Emma Mitchell[1]

Female 1835 - 1921  (85 years)


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  • Name Emma Mitchell 
    Born 20 Sep 1835  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Address:
    Pancras, Marylebone 
    Christened 29 May 1836  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Address:
    All Souls, St Marylebone 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 487DBA7A82CF4A00B0915DB34B79F5620019 
    Died 6 Jan 1921  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Address:
    35 Grange Road, Mt Eden 
    Buried 7 Jan 1921  Purewa, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I1519  Treefive
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2016 

    Father Robert Mitchell,   b. Abt 1792, Whithcombe, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1872, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Sarah Weston,   b. Abt 1801, Stanlake, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 27 Mar 1826  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Address:
    St. Anne, Westminster 
    Family ID F457  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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) 
    Married 4 Feb 1856  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    Address:
    the Old Church, St Pancras 
    Children 
     1. Frances Pople Pheney,   b. 27 Dec 1856, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1939, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Emma Mildred Pheney,   b. 8 Oct 1858, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1947, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Catherine Pheney,   b. 5 Dec 1861, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Robert Francis Vaughan Pheney,   b. 22 Oct 1867, New Plymouth, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Aug 1942, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F455  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • 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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S510] Background Shipping Index New Plymouth Arrivals and Departures 1852-1880, Mrs Pheney - passenger; 2 October 2000.

    2. [S81] BIR049 Birth Mitchell, Emma, BIR049.

    3. [S2393] ancestry.com England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Emma Mitchell.

    4. [S141] DTH047 Death Pheney, Emma, DTH047.

    5. [S1136] DTH176 Death Pheney, Mrs Emma, DTH176., Mrs Emma Pheney; 11 January 1921; page 4.

    6. [S1628] DTH Death Index New Zealand, Emma Pheney; 9018; 1921.

    7. [S172] MAR009 Marriage Mitchell, Robert and Weston, Sarah, MAR009.

    8. [S4005] ancestry.com London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932, Bishop's Transcript. 27 Mar 1826, Robert Mitchell and Sarah Weston.

    9. [S174] MAR011 Marriage Pheney, Richard jnr (RCF Pheney) and Mitchell, Emma, MAR011.

    10. [S1346] MAR184 Marriage Pheney, Richard, MAR184.

    11. [S2402] ancestry.com England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973, 4 Feb 1856: Richard Pheney and Emma Mitchell.