suffrage_petition
Surname: 
Mayes
Given names: 
M. J.
Given address: 
Wanganui
Sheet No: 476
Town/Suburb: 
Whanganui
City/Region: 
Whanganui

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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Paula Fern

Posted: 14 Sep 2011

Mary Jane Mayes nee Tranter, born 17th Dec 1851. Emigrated to New Zealand in 1878 from her home in Barrow in Furness, England, with her husband James and, at that time, 3 children aboard the Hermione. James and Mary went on to have 10 children in total, born over 20 years between 1870- 1890. My grandmother, who was Mary's granddaughter, told me Mary was a midwife which I cannot confirm, although she obviously had ample personal experience. She also said she was a small lady with a huge spirit and her family had been Huguenot in origin, again unconfirmed. Her husband James died in 1891, two years before this petition was presented. Forty years old, a widow and with mouths to feed. She was remarried in 1896 to Henry Wray. Mary Jane passed away on the 2nd of June 1927 aged 75 in Whanganui, where she had spent the majority of her life.