Frances, who celebrated her 21st birthday on the trip on the Dallam Tower in 1878. Emma, Emma Mildred and Robert came later. Emma and Emma Mildred were saloon passengers on the ship Oamaru which arrived in Auckland on 23 Nov 1884. The Auckland Area Passenger Arrivals 1838-1883 (Auckland City Library) includes the Oamaru which departed London for Auckland and arrived on 23 Nov 1884:
"Mrs E. Pheney and Miss Pheney."

It seems logical that Robert (then 17 years old) would have been with them, but he is not on the passenger list - perhaps he was in steerage. Details on the trip are sketchy.

Constance Howell (Emma’s granddaughter) said that she lived with Emma while at Grammar School in Auckland. According to Constance, Emma came out from England with husband Richard, an artist, plus 3 children Frances, Emma Mildred and Robert. They lived at New Plymouth. Emma was fluent in French, and was said to have spent some time in France earlier in her life. Her sister-in-law Marie Louise Donnini was French.

According to electoral roll entries, in 1894 Emma was living at Home St, Eden in 1896 and 1899 she was at Howe St, Auckland City, and in 1911 in Home St, Grey Lynn.

Constance Howell remembered her mother going from Waiwera to Auckland when Emma was very ill, and that she died while Connie was a child. In fact, Emma died in 1921, when Constance was 29.

The executor of Emma’s will was her son Robert, and the beneficiaries were her children Robert, Frances and Emma. 
Mitchell, Emma (I1519)
 
191

Eric was born in Palmerston North, but grew up in Auckland. He was working as a chemist for Sharlands in 1941, still living at his parent's house at 6 Dunedin St, Ponsonby, Auckland. In early 1942 he married Joan Hill, but they were not together for long. Eric left on overseas service on 8th March 1942, serving as a Flying Officer for the R.N.Z.A.F.

Eric Jacombs was on 2 manifests for the ship 'Tjitjahengka' which sailed from Netherlands East Indies, Melbourne and Wellington to New Orleans. Eric and another NZ airman, John Charles Elmslie, were on both manifests. The first had passengers from Neth. East Indies and NZ, with about half being military personnel from NZ, but Jacombs and Elmslie the only airmen. The 2nd manifest was only NZ airmen. Both manifests noted that the airmen were in transit to Canada.
Information on Eric Jacombs:
First manifest Second Manifest
Name: Jacombs, Eric William Mitchell Jacombs, Eric Wm Jacombs
Age: 26y 5m 26y 6m
Status: Married M
Occupation: Airman Airman
Read: Yes Yes
Write: Yes Yes
Nationality: British British
Race: English English
Last perm. res.: Auckland, NZ Palmerston N, NZ
Nearest relative: Mrs E Jacombs, Mrs Jacombs,
8 Plunkett Rd 8 Plunkett Rd
Mt Eden, Auckland
Auckland
Visa or passport: --- No visa
passport - yes

The 'Tjitjalenka' arrived in New Orleans on 12 Apr 1942 (US National Archives).

Eric did not return from a bombing mission. There were reports of him being seen in Europe soon after, but they came to nothing.

A report on Eric's final mission of 17/18 Jan 1943, under pilot Trevor Leslie Gibson, is on http://aircrewremembered.com/gibson-trevor.html - this is an extract:
REASON FOR LOSS:
'Taking off at 16:58 hrs from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. A small force of 187 heavy bombers setting out from various squadrons to bomb the heart of Germany, the second consecutive night the city was to suffer. again the bombers missed the target with the main bombing falling on the southern outskirts of the city. A B.M.W. factory that was making aircraft engines in Spandau was hit by some incendiaries and slightly damaged. The Daimler-Benz factory was also hit but unable to confirm it was from this nights operation or Saturday. 8 people were killed on the ground and 41 injured according to German reports.
Bombing taking place fairly early in the evening between 20:30 hrs and 21:25 hrs.'

Eric's wife Joan received official letters when Eric went missing.

Wing Commander J. M. Smithwell, commanding No. 9 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, wrote from Waddington, Lincoln on 19 Jan 1943:

Dear Mrs. Jacombs,

It is with deep regret that I have to confirm the news that your husband Pilot Officer Eric William Mitchell Jacombs is missing as the result of air operations on the night of 17/18th January 1943.

I know you would wish to have all possible information, but unfortunately there is little I can tell you. Your husband was the Second Pilot of an aircraft engaged on an operational mission, and nothing was heard of the aircraft after take-off. All we can do is to hope that he and the crew are prisoners of war. It will anything from three to five weeks before we can expect to hear any news through the Red Cross. I realise what a terribly anxious time this will be for you, and you have all the sympathy of myself, the officers and airmen of the Squadron.

Your husband was a very keen and efficient Pilot, who was popular with everyone in the Squadron, and his loss is a great blow to us all. The Captain of the aircraft however was very experienced, and I have great hopes of his being able to save the crew.

I wish I could tell you how much we in this country appreciate the way New Zealand is helping us in this war, and how bitterly we regret the loss of her sons.

Please let me know at once if there is anything I can do for you. You will, of course, be informed immediately of any further news.

The Air Secretary at the Air Department, Wellington, wrote on 5 Apr 1943:

Mrs W. J. Jacombs,
8 Plunkett Road
Mt. Eden,
AUCKLAND

Dear Madam,

Further to my letter of the 27th January, 1943, concerning your husband, Flying Officer Eric William Mitchell Jacombs, I have to advise that the following additional details have been received from the Air Ministry:-

"The Squadron's report states that the aircraft set out at approximately 5 p.m. on the 17th January, 1943, to attack Berlin and no communications have been subsequent [sic] received from it. No news of crew received through the International Red Cross."

