Given names: 
Charlotte Rachel
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Sheet No: 57

Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Charlotte Rachel Hunt was born about 1835 in Berkshire, England – the daughter of John Hunt, an agricultural labourer, and Charlotte Willis.

She married Richard Grimmett, a bricklayer, grocer and Methodist preacher, in 1861 in Faringdon, Berkshire.

They had a daughter, who died in infancy, and seven sons before they emigrated to Otago in 1874 on the Scimitar.

A further two children were born after their arrival in New Zealand.

When Charlotte signed the suffrage petition the family were living in Smith St, Caversham.

Richard died in 1906.

In September 1919 a newspaper article appeared in the Otago Witness featuring the 'Old Folks at Home' event held in conjunction with an Evangelistic Mission at the Caversham Methodist Church. Charlotte was mentioned as 'the oldest Christian, Mrs Grimmett', 'converted to God 69 years ago'.

She died on 16 January 1921 and is buried with Richard in the family grave in the Southern Cemetery.


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