Samuel Manson, Sr

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Samuel Manson, Sr

Birthplace: Riccarton, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
Death: Died in Lyttelton, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Canterbury, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of John Manson and Marion Manson
Husband of Jean Manson
Father of Agnes Blatchford; Robert Manson; Marion Smith; Jeannie Orton; John Manson and 12 others
Brother of William Manson; John Manson; Mary Manson; Margaret Manson; Janet Manson and 5 others

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Samuel Manson, Sr's Timeline

May 25, 1815
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
July 12, 1839
Age 24
Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sourced from: "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand", Canterbury Volume, 1903….

April 22, 1840
Age 24
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
May 10, 1841
Age 25
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK
June 5, 1842
Age 27
Aboard Ship "Thomas Harrison" in the Bay of Biscay
October 25, 1842
Age 27
Nelson, New Zealand

Left London: Thursday 26th May
Arrived Nelson: 25 October 1842

Extract from "The Weekly Press", December 11, 1901, page 14.

In the month of November 1842, there arrived at Nelson, the ship Thomas Harrison, from London, which brought out Mr John Deans, Mr and Mrs Samuel Manson, and three children, the youngest of which was born at sea on 5th June, and is now Mrs John Smith of Teddington.

Manson was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canterbury in the ship Thomas Harrison in 1842 with John Deans (1820-1854). In 1843 he helped build the first house on the Canterbury Plains. This was built without nails as these had been left in Wellington by mistake.

He later leased from Maori a large block of land which he named Kainshill, at what is now known as Teddington, and farmed dairy cows.

January 7, 1844
Age 28
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
June 10, 1845
Age 30
Lyttelton, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Age 29
Canterbury, New Zealand

The Mansons and Gebbies left Riccarton in 1845; they came down the Avon as far as where Ward and Co’s brewery now stands, in two canoes, one of which capsized on the journey, but without serious results. From here they proceeded on their journey in a whaleboat, and on arriving at what is now known as Sumner, the party, consisting of Mr and Mrs Manson and four children, and Mr and Mrs Gebbie and four children, put up for the night in the Cave Rock. The next day they reached the Head of the Bay, now known as Teddington, which was on or about the 3rd of June. It was here that the two families leased land from the Maoris, and where their descendants still have their homes.

June 7, 1847
Age 32
Lyttelton, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand