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Francis GROOBE
(Abt 1756-1842)
Francis GROOBY
Sarah Stapleton MOWLEY


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Elizabeth INWOOD


  • Born: 11 Dec 1826, Radford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Christened: 31 Jan 1827, Radford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Marriage: Elizabeth INWOOD on 28 Apr 1851 in St. Thomas's, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Died: 12 Apr 1912, Pangatotara, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand at age 85
  • Buried: 14 Apr 1912, Pangatotara, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand

bullet   Cause of his death was Heart failure.


bullet  General Notes:

James Lock has George's birthdate as 1825 & his death as 31 January 1912
George came to NZ with his large family on the PHOEBE, arriving in early 1843. He lived with the rest of his family at the Brooke Street address and worked as a labourer for the NZ Company from the end of May 1943, starting at youth rates of 1s and 6d per day. (adult males received 2s 8d or 3s)
George worked for the most part in the same road gang as his father and 2 older brothers, Edward & Francis. The summer of 1843/44, he was a membe rof a "boys gang" of about 15-20 members making the ditches at Waimea East. The pay of the teenagers in this gang was about 5-12 shillings per week.
George was now 17yrs old, and his daily pay went up to 1s8d, giving him a weekly wage of 10 shillings. From the end of January 1844, he was back working in the same gang as the rest of the family, until the end of April at Waimea, and after that in various places around Nelson.
With the completion of the NZ Company work, George worked with the rest of the family as a sawyer and labourer in Nelson. He moved to Motueka with the family in 1850, when he was in his 24th year.
In his earlier days in Motueka, George worked with his brother Edward,his brother-in-law William Bear and his nephew Henry Jennings, as a sawyer. He built a house at Pangatotara on section 255 and farmed there for much of his adult life. According to the 1882 Freeholders Register,he had 29 acres of land, valued at 285 pounds. George does not seem to have been involved in the land deals undertaken by his father and brothers , and he rarely appears in any other records.
After his death, his estate of 573 pounds was administered by his son Thomas.
1845 Census


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Baptism, 31 Jan 1827, Radford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

Occupation, Jun 1841. Cotton Doubler

Immigration, 29 Mar 1843.

Census, 1845, Brook Street, Nelson, New Zealand.

Occupation 2, 1845. Labourer


George married Elizabeth INWOOD, daughter of John WINDEBANK and Charlotte INWOOD, on 28 Apr 1851 in St. Thomas's, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. (Elizabeth INWOOD was born on 18 Apr 1832 in Alton, Hampshire, England, christened on 16 Jun 1833 in St. Lawrence's, Alton, Hampshire, England and died on 23 Mar 1868 in Pangatotara, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand.). The cause of her death was Cancer of the uterus/womb.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Witnesses: Elizabeth Harding
Henry Grooby, (later known as Jennings?)George'snephew (lived with the Grooby family).

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