Alexander Henry Blayney

and His New Zealand Blayney Family Decendants (excluding living)

This is my own pedigree, obtained from memories and histories of living New Zealand Blayneys, confirmed by cemetry records and my own research. At present, I believe this is reasonably accurate, but the ancestors of Alexander are not as well defined, so I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has more information that might help or corrections/additions to our ancestors.

Alexander Henry BLAYNEY b.Sep1842, [there is a BDM record of one Alexander Henry Blaney b.Sep1842 (St Luke, Middlesex) Bibliographygraphy.html#1268">[1268]], a.k.a. Henry Alexander BLAYNEY. He was a Cabinet Maker, listed as "Henry A Blayney on Peel Road, Woodford, South Essex" in the 1881 British Census and living with his widowed mother Rebecca BLAYNEY b~1806 [129]. This may explain one of the reasons for Alex's delay into matrimony.

Alex's father was Thomas BLAYNEY (Blaney according to one LDS source), born 1796/7 in Finsbury, a Journeyman Tailor. He died in 1854 at Hackney Wick of Cholera. Alex's mother was Rebecca LAMBERT, born in 1804 at Bethnal Green, London and married on 15th October, 1823 at St Matthew, Bethnal Green [127]. Alexander was the 16th of 17 children (not all proven yet).

According to Garry Blayney [142] Alex was not just a chairmaker but a landlord but he lost the houses in an economic depression.

Rebecca (Beckie) NICHOLS, who married Alex, was said to have been a "foundling", raised in an orphanage at Chlemsford, Essex [12]. I had assumed she could have been the niece of one Thomas Nichols who was a 30 year old Lodger living with the Blayneys at 3 Wick Lane (Tower hamlets, South Hackney) in the 1861 Census (Occ. Gardener). She was listed in the household census of 1881 as "Rebecca Nichols Niece 16" [1488]. It is obvious from the dates of marriage (1893), emigration to NZ (1893) and the birth of their first child, Frank on 15 May 1893 at Auckland, that the marriage and emigration were in part precipitated by Beckie Nichol's pregnancy. She would have been 28 and Alex 50 at the time. The other factor was the economic Depression (Slump) of the 1890s resulting in the loss of the row of houses Alex had owned.


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Alex and Beckie are buried at Hillsborough Cemetery overlooking Auckland's 2nd harbour (the Manukau Harbour)

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Ancestors: see Thomas BLAYNEY & Priscilla LAMBERT of Bethnal Green, London

Descendants of Alexander Henry BLAYNEY aka Henry Alexander BLAYNEY, although he signed his will "A H Blayney" [1486]


1 photo Alexander Henry BLAYNEY b.Sep1842 (St Luke, London); chr.1843 Bethnal Green [152] d.10/11Sept1924 Auckland age 82 [123] [1144]. The cemetery records state Alexander died 10Sep1924 yet the inscription has 11Sep1924, and the Probate record states that he "died on [or about] the eleventh day of September" - interestingly the "[or about]" was added manually [1486]. A Chairmaker by trade, owning some houses in London which he lost in an economic down-turn [367] (presumably the "Financial Panic" and subsequent Depression of 1893). Imm. to New Zealand in 1893. Occ. "settler", Farmer (Pt Chevalier) and was recorded as having 173 sheep in 1894, but zero in 1895 [862]. He then became a Carrier in Morningside, Auckland, where he owned land opposite the Railway Station which he divided between his sons: Frank got 30 Argyle St, while Thomas had 20 Argyle St plus a depot. + photo Rebecca (Beckie) NICHOLS b.5Dec1864 (Sth Hackney, England) (Birth Cert.); m.1893 (presumably onboard ship as no British BDM record exists); Emm. in 1893 and on the 1893 NZ Electoral Roll living at Point Chevalier, Auckland [122] d.22Aug1948 (Auckland) age 83 [1144] (Brain tumour) Both Alexander and Beckie were buried at Hillsborough Cemetery (Auckland) [123] Rebecca called her grandchildren princes [according to grandaughter Vi]

Alex Blayney pics

Rebecca Blayney

Rebecca Blayney

Frank & Ruby Blayney

Frank Blayney
2 photo Francis (Frank) Alexander Thomas BLAYNEY b.15May1893 Pt Chevalier Auckland [9May1893 Military Record]; d.11Mar1983 [142], Masterton Hospital. Ashes interred Nov 1989 NZ Army (WWI) Lance Corporal (driver) WWI 8th Reinforcements, served 25Aug1915-7Jun1919 (Egypt 1916 & Western Europe 1916-1918); Self-employed, then employed truck driver (multiple driving offences documented) See Frank.html + photo Ruby Armstrong WESTON but had taken to using the surname WESTON-HURD after her step-father, William Stephen Hurd (1856-1893)
Garry F Blayney

