Isaac Aroa

Isaac Aroa (1810 - 1877)

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Isaac Aroa aka Airey
Born in Durham, Englandmap
Husband of — married 12 Aug 1833 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Awatere, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 15 Nov 2019 | Created 16 Dec 2016
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In England his surname appears in records as Airey. The family story is that as Issac was not literate and had a broad regional accent having lived with his parents in an isolated place that his name was listed as Aroa when they emigrated to New Zealand. [1] His will shows that he was not literate, as it is signed with his mark. His descendants in New Zealand use the name Aroa.

Isaac was born in 1810.

On 17 August 1833 Isaac Airey and Sarah Atkinson were married in Westmorland. [2]

They had at least 5 children.

Mary Ann (1835)
Robert (1837)
Nanny / Nancy (1843)
Sarah (1845)
Isaac (1850)

The 1851 Census [3] lists him as residing at Byers Green, Durham. Isaac (40) is a blacksmith, with wife Sarah (39) have 3 children residing with them, Nanny (8), Sarah (6) and Isaac (1).

Isaac Array Head 40 1811 Male Stainmore, Westmorland, England (Blacksmith)
Sarah Array Wife 39 1812 Female Wackhope, Westmorland, England
Nanny Array Daughter 8 1843 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Sarah Array Daughter 6 1845 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Isaac Array Son 1 1850 Male Byers Green, Durham, England

In the same census, there is a Robert Aroa (listed as Arah) aged 14, a servant at the Binchley Crag Farm only a short distance from Byers Green. His birth place is listed as Westmorland.

Robert Arah (sic) Servant 14 1837 Male Westmorland, England

Furthermore, his sister Mary Ann Aroa (listed as Array) aged 16, is a servant at a house in Byers Green.

Mary Ann Aray (sic) [Aroa] Servant 16 1835 Female Stainmore, Westmorland, England

Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Aroa and 3 children, plus M. A. Aroa and Mr Robert Aroa emigrated to New Zealand arriving October 23, 1855 on the ship Maori. [1] Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 27 October 1855, Arrived. October 23, ship Maori, 1,000 tons, Petherbridge, 107 days from London. Steerage passengers —

Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Aroa and 3 children
M. A. Aroa [Mary Ann]
Mr Robert Aroa (d. 1886 aged 50) [4]

One child was daughter ("Nanny" or "Nancy Mary"), who married settler Denis Broughan [5][6] [Denis Broughan] married in 1860 a daughter of the late Mr Isaac Aroa of Blind river.

Isaac Aroa passed away in Marlborough, New Zealand on July 15, 1877 aged 67.[7]

Funeral notice, 1877: Aroa. —On July 15, at his residence, Blind River, Awatere, Isaac Aroa, late of County of Durham, aged 67. [8]

Will [9]
Isaac Aroa's will dated 23 December 1871 places him at Blind River, Awatere. The beneficiaries are

  • daughter Mary Anne wife of William Brohan (sic) [Broughan], Kaikoura, farmer
  • daughter Nanny wife of Denis Brohan (sic) [Broughan], Blenheim, farmer
  • daughter Sarah wife of Richard Beal of Blenheim, farmer
  • William Atkinson, Bertergil (sic) [Burtergill], Marlborough, runholder
  • son Robert Aroa of Blind River, Awatere
  • wife Sarah

William and Robert were appointed executors.


  1. Merrilyn Coffey a descandant of Issac
  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Isaac Airey and Sarah Atkinson, 17 Aug 1833; citing Brough Under Stainmore,Westmorland,England.
    Name: Isaac Airey
    Spouse's Name: Sarah Atkinson
    Event Date: 17 Aug 1833
    Event Place: Brough Under Stainmore,Westmorland,England
  3. 1851 England Census at Byers Green, Durham Class: HO107; Piece: 2385; Folio: 106; Page: 18; GSU roll: 87063
  4. NZBDM deaths 1886/5226 Aroa Robert 50Y
  6. NZBDM marriages 1860/3712 Ranny (sic) Aroa Denis Broughan
  7. NZBDM deaths 1877/1803 Aroa Isaac 67Y
  8. DEATHS., Marlborough Express, Volume XII, Issue 941, 1 August 1877
  9. Probate of the will of Isaac Aroa

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