Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Allington Family - Warwickshire to New Zealand

Ive been doing a bit of research about the Allington branch of my family this week. It turns out a lot more of the family emigrated to New Zealand than I had originally discovered. In particular I found out a lot about George Allington and will be doing several pages about him in the near future.
To recap my connection to the family - Sarah Ann Allington was my 3x G Grandmother. She married Henry Abbott and her daughter, my 2x G Grandmother Louisa Abbott married William Grant. Their daughter Annie Elizabeth Grant married William McClellan, and their daughter Bettie McClellan was my grandmother.
George Allington was Sarah Ann's brother. The family is quite convoluted as there are several illegitimate births, however it appears all of these children joined the family in New Zealand as well.

John Allington (1806-1875) and Mary Moss had the following children

George Allington 1832-1913 ( Emigrated  in 1874 to  NZ on the Crusader) - George's wife Hannah Robbins had an illegitimate daughter, Mary Robbins who married James Watson and this family also emigrated to NZ on the Crusader with George and Hannah)
Mary Allington 1835- 1859
Charles Allington 1840-1913 (The only living child who remained in the UK, dying in Cheshire)
Sarah Ann Allington (1841-1912) Emigrated in 1874 to NZ on the Tweed) with her husband Henry Abbott and children
Charlotte Allington (1843-1913) Emigrated in 1874 to NZ on the Crusader) Charlotte had 2 illegitimate sons, Charles and George. Both emigrated to NZ on the Crusader with Charlotte and her husband Daniel Lindon. Charles is listed in the passenger list as Charles Allington but George is listed as George Lindon, however later in NZ is known as George Allington
Elizabeth Allington (1847-1859)
Lucy Allington (1849-1943) Emigrated in 1874 to NZ on the Tweed with her husband James West and children




When George Allington led a party of  over 200 agricultural labourers  and their families to New Zealand aboard the SS Crusader in 19874 he was not the first in his family to arrive.  In fact just 3 weeks before the Crusader left Plymouth for Lyttleton, his sister Sarah Ann with her husband Henry Abbott, and their children,  and his sister Lucy and her husband James West and their children had arrived in Otago.  It would be certain that George had already made the decision to come, before receiving word from his sisters as to the suitability of life in their new home.

George, Sarah Ann and Lucy had 2 more siblings living at the time of their emigration, Charles (who was in the Army and the only sibling to remain in the UK) and Charlotte, who with her husband Daniel Lindon, her two sons born previous to their marriage, and the couple’s own children joined George on the clipper ship Crusader on 25th September 1874.

George invited his adult son Charles to join him on the voyage, and Charles accepted, marrying Hannah Wright just 2 days before the family left for Plymouth.
Additionally George’s wife Hannah Robbins had a daughter Mary born before her marriage to George. Mary Robbins married  James Watson, and they too boarded the Crusader on 25th September 1874 with their infant son Charles who sadly died on the arduous ocean voyage.  Mary was pregnant when she boarded and gave birth on board to son Ernest Watson on December 16th 1874.
Based just on these two voyages,  31 people, nearly 2 complete generations of  Allingtons left all they knew for a new life in the Antipodes.

Arrived on the Tweed 3 September 1874

ABBOTT     Henry         38         
                     Sarah          36        
                     Louisa         16        
                     Frederick     14        
                     Sarah           13        
                     Phoebe          9        
                     Arthur           5        
                     Lucy              3        
                     Mary            8 months

WEST          James         28            
                     George         6        
                     Edward        4        
                     William        9 months    

Arrived on the Crusader 31 December 1874

ALLINGTON George          43    
                        Hannah         43        
                        Charles         20    
                        Hannah         21
                         Emily          17    
                         Elizabeth     14    
                         William       12    

LINDON         Daniel         30    
                        Charlotte     31        
                        George          9  (Allington)
                         Edward        6        
                         John             3
ALLINGTON  Charles       12

WATSON         James           35    
                         Mary           24        
                         Charles W     1   dies on board 19/11/1874
                         Ernest               Born on board 16/12/1874

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