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Mary Ann (Sharwood) Flood (1814 - 1884)

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Mary Ann Flood formerly Sharwood aka Baldick, Daken, Register
Born in Old Romney, Kent, England, United Kingdommap
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Wife of — married 30 Jan 1831 in Rye, Sussex, England, United Kingdommap
Wife of — married 1840 (to 1848) in Kakapo Bay, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Wife of — married about 1848 (to 1852) in Port Underwood, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
Wife of — married 31 Aug 1852 in New Zealandmap
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Died in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealandmap
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Mary Anne was born in 1814. . She was the daughter of William Sharwood and Elizabeth Carpenter. [1] She married George Baldick, possibly in Sydney Australia. She came with him to Port Underwood in 1838. Te Whanganui / Port Underwood, originally considered part of Cloudy Bay, was named after Joseph Underwood of the shipping firm Kabel and Underwood in the early 19th century. Sealers first visited about 1826 and were followed immediately by whalers. By 1840 there were approximately 150 Europeans in the area probably the largest concentration in the South Island at that time [2] . Her husband, along with several others were killed by the local Maori, in August 1840 [3] She married 2nd William Deakin aka Daken (who had left a wife and family in the USA to come whaling in the South Pacific.).It is said that land in Whangatoetoe and Pipi Bay was given to Maryann by the local Maori when she was married to William Deakin. Maryann being a quite large women shielded a young Maori girl’s innocence with her apron and held her close, from a boat load of drunken, leering, uncouth whalers. Because of her act of kindness 200 acres of land was given to Maryann. William left her in 1848 to return to his first family, and after being reunited in Birmingham, England they became Mormon and eventually settled in Utah. [4] MaryAnn married 3rd Robert Register around 1848 [5]. They shifted to the Bay with her Baldick and Daken children. Maryann is quoted as saying “When I came here I had nothing and now I have this”. After he passed away in 1852, she married 4th Jerome Nugent Flood [6] This was not a happy marriage as they both had fiery tempers. After Jerome made her sign her land over to him, Maryann packed a bag and taking Rose with her left the Bay and walked to Hakana Bay. They slept on the beach that night, and continued on to Hakahaka Bay the next day, where a Priest tried to get her to go back to Flood. The next day she walked over the hills to Picton and left Port Underwood for good. In Blenheim she set up a nursing home, for general sickness, maternity and for the old and senile. Maryann suffered a stroke and passed away in 1884, age 69 [7] She is buried at Taylor cemetery, in Blenheim

OBITUARY.— We regret to have to chronicle the death of Another of Marlborough's oldest settlers, viz, Mrs Flood, mother of Mr R. Register, of this town. The deceased, who had reached the good age of 69 years, arrived at Port Underwood from Sydney, in 1838, and with her husband Mr Baldick (the grandfather of young Baldick drowned in the Wairau river a few weeks ago), formed part of a party organized in Sydney by a Captain Union to found a settlement in the Wairau. The settlement was never formed, however. Leaving their families at Port Underwood, the men came over into the valley, and built a house near Mr W. Sutherland's, on the banks of the Wairau river, Returning to Port Underwood for a cargo of stores, they were on their way back when met by a number of hostile natives, and several of the party, including Mr Baldick, were massacred. The deceased lady leaves several sons and daughters occupying respectable positions in life, to mourn their loss [8]


  1. A source is needed for this information
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Colonist, Volume XXXVI, Issue 7654, 12 June 1893
  5. A source is needed for this information
    • NZ Marriage registration 1852/264, Mary Anne Register & Jerome Nugent Flood
    • NZ Death registration 1884/1326
  8. Marlborough Express, Volume XX, Issue 40, 18 February 1884


  • WikiTree profile Sharwood-1 created through the import of Family Tree March 2011.ged on Jan 11, 2012 by Lorraine MacKenzie. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Lorraine and others.

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