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My Grandmother Jean was a Manson and her Grandfather George came to NZ from the Orkney Islands in Scotland in 1862 with his brother Stuart during the Shotover gold-rush in Otago. Following is my immediate Manson family ancestry:

The essence of the Orkney's magic is silence, lonliness and the deep marvellous rythms of sea and land, darkness and light - George Mackay Brown

Family Heritage: Phillips | Manson | Stringer | Allen

Peter Manson
born: 1748
marr: Helen Stevenson (Steenson)
Peter and Margaret had three children: Jean, Thomas and Peter.

Peter Manson
born: 20/Jan/1771
marr: Margaret Liddle in Westray, Orkney, 1791
Peter and Margaret had five children: Hellen, Isabel, Thomas, David and Peter.

Peter Manson
born: 7/Nov/1802
marr: Jean Kendell in Westray, Orkney, 1824
Peter is listed as a Farmer on George's death certificate. Him and Jean had four children: Peter, John, Stuart and George.

George Frederick Manson
born: 21/May/1829 in Westray, Orkney Islands (SCO)died: 1905 in Wanganui
marr: Marion Carter (born: London, ENG) in Onehunga, 1869
George came to NZ in 1862 with his brother Stuart during the Shotover gold-rush in Otago. Stuart moved to Wanganui in 1864 and became a successful Councillor in the region (died: 1920, buried Aramoho Cemetery, Wanganui). George moved to Wanganui in 1870 as a shop-keeper, then into the King-Country in the 1880-90's trading with local Maori and settlers (Manson's landing). Retired to Wanganui. George and Marion had nine children: Frederick, Roy, Alice, Annie, Emily, Ethel, Alfred, Stuart and George.

George Frederick Manson
born: 1873 in Waverlydied: 28/May/1926 (buried Hamilton East AA2-BA-09)
marr: Charlotte Denne (born: 1878 in Matauri, died: 26/Jun/1953, parents both English, father born Dover) in Te Puke, 25/Mar/1902
George farmed in the Gisbourne area in the 1880's, moved to Taihape in 1890 living there for 15years during the main-trunk rail line construction. Farmed in the Thames valley in 1915 then moved to Matira in the Te Akau disrict in Waikato dying in 1926 whilst living in Glen Massey. George and Charlotte had ten children: Alice, Frederick, Francis, George, Hubert, Eileen, Jean, Eric, Mirial (Queenie) and Dorothy.

Jean Manson
born: 12/Feb/1915 in Auckland
marr: Malcolm Sturt Phillips at Knox Presb. Ngaruawahia 5/Jun/1937
Jean had been living in Woodleigh and Mac in Waignaro at the time they married. Jean and Mac had 4 daughters: Janet, Nola, Maureen and Alice and adopted a son Kevin.

Maureen Jean Phillips
born: 15/Aug/1945
marr: Donald Wilfred Robert Stringer in Cambridge

Dean Malcolm
born: 10/Nov/1968
marr: Kym Elizabeth Hassell in Hamilton
have a daughter named Paige
Sonia Jean
born: 16/Jun/1971
marr: Jon Spiers in Hamilton
have a son named Jamie
Jared Paul
born: 4/Jun/1974
marr: Louise in Waimate

credit/source: all of the details above are the result of the huge research effort my Aunty Alice has carried out over the last few years. All I've done is web-ify a small part of it.

Family Heritage: Phillips | Manson | Stringer | Allen