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Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« on: Monday 09 October 17 04:04 BST (UK) »
Hi all,

Trying to find the arrival of the Mercer family in New Zealand between 1869 and 1876.  Sarah Mercer (nee Proctor) b. 1840, Jane Proctor Mercer b. 1864, Richard Mercer b. 1866 and Henry Mercer b. 1869.  Family were from Derrycaw, Tartaraghan, County Armagh.  Thanks.

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: Monday 09 October 17 05:37 BST (UK) »
Hi Daniel,

Can you provide any more information about this family in New Zealand, please?

What port they might have arrived in or earliest residence in the country?
Was Sarah MERCER nee PROCTOR a widow when the family arrived here?
Occupations, interests?
Places of marriage and death of Sarah and her children?

Answers to these questions will help a great deal.

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ELLERKER - Beverley ERY ENG
HEALEY - IRL?
MURDOCH - Wigtownshire SCT, Otago and Westland NZ
PALING - Nottinghamshire ENG
RILEY - Flamborough; Cottingham; South Dalton ERY, Manitoba CAN, & London ENG
STURTON - Arnold, Nottinghamshire ENG
SUTTRON - All, NRY & DUR ENG
TAYLOR - London ENG
TYLER - London ENG
TERNAN/TIERNAN - Dublin IRL

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:04 BST (UK) »
These look like the boys' deaths:
Richard MERCER age 79  1945/31760
Death notice here:
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19451114.2.4?query=richard%20mercer
(at Waiau, husband of Martha Jane)

Henry Proctor MERCER age 76  1946/25178

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:11 BST (UK) »
Henry Proctor MERCER married Lilian Margaret McHARG 1899/4964

Can't see a marriage for the Richard above, though their children are registered:

Florence Jane MERCER  1891/5787   
William Henry MERCER  1892/16192   
Albert Richard  MERCER  1894/14074
Eric Francis Proctor MERCER  1901/5263   
Dorothy Edna MERCER  1913/851   

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:23 BST (UK) »
Trying to find the arrival of the Mercer family in New Zealand between 1869 and 1876.

"....all the passenger lists held at Archives New Zealand have been digitised and are available through the Family Search web-site."

http://archives.govt.nz/resources/research-resources/searching-passenger-lists

Have you checked the shipping items on Paperspast?

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #5 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:24 BST (UK) »
There is an obit for Albert Richard MERCER, son of Richard in 1932  - also of Waiau.
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19320516.2.122?query=richard%20mercer

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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #6 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:26 BST (UK) »
Death notice for Martha Jane, wife of Richard.......

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19360815.2.4?query=martha%20jane%20mercer


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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #7 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:35 BST (UK) »
Ok, here is a loooooong shot.

BDMH has a marriage for a Sarah Mercer to a Joseph HENDERSON on 16 May 1876.

Plugging in Joseph HENDERSON into the shipping records mentioned above, there is a family of:

Joseph, Sarah, Mary, Henry and son born aboard, from Armagh on 29  April 1876.

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Not quite the right names but thought I'd throw it in for consideration or elimination.
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Re: Mercer Family arrival in New Zealand
« Reply #8 on: Monday 09 October 17 06:38 BST (UK) »
The connection to Waiau would suggest an arrival at Lyttelton but a focused search of Papers Past doesn't provide any firm candidates, nor does Family Search, although a single female named Sarah MERCER arrived per the Berar within the search period given.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973
https://beta.familysearch.org/search/collection/1609792

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ELLERKER - Beverley ERY ENG
HEALEY - IRL?
MURDOCH - Wigtownshire SCT, Otago and Westland NZ
PALING - Nottinghamshire ENG
RILEY - Flamborough; Cottingham; South Dalton ERY, Manitoba CAN, & London ENG
STURTON - Arnold, Nottinghamshire ENG
SUTTRON - All, NRY & DUR ENG
TAYLOR - London ENG
TYLER - London ENG
TERNAN/TIERNAN - Dublin IRL