Emma Mildred Pheney

Emma Mildred Pheney[1, 2, 3]

Female 1858 - 1947  (88 years)

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  • Name Emma Mildred Pheney 
    Nickname Millie 
    Born 8 Oct 1858  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Address:
    28 Harrington St 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1861  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Address:
    33 Arlington St, Pancras, Marylebone 
    Travel 13 Mar 1867–16 Mar 1867  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sailed on the s.s. Rangtira from Manukau to New Plymouth 
    Immigration 8 Nov 1866–5 Mar 1867  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    on ship Mary Shepherd: from London, England to Auckland 
    Travel 19 Jan 1870–20 Jan 1870  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sailed on the s.s. Lord Ashley from New Plymouth to Nelson 
    Census 1871  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Address:
    168 Stanhope St, Pancras, Marylebone 
    Baptism 3 Jun 1874  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Holy Trinity Church, Marylebone Rd 
    Census 1881  Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address:
    Rose Cottages, Heston 
    Occupation 1882  Butley, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    school teacher 
    Address:
    Butley school 
    Immigration 23 Nov 1884  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1887–1888  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    teacher 
    Residence 1893  Wade, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Residence 1896  Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence 1900  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence 1905–1906  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Residence 1911  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Residence 1914  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Residence 1919  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Residence 1935  Pakuranga, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Address:
    "Maisonette" 
    Residence 1938  Pakuranga, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Address:
    "Maisonette" 
    Residence 1946  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    Address:
    6 Dunedin St 
    Misc 31 May 1909–23 May 1946  [24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
    leased then owned land at Upper Waiwera 
    _UID 3B7290215A264315AD3B55BDB980735E3A7C 
    Died 22 Jun 1947  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37
    Address:
    6 Dunedin St 
    Buried 24 Jun 1947  Panmure, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [32, 37
    Address:
    St Matthias Anglican Cemetery 
    Person ID I1513  Treefive
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2015 

    Father Richard Cliff Francis Pheney,   b. 13 May 1831, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1869, New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Mother Emma Mitchell,   b. 20 Sep 1835, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1921, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1856  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [38, 39
    Address:
    the Old Church, St Pancras 
    Family ID F460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Howell,   b. 23 Sep 1865, Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1945, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 31 Mar 1888  Upper Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [40, 41, 42
    Address:
    the Teachers House 
    Children 
     1. Frances Mary Howell,   b. 3 May 1889, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1982, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Constance Mildred Howell,   b. 13 Jul 1891, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1990, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
     3. Eileen Pheney Howell,   b. 26 Aug 1893, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1986, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Richard Pheney Howell,   b. 30 May 1900, Waiwera, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1982, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Family ID F457  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    01024 Emma Mildred Pheney
    01024 Emma Mildred Pheney
    00017 Headstone - Richard and Emma Howell
    00017 Headstone - Richard and Emma Howell
    St Matthias, Panmure
    00301 Richard and Emma Howell
    00301 Richard and Emma Howell
    With children Frances and Constance

  • Notes 


    • 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, and their mother Emma died in Auckland in 1921.

      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, and taught at the Puhoi and Upper Waiwera schools. She taught at Puhoi 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.

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    1. [S356] Biography Pheney, Emma Mildred.

    2. [S372] BOK001 Book - A Century in Hot Water, 41.

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    4. [S122] BAP012 Baptism Pheney, Emma Mildred.

    5. [S148] BIR018 Birth Pheney, Emma Mildred.

    6. [S533] BIR073 Birth Pheney, Emma M. - prepared by Heather Webber.

    7. [S4888] Findmypast England & Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription, 1858 Pancras, London; Pheney, Emma Mildred.

    8. [S408] Census England 1861 - Pheney, Emma Mildred, thegenealogist.co.uk - search for Emma Mildred Pheney.
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    9. [S878] Census England 1861 - 33 Arlington St Hampstead Rd, Pancras.

    10. [S388] Census England 1871 - 168 and 176 Stanhope St, 168 Stanhope St, schedule 83; Emma M Pheney.
      Emma Pheney (mother) was also at 168 Stanhope St

    11. [S876] Census England 1871 - 168 Stanhope Street, Pancras.

    12. [S874] Census England 1881 - Pheney, Emma M.

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    24. [S742] Location Lot 97, Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 21 Dec 1893 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard on 11 Jun 1918; Land transferred to Richard Pheney Howell by Richard Howell's executors on 26 Oct 1945.

    25. [S752] Location Lot 92, Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 21 Dec 1893 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard on 11 Jun 1918; Land transferred to Richard Pheney Howell by W.H. Jacombs and A.C. Isbister, Richard Howell's executors, on 26 Oct 1945.

    26. [S753] Location Lot 91, Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 21 Dec 1893 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard on 11 Jun 1918; Land transferred to Richard Pheney Howell by W.H. Jacombs and A.C. Isbister, Richard Howell's executors, on 26 Oct 1945.

    27. [S754] Location Southern portion Allotment 90, Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 15 Dec 1894 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard and Emma on 22 May 1918, Richard's interest to son Richard on 18 Oct 1945, and Emma's interest to son on 23 May 1946, land sold 6 Feb 1961; Land transferred from Richard to Richard Pheney Howell via W.H. Jacombs and A.C. Isbister, Richard Howell's executors, on 18 Oct 1945.

    28. [S755] Location Lot 83, Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 21 Dec 1893 and 19 May 1894 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard on 11 Jun 1918; Land transferred to Richard Pheney Howell by W.H. Jacombs and A.C. Isbister, Richard Howell's executors, on 26 Oct 1945.

    29. [S758] Location Allotment 90 and Part Lot 93, Waiwera, Interest in land (Part Lot 93) and interest in lease (Allotment 90) transferred from James Howell to Emma Mildred Howell on 24 Feb 1909.

    30. [S761] Location Northern and Southern portions Allotment 90, Parish of Waiwera, Interest in land transferred from Emma Mildred Howell to Richard Pheney Howell on 17 Aug 1945.

    31. [S763] Location Northern portion Allotment 90, Parish of Waiwera, Land leased by James and Richard Howell 15 Dec 1894 to 31 May 1909 then by Richard and Emma, then land title transferred to Richard and Emma on 22 May 1918, Richard's interest to son Richard on 18 Oct 1945, and Emma's interest to son on 23 May 1946, land sold 6 Feb 1961; Land transferred from Richard to Richard Pheney Howell via W.H. Jacombs and A.C. Isbister, Richard Howell's executors, on 18 Oct 1945.

    32. [S217] DTH002 Death Howell, Emma Mildred.

    33. [S234] DTH021 Death Howell, Emma Mildred.

    34. [S274] DTH074 Death Howell, Emma Mildred - transcript.

    35. [S454] DTH094 Death notice Howell, Emma Mildred, death notice; 23 June 1947.

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    38. [S290] MAR011 Marriage Pheney, Richard jnr (RCF Pheney) and Mitchell, Emma.

    39. [S3017] MAR184 Marriage Pheney, Richard.

    40. [S286] MAR007 Marriage Howell, Richard and Pheney, Emma.

    41. [S517] MAR074 Marriage Aniversary Howell, Richard and Pheney, Emma Mildred, Golden Wedding anniversary notice - Richard Howell and E. Mildred Pheney; March 1938–April 1938.

    42. [S1596] MAR Marriage Index NZ - on-line, Richard Howell; Emma Mildred Pheney; 275; 1888.