Marie Louise Donnini[1]

Female 1838 - 1922  (83 years)


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  • Name Marie Louise Donnini 
    Born 30 Jan 1838  Calais, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1851  Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    St Charles the Martyr Parish 
    Census 1861  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    92 Charlotte Street 
    Travel 13 Mar 1867–16 Mar 1867 
    sailed on s.s. Rangatira - travelled from Manakau 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 16 Jul 1870 
    sailed on ss. Phoebe: left New Plymouth heading for Nelson 
    Electoral Roll 1893  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    enrolled in the City of Wellington electorate 
    Will 8 Apr 1912  Paekakariki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1919  Paekakariki, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 14 Jan 1922  Paraparaumu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Buried 15 Jan 1922  Paraparaumu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate 8 Apr 1922  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    the Supreme Court 
    _FSFTID M91H-XTX 
    _UID 2D5D9A5AD6254B0C8CC524DEFF01DB5E5C3E 
    Person ID I1666  Treefive
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2015 

    Father Louis Donnini,   b. Abt 1795,   d. 1850–1959  (Age ~ 164 years) 
    Mother Sophia Kirkham,   b. Abt 1799,   d. 24 Jan 1850, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Family ID F534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Francis Pheney,   b. Abt 1834, Wandsworth, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1865, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1859  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Address:
    the Old Church, St Pancras 
    Children 
     1. Frank Pople Pheney,   b. 27 Sep 1860, 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 2 years)
     2. Louise Caroline Emma Pheney,   b. 9 Apr 1863, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1940, Inangahua Junction, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thomas Larchin,   b. Abt 1837, Richmond, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1922, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 19 Jul 1870  Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Children 
     1. Henry Louis Larchin,   b. 20 Mar 1872, Waimea West, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1907, Dunedin, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     2. Lallie Eleanor Larchin,   b. 14 Mar 1876, Westport, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1940, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Family ID F532  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Marie Louise's birth, from research to date, is Jan 1838 in Calais, France. However some research indicates that she was born 6 years earlier (i.e. 1832) than she stated on her second marriage certificate, the birth of her child Lallie (which her husband filled in) and death certificate (which her daughter filled in). It is not clear whether she took off the years or had an older sister that died.
      Her father Louis was a Captain in the Italian Embassy in France, but mainly a courier.
      Marie Louise's sister-in-law, Emma Pheney (nee Mitchell), was said to be a fluent speaker of French, and to have spent some time in France earlier in her life, according to Natalie Sinnott.
      It is possible that Marie Louise was living in St Charles the Martyr Parish at Plymouth, Devon in 1851, but this has not been confirmed.
      She was a witness at the 1856 marriage of her future brother-in-law, Richard Cliff Francis Pheney, to Emma Mitchell.
      At the time of Marie's marriage to Francis Pheney in 1859 at St Pancras Church, she was living at Harrington St - Francis was at Stanhope St. She was at 45 Stanhope St at the time of son Frank's birth (27 Sep 1860).

      After Francis died in 1865, Marie and her daughter Louise Caroline Emma emigrated to New Zealand with R.C.F. and Emma Pheney and their 2 children. She travelled initially to New Plymouth but then settled in Nelson where, in 1870, she married Thomas Larchin, a Customs Officer. Their son Henry was born in Waimea West in 1872, and daughter Lallie at Westport in 1876.

      Marie's occupation was as a school teacher.  She continued her teaching career as headmistress of Westport School. In the 1870’s there were several references to Mr and Mrs Larchin being teachers on the West Coast of the South Island at Westport. They were both highly regarded.

      When Thomas transferred to Wellington with the Customs Department in 1879, Marie Louise probably moved with him. She was certainly in Wellington by 1893, as she was on the City of Wellington electoral roll for that year.

      By 1912, Marie Louise and Thomas were living in retirement in Paekakariki (Thomas had retired in 1908).

      Probate of Marie Larchin's estate was granted to the Public Trust. The executors appointed by Marie in 1912 were her husband Thomas and her daughter Lallie Eleanor Larchin. In a letter of 21 Jan 1922, Thomas advised Lallie that he did not wish to take up the duty of acting as one of the executors. Thomas died intestate on 10 Feb 1922. Lallie then appointed the Public Trustee to be sole executor and trustee of her mother's estate in her place.

      In her will, Marie left everything to her daughter Lallie except named or described paintings which were left to her daughter Caroline Louise Emma Arnold nee Pheney. Unfortunately Marie does not say who painted them, but it is likely that the artist was Francis or Richard Cliff Francis Pheney.

  • Sources 
    1. [S696] Background Shipping Index New Plymouth Arrivals and Departures 1852-1880, Mrs F Pheney, Mrs Larchin - passenger; 2 October 2000.

    2. [S3821] ELE Electoral roll NZ 1919 Wellington, Otaki, Larchin - Marie Louise, Thomas.

    3. [S218] DTH004 Death Larchin, Marie Louise.

    4. [S280] DTH081 Death Larchin, Marie Louise - transcript.

    5. [S315] MAR041 Marriage Pheney, Francis and Donnini, Marie Louise.

    6. [S328] MAR063 Marriage Pheney, Francis and Donnini, Marie Louise - transcript.

    7. [S334] MAR071 Marriage Pheney, Francis and Donnini, Marie Louise - transcription.

    8. [S3024] MAR192, MAR193 Marriage Donnini, Marie Louise.

    9. [S2969] MAR112 Golden wedding Larchin, Thomas and Pheney, Marie Louise, Thomas Larchin and Marie Louise Pheney (nee Doninne); 24 July 1920; page 1; Golden wedding notice.

    10. [S1596] MAR Marriage Index NZ - on-line, Thomas Larchin; Marie Louise Pheney; 6441; 1870.