Shirley H Blayney
b.29Dec1898 (Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia) [1489] [1144]; m.11Oct1920 [1268]; d.4Nov1979, [ashes were interred 1989 with Francis [123]]; [Dau. of Henry WESTON and Agnes Frances BENNET (later HURD)] 3 photo Garry Francis BLAYNEY B.A. (Auck 1954) b.26June1924 (30 Argyle St, Morningside, Auckland) d.4Aug2020 (Hamilton, Waikato) (Teacher, Headmaster, Navigator (Flt Sgt) in WWII see Post War Cambridge WWII Airmen) B.Ed Thesis: "Early Education in Wainuiomata, 1857-1920" 1974 + photo Shirley Hart HICKS b.12Jan1928 (not 14Feb1928) [12]; m.Dec1949; d.30Mar2015 4 Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem)

Thomas Athol

Tom Blayney
WWI (1918)

Thomas Blayney,
carrier 1919-1926

Elsie's birth mum
Ms McLoud

Tom & Elsie
Blayney (1922)
2 photo Thomas Athol BLAYNEY b.22Mar1896, Auckland; d.17Nov1977 Oratia, Auckland Ashes bur.19Nov1977 (Waikumete Cem. Auck. - Cremation Lawn Old Row K2, Plot 12) Grocer then self-employed carrier & coal merchant. Didn't complete primary school.
Thomas BLAYNEY and
Elsie, Ivan, Maisie

Home service NZ Army (WWI), pte. 1917-1918; m.31May1922 Wellington + photo Hannah Mary Scott McLEOD later known as "Elsie" b.19Dec1898, Milton Otago [375] Biological parents: Unknown McLEOD but a photo of Elsie's mother was found in the "Diary of South Island Trip 1963" [375] [dau of Ms McLEOD and unknown father. The surname McLeod suggests a Scottish ancestry.] Elsie's Adoption: Date: 3Jun1900 (1yr6mth) • Given name: Hannah Mary ("Elsie") TOOMATH Adopting father: photo Edward JAMES TOOMATH b.25Oct1860; d.25Oct1934 (Auckland) Known as Edward; One of eight children; Occ. Builder [son of photo Edward William TOOMATH and photo Eliza Jane BATTERSBY] • Adopting mother: photo Alice Jane HOBBS b.?1865/6 (based on claimed age of 69 at death but no NZ record of her birth) b.Q2 1858 (Tavistock, Devon, England. Mother's maiden name=HAMLIN) [130] [1646] making her 2 years older than James which explains the deceipt!; m.14Jan1884; d.20Feb1934, (both Auckland). Signed the 1893 petition to extend the franchise to women when they were living in Marton. • Adopting siblings: William, Bert, Amy, Frances and Arthur Hugh TOOMATH. Elsie nursed both her adopted parents for ten years at Argyl St, Morningside (where she met Thomas) but she was not included in the TOOMATH will. This I believe was an oversight as James & Alice were closely involved with Elsie's family and Ivan was very close to James (deeply affected by his death). On retirement Thomas and Elsie moved to Piha, NZ where she died on 13Apr1967 Ashes bur.23Nov1967 (Waikumete Cem. Auck. - Cremation Lawn Old Row K2, Plot 12)


James TOOMATH 1922


James TOOMATH as a Witness
(NZ Truth, 26 August 1922)

Adopting Grandparents

Edward William TOOMATH

The "Father of education in New Zealand".

Edward William TOOMATH (1817-1885) [left], Settler, was Elsie's step- Grandfather, the father of her adopting father Mr. James TOOMATH. Edward was regarded by many as the father of education in New Zealand. Edward was born 22 May 1817 (Belleek, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland) to James TOOMATH and his wife Mary Janes de GRUDY from the Channel Is where James was stationed as a soldier. Educated at the Battersea Training Institute, Edward spent a few years as a soldier, then after teaching for some time in London and Northampton, he was selected by the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge as the 1st certificated teacher for New Zealand. Landing in Wellington in 1850 becoming the first teacher in the Canterbury Settlement, at Lyttelton. He severed his connection with the Society after two years, and opened private schools in Wellington and Greytown. Edward was a promoter of the present system of free education, although other hands did the work, and was the first inspector of schools. The Thorndon Normal School (since abolished) was promoted by him, and he was, until the time of his death, a member of the Wellington Education Board. In politics Edward was a Liberal and sat for some time in one of the early Parliaments. He interested himself in stock-raising, and introduced long-woolled sheep to the Colony, grazing them on the section now occupied by the Wellington Club. A successful speculator, he took an active part in establishing the Wellington tramways and other ventures. Edward W TOOMATH was twice married. His first wife died of cholera within twenty-four hours of marriage. ElizaJaneBattersby His second wife (see left), who survived him, was Eliza Jane BATTERSBY, born 26 Jan 1828, a passenger to NZ by the ship “Cornwall,” in 1850, m.25Aug1854; dying 22 Dec 1898 (Wellington). [dau. of John BATTERSBY and Elizabeth KNOWLINGS] Children include: Joseph Edward TOOMATH (1855-1866); Mary Jane Halliwell (1856-1907); Eliza Battersby TOOMATH (1858-1859); James TOOMATH (1860-1934) (Elsie's adopting dad); Emily TOOMATH (1864-1881); William TOOMATH (1865-1956); Amy Grace SMYTH (1868-1953); Edward Battersby TOOMATH (1871-1941) and Arthur Hugh TOOMATH (1883-1975). Edward died 29th April 29, 1885 (age 67) Wellington, NZ; bur. Bolton Street, Wellington. Edward's epitaph reads: "He rests from his labours and his works do follow him". [1571] [1572] [1573] [1574] [1575]

