Sam Nunns and Alice Cockerham, my great great grandparents, were from the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Sam was born on February 8th, 1874 in Rothwell, to Henry Nunns and Tamar Dickinson.1 Sam became a stone mason.
Alice was born on March 9th, 1878 in Oulton, to Alfred Cockerham and Sarah Ann Kemp.2 She worked as a domestic servant.
What prompted them to sail to the other side of the world? Whatever the reasons, they sailed aboard the Delphic in 1902 and disemarbarked at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand. Also travelling with them was Sam’s brother Charles.
The family settled in Lawrence, then Ashburton, and had six more children, before moving to Gisborne on the East Cape of North Island in 1914. Sam and Alice’s first grandchild, George Alexander Wright (my grandfather) was born just three weeks before their last child, Harry, was born.5 6
- Elsie NUNNS (1896 – 1985)
- m. 07 Jun 1917 Alexander WRIGHT7
- Gordon Eurwin NUNNS (1903 – 1964)
- m. 1925 Elsie Adelaide SHERWOOD
- Hector NUNNS (1905 – 1990)
- m. 1927 Elsie Elizabeth WILLAN
- Hazel Alberta NUNNS (1906 – 2001)
- m. 1924 Thomas RHODES
- Charles Dickinson NUNNS (1907 – 1995)
- m. 1930 Kathleen Marguerite REILLY
- Margaret Annie Gwendoline NUNNS (1910 – 1990)
- m. Robert SHULTZ
- m. DOWNEY
- Norman Eric NUNNS (1913 – 1994)
- m. 1938 Mavis MARSHALL
- Harry NUNNS (1918 – 1997)
- m. 1942 Mauville BIRKETT
A lot of the information I have about the family is from research done by a first cousin twice removed and her husband. They are currently working on a book about the family, so I don’t want to steal their thunder by posting some of the stories on here. Can’t wait to read the book! They also kindly supplied the photo of the family, seen here in a recent Wordless Wednesday post.
- England, birth certificate for Sam Nunns; 07 Feb 1874, Rothwell; citing Mar 1874 [quarter] Hunslet 9b [vol] 338 [page], General Register Office, Southport.
- England, birth certificate for Alice Cockerham; 09 Mar 1878, Oulton; citing Jun 1878 [quarter] Hunslet 9b [vol] 349 [page], General Register Office, Southport.
- England, marriage certificate for Sam Nunns and Alice Cockerham; 11 Jan 1896, Oulton; digital image, from original held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; citing Mar 1896 [quarter] Hunslet 9b [vol] 363 [page], General Register Office, Southport.
- England, birth certificate for Elsie Nunns; 27 Nov 1896, Rothwell; photocopy, from original held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]; citing Mar 1897 [quarter] Hunslet 9b [vol] 303 [page], General Register Office, Southport.
- [NAME FOR PRIVATE USE], Nunns Family Tree, GEDCOM file supplied 2011.
- NZ Dept of Internal Affairs, “Birth Search,” database, Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical Records (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/ : accessed Jun 2011), entries for Gordon Eurwin Nunns (1903/591), Hector Nunns (1905/12247), Hazel Alberta Nunns (1906/22306), Charles Dickenson Nunns (1908/4031), Margaret Annie Gwendoline Nunns (1910/24707).
- New Zealand, marriage certificate for Alexander Wright and Elsie Nunns; 07 Jun 1917, Napier; citing 1917/3264, Birth, Deaths & Marriages, New Zealand.