Tabitha Inch (Edwards)
|Birthplace:||St Mabyn, Cornwall, England|
|Death:||Died in New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand|
|Managed by:||Jason Scott Wills|
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About Tabitha Inch
ref 1889/4435 Died in New Plymouth, 16th October, 1889, aged 102 years.
Aged 33 years on arrival.
Travelled on the 'William Bryn' with Paul Inch
There was a reporting error in the newpaper item reporting Tabitha's death - as she was born in Cornwall in 1797, shw was 96 years of age when she died - not 106 as reported.
'Pioneer Rd is located on the south side of the city, near Blagdon.
It extends from South Rd down to Breakwater Rd, near the cool stores, and this is where the city's founding vessels are said to have landed. With no harbour in which to berth, the vessels anchored offshore and surfboats were used to disembark passengers and cargo.
The passengers of the William Bryan had an idyllic arrival to their new Pacific paradise and were brought ashore using the surfboats and were safely disembarked before sunset. However, this idyllic image is shattered with the next two arrivals.
It took 42 days for passengers and belongings from the Amelia Thompson to be brought ashore. The vessel accompanying the Amelia Thompson with extra supplies, the Regina, was wrecked on the reef near to what is now Queen St. So whether the bottom of Pioneer Rd is the exact location of the first steps of our founding pioneers is not certain.
However, there is a monument on the left side of road, heading towards the sea, naming the vessels and commemorating the event.
Among the new arrivals was chief surveyor F A Carrington, who arrived on the Brougham, February 12, 1841. One can only wonder what his thoughts were when he first set his eyes upon the settlement which he would soon transform into a gridded new town, typical of the town planning trends of the day. However, his early plans for the town, like the arrival of the founders, was not straightforward and Carrington was questioned over his selection of the site and there was talk of relocation of the settlement.
Nevertheless, the site was retained and the pioneer settlers took it upon themselves to develop their new home into a thriving township. '
'Henwood Road begins in Bell Block and runs south-east towards Hillsborough. It is named after William Henwood, who was one of the earliest settlers of New Plymouth. William was one of 18 children, his parents were James and Rebecca and he was born in 1818 in Cornwall, in the U.K.
At the age of 22 William was attracted to New Zealand with the prospect of creating a better future for himself and on 11th November 1840, he boarded the Plymouth Company's "William Bryan" and arrived in New Plymouth 31st March 1841.
Also on the ship was 9th daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Putt, Ann Putt, who attracted the attentions of Mr Henwood. Their courtship aboard the William Bryan endured storms and gales and rose above seasickness and dysentery. Their love grew over romantic meals of Albatross Pie and Porpoise for breakfast. William and Ann were married in September 1841 and went on to have 10 children together, needless to say their hardy courtship helped build the mettle required to raise 10 children in the colonies! Their first child, Mary Jane, is reported to be the first child born to a couple married in New Plymouth
While he owned land in New Plymouth, he also spent some time in Whanganui, quite likely as a result of political unrest in Taranaki. His occupation is given as "Wheelwright" and "Farmer". In 1865 he built the "Traveller's Hotel" on the corner of Devon and Currie Streets. Unfortunately he was refused a liquor license as it was alleged he was responsible for selling "spirituous liquor to the natives" and the licence was granted to C. Autridge, a year later, who renamed the hotel the "Imperial". The Imperial enjoyed an elegant 107 years and was demolished in March 1972.
William died in September 1879, of Anthrax, at his residence in Devon Street.
'Left to right: Mrs Wood (nee Inch) Son of Wm Wood His daughter Mrs A V Kivel Her Daughter Mrs I Hodgas Her Daughter Mrs Morris'
Tabitha Inch's Timeline
March 5, 1793
St Mabyn, Cornwall, England
November 13, 1830
St Mabyn, Bodmin, Cornwall, England
December 4, 1833
St Mabyn, Cornwall, England
April 25, 1838
Longstone, Cornwall, England
October 9, 1889
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand