Clara Jane Skelton, 18541935 (aged 80 years)

Name
Clara Jane /Skelton/
Surname
Skelton
Given names
Clara Jane
Also known as
Clara Jane /King/
Birth
Address: 15 New Street, Westminster, London
Note: Birth date previously noted on database as 11 May 1854

Birth date previously noted on database as 11 May 1854
Current date substituted to match Clara Jane's own handwritten record & Birth certificate

Baptism
Family residence
Address: Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand
Note: First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

Joshua King was Postmaster in Manaia from 1888. Moving south, Joshua is later listed in the The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts] 1903 as being in Tapanui, Otago:
"The Tapanui Post And Telegraph Office is picturequely situated upon one of the most elevated situations in the town, and can be classed as one of the neatest country offices in Otago. Internally, it is a model of convenience and consideration for the needs of the public. The office was erected in 1895 at a cost of £500. During the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a very handsome clock was presented by the residents of Tapanui and placed in the centre of the building, where it is a decided ornament. Mr. Joshua King is Postmaster and Telegraphist."

The family is listed in Dunedin city directories from around 1912.

Death of a sister
Burial of a sister
Birth of a sister
Burial of a paternal grandmother
December 1856 (aged 2 years)
Death of a paternal grandmother
Birth of a sister
Death of a sister
Birth of a brother
Birth of a brother
Birth of a sister
Note: 15 New Street, London, England
Death of a sister
Birth of a sister
Birth of a brother
Death of a maternal grandfather
June 28, 1863 (aged 8 years)
Birth of a sister
Birth of a brother
Death of a brother
Death of a maternal grandmother
Burial of a paternal grandfather
Death of a paternal grandfather
Emigration
Note: Arrived at Wellington on the "Halcion". Departed Gravesend 18 May 1879, travelling "Saloon" or First Class as a single woman. Paid for by father

Arrived at Wellington on the "Halcion". Departed Gravesend 18 May 1879, travelling "Saloon" or First Class as a single woman. Paid for by father

Note: 15/2/16, according to http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzbound/halcione.htm
'The Halcione made ten voyages to Wellington including one in 1879 and was wrecked there when attempting to enter the port 8 January 1896.' (Assuming this is the same ship despite different spelling}

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Halcione1879.htm would seem to conform the above, showing

'Halcione
Ship: 842 tons
Captain: Parker
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London 1879 - arrived Wellinton August 18th 1879'

Included in Saloon class passangers is "Sketon Clara"

Religious marriage
Religion: Catholic Apostolic Church
Death of a mother
( after death)
Note: FreeBDM records deaths for two Elizabeth Agnes Skeltons:

FreeBDM records deaths for two Elizabeth Agnes Skeltons:

The first in St James, Westminster district in 1854 (the birth place, and birth year of daughter Clara Jane Skelton) , which might imply death in childbirth of Clara

Ref: Skelton Elizabeth Agnes St James 1a 380

However the death is registered in the third/ September Quarter 1854 - i.e. BEFORE the birth of Clara Jane on November 3rd. Age not noted on this record.

Possibly Clara's sister or grandmother?

The other Elizabeth Agnes Skelton was registered in Edmonton district in 1910, age 87 - which would have made her contemporaneous with Clara's Father Samuel John Brewer Skelton.
Edmonton registration district is adjacent to Middlesex district.

SKELTON Elizabeth Agnes 87 Edmonton 3a 199

Birth of a daughter
July 27, 1880 (aged 25 years)
Birth of a son
June 6, 1881 (aged 26 years)
Marriage of a sister
Marriage of a brother
Birth of a daughter
December 9, 1882 (aged 28 years)
Note: Month of December is a best guess - the cursive and abbreviated handwritten record of mother Clara Jane is very difficult in this case - see source
Birth of a daughter
March 22, 1883 (aged 28 years)
Birth of a son
February 3, 1885 (aged 30 years)
Marriage of a brother
Death of a daughter
October 25, 1886 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a son
February 11, 1887 (aged 32 years)
Birth of a son
March 9, 1888 (aged 33 years)
Birth of a daughter
Death of a son
Note: 22 NOV 1889 is recorded in Clara Janes Register, noted probably 13-15 years after the fact.

