Bennett Mather Pilcher (Hook) (1809 - 1865) MP

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Birthplace: Otterden, Kent, England
Death: Died in Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation: seamstress
Managed by: Glynis Poad
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About Bennett Mather Pilcher (Hook)

08/1840 arrived Port Nicholson, New Zealand; Ship Coromandel from London 10/12/1839. Stephen Pilcher, future husband, on same ship with Susan, 17, Stephen, 11 and John, 8 (from his first marriage to Ann McPharlane who died on 19 Dec 1834). 2 children remained in the UK - George and Ann.

Bennett had 3 children (father unknown) while in the UK - Rachel born 1826, Emily born 1832 and Friend born 1829 and she married Stephen on 13 August 1842. They had 7 children together.

-------------------- Immigrant to NZ aged 29

When Bennett sailed on the COROMANDEL she was a widow, travelling with her children Rachael aged 12, Emily aged 8 and Friend aged 5. They embarked from St. Katherines Docks, London at 4 oclock on Monsay 9th December 1839 and left London on the following day.

They arrived in Port Nicholson (now Wellington) on Friday 29th August 1840... A journey of nearly 9 months.

Also on board was Stephen Pilcher aged 44 who was travelling as a widower with his 3 children.

A daughter, Sarah, was born to Bennett and Stephen 2 months after they arrived in New Zealand (therefore conceived on board). They married 2 years later and had another 6 (known) children.

This was a known total of children for Bennett of 10 and 12 for Stephen.

Bennett died 6 months before Stephen.

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Bennett Pilcher's Timeline

January 29, 1809
Otterden, Kent, England
Age 17
November 14, 1834
Age 25
Lenham, Kent, England
December, 1834
Age 25
August 6, 1842
Age 33
Wellington, New Zealand
June 26, 1843
Age 34
Wellington, New Zealand
August 11, 1848
Age 39
Wellington, New Zealand
February 25, 1851
Age 42