Cleghorn Family Tree

Elizabeth Finch (née Shaw)

Elizabeth ShawAge: 54 years18211875

Name
Elizabeth Shaw
Given names
Elizabeth
Surname
Shaw
Married name
Elizabeth Finch
Birth 1821
MarriageJohn FinchView this family
1840 (Age 19 years)

Birth of a son
#1
John Finch
1841 (Age 20 years)

Birth of a son
#2
Samuel Finch
1843 (Age 22 years)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Emma Finch
1844 (Age 23 years)
Emigration 22 November 1847 (Age 26 years)
Note: John Wickliffe, Ship: 662 tons; Captain: Bartholomew Daly; Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Henry Manning
Birth of a daughter
#4
Elizabeth Finch
1847 (Age 26 years)
Immigration 23 March 1848 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#5
William Finch
1850 (Age 29 years)

Birth of a daughter
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Mary Ann Finch
1851 (Age 30 years)

Birth of a son
#7
George Finch
1854 (Age 33 years)

Birth of a son
#8
Edward Finch
1856 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Sarah Jane Finch
1858 (Age 37 years)

Birth of a son
#10
Mark Finch
1860 (Age 39 years)

Marriage of a childSamuel FinchElizabeth StrainView this family
1869 (Age 48 years)

Marriage of a childWilliam James TitchenerElizabeth FinchView this family
1874 (Age 53 years)
Address: St John’s Church Milton
Burial of a sonWilliam Finch
19 May 1875 (Age 54 years)

Death 16 October 1875 (Age 54 years)
Burial 19 October 1875 (3 days after death)
Address: Saint Johns Anglican Church Milton, Otago, New Zealand
Note: Headstone Transcript:
Biography 2000 (124 years after death)

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Emigration

John Wickliffe, Ship: 662 tons; Captain: Bartholomew Daly; Surgeon Superintendent: Dr Henry Manning

John Wickliffe was the first ship to arrive carrying Scottish settlers, including Otago settlement founder Captain William Cargill, in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. The ship was named after the Reformer, John Wycliffe.

Departing with 97 passengers from Gravesend, near London, on 22 November 1847, and from Portsmouth on 14 December 1847, she arrived at Port Chalmers on 23 March 1848. Her sister ship, Philip Laing, arrived three weeks later on 15 April.

Burial

Headstone Transcript: John Finch died 24 No 1897 aged 83 years His wife Elizabeth died 19 Oct 1875 aged 51 years Also William Finch died 23 May 1875 aged 26 years.

Biography

John and Elizabeth Finch immigrated to New Zealand as young parents. Born in Derbyshire England in 1814, John worked as a labourer before leaving for Otago. Elizabeth was also born in Derbyshire, in 1821. The couple married about 1840. Along with their four children, John and Elizabeth left London for New Zealand in November 1847. They travelled on board the John Wickliffe, the first ship to reach Otago carrying immigrants for the proposed Presbyterian settlement. Treacherous weather and storms battled the Wickliffe as it journeyed to Otago and after 166 long and rocky days at sea the ship arrived in Port Chalmers in March 1848.

As some of the first colonial settlers in Dunedin, John and Elizabeth faced the difficult task of constructing a home in the fledging settlement’s harsh and wild terrain. Barracks were initially constructed on the beach from local materials such as native grasses, flax and timber. The Finch family lived in these barracks before eventually settling in the Stafford-Princes Street area in 1849. Whilst living in Dunedin John worked as a storeman and a public carrier.

After nearly a decade of living in Dunedin, John then purchased a farm, named ‘Athol Farm’, on the Tokomairiro plain and Jane and the family moved with him. Misfortune struck in 1867 when fire consumed the farm’s barn. Rumours circulated that the fire was not accidental; however, it is unknown if the arsonist was ever caught.

John and Elizabeth had an additional six children in New Zealand. In 1875 however, they lost one of their sons, William. Elizabeth passed away that same year. John died later in 1887. His obituary noted that he ‘never took a prominent part in public affairs but followed the quiet life of a settler’. Mark Finch subsequently took over the running of ‘Athol Farm’.

MarriageJohn and Elizabeth FinchJohn and Elizabeth Finch
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Emigrationship John Wickliffe at anchorship John Wickliffe at anchor
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ImmigrationA plaque set in the footpath at the intersection of Water Street and Princes Street, Dunedin marks the landing place of the ship ‘John Wickliffe’ which brought the first British settlers to Otago in 1848.A plaque set in the footpath at the intersection of Water Street and Princes Street, Dunedin marks the landing place of the ship ‘John Wickliffe’ which brought the first British settlers to Otago in 1848.
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DeathElizabeth Finch death noticeElizabeth Finch death notice
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BurialElizabeth Finch Funeral noticeElizabeth Finch Funeral notice
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Media objectElizabeth outside the original cottage at Athol Farm c.1860Elizabeth outside the original cottage at Athol Farm c.1860
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