Edward Foden (1854 - 18 October 1947) married Grace Eliza Bray (1868, NZ - 16 December 1941, Hawera) in 1888.
Grace was the daughter of Civil Engineer Charles Bray and his wife Emma Harvey.
Charles Bray was born around 1840 and was the son of Charles Bray (1809 - 1868 and buried at Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson). Charles, the eldest son in the family, married Emma (nee Harvey) on 8 July 1863 at Christ Church by the Bishop of Nelson. She had been born around 1846.
Charles and Emma spent their early marriage in Nelson before heading north. It seems that the Bray family left Nelson some time in late 1874 or 1875, after Charles' brother, Joseph Thomas Bray, left their business and fled to Australia. The following was reported in The Colonist newspaper on 29 June 1875:
Charles was definitely in Feilding by 2 August 1878, when he served on an inquest jury into the death of a man named George Smith, who had been found dead on 1 August 1878 at a whare near Awahuri. The inquest was held at the Denbigh Hotel in Feilding. Incidentally, the unfortunate Mr Smith was determined to have died of natural causes.
The Bray family quickly established themselves in Feilding, settling finally in Grey Street. Charles, as Engineer for the Manchester Road Board and then the Oroua County Council, organised and arranged tenders for the building of structures and roads. These included tenders for things like the Masonic Lodge in Feilding and the Wesleyan Church, as well as greens for the Feilding Bowling Club. Charles worked closely with the founding members of Feilding and districts. He was variously also described throughout contemporary reports as an 'architect', 'clerk' and 'rate collector' for the County Council or Road Board.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, as at 1897, detailed information about the Manchester Road Board:
Mr Charles Bray, Senr., the Secretary of the Manchester Road Board, resides in Grey Street, Feilding. He was appointed to the position of secretary, engineer, etc., in 1879, on the foundation of the Board. He was born in Cornwall, and came out, per ship “Palmyra,” to Nelson in 1858. Mr. Bray commenced his colonial career in Nelson. He had afterwards a considerable experience on the West Coast and Otago diggings. As a contractor, he subsequently undertook the formation of roads and construction of bridges for about eleven years.The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, as at 1906, detailed information about the Oroua County Council:
The Oroua County Council has jurisdiction over a large extent of prosperous farming country, adjacent to Feilding. It was established in the year 1903 to supersede the Manchester Road Board. The area of the county is 213 square miles, and the population at the census of 1906 was 3,698. Rates are levied on the capital value; there is a general rate of £⅝d. in the pound, and also special rates.
Charles was elected Church Warden of the St John's Anglican parish in February 1884. He replaced Mr A. Dawson, who had recently died.
Charles was a member of the Feilding Fire Brigade. On 23 April 1891, the following letter appeared in the Feilding Star. Monkton St is also just around the corner from our home - obviously named after "Dr Monkton."
Apparently Charles was known in Feilding as "Old Mr Charles Bray", presumably to distinguish him from his son, "Young Mr Charles Bray."
Charles and Emma had a large family of twelve children, with only one dying in infancy, and one dying as a child. The family consisted as follows:
1. Charles Bray (19 July 1864). This child was born at his grandfather, William Harvey's house in Hardy Street, Nelson.
In the 30 May 1885 edition of the Manawatu Herald, it was reported that two sons of Charles Bray were to open a business as general storekeepers in Ashhurst. Presumably this was Charles Jnr, who would have been about 21 at the time, and his 19 year old brother Wiliam. On 12 January 1886 the Feilding Star reported the Charles Jnr had been gazetted Postmaster in Ashhurst. Obviously this venture didn't continue for more than a few years, as Charles Jnr took up his job with the Kiwitea County Council by 1896.
Charles Jnr married Wilhelmina Mary Cook (1864 - 1945) in 1889.
Charles Jnr worked as an engineer for the Kiwitea County Council around 1896/97. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, as at 1897, detailed information about the Manchester Road Board:
In 1892 Wilhelmina's brother Arthur was killed accidentally. It was reported in the Feilding Star on 11 October 1892 that Charles Jnr travelled down to Wellington for the funeral:
A fatal shooting accident occurred at Makara on Sunday morning, by which a young man named Arthur C. Cook lost his life. It appears that he and his brother were out shooting in a boat, and the deceased, on stepping on shore off the boat, took hold of the gun by the muzzle, when it went off, killing him almost instantly. The deceased has relatives in Feilding, and his brother-in-law Mr Charles Bray, Junr. went to Wellington yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral which took place today.
