John Samuel Edmonds

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John Samuel Edmonds

Birthplace: Swanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 15, 1865 (65)
Kerikeri, New Zealand (Carbuncle)
Place of Burial: Symonds Street Cemetery Auckland
Immediate Family:

Son of William Edmonds and Priscilla Edmonds
Husband of Marianne Anne Edmonds and Ellen Edmonds
Father of Samuel John Edmonds; Arthur (Aata) Edmonds; William Edmonds; Henry Edmonds; Alfred Stickland Edmonds and 8 others
Brother of Thomas Edmonds; Sarah Edmonds; Hannah Edmonds; Elizabeth Edmonds; William Edmonds and 1 other

Occupation: Stone Mason
Managed by: Maria Jean Fleming
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About John Samuel Edmonds

reference - A Very Suitable Man by Diane Ellis

John Edmonds constructed a stone roller, the first to be made in NZ, in order to help him clear his land. He is described as a "character" who supervised his son's work with a stock whip. He built a home which was partly made of stone and partly made of wood. Fire destroyed the wooden section and the remains of the house became known as the "Edmonds Ruins" and are said to be a unique example of a farmhouse made by an early settler in stone. John was a stone mason by trade. A book was written about the family and is called "John Edmonds-- a very suitable man". It was published by Diane Ellis of Auckland in 1985 and was available to family members only (not for sale to the public).

A record from the National Library of NZ has John arriving in the Bay of Islands with his wife Mary in 1834 on the ship "Harlequin" as part of the Church Missionary Society. He had been hired to build a stone store. A story by Florence Keene from the book "Legacies in Kauri, Old Homes and Churches of the North" published in 1978, has John Edmonds born in Worcestor, England, and sent to New Zealand to build the Stone Store in Kerikeri by the Christian Missionary Society who, unfortunately, omitted to inform the Missionaries of this fact. In the meantime, William Parrott, a stonemason from Sydney, had been employed to do this job since July 1832, and by the time that John Edmonds arrived with his wife and four children on 7 February 1834 the stonework was almost finished. He did, however, help with the finishing off of the Stone Store. And he stayed living in the Kerikeri area.


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John Samuel Edmonds's Timeline

December 25, 1799
Swanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
December 25, 1799
Swanage, Dorset, England
November 18, 1823
Hooke, Yorkshire, England
September 21, 1825
Worcester, Dorset, England
February 7, 1829
Kent, England, United Kingdom
December 4, 1831
Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England
December 7, 1833
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
July 17, 1835
Waimate, New Zealand
Paitai, New Zealand