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The New Zealand Gunson families appear to originate mainly from 3 brothers
from Lancashire family, with ours decended from the youngest George, born 1810.
The eldest William b.1804 was the first to check out NZ, arriving in Auckland 04 nov 1858,
Impressed he promtly returned to collect his family, arriving back in Auckland 26 sept 1859, ,on the Tornado from Liverpool,from Auckland they went north to Mangapai.
With him came his yougest brother George b.1810 with his unmarried son James b.1838. they settled in Auckland, however George's wife Isabella remained behind in Backbarrow, with her youngest son John Thomas( who is recorded as imbecil in 1871)
Isabella died on 17 January 1879.
The 1861 census, Backbarrow, shows Isabell Gunson as head with son John Thomas aged 9 and next door is
Isabella and George's eldest son George wilson Gunson , b.1833, and family. Some time between 1961 and 71 census, George wilson Gunson his wife mary ann and eldest son William, b.1858, also emigrated, Sadly George wilson Gunson died 22 dec 1865, his wife Mary ann remarried in 1866. According to some reseach son George b.1859 dosnt appear to have been with them , it was thought he had been left behind with his grandmother Isabella , however no George Gunson is not found anywhere in 1871 census, however shipping intelligence for dec 1877 shows a George Gunson on the Barque Chili departed london for Auckland.
George b.1859 does appear in Auckland in 1880, a year after his mother Isabella's death, possible he had gone home to sort out his mother Isabella's estate. Back in Auckland George like his elder brother James became a Builder.
In 1883 George married Alice sophia oakes Mann.
According to a grandson, Albert george Gunson, Alice and George was a ship board romance, as it seems unlikely Alice went back to the UK this may have been an inshore journey, which given roads were still primitive was ofter the only praticle means of transport between cities.
Two sons of James Gunson b.1806 also went to NZ,
George b.1838 in 1878, and William b.1851 in 1873
My thanks to researches by Niel Gunson, John Burton in constucting this narrative.
George Gunson m. Mary Peel b.1767 | b.1767 d.1849 | d.1844 | |=======================|==================|=================|| William to NZ 1858/9 James George to NZ 1859 b.1804 b.17may1806 b.09sep1810 d.25may1866 d.1888 d.22dec1865 Auckland NZ | Ruarangi | | | | m.16feb1833 m.1834 m.1832 | Ulverston | Cartmel | Dalton Mary Elizabeth Isabella Postlethwaite Withers Wilson b. b. b.~1813 d. d. d.1879 UK | | | |================|| |=============|| |===================|==============|==========| James 1834 George 1838 George James John Agnes mary James wilson | thomas William 1837 William 1851 | | | George 1839 c.01dec1833 b.1838 b.1852 John 1841 d.1868 d.1913 Samuel | | Benson | m1.......m2. Daniel 1847 | | Eleanor m1.decqt1857 Ann Smith Mary nee Jane | Smith Byrne Tennant | Mary ann m2.11aug1870 Thomas Steel Maitland b.~1830 Colton d. | children born Colton Lancs |===============|==============|============|| William George James b.~1858 c.31jul1859 c.21dec1862 d. d.04jun1945 NZ aged 85 | | m. m.05dec1883 NZ | | Elizabeth Alice sophia oakes Hogg Mann b.06dec1860 Smethwick d.22jan1923
1841 census Source HO107; Piece: 528; Book: 8; ED 4; Folio: 9; Page: 11; Place Parish of Cartmel, lancashire Dwelling Staverly George Gunson 30 Joiner Isabella Gunson 25 George Gunson 7 James Gunson 3 Mary Gunson 6monthsGeorge Gunson (jnr) christened 01dec1833 at
1851 census Source Ho107, Piece 2274, folio 219 page 30 Place Backbarrow, parish of Colton, Eclesiatical District of Haverthwaite Dwelling Schedule 103, Backbarrow George Gunson head m 40 Joiner and house Carpenter Colton, Lancs Isabella Gunson wife m 38 Pennington Wilson Gunson son s 17 Apprentice Joiner Cartmele James Gunson son s 13 Scholar Cartmele Mary Gunson dau 10 Cartmele Agnes Gunson dau 7 Coulton
1861 census Source RG9 piece 3166 Folio 5 Page 3 Place Backbarrow, Colton district 1d, Lancashire Dwelling Shedule 11, Finsthwaite Lane George wilson Gunson head M 28 Joiner Cartmel Lancashire Mary ann Gunson wife m 30 Dress Maker Colton Lancashire William Gunson son 3 Colton Lancashire George Gunson son 1 Colton LancashireGeorge wilson's mother Isabella and son John thomas are next door at shedule 10 page 2
1871 census Source Place Colton Dwelling schedule 41, Finsthwaite Lane Isabella Gunson head m 58 Joiners wife Colton John thomas Gunson son s 19 Cartmel
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