Thorne family from Newnham, GLS to Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • ID: I204
  • Name: Amy THORNE
  • Given Name: Amy
  • Surname: THORNE
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 8 Jan 1856 in Newnham, Gloucestershire, England 1
  • Note:
    Listed as born Mar Qtr 1856 Westbury on Severn Vol 6a Pg 187 Entry
    153.
  • Christening: 9 Jan 1859 Newnham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death: 16 Mar 1876 in Opawa, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand of Drowned- Verdict of Jury 2
  • Burial: 20 Apr 1876 Woolston, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Note:
    Aged 20, buried one day after coroner's report, but only a day after
    being found.
    Plot D4 Purchase Bk 49 Paid Mr Davis £2/2/0
  • Event: Census UK 1861 7 Apr 1861 Ruddle, Newnham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Note: Listed as Ann Age 5
  • Event: Census UK 1871 2 Apr 1871 Newnham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Note: Daughter Dressmaker Age 15 Born East Dean, Gls.
  • Occupation: Servant
  • Emigration: Mary Shepherd 13 May 1873 Plymouth, Devonshire, England, UK
  • Note:
    Origin of immigrants England 234 (M65 F28), Scotland 15 (M4 F1), Ireland 105 (M26 F29), Wales 4 (M1 F1).
    Total of 358.
  • Immigration: 20 Aug 1873 Lyttleton, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Note:
    Listed Age 18 Dom Servant from GLS there was a mention of Mr. Thorne of Rangiora as contact.
    Cost of passage to government was 17 pounds.
    The Mary Shepherd was not a Canterbury Assn immigrant ship
    She was in fact only 17.

    Source - Canterbury Museum. CH290 Papers 622.
  • Event: resided Bef Mar 1876 Opawa, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Note: Resided at the dwelling house of J L & Nellie Coster Esq. for a little more than a year before her death.
  • Event: coroner's report 19 Apr 1876 Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Note:
    The cause of death was noted as suffocation and drowning in the
    Heathcote river near the Opawa bridge but the circumstances were not
    established. She was found on 19 Apr 1876, some time after she went
    missing. Her brother William Henry Thorne said she had been low
    spirited since the death of her sister Annie Wakely (nee Thorne)
    on 10 Mar 1876.
    Coroner,
    ChCh

    Coroners Office ChCh
    May 18«sup»th«/sup» 1876
    Sir
    I have the honour to forward the proceedings of Inquest taken in the cases named in the margin.
    Amy Thorne
    Mary Ann Foster
    James Kearney
    A male infant
    John Norton
    Christian Dow


    To the Honourable
    The Minister of Justice
    Wellington

    Colony of New Zealand to Wit
    Informations of Witnesses severally taken and acknowledged on behalf of our Sovereign Lady the Queen,
    touching the death of Amy Thorne at the dwelling house of J C Coster Esquireof Opawa in the Province of Canterbury in the Colony above mentioned , on Wednesday the nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and seventy six before me John William South Coward one of the Coroners for the said Colony, on Inquisition then and there taken on view of the body of Amy Thorne then and there lying dead, as follows, to wit:-
    William Henry Thorne being sworn, hath said that I am brother to the deceased Amy Thorne. She had been living with Mr Coster about eighteen months. About three weeks ago a sister of mine Annie Wakely died and since that time my sister Amy has been low spirited I have many times heard her wish herself dead. Yesterday week I met her on the Ferry Road she then seemed cheerful she was going back to Mr Costers- I have not seen her again until today when I helped to lift her out of the water, she was quite dead.
    (Signed)
    W H Thorne

    Milson Jones living at Killinchy being sworn saith
    I and my brothers in law William and Frederick Thorne were searching the Heathcote River this morning to try to find the body of deceased who had been missing since Sunday last and about back
    I dragged the body out often ???? about half a chain below the Opawa bridge she was quite dead
    maybe the body to the house she lay on her back in the water with her head downstream her clothes were undisturbed.
    (Signed)
    Milson Jones

    Henry Feast Constable being sworn saith
    I have examined the body of the deceased this morning I could not find any external marks of ????? upon it.
    (Signed)
    Henry Fenet

    Nellie Coster being sworn saith
    The deceased Amy Thorne has been in my house a little more than a year she always seemed cheerful until after the death of her sister about a month or five weeks ago. The deceased seemed very sad she left my house a third time and returned to my house yesterday week . She was very sad and quiet but I did notice anything beyond that - from Sunday morning last a few minutes before Eleven o'clock I spoke to her and I then went to Church about a quarter of an hour after I returned from Church I ???? her and very soon after I made enquires for her but she was not to be found about four o'clock I began to feel ??? and sent to Dr.
    Richardsons and afterwards went to her brothers in the Ferry Road but could not hear anything of her until this morning when her body was found in the river.
    (Signed)
    Nellie Coster

    Colony of New Zealand, To Wit}
    The above named Depositions of William Henry Thorne, Milson Jones, Henry Feast, Nellie Coster written on six pages of paper numbered consecutively fron one to six and by me affixed together , were taken and sworn before me , at Opawa in the said Colony, on the nineteenth day of April 1876.
    (Signed)
    John W S Coward
    Coroner

    Colony of New Zealand, To Wit}
    An INQUISITION indented, taken for our Sovereign Lady the Queen, at the house of J L Coster Esquire at Opawa in the Province of Canterbury in the said Colony , on the nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and seventy six before John William South Coward one of the Coroners for of our Sovereign Lady the Queen for the said Colony, on view of the body of Amy Thorne then and there lying dead, upon the oath of

    William Souter, John Condon, Isaac Tonks, William Compton, Henry Woodham,
    George Weavers, Alexander Clark, Joseph Prisk, John Williams, John Dodd, John Mintrose, Joseph Martin, Edward Joblin

    good and lawful men of the neighbourhood, duly chosen, and who being there and then duly sworn and charged to inquire for our Lady the Queen when and how, and by what means the said Amy Thorne came to her death do upon their oaths say- That on the nineteenth day of April in the year aforesaid that the said Amy Thorne was found suffocated and drowned in the River Heathcote near the Opawa Bridge but how she became suffocated and drowned there is no evidence before the said Jurors to show.
    In witness whereof , as well the said Coroner as the said Jurors aforesaid have hereunto set and subscribed
    their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
    (Signed)
    John W S Coward, Coroner
    William Souter, Foreman George Weavers
    John Dodd Isaac Tonks
    Alexander Clark Henry Woodham
    Edward Joblin John Condon
    William Compton Joseph Martin
    John Montrose John Williams
    Joseph Prisk

    Source: Justice 76/1558
  • _UID: 87B64828043243209827AB57F0330C2A6047
  • Change Date: 27 Jan 2014 at 15:28



    Father: John THORNE b: 19 Sep 1809 in Stogumber, Som, England, UK c: 15 Oct 1809 in Stogumber, Som, England, UK
    Mother: Amelia BONE b: 1814 in Hempsted, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Amy Thorne, Birth Certificate
      Title: Amy Thorne Birth Certificate Mar Qtr 1856 Westbury on Severn Vol 6a Page 187 Entry 153 18 Feb 1856
      Note:
      14
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given (See Notes)
        Note:
        Gls Rec Office Gls,UK
    2. Abbrev: Amy Thorne Death Cert, Death Cert
      Title: Amy Thorne Death Certificate Christchurch 16 Mar 1876
      Note:
      35
      Repository:
        Name: Not Given (See Notes)
        Note:
        Gls Rec Office Gls,UK

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