GOLDSWORTHY (of Cornwall, England)    research page

John GOLDSWORTHY born  1810,  married Elizabeth RICHARDS (born 1815) at the Crowan parish church on 25 December 1833.  John was a miner at that time. Her father may have been William Richards. 

Three of their nine children were born in Cornwall: Elizabeth in 1835 and John junior on 22 April 1837 at St Blazey, but not known where Mary Ann was born on 7 March 1839, possibly also St Blazey.

  They departed for New Zealand on the barque "Bolton" from Gravesend on 19 November 1839. They finally arrived at Port Hardy, d'Urville Island, New Zealand on 12 April 1840, and  few days later they crossed Cook Strait, heading for Port Nicholson (Wellington Harbour) and came ashore at Petone beach on Tuesday, 21 April. 
[ the approx. route for their voyage ]
After a short time there, moved to Auckland in February 1841.  John senior was involved with copper mining at Kawau and Great Barrier Islands, and also in the timber industry at the Barrier.  Anna Maria was born on the 'Parnell slope', Auckland in April 1841.  Richard was born in Jermyn or Shortland St, Auckland in December 1843. William (b.1844), James (b.1847), Thomas (b.1849) and Henry (b.May 1851) were born on Great Barrier Island, where their father was working.
[ Miners Cove and mine entrance as it is today ] (sometimes this link doesn't work)
I have seen elsewhere that Henry was born at Parnell, Auckland. 
It has been said that both John senior and junior went to Victoria, Australia during the gold rush to Bendigo and Ballarat in about 1852.
[ photos of some of John & Elizabeth's descendants and their families ]
Their mother, Elizabeth senior, died aged 40 in May 1855 at Shortland St, Auckland. 
John senior remarried in 1863 to a widow, Jane JAMES(JONES) at Wakefield St, Auckland.  John died two years later (2 weeks after his son James died) at their farm in Goldsworthys Bay, Mullet Point.

Photo of original house
original house
painting of original house by Lynne Hamilton
painting of original house
painting of part of inside of the original house by Lynne Hamilton
inside of the house

After John died, son Richard took over running the farms and later purchased Woodville farm next door at Tillers Bay (now called Martins Bay).  The other sons were involved with gold mining around the Coromandel Peninsula.  There still exist a number of farm diaries kept by Richard and his son Richard Henry, dating from 1888 to about 1920.

The above James Williams married John's widow, Jane in about 1867.

[ a few more photos ] ( five here )

In all there were about 61 grand-children of John and Elizabeth.
Vandalism of our Goldsworthy headstone 
at the Symonds St Cemetery

There have been a number of documents written which contain details of the early days of the Goldsworthy family here in New Zealand and more detailed accounts of some branches of the family.
    "A Short History of the Meiklejohn Family" by ? Moore?
    "South of West Hamilton" by Nancy Raynes
    "The Rock and the Sky" by Harold Mabbett, 1977
    "Thames - the First Hundred Years" by ? (about mining - printed 8 Oct 1968)
    "The Goldsworthy Connection" by Gil Littler & Southgate Goldsworthy, July 1987 
     any others you know of ?  [ contact me ]

An interesting piece of info comes from notes about John Goldsworthy junior's children within which is stated: "Mrs MacDonald has heard that there is money in chancery in Cornwall:  her father, being the eldest son, would have been the rightful heir."  Mrs MacDonald was Sylvia May Goldsworthy (b. 1878), 6th daughter of John & Marion Beath Goldsworthy (nee Garrick).  No idea of date when Sylvia was informed about this money, but said to be many years ago (possibly pre 1940's?) and no mention as to whether they contacted the Chancery.
If you have seen or heard of any more details about the above, I'd be interested to hear about it

Clara Garrick Goldsworthy (daughter of the above John) was in touch with 
John Goldsworthy ADAMS of New York, about 1920 and sent him family photos
If anyone is travelling to Cornwall and has the time to look up the Chancery records there, the court records may contain a complete family tree over several generations.  The records are apparently poorly arranged and indexed - so may take some time to find anything.
Please get in touch before you go, as I may have more details.

April 2005

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