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About Emily Jane Gray

Emily Jane Williams was the daughter of Bishop Leonard Williams and Sarah Wanklyn.

She married Charles Gray, a widower. They eight children and lived at Waiohika, Gisborne.

Marriage Notice

GRAY— WILLIAMS.— On the 26th instant, at the Church of Holy Trinity, Gisborne, by the Ven Archdeacon Williams, assisted by the Rev. Samuel Williams, Charles Gray of Waiohika, Poverty Bay, to Emily Jane, eldest daughter of the Ven. Archdeacon Williams, Gisborne. [5]

She built the current house at Waiohika after Charles's death in 1918.

The original Waiohika Homestead was built before 1900, and Mrs Gray had a new house designed by James Augustus Louis Hay, built in 1926 in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie houses. [4]

Wedding photo (located in the media section of this profile)

Back row left to right: James Nelson Williams; Chris McLean? Fred Williams (bride's brother); William Leonard Williams (bride's father); ---; Chris Davies. Centre row, left to right: Ronald Williams, son of Fred; Maria Willams; Edith Williams, (bride's sister); Emily Jane Gray (nee Williams); Charles Gray; Agnes Williams; Mary Williams, wife of the Archdeacon Samuel Williams. Front row, left to right: Archdeacon Samuel Williams; Ellie McLean (bride's sister);Haydon MacLean; Winifred Williams; Gertrude Williams; Sarah Williams and Lionel MacLean (baby). (Description supplied with photograph)


Williams Family records
  1. The Williams Family in New Zealand 1823 - 1973 - the descendants of Henry Williams, 1792 - 1897 and William Williams, 1800-1878, the sons of Thomas Williams 1754 - 1808 and Mary Marsh, 1757 - 1831 who were married in 1783.
  2. The Williams family have recorded their family history since coming to New Zealand. The most recent version is 'Faith and Farming, the legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams.' Copyright Rex Evans, Evagean Publishing 1998. 720pp. ISBN-1-877194-53-0
  3. There are also preserved letters and records held by John Oxley Library, (Queensland State Library), New Zealand, and Gray family records (Blunt, Hollinrake, Ormerod and Putt). This information is currently being collated and this record will be updated shortly (JG - 6 June 2018).
  4. Alexander Turnbull Library Gray, Emily Jane, 1856-1942
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Emily Jane Gray's Timeline

March 7, 1856
Whakato, New Zealand
October 11, 1883
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
July 24, 1886
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
November 8, 1887
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
April 4, 1890
Waiohika, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, Gisborne, New Zealand
October 20, 1891
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
March 18, 1893
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
January 2, 1895
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand
November 3, 1896
Waiohika, Gisborne, New Zealand