On behalf of the Air Board, I desire to express my deepest sympathy and to assure you that you will be advised immediately further information is received.

Yours faithfully

T. A. BARROW

Air Secretary

It appears that the Wing Commander's letter of 19 Jan was forwarded to Joan Jacombs by the Air Secretary on 27 Jan.

In her sworn affidavit of 5 Dec 1945 for the probate of Eric's estate, Joan noted that the 2 letters were attached. She stated that Eric had corresponded regularly with her during the time he was absent from New Zealand, but that she had not received any letter or other communication from him later in date than 18 Jan 1943. So far as she had been able to ascertain, no-one else had received any communication from him later in date than 18 Jan 1943.

As well as the War Medal 1939-1945 and the 1939-45 star, Eric was awarded the Bomber Command clasp and ribbon. The medals were awarded to Eric's widow Joan in 30 May 1950. Rex Sinnott applied for the clasp on 16 Feb 2016 , and the clasp and ribbon arrived from the New Zealand Defence Force on 27 April 2016.

Eric's will, signed on 4 Feb 1942, was straightforward - Eric appointed the Public Trustee as Executor and Trustee of the will, and left the whole of his estate, after payments of debts funeral and testamentary expenses to his wife Joan Winifred Jacombs. The Public Trustee advised the Supreme Court in Wellington, in an affidavit dated 17 Dec 1945, that the widow of the deceased was the sole beneficiary under the will and had requested the Public Trustee not to proceed with the administration of the estate until after the cessation of hostilities. This was the reason for the application for probate not being filed within one year of the death.

Administration of Eric's estate was granted to the Public Trustee at the Supreme Court on 18 Dec 1945.

At Runnymede there is a memorial to airmen who have no known grave: Eric is recorded there.
The Public Record Office at Kew has operational record books, with details of the mission in which Eric died. There may be records relating to Eric at the Air Force Museum, Hendon.

Eric's wife Joan gave Eric's personal diary and logbook to his sister Natalie Sinnott, who lodged it with Wigram Airforce Base Museum. When the Base closed at Wigram in the 1990s the Museum remained as an RNZAF unit and, as at 2016, is still at Wigram.

St Andrews Church, Epsom has a memorial - a brass plaque records the addition of a small chapel in memory of the soldiers of World War 1939-1945 - 24 names are inscribed including E. Jacombs. 
Jacombs, Eric William Mitchell (I1579)
 
192

Ernest was a shop assistant. 
Pohlmann, Ernest Friedrich Wilhelm (I7139)
 
193

Ernest was a witness at the marriage of his sister Julia to James Andrews in 1899 at West Ham, London. 
Nelson, Ernest Walter (I12744)
 
194

Estella Jane was known as Dot. She performed in Repertory Theatre before marriage and used the stage name Catherine Hesper. 
Hockin, Estella Jane (I93)
 
195

Esther was born on 30 June 1827 in Antrim, North Belfast. She was previously engaged to her future brother-in law Thomas Mossman, she then looked after her mother who was unwell, broke off her engagement and became re-engaged to a local farmer George Evans and moved to California where they were married in 1852.
George Evans was born in Wales in 1819 he died in California in 1870.
Esther and George Evans had the following children:
Andrew Evans born 8 May 1853 in California, he died on 10 November 1928;
Urcilla Evans born in San Francisco 24 September 1853, She died 18 May 1925 in Idaho;
John James Evans born 20 January 1858 California, died 1941 in Los Angeles;
William Dilworth Evans born 24 March 1862 San Bernadino California, died 2 February 1940 in Idaho.
Esther and George Evans came to New Zealand in 1864 with their 3 sons leaving their daughter Ursilla with Esther’s sister Urcilla in Utah. Esther and George lived with Esther’s brother Andrew in the Waitakeres while her 2 older boys spent the school term with their uncle and aunt, James and Isabella Dilworth. Andrew, their oldest son, did not see eye to eye with his uncle whom he found too harsh and uncompromising. Esther was also unable to tolerate her brother’s attitude and chose to return to America, they initially left their youngest son William in NZ with his uncle but this did not work out for them and he to returned to his family in the States. 
Dilworth, Esther Ann (I11155)
 
196

Ethel is confirmed as the wife of William Heald and the mother of Kessel by her headstone at Papatoetoe Cemetery, which names them both. 
Froude, Ethel Minna (I15016)
 
197

Ethel was head teacher at Te Uku School. Te Uku is a small rural settlement 32 km from Hamilton on the Hamilton to Raglan road. 
Harper, Ethel Mary (I1923)
 
198

Evelyn had no children 
Qualtrough, Evelyn (I1275)
 
199

Family sources say that Katie Maher had helped raise Hugo's children, she lived in. They married in 1916 - Hugo's youngest child Dorothy was then about 13. 
Maher, Kathleen Mary (I1698)
 
200

Florence Matilda Richardson was born 4 Jul 1872 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. There is a reference to a Florrie Richardson travelling to Adelaide by boat with her family in about 1879. It is believed that she died prematurely, possibly in Adelaide before 1882 or in Tasmania when the family was there briefly before going to England. However, when William Albert and Mathilde left Adelaide for London on the Hesperus on 1 Feb 1883, they had five children with them. It seems likely that Florence (the second born) was one of them. Her parents' death certificates (1926 and 1927) both indicate that Florence was dead by then. Later in life, her younger siblings Albert Vincent and Rudolph were not aware of Florence's existence. Her fate remains unknown. 
Richardson, Florence Matilda (I3253)
 

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