Charles  Wyeth

Charles Wyeth

Male 1842 - 1928  (86 years)

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  • Name Charles Wyeth 
    Born 18 Sep 1842  Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Sport 1867  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Caledonian Gathering 1867 Hurdle Race
    Caledonian Gathering 1867 Hurdle Race
    (Click here for Papers Plus full report on Games)
    Caledonian Games Invercargill 1869
    Caledonian Games Invercargill 1869
    Caledonian Games Wellington 1870
    Caledonian Games Wellington 1870
    Challenge
    Challenge
    Residence 1864 - 1873  Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Upper Hutt Magistrates Court
    Upper Hutt Magistrates Court
    Resident Magistrates Court March 1866
    Resident Magistrates Court March 1866
    Resident Magistrates Court May 1866
    Resident Magistrates Court May 1866
    Cartage Contract
    Cartage Contract
    Other Roles 1880  Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sports Administratiion 
    Annual Meeting Local Athletics Society
    Annual Meeting Local Athletics Society
    Mr C Wyeth President
    Occupation 1880  Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Contractor 
    Occupation 1884  Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1891  Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Market Gardener 
    Invercargill and Gore Winter Shows 1897
    Invercargill and Gore Winter Shows 1897
    Reference Number WB 
    Died 20 Dec 1928  Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Woodlands Cemetery, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone Woodlands Cemetery Charles Elizabeth and Maurice Wyeth
    Headstone Woodlands Cemetery Charles Elizabeth and Maurice Wyeth
    Inscription Charles Elizabeth and Maurice Wyeth
    Inscription Charles Elizabeth and Maurice Wyeth
    In Loving Memory Of Charles Wyeth Died 20th Dec. 1928 Aged 86 years.
    Also his wife Elizabeth Wyeth Died 9th Aug. 1928 Aged 72 years.
    Also their Grand-Son Maurice Beloved son of Joseph & Flora Wyeth Died 26th Dec. 1907 Aged 9 months.
    Notes 
    • Born 18 September 1842, Wellington, New Zealand, second son of Robert and Jane (nee Runnalls) Wyeth. Charles spent his early years in Wellington where he attended one of the two schools then open in the little settlement, which was later to become the capital of New Zealand. The family later moved to a property at Silver stream just north of the Taitai (now Taita) Gorge where Charles spent his youth on a bush farm. Charles was confirmed at Christ's Church Taita on 1 January 1856 so by this time they must have been living in Silverstream.

      Athletics

      It was in Silverstream that Charles made himself fit for the fine record he made as an athlete. The farm work included saw milling, bush clearing, and the hundred and one other things that came one's way in a newly settled country. Some of the young fellows prepared a rough running track, where they used to go in for athletics, and Charles and his bother Tom devoted a good deal of their spare time to running.

      Just prior to his death Charles was interviewed by the editor of The "Southern Cross Newsletter" a personal friend who was planning to publish a series of articles on early settlers of Southland. Charles died before the article was published and it was therefore used as an obituary. In the article Charles described an event of his childhood

      "The two great annual sporting events were Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The Governor, then Sir George Grey, had a place on the other side of the bay from Wellington, and one year the Boxing Day sports were held in his grounds. People came from far and near, including a number from the Upper Hutt. The prize for the boys races included 5 pounds donated by the Governor.
      "Some of my companions," said Charles, " urged me to enter but I refused, and then they got me down on the ground and tried to pull the boots off my feet. Naturally I objected, and just then Sir George Grey and some of his party strolled by. He noticed the group of boys apparently fighting on the grass. Thinking I was being ill used, he called out -`None of that here, my lads!' `We only want him to run in the races.' explained one of the group. `Come, come,' said Sir George, `get up and run like a man.' I did and won my first prize. The course, as I remember, was a straight line on the grass to a thorn bush and back."

      But in those days there was other and much sterner work afoot than sports. Europeans and Maoris were at war in the Waikato, Taranaki, and elsewhere. More than once Wellington itself was threatened, and on one occasion was fortified against attack. In those times the bush surrounding Wellington was the home of many natives, with tracks that zig zagged to favourite fishing places and camping grounds on the seashore. Militia companies were sworn in, clergymen and doctors only being exempted. A colonel of the Imperial Army commanded the Militia, with which Charles Wyeth served for over six years. While Charles was a member of the Taita Rifle Volunteers in 1867 he was chosen as one of the bodyguard who accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh round the country districts when he visited Wellington.

