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Alfred William TRUEMAN and family
Alfred William Trueman was born 1853 in Walsall, Staffordshire, the son of Henry Trueman and Mary Ann Betts. Alfred's father was a cordwainer or shoemaker. In 1857 Alfred migrated to New Zealand with his parents, 2 brothers and sister on the ship ALMA. The family settled in Wellington and made shoes and boots. After the family arrived in New Zealand a further three children were born in Wellington.
Alfred trained as a boot maker with his father. In 1875 Alfred married Elizabeth Ann Humphreys in Wellington. Alfred and Elizabeth lived in Wellington and had a son and five daughters.
In 1877 Alfred's mother (Mary Ann Trueman) and sister (Mary Leonard Mudgway) were arrested and tried for the murder of the newly born son of Mary. Neither was convicted of murder, but Mary Leonard Mudgway was found guilty of the concealment of her son’s birth, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour. Newspaper accounts of the trial can be viewed at Trueman Child Murder 1877.
Alfred's wife Elizabeth died in 1892 and Alfred remarried in 1895, to Clara Fullford. Alfred and Clara lived in Wellington until 1900 and had three sons and a daughter. The family moved to Levin where they remained until Alfred died in 1932. Alfred died of cancer in Palmerston North Hospital and was buried in Levin Cemetery.
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Elizabeth Ann Humphreys was born in Wales, the daughter of miner John Humphreys. She migrated to New Zealand in about 1873. As mentioned above, Elizabeth married Alfred Trueman in 1875, lived in Wellington and had six children. Elizabeth died at home in Vivian Street, Wellington, in 1892 aged 38 years. She was buried in Karori Cemetery.
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Clara Fullford was born in Sydenham, Kent, England in 1869, the daughter of painter William Fullford and Mary Ann Taylor. She migrated to New Zealand in 1874 on the ship "Howrah" with her parents. In 1892 she was a laundry woman in Wellington when she married widower Alfred Trueman. Alfred and Clara initially lived in Wellington and subsequently moved to Palmerston North then Levin. Alfred and Clara had five sons and two daughters, but only three sons survived beyond childhood. After Alfred died in 1932, Clara married Henry Iver Brodersen in 1935. Clara died in 1956 in Porirua Hospital and was buried in Levin Cemetery.
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Children of Alfred and Elizabeth
George Henry Trueman, eldest child of Alfred William Trueman and Elizabeth Ann Humphreys, was born in 1875 in Wellington. He married Mabel Alice Halpin in 1914. The couple had several children and lived in Palmerston North. George was a laundryman at Palmerston North Hospital. He retired between 1947 and 1954. Mabel died in 1935 and George in 1961. They were buried in Palmerston North.
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Annie Elizabeth Trueman, eldest daughter of Alfred William Trueman and Elizabeth Ann Humphreys, was born in 1878. She attended school between 1883 and 1889 in Te Aro, Wellington.
Annie married George Robinson about 1898 in Wellington. They had ten children. In 1928 Annie and George were living at Orini in the Waikato where they were sharemilking. George died in 1932 and Annie in 1941. They are both buried in Morrinsville.
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Alice May Trueman was born in 1881 in Wellington. Alice attended school in Welllington (Te Aro Infants School - 1885, Mt Cook Girls School - 1898). In 1903 Alice married Alfred Rhodes. Alice and Alfred lived in Wanganui and had eight children. Alfred was a carrier (carter) in Wanganui. Alfred died in 1938 and Alice in 1970.
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Lily Trueman, daughter of Alfred William Trueman and Elizabeth Ann Humphreys, was born in Wellington. She attended Te Aro School and Mount Cook Girls School in Wellington. In 1906 Lily married Alfred Evans in Palmerston North. The report of the wedding in the Evening Standard said that Lily's father was still living in Wellington in 1906, and Alfred was from Marlborough. Alfred and Lily had five sons. According to electoral rolls Alfred worked as a surfaceman for NZ Railways, with a period of share milking in 1928. Lily died in 1954 and Alfred in 1961. Both Lily and Alfred were buried in Taihape.
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Emily Christina Trueman, daughter of Alfred William Trueman and Elizabeth Ann Humphreys, was born in Wellington in 1887. She attended Mount Cook Girls School in Wellington. In 1910 Emily married Alfred Gilbert Wallace in Wanganui. Alfred was the son of Joseph Wallace and Sarah Spurdle.
Alfred, a pastry cook, and Emily had a shop that catered for travelers in the Square, Palmerston North. The railway line passed through the Square at that time. The railway was moved to the outskirts of Palmerston North in 1964-1966.
Alfred and Emily had four children. Emily died in 1944 and Alfred in 1950, both in Palmerston North. They were buried in Kelvin Grove Cemetery, Palmerston North.
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Bessie Olive Trueman was born in 1889 in Wellington. Bessie attended Mt Cook Infants School in Wellington (1896), Mt Cook Girls School in Wellington (1898), and Woodville School in 1900 and 1901.
In 1910 Bessie married her cousin James Victor Mudgway in Levin where her father and stepmother were living. James was the son of William Mudgway and Martha Jane Trueman. James and Bessie initially lived in Wellington where James was a cab driver. They moved to Levin about 1914 where James worked as a contractor, and to Waitarere Beach in the 1940s. Bessie died in 1959 and James in 1950, both in Waitarere Beach, and both were buried in Levin.
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Children of Alfred and Clara
Frederick Ernest Trueman, eldest child of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford, was born in Wellington in 1897. He died during childhood aged five years and was buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North.
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Arthur Alfred Trueman was born in Wellington 1899, son of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. He was a driver mechanic. Arthur married Emily Grace Waters in 1923 and the couple lived in Levin most of their married life. The couple had four daughters. Arthur died at home in Hereford Street, Levin in 1956 and was buried in Levin Cemetery. Emily died in 1988 and was also buried in Levin.
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Rosina Ann Trueman was born in December 1901, eldest daughter of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. She died during infancy aged three years and was buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North.
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Norman Edward Trueman was born in Palmerston North in 1903, the third son of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. He died during infancy aged six months and was buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North.
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Alfred William Trueman was born in 1904, the son of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. Alfred married Lillian McPherson in 1936 and the couple had seven children. Alfred and Lillian lived in Shannon where Alfred worked as a labourer. Alfred died in 1978 and was buried in Shannon Cemetery. Lillian died in Levin in 2004 and was also buried in Shannon.
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Violet Ann Trueman was born in Palmerston North in 1906, the second daughter of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. She died during infancy aged six months and was buried in Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North.
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Albert Ernest Trueman was born in 1908, the youngest son of Alfred William Trueman and Clara Fullford. Although he was recorded Albert Ernest on his birth registration, he was recorded as Ernest Edward on his marriage and death registration.
In 1938 Albert married Gladys Amelia Hook. Albert worked for the NZ Railways as a labourer. Albert and Gladys lived in Palmerston North most of their married life. In 1974 Albert died in Palmerston North and was buried in the Kelvin Grove Cemetery. Gladys died in 1999 and was buried with Albert.
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