On 16 March 1899, the Kiwitea County Council, via the Feilding Star, announced the Charles Jnr had been appointed county Inspector of Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses.
Later Charles Jnr held the position of Engineer at the Paeroa County Council, and this is what he was doing in October 1904 when the Thames Star reported that he had filed for bankruptcy. However, on 8 August 1905, Charles Jnr applied and was granted a discharge of bankruptcy.
Charles and Wilhelmina's family was as follows:
1.1 Charles Bray (10 October 1890). Family living in Queen St, Feilding at the time of his birth.
1.2 Alan Roland Bray (19 October 1894 - 1966). Alan married Daisy Mary Evans in 1920.
1.3 Ralph Adolph Bray (26 August 1896 - 31 July 1957). Family living in Beattie St, Feilding at the time of this child's birth. Ralph married Ida Knight (9 May 1893 - 2 September 1985) in 1919. Ralph was listed as a Garage Attendant at the time of his death. He is buried at the Kelvin Grove Cemetery in Palmerston North.
1.4 Lilian Emma "Lily" Bray (30 August 1898 - 1977). Lily married Donald Sinclair Hay in 1927.
1.5 Elsie Grace Bray (1901 - 1961). Elsie married Walter Charles Bettelheim in 1929.
1.6 Susan Bray (1903 - 1909). Susan died aged just six years.
1.7 William Arthur Bray (1905 - 1964). William married Evelina Best in 1919.
1.8 Wilhelmina Lottie Bray (1907). Lottie married Thomas Westaly Lowe in 1928.
1.9 Ruby May Bray (1909)
2. William Bray (1866 - 1 August 1929) William married Lydia Maud Welch (1869 - 1959) at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Feilding on 5 February 1890. Lydia was the daughter of the late Henry Welch of Masterton. They were married by Rev. W.E. Page M.A. Their family were as follows:
2.1 Doris Errol Bray (1894)
2.2 Lorna Mabelle Runalls Bray (1900)
2.3 Eldon Arthur Bray (1901 - 1961). In 1921, Eldon married Edna Maud Shortt (23 August 1902 - 1979), but it seems something must have been defective in relation to the marriage, as the following year he apparently 'remarried' her! Eldon apparently left for Oakland, California between his marriage and the death of his father in 1929. He later returned and died in New Zealand. He is buried in the Karori Cemetery in Wellington
2.4 Elgar Harvey Bray (1906 - 1970) (note the use of the paternal grandmother's maiden name as a middle name).
At William's death in Wellington in 1929, the Evening Post published the following obituary:
3. Emma Maria Bray (1867 - 1947). Emma married Francis "Frank" Robert Linton in 1887. Emma and Frank lived in Mangapiko, by Te Awamutu, and that is where Emma's mother retired too after Charles' death. Emma and Frank had the following family:
3.1 Margaret Grace Linton (1889). Margaret married David Rutherford Anderson in 1912.
3.2 Robert Charles Linton (1890 - 17 September 1916). Robert died in WWI while serving his country. More information is available here
3.3 Annie Lyle Linton (1892)
3.4 Andrew William Linton (1895 - 14 August 1918). Tragically, the Lintons lost another son to WWI, not long before the end of the war. More information about Andrew's service is here.
3.5 Barbara Elizabeth Linton (1897). Barbara married Ernest George Matthews in 1909.
3.5.1 Ernest Laidlaw Matthews (1910)
3.5.2 John Edward George Matthews (1911)
3.6 Isobel Zanna Linton (16 November 1898 - 1985). Isobel married Roy Newton Johnstone (1892 - 1968) in 1921.
3.7 Francis Armstrong Linton (1901 - 1960). Died unmarried.
3.8 Alister Murray "Murray" Linton (1904, at Halcombe - 1980). Murray married Alice Maud Richardson (11 May 1908 - 2001) on 19 May 1930. See here for a wealth of information on Murray Linton.
3.9 Harvey Little Linton (1905 - 1968). Harvey married Lily May Richardson (1906 - 1968) in 1930. It would appear that Harvey's wife Lily and Murray's wife Alice were sisters.
