Kezia Jacob Baynes

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Kezia Jacob Baynes (Godfrey)

Birthplace: Somers Town, London, United Kingdom (United Kingdom)
Death: October 05, 1902 (67)
Waiuku, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Godfrey and Kezia Jacob
Wife of Samuel Crawford; George Tippett and Robert Baynes
Mother of Arthur Samuel Crawford; John Crawford; George Tippett; Harriet Weston; Robert Baynes and 6 others
Sister of John Jacob Godfrey and Thomas Jacob Godfrey

Immigration: Steinwarder, 14 October 1864
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About Kezia Jacob Baynes

Kezia (pronounced kez-EYE-ah) Godfrey was born at Somers Town, London, England, on 17 December 1834. She was christened in the Tonbridge Independent Chapel. Her parents were John and Kezia (1796-1840) Godfrey (nee Jacob). John Godfrey was born at Anstey, a village between Buntingford and Royston, in Hertfordshire, England. When Kezia was just six years old, in 1840, her mother died at Anstey. It is possible that from 1840 she was raised by her grandmother Mary Godfrey (nee Phillips). Mary Phillips married John Godfrey at Little Munden, Hertfordshire, in 1830 (Cullen, p. 11).

On 2 August 1858 Kezia married shoemaker Samuel Crawford at Beulah (Baptist) Chapel, Somers Town, London. Kezia was aged 21, Samuel aged 28. Samuel was born at Somers Town, London on 29 November 1829 to shoemaker John and Elizabeth Crawford (nee King). He possibly served in Crimea. Samuel's father John Crawford died on 1 June 1859 at 3 Palace Row, Marylebone, Middlesex, England.

Kezia, Samuel, and baby Arthur, sailed from Liverpool on 13 August 1859 aboard the Matilda Atheling. Kezia was aged 23, Samuel 29. The family arrived at Table Bay, South Africa, on 27 October 1859 (Cullen, p. 8). The family settled at Paarl, north of Cape Town, South Africa. Samuel died at Paarl, aged 31, on 19 February 1860. Their second son John was born just one month later on 24 March 1860.

Kezia married shoemaker and widower George Tippett (c1829-1865) at St George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, on 21 October 1861. George's wife Rebecca had died three months earlier. Kezia and George's first son George was born at Buitengragt Street, Cape Town, on 6 August 1862, but died on 29 May 1864, just three months short of his second birthday. Their second child, Harriet, was born one month later, on 3 June 1864, in Upper Tennant Street in Cape Town.

The family arrived in New Zealand on 14 October 1864 aboard the Steinwarder from South Africa to settle confiscated lands in the Waikato (Cullen, p. 2). Steinwarder passengers are thought to have been accommodated at the Devonport Naval Base in Auckland upon arrival. Kezia's second husband, George, was drowned at Waipipi Needles, Manukau Harbour. He was making a journey to Waiuku for supplies when the canoe he was in was swamped on 14 January 1865. No body was recovered (Cullen, p. 3). The incident was reported in the Daily Southern Cross on 19 January 1865:

A sad accident occurred at this place today (Saturday). A number of the lately arrived Cape emigrants are located at Waipipi, about six miles from this village, and have to procure their food from here. The road not being made, the only communication is by water. Today six of the men started from Waiuku in a canoe, with a carcase of beef and other provisions. There was a small head wind blowing, and in some places there would be a nasty sea for a canoe manned by inexperienced hands. When they had got over about half their journey, the canoe swamped. One of the men struck out for the shore, but has not since been heard of, and we fear that he is drowned. The others wisely held on to the canoe until it drifted near enough to the shore for them to land in safety. The poor fellow who was lost has left a wife and three children to mourn his untimely fate. This is another to be added to the long list of accidents arising from new comers attempting to manage canoes. It is to be hoped that the Government will send a boat for the use of people located at Waipipi until the road is made, or else many such occurrances are sure to take place. (Daily Southern Cross, 19 January 1865)

In early February the Steinwarder passengers made their way to Waiuki. 'Kezia had stuck it out in those basic pioneering conditions at Waipipi for five months when she was offered a position of housekeeper for Robert Baynes (1831-1895), a settler farmer from Waiuku. After another four months it was decided that as they were compatible they would marry' (Cullen, p. 4). They married in Waiuku on 11 October 1865. On 27 August 1870 Kezia applied for her Waipipi Crown Land Grant (Lot 72), this was awarded to Robert Baynes.

Robert died of throat cancer, aged 73, on 28 March 1895 (reg. 1895/2839). According to the 1899 electoral rolls, Kezia was working as a dressmaker. Kezia died in Waiuku, aged 67, on 5 October 1902. Kezia and Robert are buried together at Waiuku Cemetery, along with two of their infant children.

Source: Biography of Kezia Godfrey by Debbie McCauley, her third great grandaughter

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Kezia Jacob Baynes's Timeline

December 17, 1834
London, United Kingdom
December 13, 1835
Westminster, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Kezia Jacob Godfrey
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Name: Kezia Jacob Godfrey
Residence Place: Westminster, Middlesex, England
Gender: Female
Christening Date: 13 Dec 1835
Christening Date (Original): 13 Dec 1835
Christening Place: St. Clement Danes, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Father's Name: John Godfrey
Mother's Name: Kezia

February 26, 1859
Camden Town, London, United Kingdom
March 24, 1860
Paarl, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
August 6, 1862
Cape Town, South Africa
June 3, 1864
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa