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Jessie Archer

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Biography contributed by Katherine Blakeley

Jessie Rebecca Cook was born on 3 May 1834 in St Lukes, London – the daughter of John Cook, a silversmith, and Elizabeth.

She married Samuel Robert Morris, a chain maker, on 11 April 1853 in Shoreditch, London.

They had six children, two who died in infancy, before Samuel died in 1869.

Jessie re-married in 1871 to Casteel Steven Archer, a carpenter, and they had two children before the family emigrated to Otago in 1874 on the James Nicol Fleming.

They settled in Milton where their last child was born and where Jessie signed the suffrage petition.

Casteel worked as the janitor at the Tokomairiro District High School until shortly before his death in Milton in 1909 – he is buried in the Fairfax Cemetery, Milton.

Jessie died the following year on 10 April at her daughter’s home in Dunedin – she is buried in the Southern Cemetery.

Her obituary said she 'was highly esteemed by the school children during her long residence at the Milton School, and by many friends in Milton.'


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