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Owens, John Darlington
« on: Thursday 18 February 21 22:24 GMT (UK) »
This request is on behalf of my 81 year old neighbour who is not computer literate and partially deaf so struggles to understand phone discussions. She is an only child, has never married and has no children, so effectively the end of the family line.

She has always felt her father was abandoned and it is important to her she find some information on his birth parents and their lives and possibly learn something of their health history.
 
In 2007 and again in 2009 she applied to the Manukau Family Court for her fathers adoption records to be opened. On both occasions she was informed this was not possible.
 
The information we seek is on John Darlington Owens born 09 May 1901 at Puni, New Zealand and for the names of the birth parents.  His motherís name may have been Margaret Owens.
 
John Owens was adopted on 6 July 1905, when he was 4 years and 2 months, by William Henry Moulden. Johnís birth certificate lists William Moulden as his father but has no other information.
 
I know my neighbour would be extremely grateful is any of your members can shed any light on her fathers mysterious background.
 
Many thanks

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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #1 on: Friday 19 February 21 08:12 GMT (UK) »
Hi Pauline , welcome to RC  :)

I see the 1901 birth is registered as -
Moulden , John Darlington Owens   , father William Henry

Not familiar with New Zealand certificates , do they usually name the mother ?
Could the certificate been changed when John was adopted ?


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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #2 on: Friday 19 February 21 08:49 GMT (UK) »
Hi and thanks for the welcome.
My friend applied for John Owens birth certificate and received one with William Henry Moulden named as father but this would be the legal status following the adoption.
John Darlington Owens was adopted when he was 4 years 2 months and there is no knowledge of his birth parents. My friend remembers being told the mother might have been Margaret Owens but there is no actual confirmation.
Thank you
Pauline


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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #3 on: Friday 19 February 21 08:50 GMT (UK) »
Did William Henry Moulden marry Grace MacHattie 1874 New Zealand ?
Death William Henry Moulden 1927 New Zealand , age 74.
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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #4 on: Friday 19 February 21 08:53 GMT (UK) »
I'll check the detail with my neighbour tomorrow.
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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #5 on: Friday 19 February 21 09:00 GMT (UK) »
Would John's marriage or death certs have any further information ?
Not sure if you will get any further without the original birth cert. or access to the adoption records  :-\


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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #6 on: Friday 19 February 21 09:18 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to the NZ board.

"Puni" has me beat. What area of New Zealand was John raised?

There is evidence of several Margaret OWENS, in that time frame, and a few wills. Also a Margaret Owens with a child at a Wellington Woman's Refuge Home in the 1890's.

Alan.

By drilling down on the official historic birth entry his birth is registered as 9th of May 1901 but the record number is 1966 / 106185 so was probably not registered, as such, until John was making enquiries for a copy of his birth certificate after acquiring the age of 65 [Pension].

PPS. Now see mention of Manukau Court, so assume you are referring to the Puni of South Auckland.
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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #7 on: Friday 19 February 21 09:37 GMT (UK) »

"John Owens was adopted on 6 July 1905, when he was 4 years and 2 months"

What records do you have for this adoption?

NZ BDM birth
1966/106185   MOULDEN   John Darlington Owens  parents    - / William Henry   

This is 1966 registration of the 1901 birth?.....when John was 65 years old?

Is this the birth record that you have?

Can you please list all the information on this document.

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Re: Owens, John Darlington
« Reply #8 on: Friday 19 February 21 09:55 GMT (UK) »
There was a Mr John DARLINGTON residing at Puni, South Auckland, in 1897, as recorded by the OBSERVER when his only daughter Jeannie married.  3/7/1897 page 8.

Alan.
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