3.10 Janet Ellen Linton (1908). Janet married Richard Beamish Smythe in 1928.
4. Grace Eliza Bray (1868 - 1941). Grace married Edward Foden on 9 February 1888. Two days later the Feilding Star published the following account of their betrothal:
The degree of doctor of laws was conferred upon Messrs. Norman Arthur Foden (Wellington) and Ross Hepburn (Christchurch) at the monthly meeting of the executive committee of the New Zealand University Senate, yesterday. Mr. Foden was first educated at Hawera, and was dux of the Hawera High School. He continued his studies at Victoria University College, where he had a distinguished career, graduating master of arts in 1925 and master of laws in 1926.
Mr. Foden is a barrister and solicitor by profession, and has been in practice in Wellington since 1921. Nearly two years ago he joined the Crown Law Office, where he is now an acting Crown solicitor. He is lecturer in accountancy law at Victoria, University College. With three brothers he served as an infantryman in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in France, being twice wounded 'in the battle of the Somme.
In 1934 and 1935 he was in London collecting material at the public records office for his thesis, "The Genesis of New Zealand Legal History," for which he was awarded his doctorate, the examiner being Professor Berridale Keith, of Edinburgh University.
Mr. Foden has always taken a keen interest in sport, both as a player and an administrator, and he has been prominent in swimming, hockey, and lawn tennis. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Foden, Hawera, and he is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Grundy, Hawker Street, Wellington.
4.5 Ted Noel Foden (20 November 1903 - 1998). I can't find evidence that Ted married.
5. Ada Susannah Bray (1869 - 1962). Ada married Alfred Edward Awdry (1860 - 1945) at St John's Anglican Church in Feilding on 5 February 1890. Alfred was the son of the Rev. Canon Awdry of Hartham Parsonage, Corsham, Wiltshire, England. They were married by Rev. Allan S. Innes Jones. An account of the wedding appeared in the 6 February 1890 edition of the Feilding Star:
(Ada obviously recovered, as she lived to the grand old age of 93!)
5.1 Mildred Ethel Awdry (1893)
5.2 Dorothy Edith Awdry (1895). Dorothy married Harcourt Eugene Louis Peat (1883 - 1942) in 1915.
5.3 Edward Charles Awdry (14 November 1905 - 1972). Edward married Iris Maude Flower (1 July 1907 - 1993) in 1929.
6. Clara Jane Bray (29 June 1872 - 1918). The family were living at Gloucester St, Nelson, at the time of her birth. Clara obviously met her future husband through her sister Ada - as Ada's husband was Clara's future husband's brother - hence sisters became sisters in law! Clara married Frederick Augustus Awdry (1860 - 1948) at St John's Anglican Church in Feilding on 23 December 1890. Frederick was the son of the Rev. Canon Awdry of Hartham, Wilts, England. They were married by Rev. Arthur Hermon.
6.1 Constance Lila Awdry (10 October 1891, at Hale Street, Makino - 1949). Constance married William Yelverton Frazuinho Cross in 1909. Later that year their first son was born.
6.1.1 James Cross (1909)
6.2 Mabel Hill Awdry (1892 - 1948). Mabel married Oscar Ebenezer Kinred (9 June 1887 - 1975) in 1909.
6.3 Frank Chennells Awdry (1905 - 21 January 1919). Frank died aged just 13 years, and buried at the Taihape Cemetery.
7. Frederick Joseph Bray (2 August 1874 - 1 September 1886). The family were living at Gloucester Street, Nelson, at the time of his birth. Freddy died as a 12 year old at his parents' house in Grey St, Feilding. Freddy was buried with his little sister Flora in the Feilding Cemetery. No doubt his sister Grace's name choice (Frederick Charles) for her first born son in 1888 was influenced by the loss of her younger brother. Even though he was so young, an obituary appeared in the Feilding Star on 2 September 1886 as follows:
8. Arthur John Bray (1878 - 1918). Arthur married Beatrice Alice Ann Clayson (1877 - 1932) in 1902.
8.1 James Henry Bray (1893 - 14 February 1923). James married Mary Josephine Dunn in 1919, and died just four years later at the age of 29. James worked as a storeman and looks to have been a bit of a scoundrel and in August 1916 the Hawera & Normanby Star had recorded that he received 18 months reformative treatment for his part in thefts from a warehouse of a company called Sharland and Co. He was sentenced in Wellington by Judge Chapman. it seems likely that, given the sentences the others involved received, His Honour took James' relative youth into account. Eventually he seems to have got his act together and gone to work for the Electric Company. Unfortunately this lead to his premature death:
James left one young daughter and his widow, Mary. She married again in 1926, to Gordon Albert Nash.
8.2 John Bray (1896 - 10 July 1936). John married Olive Louisa Berkett (1891 - 1953) in 1918. John Bray also died relatively early, at the age of 40. Olive doesn't appear to have remarried.
8.3 Irene Myrtle Bray (6 March 1902 - 22 February 1988). Irene died unmarried. She was cremated at the Karori Crematorium in Wellington.
8.4 Harold Cedric Bray (22 November 1904 - 8 December 1985). Harold died unmarried and was also cremated at the Karori Crematorium in Wellington.
8.5 Cyril Cresswell Bray (1909 - 1934). Cyril also never married. Cyril worked for the Gas works and is buried at the Karori Cemetery in Wellington.
9. Norman Gowan Bray (1880). Norman married Hilda Corisande Short in 1912.
10. Flora Blanche Bray (August 1882 - 17 October 1882). Baby Flora died aged just two months and buried at the Feilding Cemetery. Flora's death was acknowledged in the 18 October 1882 edition of the Feilding Star which recorded her funeral occurring that afternoon.
11. Janet Mabel Bray (1886 - 1946). On 7 March 1894, the Feilding Star regretted to advise the district that poor Janet, then only around eight years old, was laid up with diptheria! Luckily, she obviously survived and went on to marry George Melville Archibald in 1911.
12. Edward Roy "Roy" Bray (1888). Roy married Olga Charlotte Millicent Smith in 1912.
On 26 January 1893, the Feilding Star reported the Charles was preparing plans for an hotel building in Apiti, for Mr Ben Poole.
On 24 December 1894 the Feilding Star reported that Charles and Emma were taking the train to Plimmerton to spent their Christmas holidays. Presumably Arthur, Norman Janet and Roy went with them.
Charles died at 12.30 am on 12 August 1907. Charles and Emma were living in Grey Street, Feilding at the time of his death (around the corner from where I live!). Note was made of Charles' death in the Hawera & Normanby Star that day:
Charles is buried in the Feilding District Cemetery. His wife Emma died on 27 August 1913, also aged 67. She is mentioned on his headstone in Feilding, but died in Te Awamutu and is buried there.
Charles Snr's death prompted one of the kindest obituaries I've read so far in my research.
Emma Bray was the daughter of William Harvey, a cabinet maker of Nelson, who died at Emma and Charles' house in Grey Street, Feilding on 15 May 1890 at the age of 71, meaning he was born around 1819. William Harvey is buried at the Feilding Cemetery. Emma was his only daughter.
Charles Bray's siblings/parents
Charles' father was also Charles (1809 - December 1868) and his mother was alive at the time of his death.
Mrs Bray and her five children had left London on the barque Palmyra on 28 October 1857 under Caption Tierney. Palmyra arrived in Dunedin on 14 February 1858. The Bray family obviously travelled on to Nelson, where presumably Mr Bray awaited them, arriving on 26 March 1858.
Charles' family - siblings, appear as follows:
(1) Mary Ann Bray (1834 - 1898). Mary Ann married George Thomas (1830 - 1892), possibly prior to coming to New Zealand. The likelihood is that she was not one of the five children that Mrs Bray travelled with on the Palmyra, as she was probably already married with children of her own by 1857. She and George presumably came to New Zealand together.
1. George Thomas (1861 - 1892)
Mrs Mary Ann Thomas' death was acknowledged in the Feilding Star on 28 September 1898:
(2) Charles Bray (1840 - 1907)
(3) Jane Bray (1842 - 9 April 1895, Ashhurst). Jane's first marriage was to Joseph Porthouse in 1859. Her second marriage was to John Aitken
1. John Porthouse (1861 - 17 September 1913, Otaki).
2. William Porthouse (1866) of Feilding
3. Ellen Jane Porthourse (1868). Ellen married Alfred Searanck Bunn Eade on 31 August 1887.
3.1 Florence May Eade (1889)
3.2 Kenneth Porthouse Eade (1890)
3.3 Walter Aitken Eade (1892). Walter married Ada Philps on 20 December 1915 at the Feilding Baptist Church.
3.4 Myrtle Nellie Eade (1893)
3.5 William Francis Eade (1894)
3.6 Alfred Lamb Eade (1896)
3.7 Allan Victor Eade (1897)
3.8 Charles Harold Eade (1899)
3.9 Barnado Nansen Eade (1901)
3.10 Alice Jane Eade (1903)
3.11 Ronald Thomas Blandy Eade (1907)
3.12 Malcolm John Eade (1909)
3.13 Stanley Grenfell Eade (1911)
4. Charles Bray Aitken (1872 - 1950) of Ashhurst, Colour Sergeant of the Manchester Rifles in 1902.
5. Agnes Gertrude Aitken (1874). Agnes married John Newsome Clapham in 1892 and for a time they lived in Ashhurst, later relocating to Newmarket, Auckland with their family. It appears likely that this move occurred after the death of their thirteen year old daughter Winnie Clapham in 1919. Certainly, by the time of son Philip's marriage in 1924, they were living in Newmarket. Agnes and John had the following family:
5.1 Myrtle May Clapham (1893 - 1969). Myrtle married first, Thomas Arthur Smith in 1911. Thomas died in 1924 aged just 41, and Myrtle married for the second time, John Edgar Laing (6 December 1895 - 1980) in 1929. Myrtle and first husband Thomas had at least one child:
5.1.1 Muriel Myrtle May Clapham (1912 -1912). This baby died as a ten week old infant.
5.2 John Squire Clapham (1897). John served in WWI in the 33rd Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company. He left for war on the Athenic on 31 December 1917, and unlike many others, he returned.
Like his sister, Myrtle, John also married twice. First to Mary Jane Bailey (1897 - 1958) in 1923 and then to Vera Esma Burrow (8 November 1907 - 1973) in 1928. However, it doesn't appear that Mary Jane died, rather that there was a divorce.
5.3 Philip Newsome Clapham (21 December 1899 - 1974). Philip married Elizabeth Doherty in November 1924. An account of the wedding appeared in th 24 November 1924 edition of the Evening Post:
Poor Elizabeth was only 27 at the time of her death. I'm unaware if Philip remarried, but he is not interred with her in Karori Cemetery.
5.4 Winnie Gertrude Clapham (1906 - 1919). Winnie died aged just thirteen years and buried at the Feilding Cemetery.
5.5 Thomas Dunnill Clapham (1908 - 1968). Thomas married Dorothy Helen Eaton (1906 - 1937) in 1929. Sadly, in keeping with the bad luck which seemed to befall spouses of this family, Dorothy died at the young age of 31.
6. Walter George Aitken (1878 - 1959). Walter married Margaret Alice "Daisy" Middleton (1884 - 1955) on 16 May 1906. Their wedding day was acknowledged in the 17 May 1906 edition of the Feilding Star:
6.1 Cyril Walter Aitken (18 May 1907 - 1996)
6.2 Alice Laurie Aitken (1910)
(4) Mrs Lloyd: Charles had a sister, who married Mr William Lloyd, who is mentioned in the death acknowledgement for his father in 1868.
(5) Joseph Thomas Bray (1846 - 21 July 1902) apparently returned to New Zealand from Australia, and seems to have tracked his elder brother down and settled in the Feilding/Colyton area. He married Emily Baker (1860 - 27 February 1946) in 1885. They are buried in the Feilding Cemetery together. Their first son was born in 1886 and more followed:
1. Joseph Clementson Bray (1886 - 1930). He married Olive Letitia Irene Wills (1891 - 1952) in 1915 and was buried at the Feilding Cemetery.
2. John Bray (1887)
3. Marie Florence Bray (25 March 1893 - 1978). Marie married Henry Malcolm Bruce Parker (5 August 1893 - 1981) in 1920.
4. Emily Dorothy Bray (1894 - 1933). Emily married William Gray in 1916 (going from Bray to Gray!!). Emily died aged just 38.
5. Alice Bray (16 August 1896 - 3 January 1988). Alice married Edwin Graeme Ewen Parker (1897 - 27 May 1955) in 1921. Graeme had been away to war during the first World War. He was a rifleman in the 4th Battalion, B Company of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Graeme was the younger brother of Alice's sister Marie's husband Henry. Both Graeme and Henry were the sons of John Claude and Annie Laura Parker, who farmed around the Bunnythorpe area. Alice and Graeme are both buried at the Feilding Cemetery, as are Graeme's parents.
(6) William Bray
(7) John Bray (1848 - 5 December 1917). John resided in Collingwood. John died unmarried. The Colonist (a Nelson newspaper) acknowledged John's death in its 19 December 1917 edition:
(6) Mrs Mitchell of Blenheim
Charles' father's death was recounted in the 23 December 1868 edition of the Nelson Evening Mail as follows: