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Sheet No: 199
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Biographical information provided by Lillie Le Dorr√© for the He Tohu exhibition:

Mrs Jessie Mary Muff was born about 1862 to parents Caroline and Robert Billens. 

Her parents had married on 16 April 1843 at Westminster, London. They had eight of their children in London, and then emigrated to Lyttelton, arriving on 5 January 1859 aboard the Clontarf. They had further children, including Jessie, in New Zealand.

Jessie married Robert George Muff in 1885, and together they had ten children: Alice Caroline, William Robert, Eva, Dorothy Lucy, Herbert Laurence, Margaret Winifred, Jessie Louisa, Dudley Robert, Kathleen Frances, and Selwyn Frederick. Selwyn was born when Jessie was 46 years old.

In March 1905, the family were robbed while out of the house.  A watch, gold pin, silver button hook, and two silver brooches were taken During the trial of the accused robber, Jessie provided evidence. The accused pleaded guilty and was sentenced at the Supreme Court.

Jessie Muff died on 15 December 1939, aged 77 years, and was buried at the Bromley Cemetery in Christchurch. Her husband, Robert, died on 21 May 1927, aged 74.

Her sister-in-law, Alice Emma Muff, and another relative, M. Muff, signed the same sheet.

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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