      Later Charles was involved in farm work with his brother in Upper Hutt

      1867 - Silverstream

      On 12 December 1867 Charles purchased a piece of land at the corner of Great Eastern Road and the Main road at Silverstream. The land was part of Section 97 of the Hutt District. The land was purchased from John McKenzie of Carterton, Farmer. McKenzie took a mortgage over the land to secure 300 pounds due 100 pounds in December 1868, 69, and 1870. The land was the subject of a mortgagee sale on 8 January 1873, and returned to McKenzie for 40 pounds.[1]

      1870 - Southland

      Charles had moved to Southland about 1870.

      1873 - Marriage

      On 12 May 1873 Charles married Elizabeth Ann Shirreffs #86, daughter of Joseph Duncan and Mary Ann (nee Wright) Shirreffs #93 the marriage took place in the home of Joseph Shirreffs at Longbush. Elizabeth was born in Aberdeen, Scotland on 9 August 1856.
      Charles purchased a property in Woodlands in 1876

      In 1880 at the time of Uncle Tie's birth Charles' occupation was recorded as Contactor, in 1884 it was Farmer, and by 1891 it was Market Gardener at which he continued until handing over to youngest son Tom some years before his death.

      Granny Wyeth died on 9 August 1928, at Gore, Southland, and was buried in Woodlands Cemetery. Charles died 20 December 1928, Woodlands, Southland, buried Woodlands.
    Person ID I32  Frost Family
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2017 

    Father Robert Wyeth,   b. 14 Oct 1814, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1903, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Jane Runnalls,   b. 6 Dec 1816, Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1886, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1840  Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wedding Notice
    Wedding Notice
    Photos
    Robt Wyeth and Family
    Robt Wyeth and Family
    Photo L to R rear Thomas, George, John, Charles.
    Front Sarah, Elizabeth, Robert, Mary, Maria.

    Photo will have been taken after Jane died in 1866.
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Ann Shirreffs,   b. 9 Aug 1856, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1928, Gore, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 12 May 1873  Longbush, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • In the House Of Joseph Shirreffs.
    • WYETH Charles 26
      SHERRIFFS Elizabeth Ann 16
    Extract from Woodlands Marriage Register
    Extract from Woodlands Marriage Register
    Entry No 47.
    Children 
    +1. Mary Jane (Polly) Wyeth,   b. 30 Jun 1874, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1958, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Joseph Sherriffs Wyeth,   b. 22 Jul 1875, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1956  (Age 80 years)
    +3. Lucy Maria Wyeth,   b. 28 Oct 1877, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1917, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
    +4. Charles Henry (Tie) Wyeth,   b. 1 Feb 1880, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1948  (Age 68 years)
    +5. Robert George (Bob) Wyeth,   b. 8 Jul 1882, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1966, Orawia, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +6. William George Wyeth,   b. 24 Aug 1884, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1954, 9 McQuarrie St, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +7. James Shirreffs (Jim) Wyeth,   b. 27 May 1888, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1967, 486 Elles Rd, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +8. Amy Swale Wyeth,   b. 31 Oct 1891, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1970, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +9. Nora Elizabeth Wyeth,   b. 21 Sep 1893, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1982, Gore, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    +10. Esther Dora (Essie) Wyeth,   b. 24 Oct 1895, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1987, Braeburn, Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +11. Thomas Wyeth,   b. 06 Aug 1897, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1973, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +12. Flora Rose Wyeth,   b. 26 Jan 1899, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1986, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Photos
    Charles and family
    Charles and family
    L to R Back Jimmie, Bob, Bill, Joe, Charles (Tie)

    Centre Mary(Polly), Charles, Rose, Elizabeth, Amy, Lucy

    Front Nora(Pat), Tom, Essie
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1864 - 1873 - Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 May 1873 - Longbush, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOther Roles - Sports Administratiion - 1880 - Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Contractor - 1880 - Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1884 - Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Market Gardener - 1891 - Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Dec 1928 - Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Woodlands Cemetery, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Charles Wyeth
    Charles Wyeth
    Thomas and his Grandaughter Bette
    Thomas and his Grandaughter Bette

    Documents
    Mr Dewe and Miss Wyeth assaulted
    Mr Dewe and Miss Wyeth assaulted

    Histories
    Charles Wyeth and Family
    Charles Wyeth and Family

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] Marriage Register Index , 1873/991 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S323] Presbyterian Church Archives, Woodland Parish Marriages 1864 to 1920 (Reliability: 3).