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James Robert Aroa (1830 - 1879)

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James Robert Aroa aka Airey
Born in Eston, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1855 in Eston, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died in Picton Hospital, Picton, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 21 Nov 2019 | Created 17 Feb 2016
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James Airey was born in 1830, calculating from age at death.

James married Ann Shaw in 1855 in Eston, Yorkshire, England. [1]

James arrived in New Zealand in 1864 aboard the Anne Dymes with his wife Anne and son Thomas. Left London 13 October 1863 and arrived in Nelson 1 January 1864. [2]

He was also known as James Smith. In New Zealand the name Airey was immediately changed to Aroa.

Census data [3]

1870-1871 Marlborough Wairau and 1875-1876 Marlborough Wairau
At Tua Marina, 1 leasehold (Tua Marina Section 3) and 1 freehold property (North Bank Wairau section 78)

From 1875-1876 according to Wise´s New Zealand Post Office Directory he resided in Tua Marina. [4] James Aroa, Tua Marina

His first child was born when he was 35, and last when he was 48. He died the following year aged 49.

Children born in New Zealand to Ann and James Aroa. [5]

  1. 1865/13141 Nanny
  2. 1866/17772 Elizabeth Aby
  3. 1868/20288 Mary Jane
  4. 1869/21553 Ellen
  5. 1871/23416 Emily Eliza
  6. 1873/39446 George Francis
  7. 1875/8349 Alice
  8. 1878/14986 Betsey

On 12 December 1879 James Aroa passed away, aged 49 [6]

Death Notice Dec 1879[7]
DEATHS. — On Dec. 12, at the District Hospital, Picton, Mr James Aroa (Smith) of Kaituna, aged 49 years.

He is buried in the Picton Cemetery. [8]



Robert Smith, born: 1760, died: 1835
Mary Airey born: 1768 at Brough, Staimore, Cumbria, England, died: Feb 11, 1856
Robert Smith and Mary Airey were not married. Their children took their mother's name, Airey.

According to other research [9] these children of Robert and Mary were the siblings

  1. Elizabeth Airey ????
  2. George Airey 1784–
  3. Mary Smith Airey 1797–
  4. Agnes Smith Airey 1799–
  5. Jane Airey 1802–
  6. James Airey * 1805–
  7. Robert Airey 1808–
  8. Isaac Smith Airey 1810–1877
  9. Francis Airey 1813–1861

The children of James Airey * (above) were

  1. Nanny 1828–
  2. Joseph 1829–
  3. James Robert Airey/Aroa 1830–1879 **
  4. Mary 1832–
  5. George 1834–
  6. Sarah 1837–

1841 census of the Poor House, Brough, Westmorland, England [10]. Abba is presumably Abigail (Riston)

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Abba Airey Female 40
Joseph Airey Male 15 Westmorland
Nanny Airey Female 13 Westmorland
James Airey Male 10 Westmorland
Mary Airey Female 8 Westmorland
George Airey Male 6 Westmorland
Sarah Airey Female 3 Westmorland


  1. Unsourced tree handed to Warren Meads by Lianne Wilson
  2. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XII, Issue 618, 7 January 1854, Page 5
  3. NZ Census New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
  4. New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1954
  5. New Zealand Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Online search
  6. NZBDM deaths 12/12/1879 1879/5637 Aroa, James, 49Y
  7. DEATHS., Marlborough Express, Volume XIV, Issue 1197, 20 December 1879
  8. New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 for James Aroa, Marlborough, Nelson
  9. ft meads
  10. "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 25 May 2019), Sarah Airey in household of Abba Airey, Brough, Westmorland, England, United Kingdom; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,"

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