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William Peckham

Birthplace: Staplehurst, Kent, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Wellington, New Zealand
Cause of death: Accident
Place of Burial: Johnsonville, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of William Peckham and Mary Peckham
Husband of Ann Mudgway
Brother of Mary Ann Williams; Caroline Ellerm; Adelaide Robertson; James Peckham and George Peckham

Managed by: Penelope AA Holden (Richards)
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February 29, 1824
Staplehurst, Kent, United Kingdom
Staplehurst, Kent, United Kingdom

name: William Peckham
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 29 Feb 1824
baptism/christening place: Staplehurst, Kent, England
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death date:
name note:
father's name: William
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Mary
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: I03591-7
system origin: England-EASy
source film number: 1835741
reference number: item 1

April 30, 1840
Age 16
Wellington, New Zealand

The BOLTON departed Gravesend on 19 November 1839 and arrived in Wellington on 30 April 1840, with Captain John Percival Robinson in command.

William 44 Agricultural Labourer
Mary 44
Mary 17 Sempstress
William Jnr 15 Agricultural Labourer Servant to Harrison
Caroline 11
Adelaide 8
James 6
George 1

Such was the rush of people to emigrate to New Zealand that they could not all be accommodated on the ships already chartered by the company, and a additional vessel put on the berth to take those who had been shut out of previous ships was the Bolton.
She left Gravesend on the 19th November, three days later she was off the Isle of Wight and took just under a month to reach Santa Cruz, Teneriffe where she made a call. She was a slow craft and didn't reached Port Nicholson until 30th April 1840. All the Bolton's passengers were landed at Thorndon Beach, and the greater part of them lived in very primitive shanties known as Bolton Row until they could build themselves something more substantial. Among the passengers were the
Rev's J. F. Churton and J. G. Butler, the second and third clergymen to be sent out by the company.

August 22, 1848
Age 24
Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand BDM Registration 1848/104

April 26, 1881
Age 57
Wellington, New Zealand

[By telegraph.—Press association.] Wellington, Monday.
A FATAL accident occurred at Kaiwarra tonight An old settler at Tawa Flat, named William Peckham, a carter, was driving home from town, and had to ford the Kaiwarra stream (the bridge being under repair). He, however, mistook the road to the ford and it is supposed in attempting to turn back the horse and cart slipped over the embankment. The cart was found by two men, capsized in the stream, and on search being made, Peckham was found underneath. Life was extinct, and the deceased had a nasty gash, on the forehead.-He leaves a. wife and a .large family. An inquest will be held.

(New Zealand Herald, 26 April 1881)

April 26, 1881
Age 57
Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand BDM Registration 1881/2432

April 1881
Age 57
Johnsonville, New Zealand

THE Friends of the late WILLIAM PECKHAM are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will leave his late residence, Tawa Flat, for the Johnsonville Cemetery, on Thursday, at 3.30 p.m. JOHN MORGAN, Undertaker.

(Evening Post, 27 April 1881)