There is another Evans who has popped up living with Rev. William and Rachel Evans in Cambridge and later in Tauranga, and I believe that she may have been the daughter of William Jnr and his first wife Ann. I have added this daughter in, but am open to this not being correct, as she doesn't appear on the 1881 census (however part of me wonders if, after her mother's death, this child travelled with her grandparents to New Zealand, which would explain her absence in 1881):
2.3 Alice Eaton Evans (December 1872, West Derby, Lancashire - 1 July 1921)
One thing which solidifies my suspicion that Alice was a grandchild who was essentially taken in by her grandparents, is finding that Rev. William bought a property in Cambridge in 1896 (from the estate of the late James Paton Thomson), obviously after retiring from the Ministry. He must have lived there with Rachel for around five years. On 13 May 1901, he transferred this property to Alice. After Rev. William and Rachel's deaths in 1907, Alice sold half of the property to William John Semmens on 25 September 1908 and the rest of the property was later sold to F.A. Marcroft in 1910. Thereafter Alice seems to have lived in King Street, Auckland. She never married.
Sure enough, on further searching, I found the death notice for Alice which appeared in the 2 July 1921 copy of the Auckland Star:
"EVANS - On July 1, 1921, at her residence, Okere, Norman's hill, Onehunga, Alice Eaton, grand-daughter of the late Rev. W. Evans, late of Cambridge: aged 47 years. The funeral will leave the above address for Waikaraka Cemetery to-morrow (Sunday) at 2.30."
I am unsure when Ann Eaton Evans died, but it was obviously some time between 1874 and 1879. Perhaps she was still alive in 1877, and was not keen to move to the other side of the world with her in laws? In any event, apparently William decided not to accompany his family and instead stayed in England.
William Saer Evans' obituary appeared in the Auckland Star on 12 April 1928. it read as follows:
MR. WILLIAM EVANS
After a residence of 40 years in Auckland, Mr. William Evans died this week, aged 82 years, at his home, Prospect Terrace, Mount Eden, where he has lived for the last 18 years. Mr Evans, who was born in Wales, came to Auckland with his father, the late Rev. W. Evans, a minister of the Presbyterian Church. Three years later his wife and family joined him, and three brothers also came later to Auckland. Mrs Evans died over a year ago. Two sons and six daughters survive their parents. There are also 15 grandchildren."
I'm not sure that the way the family arrived in New Zealand is quite correct, as it appears clear that William was actually still in England at the time of the 1881 census, with his wife and children, while by that stage his father and other members of the family were already ensconced in Cambridge, New Zealand!
The interesting clue from the Obituary, is the number of children still alive. These would presumably be as follows:
Six daughters: Matilda Edson; Ethel Evans; Evelyn Weller; Olive Browne; Norma Smallfield and ?
Two sons: Frederick Evans and Arthur Evans.
Harry Evans probably died as a child, possibly before they left for New Zealand, and Alice Eaton Evans had died, unmarried, at the age of 47 in 1921.
3. Elizabeth Evans (28 June 1848, Chester, Cheshire - 10 June 1871, Chester, Cheshire). Prior to the family emigrating to New Zealand, their second daughter, Elizabeth died just short of her 23rd birthday. Unfortunately I'm not aware of any further information about her.
Sid and Aileen had at least two sons, one being:
4.7.1 Cyril John Evans (3 October 1920 - 23 June 2006, Christchurch). In 1949, Cyril was living with his parents at 4 Dallas Street, Riccarton and was working as a hairdresser. By 1954 he had moved out of home and had married.
Together, Alfred and Annie had two children:
5.1 Daisy Gwyndoline Evans (1883). Try as I might, I haven't yet been able to work out whatever happened to Daisy. Maybe she ended up wherever her mother Annie, brother Alfred, and sister in law, Jemima, went! It would be great if anyone can shed any light on this particular family.
5.2 Alfred Noel Izod Evans (1885). In 1911, Alfred Jnr was living at Bryce Street, Cambridge and was working as a land agent. Prior to this, in 1907, he married Jemima Cruickshank. Following his father's death, Alfred and Jemima moved to Auckland where he continued to work as a land agent. However, in 1919, he apparently decided to join the military and that year he is listed as an accountant at the Trentham Military Camp in the greater Wellington area. After this, there is no record of Alfred and Jemima. I theorise that they moved overseas, but I have no idea where or when or if they had any children. Any information on this couple would be appreciated.
