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VERCOE Origins

                         Philip Vercoe
                         c.31dec1775 St Austell, Cornwall, England
                         |               born St Mawes Cornwall
 Jane        Philip      Samuel     John        Bryant       Martha       Mary      
 b.21mar1802 b.13oct1803 b.1805    b.09aug1807  b.23oct1809  b.28jun1812  b.06nov1814
             c,                                 c.23oct1809  c.   
             d.21feb1884                        d.1881       d.NZ
                                                |  New Plymouth NZ
                                                m.11jun1837 in 
                                                |  St Just in Roseland, Cornwall
                                                d.1883 Auckland NZ
  James             Richard 
  b.~1839           james           
  d.06dec1841       b.29jan1842  At sea on the Timandra
  at sea            d.28sep1922  258 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, NZ
                    m.13mar1862 folio 0139
                    b.23mar1843 in St Teath, Cornwall, England
                    d.23nov1928 in Marama Terrace, Birkenhead, Auckland     
James     Richard   Elizabeth Charles   Emma      Lily      Helen        John      Lucy
oxenbury  (dick)    jane      edward    |         mabel     (Nellie)     snell     may
b.1863    b.1865    b.1867    b.1869    b.1871    b.1874    b.20jan1877  b.1881    b.1883

Bryant a stone mason and brother Philip and their families emigrated to NZ on the
Timandra from Plymouth 2 November 1841 - arrived New Plymouth 23 February 1842.

VERCOE FAMILY by Dorothy Browne update 9 aug 2008

Bryant Vercoe was born in St Mawes, Cornwall 23 Oct 1809.
              He married Elizabeth Tiddy 11 Jun 1837.
              His Father was Philip VERCOE, and his mother was Jane ODGERS

1841     Bryant and Elizabeth emigrated to New Zealand on the TImandra
         They had a 2 year old son, James who died 6 Dec 1841.
         Another son  was born a few weeks before reaching New Plymouth,
                      Richard James VERCOE,   - 29 Jan 1842 -1922
         Bryant a stonemason came to New Zealand with his some of 
         his brother and sisters.
         Philip (a mason)and his wife Catherine (Collins)
         also his sister Martha VARCOE, and  Jane and her husband John Hooker.
1842     He recieved a land grant in New Plymouth.
1846     New Plymouth census  - Bryant Vercoe, 1 house.
1846     July 22, Bought land on Suburban Section, 61/2 acres,at 
         New Plymouth, No 21 ? £32-10- 01
         Didn't settle and moved to Auckland when Richard was 5.
1847     Bryant Vercoe received a land grant near Wellesley Street, Auckland.
1849     July 2nd, Sold land in NP.
1851     Landlord of The Caledonian Hotel, Auckland

1858/9   Publican at Royal Exchange in Shortland Street.
         On jurors List, as living near Hobson Street.

1853     . .from the book The  "Rock & the Sky by HM Mabbett.1977.
         Secured land at Matakana about March which was on the opposite bank
         to Tongue Farm, as far as the main road.
         This was 8 months before the first Crown land Auction.
         A  Mr Johnson owned Tongue Farm and introduced gorse hedges to the district,     
         At first he jealously guarded their gorse seed.
         The story goes that Vercoe swam the river one night and helped himself. . . .
1858-63  Bryant Vercoe - Publicans renewal licenses for the 
         Royal Exchange Hotel in Shortland St.

1866     Publican Licence - Greyhound Hotel

1875     Living on Kawau Island, was a shepherd for Sir George Grey.
         At some time he received a strain whilst building a warf 
         at Kawau Isand, of which he suffered untill his death.  
         The stone work base is still visable today.

1881     Bryant died 1881 at his sons, Henderson's Mill, Auckland,
         New Zealand, at 71 years of age.
         Buried in Auckland,  (possibly Symonds Street Cemetery, 
         which was Auckland cemetery.)     
         Undertakers were from Wellesley Street.   (Death Cerificate)

Voyage of the Timandra Source: Denis and Peter's OurStuff - passenger lists

Fatal Success - A History of the New Zealand Company
"....Dr George Forbes, who sailed from Plymouth for New Plymouth on the Timandra that same year, reported a quiet cabin and in the steerage 'a little Ireland or hell of swearing, filth, theft and pilfering'.
In despair, he drew up 'a new code of Regulations', and did his best to enforce them despite his passengers' tendency 'to do nothing from morn till night but make puddings, compositions of bacon & fat, eat & cook, eternally eating, cooking, baking ....'. some nearly killed themselves and their children 'by down right cramming'.
They lived together, Forbes wrote, 'not as a community, but everyone for himself, and himself for his belly. Still the work is done - the routine followed out, and will too, but with difficulties.' There were good men among them, 'at present eclipsed, as the Brookings, Harrison, Allan, Treweek, Clare, Vercoes, Prout'."

Daily Southern Cross,   6th September 1851, page 3
Criminal Sessions.
Monday, Sept. 1st, 1851.