22 NOV 1889 is recorded in Clara Janes Register, noted probably 13-15 years after the fact.
Cemetary records made at the time record 03 JAN 1890, and this is assumed most likely to be correct.
As Registrar at the time, it is very likey father Joshua King's own record with Births Deaths & Marriages would clarify.

Burial of a son
Cemetery: Manaia Burial Old Lawn
Note: Clara Jane's family register shows Wilfred as having died on 22 November 1889, while the South Taraanaki online cemetary registry listing shows death on 03 Jan 1890, interrement on 05 Jan 1890.

Clara Jane's family register shows Wilfred as having died on 22 November 1889, while the South Taraanaki online cemetary registry listing shows death on 03 Jan 1890, interrement on 05 Jan 1890.

Email from June Wallace, Library Plus Officer, Manaia, South Taranaki District Council (27/09/06): "I have checked our burial register and the only information that we hold is what is showing on our Cemetery records. The burial register book showsthat Wilfred King died at Manaia on the 3rd January 1890, no burial date, no age at time of death. The burial was paid for by Joshua King on the 3rd January 1890.

The information has been taken from both the headstone at the cemetery and the written record from the burial register.

Sorry I can not give you any further information but it may be possible for you to obtain further information from Death, Birth and marriage records."

Paul King (27/09/06) comment: Ironically, Joshua would have been the local Registrar at the time, so would have had to record his own son's death.

Joshua must also have needed a great level of self control to have arranged and paid for his own sons burial on the very day he died - perhaps just better to get it over with?

Will meanwhile assume the Cemetary register record, having been taken at the time, is more likely to be accurate than Clara Janes record written after the fact (likely at between 13 to 15 yeas later, judging by handwritten entries).

Birth Deaths & Marriages records should be consulted to verify

Gravestone is located in the "Old Lawn", new Plot ID 797, Block V

Marriage of a sister
Birth of a son
Marriage of a brother
Birth of a son
March 28, 1893 (aged 38 years)
Birth of a son
Marriage of a brother
Birth of a son
August 13, 1896 (aged 41 years)
Death of a father
Burial of a father
Death of a mother
Burial of a mother
Death of a daughter
July 18, 1913 (aged 58 years)
Family residence
Address: Cameron Street, Napier, New Zealand
Text:

https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/arnold-king

Death of a son
Cause: Gunshot wound to upper thigh/groin
Note: Commonwealth war graves website http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=112993

Commonwealth war graves website http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=112993
lists the following details

Name: KING, ARNOLD
Initials: A
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Date of Death: 17/08/1915
Service No: 8/2031
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 36.
Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Paul King (7/8/06): Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery appears to be at in Abu Seifein Street, Old Cairo.

Arnold's entry in the Evening Post "Roll of Honour" casualty list:
Volume XC, Issue 46, 23 August 1915, Page 2

..."DIED OF WOUNDS
OTAGO BATTALION

King Arnold, 8/2031), Pte. (Joshua King, Mill-road, Mornington, Dunedin, father); 17 August. 2nd General Hospital, Cairo"...

