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2015 Update

Unfortunately the current update has been delayed, due to getting our home in Auckland on the market ready for sale, and now preparing for a move to the Kapiti Coast at the end of October 2015. We apologise to all of you that have forwarded updates and are now looking to the New Year 2016 to bring The Tree up-to-date.

2014 Update

As at July 2014, we are pleased to bring you another major update to 'The Tree' section of our website. The last update was nearly a year ago. A big thank you to those that have contributed with additions over this time. And, a big thank you for your patience to seeing these updates being published.

Launched last year, we continue to use the new version of software used to generate 'The Tree' and offers users a feature to generate their own 'pedigree' charts for easy-to-view relationships.

Inside the Boyton Mill, Devon, England - home of John (b. 1774) and Grace (nee Brayley) Oliver.
Sons, James and Samuel sailed to New Zealand on the Amelia Thompson in 1841.

Small Family Heirloom

We are in search for living descendants of Elizabeth Hollard 1864-1942. Her daughter, Jessie Habgood, Wilkie married William Arthur Oliver born 1883, son of Francis Oliver born 1840. Francis was the son of James and Ruth Oliver. William (known as Arthur) and Jessie had two children:

  • Raynor George Arthur Oliver born 15 Sep 1911, most likely deceased
  • Francis Clifford Oliver (16 Dec 1917 - 5 Mar 1918), died as baby

Raynor married Hilda Warner and had the following children:

  • Miriam Rosalie Oliver
  • Islwyn Christine Oliver
  • John Clifford Arnold Oliver

The family heirloom should go to blood relatives. Please contact Brian if you are a descendant or know the contact details of same.


Founded in 2005, explores the ancestors of Brian and Carol (nee Jones) Oliver and also features their children and grandchildren.

Content includes the family of Brian's great-great grandparents, James and Ruth Oliver, who emigrated from Devon, England, to New Plymouth, New Zealand on board the barque Amelia Thompson in 1841.

This website is dedicated to our children; Nigel Churton,
Sarah Ferguson (nee Churton), Emma Oliver and Marie Oliver;
to all the family members that appear in our genealogy pages!


Contents last updated: 18 July 2014
Previous 5 updates: 19 August 2013, 1 February 2011, 7 November 2010, 5 October 2010, 11 July 2010