Before His Honor Chief Justice Martin. The Grand" Jury (E. Mayne, Esq.,' foreman) were very shortly addressed by His Honor, and, having retired with two indictments, returned true bills against William Martin and George Strongman. William Martin (described as a laborer), of Auckland, was indicted for having, on the 14th of August, stolen two boxes of cigars, of the value of £10, the property of Bryant Vercoe,in the dwelling house of the said Bryant Vercoe, &c. Mr. Vercoe's evidence was as follows : —
I am landlord of the * Caledonian Hotel.' I had ten boxes of cigars in the house on the 14th August ; they were in the longroom adjoining the bar. Each box was of the value of £5. Had seen them between II and 12 o'clock. On being told that two -boxes were missing, went in search of them, and found them in the bow of the ' Glencoe V boat, which was lying at the end of the wharf in front of his house. The prisoner had been in the house that evening. (Mr. Vercoe further stated that lie half no reasonable doubt that the boxes produced, which were those found in the boat, were the boxes stolen from his house.) William Brightman, bar-man at the Caledonian Hotel, gave evidence- in reference to the missing boxes — to the similarity of those produced — and to the presence of the prisoner in the house in the evening on which they were stolen. Benjamin Toung. a native of Rotumah, stated-— that he was cook on board the 'Glencoe' On the evening of the 14th he was on shore and at Mr. Vercoe's house, and recollected seeing the prisoner in the long-room there. The prisoner brought out two boxes of cigars and gave them to me, and told me to take them to the boat. At first I refused, but ultimately I took them to the boat and put them into it, but did not put anything over them. William Hennessey deposed to having seen the prisoner at Mr. Vercoe's on the evening in question The boxes were in a corner ; saw prisoner take hold of one, and told him if he did not put it down he would get himself into trouble. Prisoner asked why they did not go and help him? Mr. Edward Rich, Commission Agent, proved the sale of twelve boxes of cigars to Mr. Vercoe on the 14th August, and the delivery of them on that day. He also identified the boxes produced in court as those sold by him to Mr. Vercoe.
The Jury retired, and, after an absence of about an hour, returned a verdict of Guilty.

Daily Southern Cross,   2nd December 1851, page 3
Resident Magistrate's Court.
Yesterday Thomas Hill was brought before the Resident Magistrate, charged by Mrs. Vercoe, with tittering counterfeit coin ;
the prosecutrix stated, that on Sunday afternoon the prisoner was at the Caledonia Hotel, and had some liquer and a bottle of rum ; he paid her ten sixpences, which upon examination proved to be counterfeits } she gave information to the police.
John Rice, armed police, stated, that from information he received from the last witness, he went in search of the prisoner ; he found him in bed at Mr. Childerhouse's, in Chancery-street, he was asleep; before I awoke him, I searched his jacket, and in a bag in one of the pockets I found 59 counterfeit sixpences ; I then awoke the prisoner, who dressed in, and owned the clothes, and lodged him in the lock-Tip. Afterwards I went on board the vessel he came down the river in, and, searched his chest, where I found a mould, a lump of pewter, and an iron spoon; they were produced in Court.
The prisoner, who made no defence, was remanded. John Duncan was then charged with having two counterfeit coins in his possession; the prisoner, it appeared, had been drinking at Mr. Vercoe's on Sunday, but could give no account how the (sixpences) coin came into his possession. The other prisoner stated, he saw Duncan give Mrs. Vercoe half-a-crown, and that he got the sixpences in change. prisoner Duncan was also remanded.

New Zealand Herald,   23 December 1878, psge 3
Ay examination of the scholars attending the above schools took place on wednesday, the 18th inst., the Rev. R. Somerville, of the Whau, being examiner. Several members of the School Committee were in attendance ; also, many friends and relatives of the pupils, who manifested keen interest in the juvenile competition.
The following prizes were awarded : —
Reading and Poetry—
First Class : Miss M. Malam, Ist prize. Second Class : Miss E. Grant, Ist prize; Willie Hepburn, Richard H. Vercoe, 2nd prizes. Third Class : Miss Lizzie Malam, Ist prize ; Charles E. Vercoe, 2nd prize. Fourth Class : J. Duncan, Ist prize; Emma Vercoe and John Malam, 2nd prizes.
History. Miss Duncan, Ist prize; R. H. Vercoe 2nd prize. Geography and Grammar. R. H. Vercoe and Miss M. Malam were each awarded a handsome prize for their proficiency in the above.
Recitations. The recitations were all good, but Miss Elizabeth Vercoe was finally awarded the prize.
Writing.—First Class : Miss M. Malam, Ist prize ; Miss Lizzie Laurie, 2nd prize. Second Class : J. 0. Vercoe, Ist prize; W. Hepburn, 2nd prize.
Sewing. Miss Duncan, Ist prize ; Miss Emma Vercoe, 2nd prize.

The examination gave great credit to the painstaking and praiseworthy efforts of the teacher, Miss Hanson, who is, evidently, a favourite with her scholars, and very highly appreciated by their parents.
A school fete took place in the afternoon. The weather being unfavourable, it was held in the grand stand. Good things were plentiful, and thoroughly appreciated by the juveniles. Those taking advantage of a change in the weather, finished the day's enjoyment in racing and other sports.

The Vercoe website of Dorothy eleanor Vercoe decendant of John Snell Vercoe b.1880 brother of Helen
Vercoe Family Trees Vercoe and related family trees visit the website of Gary Young
(decendant of Philip Vercoe b.1803 whoes family also came to NZ)
Young Family Website

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