Marriage of a son
Birth of a granddaughter
Birth of a granddaughter
Birth of a granddaughter
July 7, 1920 (aged 65 years)
Birth of a grandson
1921 (aged 66 years)
Birth of a grandson
Birth of a grandson
Birth of a granddaughter
Death of a husband
June 3, 1928 (aged 73 years)
Burial of a husband
Cemetery: Karori Cemetary
Death of a sister
Cremation of a sister
Birth of a granddaughter
Burial of a brother
Death of a brother
Death of a sister
Death
August 26, 1935 (aged 80 years)
Note: Mark King email to Paul King (19 Aug 2006): "Gaby has details of the will ."
Burial
Cemetery: Karori Cemetary
Family with parents
father
Samuel John Brewer Skelton
18241897
Birth: March 26, 1824 22 25 Buckland, Monochorum
Death: January 13, 189713 Richmond Villa, Seven Sisters Rd
mother
18231910
Birth: May 8, 1823 32 32 Rochford, Essex
Death:
Marriage MarriageJuly 19, 1847St. James, Picadilly
13 months
elder brother
18481854
Birth: August 15, 1848 24 25 15 New Street, London
Death: September 3, 185415 New Street, London
1 year
elder sister
18491854
Birth: August 22, 1849 25 26 15 New Street, London
Death: September 4, 185415 New Street, London
15 months
elder sister
18501854
Birth: November 10, 1850 26 27 15 New Street, London
Death: September 2, 185415 New Street, London
18 months
elder sister
18521855
Birth: April 30, 1852 28 28 15 New Street, London
Death: May 26, 185515 New Street, London
14 months
elder sister
18531854
Birth: June 30, 1853 29 30 15 New Street, London
Death: May 7, 185415 New Street, London
16 months
herself
Snippet from Clara Jane's Diary
18541935
Birth: November 3, 1854 30 31 Westminster, Middlesex
Death: August 26, 1935
17 months
younger sister
18561930
Birth: March 15, 1856 31 32 New Street, London
Death: April 16, 193022 Thornbury Ave, Isleworth
14 months
younger sister
18571857
Birth: May 19, 1857 33 34 15 New Street, London
Death: September 1857St. James Westminster 1a 228
13 months
younger brother
18581935
Birth: June 21, 1858 34 35 15 New Street, London
Death: February 11, 1935Pancras 1b 130
14 months
younger brother
18591942
Birth: August 27, 1859 35 36 15 New Street, London
Death: November 28, 1942Fesserton, Ontario
17 months
younger sister
18611861
Birth: January 1861 36 37 St. James 1a 352
Death: July 17, 1861London, England
15 months
younger sister
18621954
Birth: March 1862 37 38 St. James 1a 376
Death: September 1954Hendon 5e 360
8 months
younger brother
1862
Birth: November 10, 1862 38 39 15 New Street, London
Death:
23 months
younger sister
18641935
Birth: September 1864 40 41 Islington 1b 279
Death: March 14, 193523 Dane Road, St. Leonards
9 months
younger brother
18651865
Birth: May 26, 1865 41 42 15 New Street, London
Death: August 6, 1865London, England
Family with Joshua King
husband
Tapanui General Post Office circa 1905
18471928
Birth: June 17, 1847 28 32 Woburn, Bedfordshire
Death: June 3, 1928
herself
Snippet from Clara Jane's Diary
18541935
Birth: November 3, 1854 30 31 Westminster, Middlesex
Death: August 26, 1935
Religious marriage Religious marriageAugust 28, 1879Wellington, New Zealand
11 months
daughter
10 months
son
18811890
Birth: June 6, 1881 33 26
Death: January 3, 1890Manaia, Taranaki
18 months
daughter
18821913
Birth: December 9, 1882 35 28
Death: July 18, 1913Dunedin
3 months
daughter
18831886
Birth: March 22, 1883 35 28
Death: October 25, 1886
23 months
son
18851965
Birth: February 3, 1885 37 30
Death: 1965
2 years
son
18871954
Birth: February 11, 1887 39 32
Death: July 1954
13 months
son
18881958
Birth: March 9, 1888 40 33
Death: 1958
13 months
daughter
18891959
Birth: April 1, 1889 41 34 Manaia, Taranaki
Death: December 18, 1959Wellington, NewZealand
2 years
son
Treaty Of Waitangi
18911983
Birth: May 15, 1891 43 36 Manaia, New Zealand
Death: August 22, 1983Levin, New Zealand
23 months
son
18931942
Birth: March 28, 1893 45 38
Death: May 19, 1942Wellington, New Zealand
10 months
son
1914-1915 Star with supplied ribbon
18941915
Birth: January 18, 1894 46 39 Manaia, Taranaki
Death: August 17, 1915Egypt
3 years
son
18961981
Birth: August 13, 1896 49 41
Death: June 8, 1981
Birth
Emigration
Family residence
Text:

https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/arnold-king

Death
Burial
Note
Birth

Birth date previously noted on database as 11 May 1854
Current date substituted to match Clara Jane's own handwritten record & Birth certificate

Emigration

Arrived at Wellington on the "Halcion". Departed Gravesend 18 May 1879, travelling "Saloon" or First Class as a single woman. Paid for by father

Note: 15/2/16, according to http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nzbound/halcione.htm
'The Halcione made ten voyages to Wellington including one in 1879 and was wrecked there when attempting to enter the port 8 January 1896.' (Assuming this is the same ship despite different spelling}

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Halcione1879.htm would seem to conform the above, showing

'Halcione
Ship: 842 tons
Captain: Parker
Surgeon Superintendent:
Sailed London 1879 - arrived Wellinton August 18th 1879'

Included in Saloon class passangers is "Sketon Clara"

Family residence

First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

Joshua King was Postmaster in Manaia from 1888. Moving south, Joshua is later listed in the The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts] 1903 as being in Tapanui, Otago:
"The Tapanui Post And Telegraph Office is picturequely situated upon one of the most elevated situations in the town, and can be classed as one of the neatest country offices in Otago. Internally, it is a model of convenience and consideration for the needs of the public. The office was erected in 1895 at a cost of £500. During the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a very handsome clock was presented by the residents of Tapanui and placed in the centre of the building, where it is a decided ornament. Mr. Joshua King is Postmaster and Telegraphist."

The family is listed in Dunedin city directories from around 1912.

Death

Mark King email to Paul King (19 Aug 2006): "Gaby has details of the will ."

Note

Clara wrote a diary describing her trip out to New Zealand by ship.
Diary is in fragile condition, although a typewritten transcript was made - probably by George Osborne. (Scanned, reformatted & converted to PDF & uploaded to this site by Paul King - see under "Media").

Diary was given by George to Stephen King of Featherston, the youngest son of Arnold Thane King & wife Patricia.

George recalls being taken by his Grandmother Clara Jane to the Catholic Apostolic Church in Webb Street, Wellington.

Mark King recalls hearing that his mother Kathleen Munro Clark met his father Marcus King at the family home while she was working there as a servant to Clara Jane Skelton. Kathleen & Marcus married after Clara's death in 1935 much to the disgust of class conscious oldest child Florence, who apparently refused to speak to Marcus thereafter.

Note

Excerpt from Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand website http://www.teara.govt.nz/NewZealanders/NewZealandPeoples/TheVoyageOut/3/ENZ-Resources/Standard/1/en
(for full transcript look under "Media" on this web page)

Clara Skelton's Diary

Travellers on the saloon deck, usually referred to as cabin passengers, paid their own fare and were of a higher social class than those crowded into steerage. Clara Jane Skelton, pictured here later in life, came out to New Zealand on the Halcionin 1879. This description from her shipboard diary shows that most cabin passengers were educated or professional people who were going to the new colony with some capital:

"I will just give for the benefit of those at home a little idea of what sort of people I am in daily contact with and they will be able to form some opinion as to the kind of company I get etc. To begin my end of the Saloon my snuggery is No 2 soI will proceed to describe my next door neighbour at No 4. Mr Tresselyn George Bowen Nicholas eldest son of the Rev T. G. Nicholas Rector of West Molesly Parish Ch Suffolk, he is 30 years of age, 6 feet high, very dark black hair whiskers moustache (heavy) & beard educated at Harrow, I need not add that he is exceedingly kind and nice, does not know what [he is] going to do at the Antipodes, he came out two years ago in consequence of the cruelty of somefascinating girl who had promised to become his wife, but who thought better of it at the end of two years engagement; the Captain tells me he has a good income and that he will probably be a rich man some day as he is the eldest son of a wealthyand aristocratic family. No 6 inhabited by Messrs Masters and Burns, the former is the son of a Bishop. I might almost say he is related to most of our Church dignitaries, in appearance just such a man as our friend T. W. Thomson, educated at Etonand Oxford is an M.A. and the most learned Latin scholar of the day, a very gifted man indeed, and a poet, he has, sad to say, a fearful propensity to drink and his friends have sent him to New Zealand with an allowance of ten pounds drinking money paid down to the Skipper. Mr King is a tall, lean, ungainly overgrown schoolboy of 24 years who is taking the voyage for the benefit of his health, consumption being his and the family complaint, he does not however go on the way to get well, for he drinks so much brandy in everything he eats and drinks and spends money at cards and betting as if it was sand .
On the opposite side of the saloon comes Mrs Stewart and her two children of 3 years and 11 months. She is a very young nice looking, well educated Scottish lady, wife of a gentleman who started the same day as ourselves in a Steamer to take the oversight of the Bank in New Zealand. Next door Mr & Mrs Cornish and child a lonely girl of 4 years, he is a merchant and evidently considers himself the biggest personage on board, which is rather amusing to the other passengers."

Note

Excerpt from from Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand website http://www.teara.govt.nz/NewZealanders/NewZealandPeoples/TheVoyageOut/2/ENZ-Resources/Standard/3/en

A shipboard diary

In the days of sailing ships, the voyage was long and expensive, and most passengers left with little prospect of ever returning. They said goodbye forever to loved ones and familiar places. Most shipboard diaries, such as this one of 1879, record sadness and a sense of loss, though these feelings were often tinged with hope. This is an extract from the diary of Clara Jane Skelton:

"May 18 1879 Left home for New Zealand felt much too lonely and miserable to notice particularly the things going on around me.

19th Have had no sleep all night the noise overhead is tremendous, what with the thumping of the pump which draws the sea water for washing decks, the continual tramp of the officer keeping watch, and the unceasing bellowing of some bad-tempered children in the cabin to the right of me, then again the realization of my desolation, prevented my even closing my eyes. Found on going on deck at 6.30 that we have left Gravesend far behind, having started at 3.30 a.m. Wind and tide are however sosadly against us that we do not make much headway."

Note

Paul King (13/10/06) Possible brother called Sam born 21 June?
Diary entry for June 21st "This is darling Sam's birthday, I have been thinking about him so much, was obliged to buy a bottle of sherry so as to drink his health, it will be a nice drink for some time."

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Snippet from Clara Jane's Diary
Snippet from Clara Jane's Diary
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Transcript of Clara Jane Skelton's Diary
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ClaraJaneSkelton/Clara Jane Skelton Diary Transcript.pdf
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Possible family home? Painted by Marcus King
Possible family home? Painted by Marcus King
Note: Residence of King family, before 1935, while Marcus was still at home.
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Catholic Apostolic Church exterior, Webb Street, circa 1930
Catholic Apostolic Church exterior, Webb Street, circa 1930
Note: Church appears to have been converted to apartments (as observed via Google Street View, July 2015)
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Catholic Apostolic Church Interior, Webb Street, circa 1930
Catholic Apostolic Church Interior, Webb Street, circa 1930
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Halcione, Greenock 1869
Halcione, Greenock 1869
Note: "The Shaw Savill and Albion barque `Halcione' was wrecked at Wellington Heads on the night of 8 January 1896 in a heavy southerly gale while on voyage from London to Wellington with a full freight of general cargo - all hands were saved."

"The Shaw Savill and Albion barque `Halcione' was wrecked at Wellington Heads on the night of 8 January 1896 in a heavy southerly gale while on voyage from London to Wellington with a full freight of general cargo - all hands were saved."

Halcione was a 3 masted iron sailing vessel, Built by Robert Steele & Co, Shipbuilder on the Clyde, Scotland.

Launched on 11/3/1869.
GRT tonnage 878, length 191.7 ft, width 29.4 ft, depth 18.8 ft.

Converted in 1889 to barque rig. Foundered in Fitzroy Bay, Wellington (ref http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=21827)

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Clara Jane's ship Halcione, in dry dock, Wellington
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Tapanui General Post Office circa 1905
Tapanui General Post Office circa 1905