After much frustration, I finally found reference to "Daisy Gwendoline Martin" and a notice of substituted service against her and her brother, "Alfred Noel Evans" which appeared as an advertisement in the 23 October 1926 edition of the Auckland Star. The advertisement is hard to decipher, but it appears that between 1 October 1923 and 3 March 1924 Daisy had set up in partnership with the plaintiff in the case, Henry Russell James Short, and established a firm named "The Martin Business Institute". Appaerntly a debt in excess of one thousand pounds was in dispute and Short was suing Daisy in the Supreme Court for the amount. Alfred appears to be added in his capacity as Daisy's accountant
Interestingly, Daisy is recorded as being a widow - her last name is now "Martin" and she and Alfred are both recorded as being "formerly" of Auckland, now believed to be living in Sydney, New South Wales. From this, I was able to find the death notice for Daisy's husband, John Roxburgh Martin, recorded in the 28 July 1923 edition of the Auckland Star:
"MARTIN - On July 21 , at his late residence, 24 Valley Road, Mount Eden, John Roxburgh, third son of the late James Roxburgh Martin, of Edinburgh, and beloved husband of Daisy Gwendoline Martin. Interred at Hillsboro, July 23."
John Roxburgh Martin was 56 years old at the time of his death, meaning that he was born around 1867.
I've found that Daisy and John married in Marrickville, New South Wales in 1902 - they then appear to have moved back to New Zealand in time for the birth of their first daughter. I was also able to ascertain that John and Daisy had the following children together:
5.1.1 Jean Roxburgh Martin (17 October 1904, "Mavia Brae", Milton Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland). Jean worked as a secretary and obviously cared for her mother in her old age. The last trace of Jean records her still living in Double Bay, Warringh, NSW in 1980 - I'm unsure when she died.
5.1.2 Margaret Roxburgh Martin (1907). Margaret attended Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland, and appears to have stayed in New Zealand (or returned to New Zealand), as she is listed as graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Arts in June 1930. In May 1932, she was then conferred with a Master of Arts, first class in mathmatics. I don't believe that Margaret went to Australia with her sister and mother. She never married and stayed in Auckland, living for many years at 636 Mount Albert Road, Auckland, and is probably the Margaret Martin who died in 2004, aged 97.
Like Daisy's brother, Alfred, John Roxburgh Martin was an accountant. Following John's death, and the obvious problems with The Martin Business Institute, I've found that Daisy did, indeed, go back to New South Wales and lived around Sydney, working as a secretary. As she got older, she lived with her elder daughter, Jean, who doesn't seem to have ever married. The last trace of Daisy records her living in Double Bay, Warringah, NSW with her daughter, Jean. She would have been around 80 years of age at this point,a and I'd presume she died not long after.
I still have no idea where Alfred went or what happened to him and Jemima.
EVANS-MARSH - On the 18th July at St. George's Church, Thames, by the Rev. F.G. Evans (brother of the bridegroom), Sidney Percival, youngest son of the Rev. W. Evans, Cambridge, Waikato, to Sarah Matilda Louisa, eldest dauhter of the late Octavius John Blake Marsh, Capt. H.M. 65th Regt."
Together, Sidney and Sarah had two children:
8.1 Sidney Theodore Evans (1886 - 1 August 1904). Theodore was educated largely in Dunedin, where the family were living at the time. He seems to have been quite bright, winning at number of school prizes. Upon the family's shift to Auckland, Theodore attended Auckland Grammar School, and in January 1904 it was announced that he had won a junior scholarship in the University Examinations. Later, he sat and had passed, with merit, the Civil Service examinations, in February of 1904.
Sadly, despite so much promise, Theodore died later that year at the age of 18. He had evidently gone to Christchurch to study at Canterbury University, but returning to Auckland for his vacation in August, he died suddenly and unexpectedly at his parents' home in Remuera.
8.2 Dorothy Augusta Caroline Evans (1889, Auckland - 1972, Auckland). Dorothy was only around 16 years old, and a student at Epsom Girls Grammar School, when her mother took her own life, following the death of her elder brother just a year earlier. This must have been extremely difficult for the young girl. I'm unsure what her relationship with her step mother was like, although she would have been at an age where she may have left home by the time of her father's remarriage, in any event.
In February 1917, I've found reference to a case between Dorothy, plaintiff, represented by Mr Bamford, in the Supreme Court, where she was suing one Egmont Annesley Eyre (represented by Mr Reed) for one thousand pounds for alleged slander! Egmont Eyre was a 40 year old man, and I have been unable, at this time, to assess the basis of the case against him, nor have I been able to find the outcome.
Later in 1917, a happier event was to take place, with Dorothy's marriage to George Charles Stevenson (June 1880, London - 1958, Auckland). It is quite difficult to find any information on George Stevenson. Certainly, he and Dorothy lived in Auckland up until their deaths, but on electoral rolls, he is listed time after time, until his retirement (from what?) as having no occupation, while Dorothy is traditionally simply recorded as being "married."
