- Born: 1851, Pangatotara, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
- Marriage: Elizabeth RODWELL on 30 Jun 1880 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
- Died: 30 Oct 1933, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand at age 82
- Buried: 1 Nov 1933, Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand
James' death certificate says he married Elizabeth Sterling (who had pre-deceased him), that he was only 22 years old when he was married (therefore in about 1877). He had one surviving son, then aged 39 (i.e. born 1894) who presumably provided the above information. Perhaps the son was confused!
Another James Grooby was buried at the Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, died March 1 1933, aged 76, which would have him born in 1857. There are presumably therefore 2 James' both of whom died in 1933.
Who is Lewis Grooby, born February 22 1862 at Motueka? James is described as the ONLY son of Francis, at the time of his marriage!
James married Elizabeth RODWELL on 30 Jun 1880 in Registry Office, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. (Elizabeth RODWELL was born in 1864 in Stoke, Kent, England and died in 1950.)
Extract from Early Nelson Paper
Marriage 30 June 1880 . Registry Office ,Motueka , James only son ofFrancis GROOBY, Pangatotara. to Elizabeth , youngest daughter Late MrGILDING., Wanganui
Witnesses Joseph Graves & Annie Lunn
Divorced April 1918