Given names: 
Given address: 
Pupuke Takapuna
Sheet No: 407

Biography contributed by Mrs Colyn Storer (nee Morley) of Sydney Australia. Her husband George Henry Morley was the older brother of my grandfather Rev Dr William Morley 1842-1926.

Jenefer was born on 8 Oct 1843 at Mulgoa NSW, daughter of Vincent Walters and Ann Sandy and baptised at Parramatta Wesleyan church, 19 March 1844. Although her birth certificate shows Jennifer Walters, she always used the Cornish spelling of Jenefer.

Her parents who were born and married in Cornwall emigrated to NSW in 1838, then to New Zealand in 1848, where they lived at Shortland St then Wakefield St Auckland.  Her father bought his first farm at Waiuku in 1854.  They were devout Wesleyan church members, at Parnell and Waiuki.

Jenefer and George Henry Morley 1838-1923 signed their intention to marry on 8 June 1867. Theirs was the first wedding at Waiuku Wesleyan church on 16 June. They were also committed Wesleyan church members and the church and its work was central to their family and interests.

They had nine children, Mary Ann died at 6 days, William, Charlotte Mary later Boag who also signed the Petition, Francis, George Edwin, Mabel, Jenefer Ann, Ada and Sylvia Winifred. They all married and their grandchildren were a great joy to them.   

There are many photos of family occasions, especially weddings. George and Jenefer celebrated their Golden Wedding at their home at Pukekohe in 1917, with a son, four daughters, grandchildren and George’s sisters Mary and Emma.

They lived in Auckland and Mangapai and then on their farm at Waiuku. She was at Pupuke in 1893. About 1914 they settled at Pukekohe where they were faithful members of and regularly worshipped at the Methodist church. After George died in 1923, Jenefer returned to Waiuku to live with her daughter Mabel where she died on 3 June 1925. George and Jenefer were buried at Wesleyan section of Pukekohe Public Cemetery. Her will dated 25 May 1925 passed probate in Auckland on 13 July.

Her sisters-in-law also signed the Petition: H W Morley (Hannah Watson, nee Buttle) Mt Roskill Sheet 18, Morley (Mrs Unica Ann), Sheet 18 and Emma Grey Patrick (nee Morley) Takapuna, Sheet 407.


BIRTH: NSW Birth Indexes: WALTERS JENNIFER 1005/1843 V18431005 54 VINCENT ANN

All pre 1855 records are of Church Baptisms, Birth/Baptism certificate held    

IMMIGRATION TO NEW ZEALAND: Family research and records

INTENTION TO MARRY: New Zealand Intentions to Marry, 1867, BDM 20/12, page 97, No. 3056


George Henry Morley Bachelor, Farmer aged 27, of Parnell, in NZ 3 years
Jenefer Walters Spinster, age 22 District 426, of Waiuku, in New Zealand 7 years
Date 1 June 1867, Married at Wesleyan Church Waiuki 

MARRIAGE: 1867/5614 Jenefer Walters George Henry Morley, Family records, photos and details, especially of their Golden Wedding in 1917 

CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN: Official BMD records and many family records, memories, stories and photographs 

ELECTORAL ROLLS: New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data: New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853–1981. Auckland, New Zealand: BAB microfilming. Microfiche publication, 4032 fiche.

The 1890 Electoral Roll for her husband confirms her residence when the 1893 Petition signed

1890 Electoral Roll, George Henry Morley of Takapuna, Bus Proprietor, District: Waitemata Auckland

DEATH:  NZ BDM Death Index online: 1925/3863 Morley Jenefer 80Y

Details by her daughter Mabel Annie Rowe in her deposition for the probate of Jenefer’s will.

WILL:  Dated 25 May 1925 at Waiuku, New Zealand, see probate details

BURIAL: Name: Jenefer Morley Maiden Name: Walters Birth Date:  1843 Birth Place: Australia

Death Date: 3 Jun 1925 Death Place: New Zealand Cemetery: Pukekohe Public Cemetery

Burial or Cremation Place: Pukekohe, Auckland Council, Auckland, New Zealand

Father: Vincent John Walters Mother: Ann Walters Spouse: George Henry Morley


PROBATE:  Jenefer Morley New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998\

Name:  Jenefer Morley Occupation: Widow

Event Type: Probate Event Date: 1925 Event Place: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Agency: BBAE Accession: A48Series Number: 1569 Item Code: R21459322 Box Number: 595

Record Number: 18059 First Image Number: 373Last Image Number: 386 Number of Images: 14\


Jenefer and George Morely, c. 1910s

Jenefer Morely, c. 1910s

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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