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I am researching the following New Zealand families (among others):

Clifton. The earliest confirmed NZ ancestor was William Foster CLIFTON, born in Napier, NZ on 12 August 1870. I am also tracing my grandmother's family, who came to NZ from London in 1869 on the ABDUL MEDJID, but who were German. The family name is BECKMANN. The family was involved in sweetmaking and owned a sweet factory on Auckland's (NZ) North Shore.

Knox. The earliest known member of this family was James KNOX. I believe he was born in Inniskillin in Ireland in 1848 but have yet to confirm this. He married Alice Barnes in Wanganui, NZ in 1881. Alice was born in Wanganui on 13 July 1860.

Gatchell. The earliest known NZ member is Mark Charles GATCHELL. He was born in Woodstock, Maine, USA and came to New Zealand as crew on a ship. Family legend says he jumped ship from a whaler in Christchurch. His son, Nathaniel Henry GATCHELL, was born in South Tokomairiro, NZ, on 22 Feb 1866.

McIndoe. The earliest named NZ member is Robert McINDOE. He was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1834. His father was also Robert (from Killearn, Scotland), his mother was Catherine Paton (from Kilpatrick, Dumbarton in Scotland). His daughter, Jane McIndoe, was born in West Taieri, NZ on 28 Aug 1870. She married Nathaniel Henry Gatchell and one of their daughters - Amelia Ellen Gatchell, is my Grandmother. Robert came to NZ from Scotland on "Aboukir". Left Firth of Clyde 19 Oct 1863 and arrived Dunedin 19 Jan 1864.
The Ray Clifton Family Homepage
Updated June 27, 2006

Ray Clifton
rgclifton@xtra.co.nz

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