Johnson Sisters

Lucy & Mary Johnson lived with the Coles at Mangapai from 1860 and were possibly fostered by them
Nothing is known of their whereabouts between 1858, when their parents died, and 1860 when they arrived at Mangapai
Prior to my contact with Michael Andrews, the Cole descendants had no knowledge at all of their existence

Their parents were
James Johnson

m. Parramatta NSW 1839
Jane McManus
To Auckland about 1844

Both died. Auckland 1858  Note: He died of tuberculosis she died of paralysis

DIED. On the 14th instant, Jane Johnson, Relict of the late James Johnson, Cabinet Maker, of this City, aged 42 years. The funeral will leave the Colonial Hospital at 3 p.m. this day. Friends are respectfully requested to accept this invitation
Daily Southern Cross, Volume XV, Issue 1197, 17 December 1858

Children   Age died Age when thier parents died
James Johnson 1840-1841 1  
Sarah Jane Johnson 1845-1866 21 13
Elizabeth Ann Johnson 1850-1879 29 8
Lucy Catherine Johnson 1851-1921 70 7
Mary Maria Johnson 1856-1945 89 2

On July 8, at the residence of Mr. Cornforth, Birkley Cottage East-street, Newton, Sarah Jane, eldest daughter of the late James and Jane Johnson, late of Vincent-street, Auckland The funeral will leave the residence of Mr Cornforth this day (Wednesday),   at 4 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXII, Issue 2795, 11 July 1866


PIDGEN- JOHNSTON On April 15, at the residence of Mr. David Cole, Mangapai, by the Rev. John Wallace, Wangarei. Robert Cassy Pidgen. late of Queensland, to Lucy Catherine Johnston third daughter of the late James Johnston, of Auckland. Exeter papers please copy.
New Zealand Herald, Volume IX, Issue 2582, 4 May 1872

Note: It says third daughter we only know of 2


Walker- Johnson. - At Waikiekie, at the residence of Mr. Pidgeon, by the Rev. F. Gould, assisted by the Rev. J. Hewson, Henry John Walker, of Waikiekie, to Mary Maria Johnson, of Whangarei.
New Zealand Herald, Volume XVIII, Issue 6088, 23 May 1881


PIDGEON.—In loving memory of our dear Mother, L. C. Pidgeon, who died suddenly at Waikiekie, May 1st, 1921. —Inserted by L. Steadman and C. Pidgeon.
Northern Advocate , 3 May 1922

EVIDENCE of the loss of Occupation License, with Right of Purchase, Volume 154, Folio 264, for Section 79, of the Parish of Waikiekie.  In favour, of MARY MARIA WALKER, wife of Henry John Walker, of Waikiekie, Farmer, having been lodged with me together with an application for Provisional Occupation License, notice is hereby given of my intention to issue such Provisional Occupation License accordingly on the expiration of 14 days from December 3, 1925. Dated at the Land Registry Office at Auckland, this 30th day of November, 1925
District Land Register 41
Auckland Star , Issue 291, 9 December 1925

Note: Advances to Settlers Acts, 1892 and 1894: opened rural Crown lands on an affordable basis, so that more farmers of limited means could have land, the selector choosing either to buy his holding for cash (with seven years to pay), or to take up a license that permitted “occupation with right of purchase” on generous conditions, or to accept the “lease in perpetuity” (the famous 999 years’ lease), at an annual rental of 4 per cent of the capital value of the land at the date of selection. 1894 Government Advances to Settlers Act, designed to meet farmers’ capital needs, by making loans available, on security, at reasonable interest rates. Not available for Māori. Advances to Settlers Act, 1892: provided cheap state loans so more men could buy farms and equipment, thereby opening up farming as an occupation for more than just the wealthy landed class.


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