Person Index

Death, Samuel

Samuel Death
b: 1838
d: 1 JUL 1920
Listed under Taita
NZPO 1880 - 81 Death C. Settler
NZPO 1880 - 81 Death Samuel

NZPO 1890 - 91 Death Samuel & Arthur, farmers

Wellington Independent 21 January 1862
Shipping Intelligence
Jan. 20. ship Wild Duck, 735 tons, Captain Bishop, from London. Passengers - cabin - Mr. and Mrs. Henry St. Hill,
Samuel Death, Joseph Death,

Wellington Independent 13 February 1864
Resident Magistrate''s Courts, Wellington
(Before C. D. R. Ward, Esq., R.M.)
W. McDowall, jun., G. Gooch, N. Poole, Samuel Death, and E. Abbott of the Hutt Battelion of Militia, were charged by Alfred Ludlam with not attending drill on the 29th ult. W. McDowell was fined 1 pound and costs 6s 6d. G. Gooch and Samuel Death were each fined 10s and costs 6s 6d. N. Poole did not appear to the summons, thereofre a warrant was issued against him; the summons on E. Abbott had not been served.

Wellington Independent 30 April 1867
SALE OF THE ALBION HOTEL.- The Albion Hotel, at the Hutt, which has been for some time in the market, was put up to auction, unreservedly, yesterday afternoon, and knoocked down to Mr William Cleland for 1285 pounds. About 13 1/2 acres of land were sold with the hotel.

Evening Post 4 May 1867
It is said that several changes in the proprietory of hotels along the main road to the Wairarapa are being made. Mr. Charles Hickling, the present lessee of Whitewood''s will known hostelie, on Monday, takes over the building from the trustees, G. Crawford, and John Martin, Esquires, at a fair valuation; and Buckeridge''s Albion Hotel, purchased the other day by Mr. William Cleland, for 1280 pounds, had been sold to Mr. Samuel Death, for 1300 pounds. Mr. Death intends, we believe, to carry on the business, and no doubt under his management the Albion will loose none of its custom.

