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Mrs Chesterfield
The George Seymour

Original information:
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Readers' response:
Sources suggest this may be Elizabeth Ann Bonnor, who married William Chesterfield in 1882 and lived at Springfield.1

 

Footnotes:
1:Information supplied by Alan Tunnicliffe

 

POSTED BY: : June 08, 2011

Mrs Chesterfield was my Great Grandmother.  She was born Elizabeth Ann White in 1845 in England.  She came to New Zealand as a 5 year old girl with her parents Charles White 34.(1816-1869), Agricultural Labourer. Mary Ann White (Pack) 32. (1819-1894), also brothers Thomas, 11. (1839-1858), and Charles, 8. (1843-1882)..  She grew up in the Courtenay area and the family attended the St Peters Church, Upper Riccarton.   Elizabeth married a John Bonnor (1834-1880), in 1866, and they then has a family of 5 Sons and 2 Daughters.  She was left a widow in 1880 with 6 children aged from 11 years to about 1 year.  The last child a son was born after her husband died.   In September 1882 she married her husband  at the time of the photo, a William Chesterfield, (1836-1924).  They lived in Springfield and raised a family of 3.  My Grandmother Ellen Chesterfield. (1884-1970),  Eva Chesterfield. (January 1885-April 1885) and Samuel Chesterfield (1887-1963).  Elizabeth Died on the 18 June 1907, at her residence in Springfield.  She was buried on th 21 June 1907, at Kowai Pass cemetery, Springfield, situated next door to St Peters Church, Springfield which she attended and helped in the raising of money and building of the church with her husband William Chesterfield.