Nevertheless, the union yielded two children:
8.2.1 Marjorie Stevenson (27 May 1918 - 1985). At some point Marjorie went to the United Kingdom, and married William Hart McTurk (17 November 1911 - 20 April 1985, Wellington) in September 1950, at Runcorn, Cheshire. They both then returned to live in New Zealand - both appearing living together in Dawson Street, New Plymouth in 1954. William worked throughout his life in New Zealand as an engineer. I don't believe their marriage was particularly successful, as although I haven't found a divorce, by 1957 Marjorie was back living in Auckland with her parents, and later William moved to the Hutt and Wellington area - they never lived together again.
By 1963, Marjorie was working as a nurse, and still living with her mother. I believe that Marjorie and William had at least one daughter together, who lived with her mother following the break down of the marriage.
8.2.2 Frederick Charles Stevenson (30 June 1920 - June 1995). Frederick worked as an electrical engineer, a polisher and a moulder and was married to Gladys. He lived in the Henderson and Te Atatu area. I'm unsure if he had any children.
For a time Sidney, Sarah and their children lived in Auckland, where Sidney worked as an engineer. In June 1888, along with Carey J. Carrington, another engineer, Sidney applied for a patent for a design for "propelling bicycles, tricycles, or velocipedes" to be called "Evans and Carrington's Patent Wave Combined Rocking and Lever Movement." Again, in June of 1889, Sidney was applying for another patient "for relieving the slide-valve of locomotive, marine and stationary engines from steam pressure, and for dispensing wit the necessity of stuffing-boxes and packing" to be called "Evans' Patent Equilibrium Slide-valve". I'm unsure of the success or otherwise of these patent applications.
Later, Sidney, Sarah and children appear to have lived in Dunedin, and then in Christchurch between 1890 and 1900 before returning north to Auckland. This then explains Theodore attending Canterbury University.
Sadly, the death of young Theodore was to have further tragic consequences, as outlined in the following article which appeared in the Auckland Star on 25 November 1905:
"A SAD CASE
INQUEST AT MOUNT EDEN
The district coroner (Mr T. Gresham) held an inquest at the Auckland hospital to-day concerning the death of Sarah Matilda Evans, the wife of Mr S.P. Evans, manager of the Newmarket railway workshops, who was admitted to the hospital about seven o'clock last evening suffering from the effects of chlorodyne poisoning, and died within an hour of admission.
Sidney Percival Evans, husband of the deceased, said he resided at Belle Vue Road, Mount Eden. For about eighteen months past his wife had been in a very depressed state through grieving over the death of her son. She had, however, always been in an apparently rational state, the frequent expression of a wish to die being the only suggestion of an abnormal mental state. He had never imagined that she had any intention to do away with herself. She was accustomed to be alone during the day while going about her household duties, their one daughter attending school at Epsom. Witness arrived home about quarter-past five yesterday evening, and finding the back door locked went round to the front and let himself in with a latchkey. The daughter and a niece staying with them had not returned from school, and so, going to his wife's bedroom, he tried the door and found it was locked on the inside. Putting his back to it he forced it open, and upon entering the room saw his wife lying in a semi-conscious condition upon the bed. Witness asked her what had happened, and deceased moved her head to indicate some chlorodyne bottles standing upon the chest of drawers and said, "i have taken some of that." He then said he would go for a doctor, but deceased replied, "Oh, never mind the doctor; I'll be all right." he at once suspected that something was seriously wrong, and rant up about half a dozen doctors in turn, finally getting Dr. Jones, who arrived about ten past six. Dr. Jones used the stomach pump and then ordered her immediate removal to the hospital, accompanying her.
Dr Hugh Owen Jones said he got to the residence of deceased a little after six o'clock. Deceased was lying upon her side upon the bed fully dressed, and was then unconscious. Her breath smelt strongly of chlorodyne. he applied the stomach pump and usual remedies, but her condition becoming every moment more desperate, her heart showing signs of failure and her breathing also. All the way to the hospital he applied artificial respiration, and on arrival the resident staff continued to do all that was possible, but she died from heart failure about eight o'clock. Witness had no doubt from the general appearance of things that the chlorodyne was self-administered. The contents of the smallest of the three bottles produced would be sufficient to bring about the result.
A verdict was returned of death from the effects of chlorodyne self-administered whilst mentally deranged.
The many friends of Mr Evans have expressed the deepest sympathy with him and his family in their terrible bereavement. The circumstances leading to the tragic death of the poor lady by her own hand are particularly sad. Mrs Evans was strongly attached to her late son, a bright and promising young fellow who was at college in Canterbury. About eighteen months ago he came home for his vacation, and becoming suddenly very ill, died a week or two after arriving home for his holidays. The shock to Mrs Evans was so great that she has never recovered from it, and she had lapsed into a state of melancholia, although neither her husband nor friends anticipated the outcome."
Poor Sidney was then left, after the sudden deaths of his wife and son, with just his young daughter, but in 1908 he remarried to a 40 year old woman, Amy Rose Clarissa Cowper (1868 - 1947). They appear to have remained happily married until Sidney's death at the age of 81, in 1941.