Given names: 
Sarah J.
Given address: 
Sheet No: 269

Biography contributed by Mrs Colyn Storer, Sydney, Australia

Sarah J Wilson - Sarah Jane was born on 14 July 1867, the only child of Isaac Wilson and Mary Ann nee Baker. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Baker and Sarah nee Court who had emigrated with six children including Mary Ann from Kent as part of the Canterbury Pilgrims in 1850.

Isaac and Mary Ann lived at Kaiapoi close to the Baker families.  They were strong members of the Kaiapoi Wesleyan church and supported its work throughout their lives.

Sarah early committed to the preaching and teaching of the church and became a Sunday school teacher and organist at the church. She was always willing to help in whatever way she could.

She married Rev Thomas Joughin, a widower on the 18 October 1902 at Kaiapoi by Rev P W Fairclough who was previously the minister at Kaiapoi, to the great joy of her family and church friends.

They had three children Alfred 1903-1985, Dora 1905-1984, married John E Caughey and Kathleen 1909-1988, married Alan Hawley.

Thomas and Sarah ministered in various Methodist churches around New Zealand. She was his valued and experienced encourager and helper. She was glad to serve, hospitable, a friend to those in sickness or distress, all as an outpouring of her faith.

They retired to Mount Albert in 1923 and continued their ministry in the church there. Sarah was especially interested in the Orphanage and member of the Ladies’ Committee. Their home continued to be a place of hospitality and friendship.

Thomas died on 10 January 1942 at their home at 7 Stillwell Road and Sarah died on Christmas day in the same year. They were each buried at Hillsborough Cemetery after services at Mount Albert Methodist church. They were remembered with detailed obituaries in The New Zealand Methodist Times.

Her Mother M A Wilson (Mary Ann), her Aunt Mrs Thorne (Jane) and grandmother Baker X Mrs (Sarah) also signed the petition, all on Sheet 258




Many records of the extended families, from the 1860s onwards, occupations, Community involvement, Church associations, Deaths,

Methodist Church Records:

Rev T A Joughin
The History of Methodism in New Zealand, By Rev Wm Morley DD, 1900 McKee & Co Wellington
Parish of Roxburgh – pages 495-497, including photo of T A Joughin


Sarah Jane Joughin’s Obituary 
Including references to her parents and grandparents:
The New Zealand Methodist Times 6 February 1943, page 11 
And her husband’s obituary:
The New Zealand Methodist Times: 24th January 1942, page 15

Her Parent’s Obituaries Mary Ann’s Obituary:
OBITUARY. Lyttelton Times, Volume XCVIII, Issue 11350, 18 August 1897 page 6
Isaac’s OBITUARY. Star, Issue 10430, 9 April 1912 page 2

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

Community contributions

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Will Esler

Posted: 08 Feb 2017

"Sarah J. Wilson" is probably Sarah Jane WILSON b. abt 1867 d 1942 aged 75. Sarah was the only child of Mary Ann WILSON nee BAKER of Kaiapoi [also a signatory, see sheet 258], who died Aug 1897 aged 53y. Mary Ann was the 1st wife of Isaac WILSON; a wealthy man with a stake in the Kaiapoi Woollen Mills. Sarah Jane married on 18 Sep 1902 a widower, Methodist minister Rev. Thomas Alfred JOUGHIN (1864-1942). The family lived at Woodend in Edwardian times, and later in Mt Albert, Auckland. In addition to the child from Thomas's 1st marriage, Annie Edna JOUGHIN b. 1892, they went on to have Alfred Wilson JOUGHIN b 1903, Dora Mary JOUGHIN b 1905 and Kathleen Sarah JOUGHIN b 1909.) The JOUGHIN children were well known on the Auckland social circuit in the 1920s and 1930s and "married well".