Evening Post 11 December 1867
This Day.
(Before His Honor Mr. Justice Johnston.)
The Court opened at 10 o''clock this morning
William Buckridge and Edward Buckridge, were placed in the dock, charged with having set fire to the stabling of the Albion Hotel, Taita, the property of Mr. Samuel Death.
Mr. Borlase appeared for the prisoners, and Mr. Izard conducted the case for the Crown.
Each of the prisoners having challenged six of the jurymen, and the panel being exhausted, a tales was taken.
Ford Wylie, a surveyor in the employment of the Provincial Government, produced a plan of the premises known as the Albion Hotel, showing the relative positions and distances of the hotel and the prisoners'' house, and the access to the former from the latter.
By His Honor — The distance from, prisoners'' house to the hotel by the road is 70 yards; the hotel stands back from the road 10 yards; the breadth of front of the hotel is 12 yards, and from the nearest corner of the building to the stables the distance is 6 yards; the back route to the stables from the Buckridges'' house is 70 yards.
By Mr. Borlase — The nearest accessible course between the Buckridges'' and the Albion stables, is 50 yards; the course pointed out to witness by constable Brady was 245 yards.
Samuel Death, proprietor of the Albion Hotel, deposed to having been awoke about 3 o''clock on the morning of the 25th November by hearing an alarm of fire, and to running out and discovering the S.E. end of a stable leased by him to Mr. Ross, to be on fire.
By His Honor — The whole stabling was consumed in about half an hour.
Examination continued — The prisoners came running to help put the fire out and save the hotel; they both worked very hard and well,
Cross-examined by Mr. Borlase — The prisoners came to and went from the scene of the fire by the road.
By His Honor - On the night of the fire it rained very heavily, and the following morning there were a few showers; the land at the back of the hotel is laid down in paddocks.
By Mr. Borlase — Witness knew the prisoners as neighbours, and always got on well with them; Edward kept a butcher''s shop, and supplied the hotel with meat.
His Honor asked, Mr. Izard if he were prepared to prove malice ?
Mr. Izard replied in the negative.
His Honor remarked that it was not in his power to stop the case, but he would very much like to know how, a conviction could be obtained.
Robert Ross, coach proprietor, residing in Wellington, was sleeping in the Albion on the night of the fire; he had three horses in the stables, which were rescued soon after the alarm was given; the large body of flames appeared to him to have originated either in the loft or from the loose box; the prisoners were running to the fire along the road; they were partially dressed, but Edward had on boots; they took an active part in rescuing property from the flames.
Constable Brady gave similar evidence to that already published, and deposed to having, when inspecting the premises of the Albion Hotel, discovered four different bootmarks at the back of the further end of the stable; the marks were those, of two pair of boots worn by two persons who had been walking from the stable that had been burnt in a direction going towards a paddock, and away from the Buckridge''s house; witness traced the bootmark along a cattle track into a grass paddock, where he lost them; found them again about thirty yards further on in Mr. Samuel Death''s garden, and traced them into another grass paddock, where he again lost them for about five yards, and picked them up again within four or five yards of prisoner''s outhouse.
By His Honor — The persons who had followed the track must have been walking in file, one set of marks being a little behind and to the side of the other; they were quite clearly to be discerned.
Examination continued — Witness have fully examined the tracks went over them again with Mr. Cleland, agent at the Hutt for the Liverpool and London, and Globe Insurance Offices, and then went to prisoners'' house; saw Edward Buckridge, to whom he said "I suspect the party who set fire to the stable came into your premises; "then he asked to see all the boots in the house; Edward readily complied, sent for his brothers, told them to take off their boots, took off his own, and gave them up; witness asked Edward to accompany him and examine the track, and he did go at once (boots produced and identified, those with iron heels and nails on soles as William''s and the pair with nails in the heels only as Edward''s); witness made an impression of the boots given to him, on the soft ground beside the bootmarks he had first discovered, and found the imprint made by William''s to coincide in every particular, length, breadth, general appearance, mark of iron heel, and number and relative position of nails in the sole; the marks left by Edward Buckridge''s boots were not so clearly discernible, but also corresponded with the original track as regarded the number and relative position of the nails in the heels.
Cross-examined by Mr Borlase — The Buckridges evinced no hesitation in showing their boots, and Edward readily went to inspect the track.
Hugh Cleland, storekeeper at the Hutt, corroborative evidence, but said that he would not swear that the impressions made by the prisoners'' boots corresponded with the marks near the stable; he was sure they did with the foot-prints on prisoners'' premises and in Mr. Death''s garden. After William Buckridge was taken into custody, witness said to him, "I am convinced the man who owns the boots which made the marks in the garden has something to do with the fire," the prisoner replied "Let them prove it."
Cross-examined by Mr. Borlase — The stables were insured for £250 in the London and Liverpool; the prisoners'' boots are colonial made, and not imported trade boots.
Sergeant Monaghan deposed to arresting the prisoner, and the discovery in his pocket of a few matches and, a piece of candle.
This concluded the evidence.
The jury stated that they Were not satisfied that the case had been made out against the prisoners, and returned a verdict of acquittal.
This concluded the business, and the Court adjourned till the 18th inst.

Wellington Independent 23 April 1868
The licenses renewed were those held by
Buck, for the Travellers'' Rest, Hutt;
Mary Corbett, Hutt;
Samuel Death, Albion Hotel, Hutt;
J. Osgood, for Whitewood''s Hotel;

Wellington Independent 17 April 1872
Licensing Meeting
Rural Licenses.
The following licenses were granted:-
Henry Churcher, Travellers'' Rest, Taita;
Alexander MacDonald, Whitewood''s Hotel, Hutt; Nathaniel Valentine, Railway Hotel, Hutt;
Samuel Death, Albion Hotel, Hutt; R. F. Pettre (sic), Family Hotel, Hutt;

Feilding Star 13 June 1889
Wellington Supreme Court
Tuesday, June 11
(Before his Honor Justice Richmond.)
This was a case in which plaintiff, Samuel Death, sought for an order of the Court with respect to a trust. He alleged that his uncle, Charles Death, who died on the 16th April, 1884, placed in his hands 170 pounds to hold in trust for his (Charles Death''s) two sons, Earnest (sic) and Samuel, till they came of age. By the will of the 3rd April, however, Charles Death bequeathed all his property to his daughter Ellen Boyd, making her husband, William Boyd, of Feilding, executor. Mrs Boyd subsequently claimed to be entitled to this money, and the plaintiff asked the Court to declare whether or not she was entitled to it. The defendants (William and Ellen Boyd and Ernest and Samuel Death, junr.) alleged that the sum received by the plaintiff was 280 pounds 10s 10d and was the property of his aunt Caroline Death, now deceased, which she wished divided between Ernest and Samuel Death and Ellen Boyd; that Ernest Death was now over 20 years of age, and competent to be entrusted with his share; and that the plaintiff had acknowledged Ellen Boyd''s claim until recently, and had made an arrangement to pay it to her in April last. Mr Travers was for the plaintiff, and Mr Gully for the defendant. After evidence had been taken, and counsel had addressed the Court, the case was reserved for further consideration in Chambers

Evening Post 15 July 1891
The annual meeting of the parishioners of the above parish was

held at the schoolroom, Lower Hutt, on Monday evening, the chair being taken by the Incumbent (Rev. J. Jones). The report and balance-sheet were read by Mr. Cheesman, and after several of those present had expressed their views, both were adopted as read.
The report presented by the Vestry was a very lengthy

one, and was to the effect that a considerable improvement had

taken place in the financial condition of the parish, the

balauce of liabilities over assets having been reduced by about

£65, only about £50 being required to extinguish all

liabilities, and this was expected to be accomplished during

the present year. The increased revenue was mainly derived from seat rents and offertories at St. James'' and subscriptions from

Petone. The extinction of the debt to the Diocesan Pension

Fund, amounting to £27 17s 6d, was due to the efforts of the

ladies'' sewing bee. A large sum had also been obtained by means

of entertainments. The liability now existing is mainly made up

of an overdraft arranged to meet the punctual payment of

assessment and other regular calls. The Taita Church was

found to require immediate repair, and the Vestry authorised an

effort for its being substantially repaired. Funds to enable

this being done were raised by means of a donation from the

ladies'' sewing bee, and supplemented by other sources, an old

parishioner who was now in England having sent a donation of

goods, which had realised £10. Some improvements were desired

in the Petone Churchroom, and a fund to enable those to be

carried out had been, raised by local special effort. The

rights of the parishioners in the churchyards had received

attention, and regulations for this purpose had been drawn up,

and would come into force when the Taita Cemetery was ready for

use. Tho portion of the cemetery allotted to the Church had

been placed under the control of the Vestry. Useful work had

been done by the Petone Sub-Vestry, the organisation of

collection being very efficient. A misunderstanding of a

financial nature had to some extent disturbed the harmony of

that part of the parish with the rest, and the settlement of

the matter would fall on the incoming Vestry. Regular services

had been maintained with the assistance of Messrs. K. Wilson,

W. F. Cheesman, J. C. Small. C. P. Powles, H. Gaby, and E. B.

Brown as lay readers. A long series of wet Sundays had

affected the attendance and also the offertories in the early

part of the year, the services at Christ Church on several

occasions being omitted. On acconnt of the difficulty in

providing teachers, the morning Sunday school services at St.

James'' had been discontinued. Mrs. Jones continues to

superintend the St. James'' school, while the Petone one was

supervised by Mr. Jenkins, the infants at the latter being

efficiently managed by Mrs. P. Smith. Christ Church school was

under the management of Miss A. Welch, Mrs. Rush, and Mr. A.

S. Pyke. The voluntary services of Mrs. Rush and Miss Welch as

organists at Christ Church, and Mr. Sherwin as choirmaster at

Potone, were commended to the grateful acknowledgment of the

parishioner. An engagement stipulating that as soon as

practicable the assessment should be increased to as to enable

a stipend worthy of the parish to be given to the incumbent, it

had not been possible to carry out as yet, but as a matter of

simple justice the Vestry commended the matter to the

consideration of the parishioners, the duty becoming more

urgent with the delay. The thanks of the parish were due to the

lady collectors for their services, and the attention of the

incoming Vestry was invited to the desirableness of further

developing this branch of parish work. The Vestry desired to

record their sense of the loss which the parish had sustained

by the death of Sir W. Fitzherbert, who in the earlier days had

taken an active part in parish matters, and as long as his

health had permitted had been regular in his attendance at

church ordinances.
A vote of thanks was passed to the ladies''

sewing bee for the services rendered by them during the year.
A long discussion ensued as to the necessity for further services at Petone Churchroom, and a resolution was passed that the incoming Vestry take into immediate consideration the urgent necessity of further administration in the Petone subdivision of the parish.
Mr. W. F. Cheesman was re-appointed incumbent''s church warden, and Mr. J. R. Ransom was re-elected parishioners'' churchwarden. The Vestry elected were as follows:— Messrs. W. A. Fitzherbert, A. Collett, J. Wilkins, S. C. Barraud (Lower Hutt); R. C. Kirk and E. J. Jenkins (Petone); S. Death (Taita). Auditors, Messrs. Whitton and Price.
Votes of thanks having been passed to the Sunday school teachers, lady collectors, members of the choirs, and also to the members of the Christ Church Union, the meeting terminated. At a meeting of the Vestry later on, Capt. Humfrey and Messrs. W. A. Fitzherbert and W. F. Cheesman were elected nominators.

1893 Otaki Electoral Roll Number: 3138, Mary Ann Death, Residence: Taita, Occ: Married Woman

Evening Post 3 May 1898
ANY Persons found Trepassing on our Properties at Belmont and Haywards with dog or gun will be prosecuted.
S. Death
James Judd
W. M. Stack
E. J. Judd
W. & G. Ebden
R. J. Kells
- unsure if correct S. Death

Evening Post 24 August 1900
Messrs. Macdonald, Wilson and Co. announce the sale at Mr. S. Death''s farm, Taita, on Wednesday, next, at 1 o''clock, of the whole of his dairy cattle, farm implements, furniture, buggy, etc.
At 1 o''clock sharp.
Clearing Sale of Dairy Cattle, Farm Implements, and Furniture, at Taita
MACDONALD, WILSON & CO., have received instructions from Mr. S. Death, who is leaving for Taranaki, to sell at his farm, Taita, as above -
5 good dairy cows, in milk, and all autumn calves
1 d.s. buggy, equal to new
Reid & Gray d.f. plough, Howard s.f. plough, Hornsby reaper, tiger rake, and lot of useful farm sundries
1 tip dray
1 stack of good sweet oaten sheaves
1 stack meadow hay
8 tons fluke and Brown River seed potatoes
Lot of household furniture, comprising - Diningroom suite in walnut and green rep, chairs, tables, s. and d. bedsteads, chest drawers, wash-stands and ware. &c. &c.
Mr. Death is a very old Hutt settler. Come along, all of you, and give him a good send-off. Everything is to go.

Hawera & Normanby Star 28 August 1919
Death - At Fraser Road, on Wednesday, 27th August, 1919, Mary Ann, dearly beloved wife of Samuel Death, of Fraser Road; aged 78 years. Deeply regretted.
(Wellington papers please copy.)

Death Details
1919/5790, Mary Ann Death, Aged: 78Y - Date of Death 27/8/1919 from Death Registration

South Taranaki District Council Cemetery Records show
Record Number : 9763
Name : Estate of Mary Ann Death
Section : Hawera General Episcopalian
New Plot ID : 4992
Block : XXXIV
Row :
Old Plot No : 3
Interment Status : Occupied
Date Of Death : 27/08/1919
Date Of Interment : 30/08/1919
Type Of Interment : Burial
Depth Of Plot : Single
Denomination : Episcopalian

Evening Post 19 September 1919
There passed away at Eltham recently Mrs. Samuel Death at the age o£ 78 years. Born in 1841 on the ship Thomas Sparks, just before reaching Wellington Heads, Mrs. Death settled at Petone with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Riddler. Mrs. Death was married in 1863, and was therefore within four years of her diamond wedding. After living forty years in the Hutt Valley, where their family were all born and brought up, Mr. and Mrs. Death went to Taranaki. Mr. and Mrs. Death both passed through the vicissitudes of the early settler''s life, Mr. Death having served in the Militia in the troubles with the Maoris. She leaves a husband and family of nine, eight sons — Messrs. Arthur (Levin), George (Thames Valley), Henry Frank, William, Thomas, Norman, and Sidney (all of Fraser-road, Eltham), and one daughter, Mrs. T. Hudson (Palmerston North).

South Taranaki District Council Cemetery Records show
Record Number : 9762
Name : Estate of Samuel Death
Section : Hawera General Episcopalian
New Plot ID : 4993
Block : XXXIV
Row :
Old Plot No : 4
Interment Status : Occupied
Date Of Death : 01/07/1920
Date Of Interment : 07/07/1920
Type Of Interment : Burial
Depth Of Plot : Single
Denomination : Episcopalian

Hawera & Normanby Star 5 July 1920
Death - At his son''s residence, at the Thames, on July 1st, 1920, Samuel, relict of the late Mary Anne (sic) Death, (late of Fraser Road, Eltham), aged 82 years. Deeply regretted.
(Petone and Wellington papers please copy.)

Hawera and Normanby Star 5 July 1920
Our Eltham correspondent writes: Old settlers in the district will learn with very great regret of the passing away of Mr Samuel Death, senr., which was reported here on Saturday. Mr Death was one of the early settlers on the Fraser road, and it was only a few months earlier in the year that he disposed of his farm in that locality. He was looked upon by those who him as a good farmer and a hospitable one. His barn was frequently made available for dances, and many residents in the locality can recall pleasant eVenings spent there. Although he reached the age of 82 he seemed hale and hearty when he left this district not more than a few weeks since, and the news of his passing has come as somewhat of a surprise. Mrs Death predeceased her husband by less than a year, but he leaves a family of six sons and one daughter, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in and around Eltham.

Probate Samuel Death, Place: Rotokane, ABAJ W4079 2721, Filed: Aug 1920, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington
  • 1838 - Birth -
  • 1 JUL 1920 - Death -
George Death
1808 - 10 FEB 1890
Samuel Death
1838 - 1 JUL 1920
Mary Ann Unknown
1805 - 28 OCT 1886
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) George Death
Death10 FEB 1890
Marriageto Mary Ann Unknown
FatherFrancis Death
MotherElizabeth Unknown
PARENT (F) Mary Ann Unknown
Death28 OCT 1886
Marriageto George Death
MSamuel Death
Death1 JUL 1920
Marriageto Mary Ann Riddler
MGeorge Death
Death8 JUN 1910
Marriage1857to Phillipa Jane Poad
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Samuel Death
Death1 JUL 1920
Marriageto Mary Ann Riddler
FatherGeorge Death
MotherMary Ann Unknown
PARENT (F) Mary Ann Riddler
Death27 AUG 1919
Marriageto Samuel Death
FatherWilliam Riddler
MotherEizabeth Unknown
MGeorge Death
MHenry Death
MFrank Death
Marriage15 JUN 1898to Annie Langley Smith at Christ Church, Taita
MWilliam Death
MThomas Death
MNorman Death
MSidney Death
FAlice Ethel Death
Marriage1911to Thomas Haigh Hudson
MArthur Samuel Death
Marriage1886to Sarah Anne Jones
Descendancy Chart
Samuel Death b: 1838 d: 1 JUL 1920
Mary Ann Riddler b: 1841 d: 27 AUG 1919
Frank Death b: 1870 d: 1946
Thomas Haigh Hudson b: 1887 d: 24 JAN 1980
Arthur Samuel Death b: 1865 d: 1933
Sarah Anne Death b: 1887
Lilian May Death b: 1894
Eva Marion Death b: 1895
Elsie Death b: 1898
Sylvia Death b: 1899
Grace Death b: 1901
Reta Alice Death b: 1903
Mabel Alice Death b: 1897 d: 21 AUG 1897
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