Smiths of Matakana

The information on this page is from a variety of sources, most pictures from material held by my wife Shirley Blayney (née Coxhead) but particular thanks is made to Anne Sandford (née Duckett) for her background research.

Mary Ann's home on Princes St Auck 1840s

Smith family

William Smith

1 James SMITH b~1814 (Beith, North Ayreshire, Scotland); Yoeman;
  Steward on the ship Brilliant arriving Cornwallis, Auckland 27Oct1842; 
  d.26May1864 (drowned in Matakana River); bur Binsted Family farm, Greens Rd, Matakana 
  Son of ?John SMITH & ?Mary GILLIES
 + Charlotte Sophia PITTMAN b.6Aug1823 (London); 
   em.1842 on The New York Packet arriving Auckland 9May1842; 
   m.17Oct1842 (St Pauls, Auckland) [122]; 
   d.1May1911 (Auckland) "The oldest identity of Matakana" [1215]
   They stayed in Auckland for 10 years then lived at Matakana from 1852 to 1907.
   Managed the Post Office at Matakana "for many years"
  2 Annie Mary (aka Mary Ann) SMITH b.6Sep1843 in the old wooden
    cottage in Princes St, Auckland which was also the city's 1st bank;
    The oldest of 8 siblings; d.10Oct1927 bur. Waikumete.
   + William (Bill) COXHEAD b.1835 (Aldbourne); 
     m.27Oct1860 (Matakana)
     Emm. to NZ on the Josephine Willis arriving Auckland 5Feb1854;
     Occ. labourer then farmer (Matakana) [No known photograph]
     d.27Jul1872 of TB (Auckland) age 37, bur. Grafton cemetery.
     See Bill     
  2 Alexander Joseph SMITH b.20Oct1846 (Auckland) 
    d.19MAy1931 ("The Pine", Matakana)
   + Margery WALLACE b.18Aug1849 (Lochwinnoch, Ayreshire, Scotland); 
     m.16Jun1868 (Matakana); d.26May1911 (Matakana)
     Dau of George Blair Allan WALLACE and Mary DAVIES 
    3 James SMITH b.1869 (Matakana)
     + Emmeline Augusta Maria EXTON, Tailoress; m.1899
    3 Thomas J SMITH b.1870 (Matakana) d.unm
    3 Emily SMITH b.1873 (Matakana)
     + Ernest Adam VIPOND, farmer; m.1892
    3 George Hugh SMITH b.1876 (Kawau Island)
     + Florence Ivy Irlam BECROFT m.1908
    3 Charlotte Mary SMITH b.1879 (Kawau Island)
     + William MILLS m.1899
    3 Flora SMITH b.1881 (Kawau Island)
     + Samuel MILLS m.1906
    3 Margaret Fanny
     + George Berkley HEWSON, plasterer; m.1910; d.1952 (Probate Record)
    3 Joseph Wallace SMITH b.1889 (Matakana)
     + Emily Maude BECROFT m.1913
  2 Capt. Thomas William SMITH b.1848/54 (Auckland); m.10Oct/Dec1877; 
    d.8Feb1879 (Drowned, Porongahau River Mouth, Napier)
   + Margaret Isabella Irvine SPROULE b.6Jun1853 co. Tyrone, Ireland; 
     d.12Mar1939 (Khandallah, Wellington) 
     Remarried Max BOLLINGER 
    3 Fanny Louise Irvine SMITH b.1878 (Napier) d.unm
    3 seven Bollingers. 
  2 James SMITH b.1873 (Matakana); m.26Mar1879 (Mansion House, 
    Kawau Island); 
    d.20Dec1879 (Auckland Hospital, flu) 
   + Julia Ann TAYLOR b.20Jun1860; d.17Dec1920
     Remarried to Daniel O'Sullivan in 1904
    3 Ada May SMITH b.1881 (Kawau Island)
     + Francis John McMAHON m.1898
    3 Albert Ernest SMITH b.1882 (Kawau Island)
     + Rose Amelia HIEATT m.1905
    3 Rose Ethel SMITH b.1884 (Kawau Island)
     +(1)Caleb Thomas HAWKINS m.1902 
         previously married to Ellen COX 1869
     +(2)William Frederick James BABE m.1925 
         previously married to Constance May HOLLAND 1901
    3 Julia Ann SMITH b.1886 (Kawau Island)
     +(1)Walter South BICKERTON m.1907
         He remarried in 1921 to Valentine BICKERTON [122]
     +(2)William ALDING m.1921; d.24Jul1945
         A William ALDING had previously married Katie MORDIN in 1913 at
         Ormondville and a (same or ? father) married a Mary CARMICHAEL
         in 1893 [122]
    3 Virgie SMITH b.1886 (Kawau Island)
     + Roy Matheson McGREGOR m.1921
    3 Consuelo Maude SMITH b.1891 (Swanson, Auckland)
     + Alfred Ernest OTTER m.1908
    3 Vivian James SMITH b.1897 (Swanson, Auckland)
     + Elizabeth Ann Monica HOLMES m.1917
    3 Joseph (James) SMITH b.1895 (Swanson, Auckland)  
  2 William SMITH b.8Aug1855 (in a Whare at Matakana); 
    d.24Mar1929 (Matakana of Hodgekinson's Disease); Farmer 
   + Margaret HUNTER b.10Nov1863 (Birmingham, England);
     em. 1873 on the ship Chili; 
     Head Cook for Sir George Gray on Kawau Is; 
     m.11Jan1883 (Presb Church, Matakana); d.15May1949 
    3 Emily Charlotte SMITH b.18Nov1883 (Matakana); 
      d.19Jan1884 (Kaukapakapa)
    3 Edith Mary SMITH b.15Jan1885 (Kaukapakapa); 
      d.7Jun1948 (Sandringham, Auckland)
     + Frances Arthur MAY m.2Apr1907
    3 Bertha May SMITH b.1Aug1886 (Kaukapakapa); 
      m.29Jan1908 (Rotorua - eloped with the help of her uncle George and Aunt Polly); 
      d.01Oct1953 (New Plymouth). 
     + Thomas (Tom) James COXHEAD, her 1st cousin; 
       b.4Jan1873 (Omaha); d.26May1941
       See Tom & May Coxhead living family  (?p/w problem)
    3 John James SMITH b.2Dec1887 (Matakana); 
      d.9Apr1982 (Ranfurly War Vets Home, Royal Oak, Auckland)
     + Daisy Evelyn BRADLEY m.29Dec1922
    3Ida Marjorie SMITH b.30Sep1889 & d.01Oct1889 (Matakana)
    3Gertrude Jane SMITH b.30Sep1889 & d.01Oct1889 (Matakana)
    3 Percy Wakeham SMITH b9Feb1891 (Matakana); d.28Aug1977 (Matakana)
     + Myrtle Mary CAMPBELL m.9July1924 

Austin Smith

Aunt Winnie

Uncle Arthur
4 Austin (Austie) SMITH Best man and cousin of Cliff COXHEAD Living at Warkworth 3 Winifred (Winnie) Evelyn SMITH b.12Feb1893 (Matakana); d.1982 (New Plymouth) Sister of Bertha May COXHEAD née SMITH so known as "Aunt Winnie" to the 10 Coxheads. + William John Edmond SCOTT m.9Jun1920 3 Arthur William Hunter SMITH b23Dec1900 (Matakana); d.28Apr1947 (Mt Eden, Auckland)) [on headstone with Charlotte SMITH). Brother of Bertha May COXHEAD née SMITH so known as "Uncle Arthur" to the 10 Coxheads. 3 Reginald Douglas SMITH b.15Jan1903 (Matakana); d.12Jun1997 (Auckland) + Virginia Marie Few MUNFORD m.17Jun1933 2 George James SMITH b.1857 (Matakana); m.24Dec1885 (Auckland); d.18Jun1906 (Matakana) Helped Tom Coxhead and May Smith elope when he was working at the Rotorua milling company Ellis & Burnand [1290] + MaryAnn (Polly) HUNTER b.6Aug1865 (Birmingham, UK); Sister of Margaret HUNTER who married George's brother William! d.12Jun1942 (Devonport, Auckland) 3 Four children: -Lawrence, Virgie, Hazel & Ida. 2 Hugh SMITH b.2Aug1860 (Matakana); m.7Aug1888 (Matakana); d.19Apr1948 (Auckland) + Jessie Kate LEASE b.27Jan1867 (Suffolk, UK); d.11Jul1953 (Epsom, Auckland) 3 Seven children: -Hugh, Frank, Eric, Susan (Suzie = Mrs Frances), Jessie (Mrs Hobin), Dorothy (Mrs Ball) & James. 2 Louisa SMITH b.1864 (Matakana); d.13Aug1928 (Takapuna, Auckland) +(1)Lawrence GILSHENAN b.1856 (Granard, Co Longford, Ireland); m.5July1880 (Presb Church, Matakana); d.25Sep1886 3 Three children: -Lawrence, Mary & Ellen. +(2)Harold VIPOND b.19Feb1859 (Cumberland, England); m.12Jun1888 (Matakana); d.29Sep1935 (Silverdale, Nth Auckland)


Smith family 1907 at Matakana for Edie's wedding

4 Smith generations

Margaret and
William Wed


"GMAR" Smith

Margaret Smith

Tom & May Coxhead

Tom & May's grave


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