This is Elizabeth Stokes (see listing 19). She was 17 when her mother died in childbirth, and to her fell the task of caring for her nine younger siblings, including the newborn twins, who both survived. She married William Morriss in 1858. They were among the original settlers at Waikuku. She gave birth to 11 children and lived to 95.
Elizabeth married William Morriss and they built their first house in Waikuku of sod that she helped mix while he worked on the roads. The house was added to in wood and is still standing, opposite the Waikuku church.
The farm was of 140 acres and named Eaton Dale for William’s home village of Eaton in Leicestershire, 2km from the Stokes’ village of Branston.
Elizabeth bore 11 children, three dying in childhood, the rest leaving descendants around Waikuku and in the central North Island.1
More information on William and Elizabeth MORRISS nee STOKES in "Cyclopedia of New Zealand - Canterbury volume - page 478 also with a nice portrait of them both.