Tom & Elsie & TOOMATHs 1922

20 Argyle St Morningside
(upgrade to trucks)

Tom's Argyle St
house, Morningside

From (L) Ray, Ivan, Thomas, Maisie & Ron with
Elsie sitting (Noel & Vi missing)

From (L) Tom, Elsie, Ivan, Maisie, Ron,
Vi, Ray & Noel
3 photo Noel James ("Jim") BLAYNEY b.23Dec1922 (Wellington); d.20Dec2004 (Waikanae) [360] [1144]; Occ. Consulting Electrician, Civil Servant); CPL ISU (1939-45); Ashes, Servicemans Cremation Garden, Waikanae Cemetery; [Biological s/o Elsie, not of Thomas, but adopted by him] + photo Irene Elinor HOBBS b.3Apr1921 (Wellington); m.19Mar1943; d.20Sep2005 (ashes - Waikanae Cemetery) [d/o Pvt Albert John HOBBS (1891-1951, both Wellington) and Marie Helen COWAN (1890 {London}-1935 {Wellington})]

Noel & sister Vi

Noel, Irene & girls' weddings

Noel & Irene 1970
4 Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem) 3 photo Maisie Alice BLAYNEY b.7May1923; (Tailoress); m.1943; d.12June2012 (Auckland) + photo James (Jim) Richard George NORTON JP b.4Mar1924 [BDM] [son of George Andrew Benjamin NORTON (1902-1927) and Ethel Annie MASTERS née JAMIESON (1902-2003)] (Butcher, then took over Tom's Carrier business) d.10Dec1991 Auckland

Maisie Norton (Blayney)

James R G Norton

Maisie & Jim Norton

Brian & Paul Norton

Brian Norton

Brian Norton

Paul Norton 1983

Paul Norton 2021
4 photo Brian James NORTON b.16Nov1944 [1251] (Auckland), mechanic; Company Director (BA Enterprises BOP Ltd); d.19Sep2016 (Rotorua). The "BRIAN NORTON SUPREME WEDDING INDUSTRY AWARD" was established in his memory [1570] + Living NORTON view family (?p/w problem) 4 photo Paul Thomas NORTON b.29Jun1947; (Manufacturer then Property Manager); m.21Jun1969 d.22Sep2023 (Auckland) + Living NORTON view family (?p/w problem) 3 photo Viola Elsie BLAYNEY b.30Dec1924 (Moringside, Auckland) m.27Nov1947; d.6.Aug2017 (NSW); Occ.Shop Keeper, caterer + photo Myron Bertrand KELLY b.9Aug1923 (Delegate, NSW); Farmer; Þ (inmate 32 years); d.4Jul2007 (NSW) [brain tumour] 4 photo David Maxwell KELLY b.4Mar1949 (?Bega, ?Sydney Australia) Occ. Electrician. d.30Jun1992 ?m.v. (NZ) + Living KELLY view family (?p/w problem) 4 Living KELLY view family (?p/w problem)

Vi Kelly (Blayney)


Myron Kelly 1947


David 1972


David's wedding 1987


Ivan & Muriel


Ivan Blayney

Ron and Daphne

Ray & Vi (& me) 1987

Pat & Ray Blayney 2016
3 photo Ivan Thomas BLAYNEY b.29Mar1926 (Auckland), occ. Carpenter, (lay minister) m.4Feb1950; d.14Apr1993 (Hypertensive Heart Disease) Auckland; Ashes scattered on Lion Rock, Piha. This is my father. + Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem) 4 Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem) 3 photo Ronald (Ron) Athol BLAYNEY b.23Oct1929 (Morningside, Auckland); d.13Feb2024 Carrier (bought the family business from Jim Norton); Bus driver 3 photo Raymond (Ray) Henry BLAYNEY b.21Nov1938 (Auckland); d.31Dec2022 (Middlemore) Carpenter (Foreman for Neill Housing); Built his own home in Mangere in 1962 [16470] + Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem) 4 Living BLAYNEY view family (?p/w problem)

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