- Born: 1821, Sithney, Near Breage Cornwall 152,204
- Marriage (1): Eliza BADCOCK on 7 Apr 1844 in Madron, Cornwall, England 204
- Marriage (2): Thomasin Vigurs HARVEY on 1 Apr 1849 in Madron, Cornwall, England 152,204
- Died: 22 Jan 1859, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand at age 38 152,204,1557
- Buried: Anglican Church, Thorp St., Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand 204
Historic Motueka column, Golden Bay News ( a supplement of NelsonEvening News) July 31, 1985 comments:
On their arrival in New Zealand, the Jacka family tookup sections of land in the Brooklyn area. (Near Riwaka, Nelson) Soonafter, Thomas took up a job as first teacher for the Riwaka School, whichbegan with classes in his home. One of Jacka's daughters later used tospeak of doing the house work until she saw through the cracks in thewall that school was in. Then she would join her classmates.
The partitions between home and school were only head-high. Jacka'ssuccessor, a Mr.Ball, was said to have occasionally stayed in bed andconducted his classes from beneath the blankets.It was not until the1860's that a separate schoolhouse was built.
Jacka had a talent for calligraphy. From documents written in adistinctive, elegant hand, it is safe to conclude his services as ascribe and as someone with a knowledge of the law were in demand in thearea.
Jacka was elected a member of the Nelson Provincial Assembly and servedfrom 1855 to 1858. He resigned from his teaching job in 1858, and thereis a suggestion the poor pay was a reason. A public meeting was held soonafter and a resolution about the poor pay was passed. The CentralEducation Board subsequently increased the pay by 20 pounds a year.
Thomas Jacka died the following year, aged only 38, and he was buriedin the old Anglican Church Cemetery in Thorp St., Motueka.
While in Penzance, Cornwall, Thomas was a law clerk. He was evidentlyrespected by his colleagues and employer, for when he was about to departto New Zealand he was presented with an attractive, decorated dressingcase and hand written testimonial.
1851 Census 5 Wellington Place, Penzance [East Ward]
Thomas Jacka head married 39 solicitor's general clerk bornSithney, Cornwall
Thomasin V. Jacka wife married 27 born Penzance
Eliza H. Jacka dau unm 6 scholar born Penzance
Christopher H. Banfield step-son unm 5 scholar born StMary's, Scilly Isles
Clement H. Banfield step son unm 3 scholar born StMary's, Scilly Isles
Laura Ellen Jacka dau unm 10 months born Penzance
Ann Richards serv unm 22 general servant born Breage
It is apparent that both parents were previously married. Eliza H.Jacka being of a former marriage of Thomas. [A His, Hers & Theirsfamily!] Located marriage Thomas Jacka to Eliza Badcock.
Thomas married Eliza BADCOCK on 7 Apr 1844 in Madron, Cornwall, England.204 (Eliza BADCOCK was born in 1822 204.)
Thomas next married Thomasin Vigurs HARVEY, daughter of William HARVEY and Honour WILLIAMS, on 1 Apr 1849 in Madron, Cornwall, England 152.,204 (Thomasin Vigurs HARVEY was born on 20 Jun 1823 in Penzance , Cornwall, England 152,204 and died in Mar 1871 in Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand 152,204.)