Frank Rex Watt Lange

Male 1918 - 1994  (76 years)


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  • Name Frank Rex Watt Lange 
    Nickname Rex 
    Born 20 Jun 1918  Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID C98C3892E6B441B4B170C24F2D1519BDF831 
    Died 27 Dec 1994  Queenstown, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I11134  Treefive
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 

    Father Frank Ashton Lange,   b. 14 Jul 1886, Blenheim, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1969, Palmerston North, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Edith Jane Watt,   b. 15 Apr 1884, Napier, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1968, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1913  Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Divorced Y  [2
    Family ID F3742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Whealen,   b. 8 Aug 1921, Wairoa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 2005  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1947  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Living
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    Family ID F3998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Transcription of excerpts from  Rex Lange's memoirs "From plough to pulpit" :

      ANCESTORS ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE

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      Not nearly as much is known, or has been documented about this side of the family,but we have the names and a few details about some of them, going back to the early 1770's.
       
      John Dilworth (born 1720) and his wife Mary, lived in Donaghmore, County Tyrone, Ireland. They were two of my great, great, great, great Grandparents. They had four sons and a daughter:Walter, John, George, James and Catherine.
       
      This John (born 1775) and his wife Anne, became two of my great, great, great Grandparents. They had a family of three sons and a daughter: George, James, John and Sarah.
       
      This third John Dilworth (born 1798) married Mary Bell (born 1789).  Both were of Donaghmore, County Tyrone, and became my great, great Grandparents. Their family consisted of James, Anne, Andrew, Eleanor, Thomas, Ursula and Esther. Anne married a William Watt and remained in Ireland, Ursula became Mrs Walker and lived in Utah, U.S.A. and Esther married George Evans and they lived in Idaho, U.S.A.
       
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      The other three came to N.Z. James to become a wealthy landowner in Auckland,Andrew a farmer at Waitakere, West Auckland, and to Eleanor fell the great honour of becoming one of my great grandmothers.
       
      Eleanor (born 1827) married Thomas Mossman in Dungannon, Ireland.  They, with James and William, emigrated to Canada, perhaps because of the Irish potato famine.  Their other children were born in Canada. Quoting from the 'Reminiscences' of my great Uncle Harry: "Thomas and Eleanor accepted a great land offer from Canada, namely 220 acres, at a reasonable price. Imagine the stupidity, or generosity, when I say that when they came away from there about 19th October 1866 by the good ship Winterhur,they took no records of any kind, from their neighbour, who took over the property. They both, especially father, I think, considered it would have been an insult to ask a neighbour for anything in writing. When I say that this property is now the city of Winnipeg, you will be surprised.  During my middle age I re-opened the subject,addressing it to the Mayor of the city, but, of course, nothing could be done about it."
       
      The eldest son, James, had come to N.Z. a couple of years earlier.  Encouraged to come to Auckland by Eleanor's brother James Dilworth, they emigrated with their other five children: Thomas, William, Isabella, Henry and Mary Esther, later to become my grandmother. (See Appendix 7 concerning James Dilworth and Appendix 8 for further information concerning Eleanor Mossman’s sisters and brothers.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S4674] TRE179 Family tree - Descendants of Johann Heinriech Christoph Lange (posted by mikehobbs1 22 Nov 2008) on http://boards.ancestry.com/ accessed 8 May 2015.

    2. [S4738] TRE183 Family tree - Mossman, Watt and Stubbs descendants; (Rowan Mountfort).