Cleghorn Family Tree

Thomas William Cleghorn

Thomas William CleghornAge: 42 years18761918

Name
Thomas William Cleghorn
Birth 9 July 1876 40 24
Birth of a brotherRobert Charleton ‘Uncle Bob’ Cleghorn
1 January 1879 (Age 2 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherThomas Cleghorn
24 August 1883 (Age 7 years)
Note: Buried by James Beck (Rector)
Death of a paternal grandmotherSarah Chisnall
August 1892 (Age 16 years)
MarriageThurza EdmondsView this family
1 September 1896 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Eveline Maude Cleghorn
13 April 1897 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Mary Cleghorn
about 1898 (Age 21 years)

Death of a daughterMary Cleghorn
about 1898 (Age 21 years)

Cause: Stillborn
Birth of a son
#3
Thomas William Cleghorn
23 January 1900 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
#4
Ernest Joseph ‘Ernie’ Cleghorn
6 November 1901 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#5
James Robert ‘Jim’ Cleghorn
22 May 1904 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6
Mary Cleghorn
15 November 1906 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a son
#7
John Cleghorn
15 November 1906 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8
Winifred Cleghorn
3 August 1908 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#9
Arthur George Cleghorn
21 October 1909 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Charles Edward Cleghorn
10 February 1912 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#11
David Henry ‘Dot’ Cleghorn
18 March 1914 (Age 37 years)
Death of a sisterSarah Jane Cleghorn
12 July 1915 (Age 39 years)
Burial of a sisterSarah Jane Cleghorn
after 12 July 1915 (Age 39 years)
Address: Plot 4 Moa Creek Cemetery also known as Ida Valley Cemetery
Note: In Memory of our beloved Mother
Birth of a son
#12
Alfred Eric Cleghorn
31 July 1915 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a son
#13
Harold Cleghorn
13 August 1916 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a daughter
#14
Annie Cleghorn
13 August 1916 (Age 40 years)
Death of a sonJohn Cleghorn
1917 (Age 40 years)
Cause: Diphtheria
Shared note: Aged 11 years
Death of a fatherThomas Cleghorn
3 March 1917 (Age 40 years)
Cause: Senile Decay, Asthenia
Burial of a fatherThomas Cleghorn
6 March 1917 (Age 40 years)
Cemetery: Aramoho Cemetery
Birth of a daughter
#15
Ethel Rose Cleghorn
12 March 1918 (Age 41 years)
Occupation
Surfaceman - Railway Employee

Death 24 November 1918 (Age 42 years)
Cause of death: Influenza
Note: From influenza during the Great Flu Epidemic
Burial 26 November 1918 (2 days after death)
Address: Cemetery: Oamaru Old - Presbyterian Section Block 76 Plot 55 and 56
Religion: Presbyterian
Note: In Loving Memory of Thomas William and Thurza Cleghorn,
Biography 1991 (72 years after death)

Note: Thomas William Cleghorn and Thurza Edmonds were first cousins, their mothers, Eliza Jane Charleton a…
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: 22 January 1874Arrowtown, New Zealand
17 months
elder sister
1 year
himself
3 years
younger brother
Family with Thurza Edmonds - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: 1 September 1896Dunedin, New Zealand
7 months
daughter
21 months
daughter
2 years
son
21 months
son
3 years
son
3 years
daughter
Mary CleghornMary Cleghorn
Birth: 15 November 1906 30 29Hampden, New Zealand
Death: 29 April 1979Oamaru, New Zealand
son
John Cleghorn
Birth: 15 November 1906 30 29Hampden, New Zealand
Death: 1917Hampden, New Zealand
21 months
daughter
15 months
son
2 years
son
2 years
son
16 months
son
1 year
son
daughter
19 months
daughter

Death

From influenza during the Great Flu Epidemic

Burial

In Loving Memory of Thomas William and Thurza Cleghorn, also their 3 grandchildren, Noeline Jean Cleghorn, Barry and Gavin Andrew

Headstone: white marble set in concrete - sealed.

Biography

Thomas William Cleghorn and Thurza Edmonds were first cousins, their mothers, Eliza Jane Charleton and Mary Ann Charleton were sisters.

Thomas and Thurza married at Dunedin on 1st September 1896 and proceeded to have a family of fifteen children. Thomas worked for the Railways as a Surfaceman, first at Sawyers Bay, then later at Hampden. Thomas was paid fortnightly, so on pay day he would go straight to the Grocers on his way home and square up his account. They say he was a very honest man and was never in debt to anyone. Everyone I have spoken to says he was the sort of bloke that would give the shirt off his back. The most agreeable and friendly sort of chap. In 1918 Thomas caught influenza during the Great Flu Epidemic and died at the early age of 42, leaving Thurza with thirteen children to raise, (one child having been stillborn, and another child dying from diphtheria). It was after Thomas’s death that Thurza had the original house pulled down and a small wooden lean-to house built in its place, because she believed the disease was in the bricks.

Thurza received five bob a week pension from the Railways, plus the Widow’s pension. Times were really hard, so with the help of the older children Thurza just managed to get by. She had a very good vegetable garden and kept hens and cows. Unless a farmer gave them some mutton or they killed an old chook, they ate very little meat. Thurza was well known for her vege stews and ginger-bread which she made in the big roasting dish. Visitors were always assured of a fresh batch of scones. Mary always helped when she came home by paying the grocer’ s bill, (it must have been quite a large amount because the Grocer, Mr Laing was so impressed he gave Mary a gold watch). Mary also helped out with buying clothes for the little ones. Thurza did enjoy a game of cards, so Winnie or Jim would often come over in the evening to play. Even though the Cleghorn children grew up in really hard times, they all cared deeply for their mother and none of them were ever in trouble with the Law.

Thurza suffered very severely from Parkinson's disease, which is hereditary and has been passed on to several of her children. Asthma is another disease that has been passed on through the generations, although I am not sure as to the source.

Note

New Zealand's worst disease outbreak, the lethal influenza pandemic that struck between October and December 1918. In two months New Zealand lost about half as many people to influenza as it had in the whole of the First World War. No event haskilled so many New Zealanders in such a short time.

Many people believed that the severe form of influenza was caused by the arrival of ‘a deadly new virus’ aboard the Royal Mail liner Niagara on 12 October, but this is unlikely to have been the case. However the pandemic arose, by the time iteased in December the death toll had topped 8600. Maori suffered heavily, with at least 2160 deaths. But death did not occur evenly either among Maori or New Zealanders as a whole: some communities were decimated; others escaped largelyunscathed. The only places struck with uniform severity were military camps.

There were consistencies, though, in the ways in which the country responded to the crisis. Central committees were established to coordinate relief efforts, and areas were divided into blocks or districts, each with its own ‘depot or bureau’.Many public facilities and businesses closed, and public events and gatherings were postponed. With the medical workforce already stretched due to the war, volunteers had to fill the gaps, whether in their own household or in their localcommunity.

In the aftermath, the public sought answers from the government. What they got was a major reorganisation in the form of the 1920 Health Act, which Geoffrey Rice, author of Black November: The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand, describes as‘the most useful legacy' of the pandemic.