Cleghorn Family Tree

Thomas CleghornAge: 80 years18361917

Thomas Cleghorn
Birth 29 June 1836 35 23
Birth of a sisterSarah Cleghorn
28 September 1837 (Age 14 months)
Birth of a brotherWilliam Cleghorn
1839 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterJane Story Cleghorn
17 April 1840 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJames Hearn Cleghorn
10 November 1841 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherArthur White Cleghorn
14 May 1843 (Age 6 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherRalph Cleghorn
November 1843 (Age 7 years)

Baptism of a brotherJames Hearn Cleghorn
27 December 1843 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a sisterAnne Hearn Cleghorn
July 1846 (Age 10 years)
Baptism of a sisterAnne Hearn Cleghorn
13 May 1847 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a brotherRobert Hedley Cleghorn
21 September 1848 (Age 12 years)
Census 30 March 1851 (Age 14 years)
Address: 13 Harrington Square
Birth of a sisterPhillis Cleghorn
13 October 1852 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a sisterMary Cleghorn
27 April 1856 (Age 19 years)
Baptism of a sisterMary Cleghorn
27 April 1856 (Age 19 years)
Census 7 April 1861 (Age 24 years)
Immigration 1863 (Age 26 years)
Residence 1869 (Age 32 years)
Note: The 1869-70 Electoral Roll lists Thomas Cleghorn as living in Switzers (now know as Waikaia - about 50kms from Lumsden) in a wooden house on Carnies Hill. He must have owned the house because to get on the electoral roll you had to own property of some sort.
MarriageEliza Jane CharletonView this family
22 January 1874 (Age 37 years)
Saddler and Goldminer
16 October 1874 (Age 38 years)

Note: From the New Zealand Gazette
Birth of a daughter
Sarah Jane Cleghorn
4 July 1875 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a son
Thomas William Cleghorn
9 July 1876 (Age 40 years)
Residence 1878 (Age 41 years)
Note: The Wises Directory 1878 lists: Cleghorn, T. Waikouaiti, Saddler.
Birth of a son
Robert Charleton ‘Uncle Bob’ Cleghorn
1 January 1879 (Age 42 years)
Death of a fatherThomas Cleghorn
24 August 1883 (Age 47 years)
Note: Buried by James Beck (Rector)
Residence between 1883 and 1884 (Age 46 years)
Death of a motherSarah Chisnall
August 1892 (Age 56 years)
Bankruptcy Notice
11 May 1893 (Age 56 years)
Bankruptcy Notice 19 May 1893 (Age 56 years)
Court Appearance
Resident Magistrate's Court
14 July 1893 (Age 57 years)
Court Appearance
Resident Magistrate's Court
17 July 1893 (Age 57 years)
Bankruptcy Notice
In Bankruptcy
13 December 1893 (Age 57 years)
Marriage of a childThomas William CleghornThurza EdmondsView this family
1 September 1896 (Age 60 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Cleghorn
July 1904 (Age 68 years)
Death of a brotherRobert Hedley Cleghorn
16 August 1904 (Age 68 years)

Death of a brotherArthur White Cleghorn
1909 (Age 72 years)

Marriage of a childRobert Charleton ‘Uncle Bob’ CleghornMatilda Hazel McAlisterView this family
1914 (Age 77 years)
Death of a daughterSarah Jane Cleghorn
12 July 1915 (Age 79 years)
Burial of a daughterSarah Jane Cleghorn
after 12 July 1915 (Age 79 years)
Address: Plot 4 Moa Creek Cemetery also known as Ida Valley Cemetery
Note: In Memory of our beloved Mother
Residence before 3 March 1917 (Age 80 years)
Address: Wanganui Jubilee Home
Note: The Jubilee Home. The Wanganui Jubilee Home is most pleasantly situated on the banks of the Wanganui…
Death 3 March 1917 (Age 80 years)
Cause of death: Senile Decay, Asthenia
Burial 6 March 1917 (3 days after death)
Cemetery: Aramoho Cemetery
Biography 1991 (73 years after death)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: 7 January 1834Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
3 years
15 months
younger sister
Sarah Cleghorn
Birth: 28 September 1837 36 24Bildeston, Suffolk, England
Death: June 1926Ipswich, England
2 years
younger brother
William Cleghorn
Birth: 1839 37 25Bildeston, Suffolk, England
Death: July 1904Whitechapel, Middlesex, England
16 months
younger sister
19 months
younger brother
18 months
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
4 years
younger sister
4 years
younger sister
Family with Eliza Jane Charleton - View this family
Marriage: 22 January 1874Arrowtown, New Zealand
17 months
1 year
3 years


The 1869-70 Electoral Roll lists Thomas Cleghorn as living in Switzers (now know as Waikaia - about 50kms from Lumsden) in a wooden house on Carnies Hill. He must have owned the house because to get on the electoral roll you had to own property of some sort.


St Paul's Church, Arrowtown. New Zealand

Officiating Minister: Rev Jackson Smith

Witnesses: Annie Poppleton, Servant, of Arrowtown Charles R. Kennedy, a Mason, of Arrowtown.


From the New Zealand Gazette “Thomas Cleghorn, Saddler, Arrowtown bought ten shares in the “Sons of Fortune" old Mining Co. 16 Oct 1874 at the cost of £1 each. The mine was at Arrow River Falls, Otago, and managed by Albert Evans.”


The Wises Directory 1878 lists: Cleghorn, T. Waikouaiti, Saddler.


