James Overend

James Smith Overend (1854 - 1939)

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Mr James Smith Overend
Born in Earls Heaton, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Husband of — married 17 Feb 1880 in New Zealandmap
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Died in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 31 May 2020 | Created 31 Dec 2013 | Last significant change: 26 May 2020
09:07: Graeme Olney edited the Biography for James Smith Overend (1854-1939). [Thank Graeme for this]
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Immigrated in 1859. at age 5 with his family to New Zealand. [1]


  1. Family Reference: 176 Name Overend James, Age 5, Government Assisted, Voyage reference 23, ship name Robert Small, Depart 06/Oct/1859 Arrival 29/Jan/1860, Lyttleton New Zealand Ref LDS film #0287465
  • Born in 1854. (The mystery of the untraceable birth certificate for James Overend has been resolved. The original spelling was the problem. P.A. Burgin, Superintendent Registrar at the Dewsbury Registration District office reported that they had located a certificate for a James OVERING, which fitted the details of his parents Nathan and Elizabeth exactly.

Elizabeth were recorded as OVERING not Overend. Elizabeth Overend signed the certificate with her ark (a cross) so obviously she was unable to read or write and would not have known the certificate had been mis-spelt by the registrar.)

  • Lived 156 Hills Rd Christchurch and worked as a fell monger. A fell monger is one who removes hair or wool from a hide
  • Buried Bromley cemetery, Ch-Ch. Block 39, plot 120
  • "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973," database with images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FSBT-W6P : 8 August 2017), James Overend, 29 Jan 1860; citing ship Robert Small, Archives New Zealand, Wellington; FHL microfilm.
  • Births, Deaths & Marriages New Zealand Death certificate 1939/23636 aged 85Y.


  • This information has been researched and documented by Loretta White (Overend-286), and by Elizabeth Lucket (Overend-177). I thank Loretta & Elizabeth for the work they have carried out, and their permission to use it here. Gordon-7688

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Father of my Grandfather, Rupert David Overend. Alan Gordon.
posted by Alan Gordon

James is 24 degrees from Donald Howard, 21 degrees from Julia Howe and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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