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William SANSON


  • Born: 27 Jun 1840, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Marriage: William SANSON on 19 May 1857 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Died: 15 Jan 1873, Paramanui, Wellington, New Zealand at age 32

bullet   Cause of her death was Drowning.


bullet  Medical Notes:

January 15 1873 William & Agnes were returning home and crossing the the Rangitikei River .William was in front to test the ford.Agnes's horse following, stepped into a hole and stumbled.Thomas an infant was thrown into the water.Agnes tried to save him but both were swept away.
To get stores at Bulls, the Rangitikei River had to be crossed-usually on horse back.
MV Fitzsimons book says 1848-1871?
Death cert 15 Jan 1875 says Agnes aged 30.Marriage cert 19 May 1857 say William aged 22, Agnes 17.
Copy of Coroner's report held by Gloria Moore & Brian Woodcock
Transcription of sworn statement before Alfred Rops,Coroner at Magistrates Court House Bulls 17th January 1873
William Sanson (being sworn,saith that) I am a labourer residing in Rangitikei and husband of the deceased Agnes Sanson . I came to the Rangitikei River on Wednesday last the 15th day of January with the deceased we were on horseback she had a child in her arms by name of Thomas Sanson aged between five and six months.It was about 20 minutes to seven o'clock in the evening We attempted to ford the Rangitikei river.It
was not higher than I considered safe-we went into the river and when nearly over,I being leading.My horse got into deep water suddenly.I then turned round on my horse and found the deceased was in the same difficulty that I was. I then jumped off my horse and swam to her assistance.She being off her horse on the upper side of the current,and had hold of the bridle.When I had reached her horse she had loosened her hold
and was taken by the current south to the down side of her horse.At this time I was entangled with her horse and when I managed to get clear I could not see her on the water,she was under the water.I continued swimming down the river.I saw her rise about half a chain from me.She went under again and I swam over her.............. When I last saw her she had the child in her arms I believe.( I have especially crossed the river with my wife for the last seven or eight years and have never had any accident before.)-I continued swimming down the river for some time but could not find any trace of the deceased.I then went out of the river and called the Ferryman Robert Bidden and he and I searched the banks but could not find any trace of the deceased.
(signed) W Sanson
Transcription of statement by Alexander Bailey before Alfred Rops,Coroner on 17th January 1873.
I am a sawyer residing at Sandon on the Manawatu side of the Rangitikei River. I heard that Agnes Sanson was drowned on Wednesday the fifteenth inst in the Rangitikei River and made one of a party to go in search and succeeded in finding the body of deceased today ,17th inst ,at about 10 o'clock am,at about a mile and a quarter below the crossing ......... ........ Rangitikei River at Bulls.She was partly under water,face downwards.I took the body out and removed it to the residence of William Sanson.I know the body to be that of Agnes Sanson. (Signed) Alex Bailey


Agnes married William SANSON, son of Robert SANSON and Ann LUCAS, on 19 May 1857 in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. (William SANSON was born in 1833 in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, christened on 15 Jan 1834 in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, died on 12 Jan 1911 in Eltham, Taranaki, New Zealand. and was buried in Old Waihi Cemetery, Taranaki, New Zealand.). The cause of his death was Heart disease-Syncope-5 years.

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