The Jubilee Home. The Wanganui Jubilee Home is most pleasantly situated on the banks of the Wanganui River, at a distance of some four miles above the bridge. Like many of the Wanganui institutions, it has a history of its own and by no means uninteresting. It was erected by Mr. Henry Churton for the purpose of a college for Maori girls. No expense was spared in its construction, and during Mr. Churton's lifetime it was by him liberally endowed, but the death of its founder in 1887, and the losses sustained by his estate, which, if accountable, were at least unsuspected, deprived the college of its support. Mr. Churton's philanthropic work finding no successor to carry it on, the inmates of the college were obliged to return to their homes, and the building became unoccupied, and gradually got out of repair. In 1892 the need for a home for the aged needy was urgently felt in Wanganui; indeed, some efforts had been made in this direction prior to that time, and a fund of some £220 was lying at interest, having been collected by the ladies of Wanganui for the purposes of a home. The old college was offered at that time for sale, and the officers of the Benevolent Board seeing its suitability for their requirements, made strenuous efforts to become possessed of it. Mrs. Treadwell, the treasurer of the ladies' fund, was appealed to, with the result that that sum was handed to the board, and application was also made to the trustees of the Fox memorial fund, which resulted in the handing over to the board the sum of £70. Thus nearly £300 was raised, which entitled the board to a bonus from the Government equal to twenty-four shillings in the pound. The negotiations with the executors in the estate of the late Mr. Churton had in the meantime resulted in the transfer of the college to the board for the sum of £555. This sum was paid over for its purchase, the balance of the money being devoted to the furnishing of the home. It is a beautiful home, standing in the midst of about three acres of grounds, the whole of which are used for lawns, flower-beds, and vegetable-gardens. It was erected at a cost of £2500, and, with the grounds, is worth at least £3000. Both the Wanganui people and the Board itself are to be congratulated upon its possession. The inmates number about thirty, and all do what they can to beautify their grounds, and to keep the building in a thoroughly healthy condition.





The following report was received from the principal of the Jubilee Horme (Mr. J. Stewart) at the meeting of the Hospital Board yesterday : I would respectfully suggest that both a sanitary system, and also up-to-date lighting for the Jubilee Home, receive your most serious consideration".

At the present time, and also during tho past month, a number of the inmates had been very much subject to bad attacks of diarrhoea, and according to present arrangements inmates have to go down a long outside stair and then walk nearly 100 yards to the nearest closet, but as it is quite impossible for all men to even get down stairs under such circumstances, therefore a great deal of very disagreeable work has to be done in consequence, through,,there being no proper convenience or sanitary arrangements inside the building. In an institution such as this, part of the duties are always more or less disagreeable, which we take as a portion of the general routine without complaint, but at present the position is aggravated for want of up-to-date appliances and modern sanitary arrangements, and when to this is added the difficulty of getting suitable help to carry on the work under such circumstances the position of those in charge is anything but a sinecure. The present system of lighting, besides being dangerous, is also insufficient and very expensive. During the month of December there were 2 inmates discharged and 1 admitted to the Home, leaving 36 in the institution at 1st Jan, 1918. In conclusion, we wish to sincerely thank all those ladies and gentlemen who contributed so generously towards the comforts, good cheer and amusements of the inmates during tho festive season and throughout the year. The matter was referred to the executive to report on.


Eliza Jane Charleton arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand on June 8th, 1869, aged 18 years as a general servant on board the ship ‘Caroline Coventry’. In the book “White Wings” by Sir Henry Brett, the following information is given of this voyage. ‘Caroline Coventry’, 1869, 880 tons, Captain Ollery, sailed 25th February, arrived 8th June, after a stormy passage of 129 days. Passengers 68. Total cost of passage:£15. Signed Promissory Note (No. 9) for £15 on the understanding that the notes are not to be collected if the immigrants remain in the province three years from the date of their arrival there. When researching Eliza and Thomas I originally had them having three children, then quite by accident I stumbled upon another child by the name of Ethel Mary Perry Cleghorn, born 18-Dec-1894 at Dunedin and registered at North East Valley by Eliza. I thought this is great, nobody knows about this child and we all knew Thomas had taken off and left Eliza and children. Was this child born before he left or after? I thought it best to start with the Birth Certificate, which when it arrived from the Registrar General, I thought, now nobody can say, “Oh you must have made a mistake, that’s not right at all”. Well it was not long in coming. I swapped information with Karen Cleghorn and I sent her a copy of the certificate. She immediately wrote back saying I had it wrong, that it was Sarah Jane’s baby (Eliza’s eldest child). I did not believe this as I was told that the only certificate that you can rely on as being factual is the birth certificate, as the information supplied when registering a birth is then checked with the Doctor. At this time I was trying to find Sarah’s marriage date with little success, I knew she had married a Harry or Henry Graves. Ross rang me from Dunedin to say that a Tip Top man called Jack Graves had left some information at Eric Andrew’s shop at Karitane. From this we have been able to prove that Sarah was the mother, and at age nineteen and probably unmarried, I can only assume that Eliza was trying to protect her daughter from disgrace.

It seems probable that Thomas Cleghorn left Eliza about 1887 but at this stage there is nothing to prove it. I did get his Death Certificate hoping that it may shed some light on the matter, but no Eliza Jane (Granny Cleghorn). He may have had someone in Wanganui although it appears not, as he was buried in a pauper's grave. Apparently nobody claimed his body. His grave has no headstone. The family would have to buy the plot before a headstone could be erected.