Griffiths and Beck Families

Griffith Griffiths and Hannah Edwards.

The Parish church of Llangurig founded before 550 AD. Where Griffith Griffiths and Hannah Edwards were married in 1827.

It was in Llangurig that we first came across Griffith Griffiths and Hannah Edwards being parish members when their daughter Mary was baptised in Llanidloes Zion Independence Church on the 3 rd of Sept 1826 being born on the 3rd of July 1826. The Baptism records show that the parent's residence was in Llangurug Montgomeryshire and that Griffith Griffiths was a Labourer.

On the Ninth day of March 1827 Griffith Griffiths and Hannah Edwards where married in the Parish Church of Llangurig. one of the witnesses was a Richard Edwards, most likely Hannah's father. Griffith 28, Hannah 26 and Richard all used their mark instead of their signature.

 The church where they married has been a holy place since the sixth century. where St Curig founded a monastery. It became a Parish church under the Normans and has served the parish ever since. 

Llangurig is a small peaceful village purported to be the highest in Wales, the first village on the fledging River Wye Today there are two pubs, a shop, a craft centre in the village which is also a stopping place on the London, Aberystwyth, Birmingham (Cardiganshire)  daily coach route.  Westwards is Aberystwyth town, about 35 Miles away, Ceredigion District, Dyfed, Central Wales, at the mouth of the Ystwyth and Rheidol rivers on Cardigan Bay. A seaside resort and educational centre, and the remains of a 13th-century castle.  It was not until 1885 that all roads had become free of all tolls.

Griffith and Hannah next child Hannah was baptised 9 Sept 1828 in the parish of Llangurig, they where living at Givirntyild occupation Farmer. 

From here they moved to Pennybank, Griffith was still a farmer, here they had Elizabeth, baptised in the Llanidoes Parish Church on 16 Oct 1830. Eight months later they had Jane baptised in parish church 17th June 1832. by this time they were living in Llanidoes, Griffith was now a Carrier.

In 1834, July 20th John son of Griffith Griffiths and Hannah was baptised in Parish Church.

From here they moved to Pennybank Griffith was still a farmer, here they had Elizabeth, baptised in the Llanidoes Parish Church on 16 Oct 1830. Eight months later they had Jane baptised in parish church 17th June 1832. by this time they were living in Llanidoes, Griffith was now a Carrier.

In 1834, July 20th John son of Griffith Griffiths and Hannah was baptised in Parish Church.

Griffith was now a butcher and was living in Great Oak St, Thomas Jones had the Butcher shop in Gt Oak st., close to Bethal St. 

1841 Census LLANWNOG CENSUS DISTRICT June 11, 1841 ROLL 464338

shows for Llanidloes Town Gt. Oak St.

Griffith 45 Years Butcher born in county Llandiloes. 

Hannah 4O Years

Mary 13, Elizabeth 10, Jane 8, John 5,  Richard 3 & Catherine 3months.

What happened to the family from 1841 we still need to discover, why did they move? No one emmigrates from their homeland voluntarily - particularly the home-loving Welsh. The optimists will say the migrants left because the move offered better opportunities. The pessimist on the other hand will argue that they would have to be, since they could not have been much worse! Welsh people have an untranslatable word called Hiraeth. All Welsh people apparenty have it.The nearest it gets to an English translation is a "deep deep longing for home" and yet it did not stop thousands simply packing their bags and overcoming their Hiraeth, leaving-never to return. 

Thomas Owens and Ann Ellis parents of Ann Griffiths.

Meliden Parish Church

Thomas Owens Flour Merchant was born on 6 Dec 1808 in Dyserth Flintshire. He was christened on 11 Dec 1808 in Dyserth Flintshire. On the 5 Feb 1832 Thomas married Ann ELLIS. Ann was the daughter of David Ellis and June Hughes..  Ann ELLIS was born on 7 Sep 1813 in Gwaenysgor, Flintshire, Wales. She died in Meliden.  

 Their Children:

David 21 Aug 1832.. John 1834 .. Elizabeth1839 .. Richard 1845 .. Edward 1847 .. Ann 1849 (who married John Griffiths in Cambrian NZ).. John 1850 ..Thomas  [Butcher] 1852 .. Robert Photographer 1857..

The site of Dyserth Castle stands high on the rocky hill which dominates the village. Now almost nothing remains The church was mentioned in the Doomsday book. It is located in the lower part of the village, near to the famous waterfall. The church has had two different dedications, formerly to St Cwyfan, whose cross stands on the border of the parish with Whitford; and currently to St Bridget (or the Welsh St Ffraid).The church had become very dilapidated, and was extensively restored/rebuilt by Sir Gilbert Scott between 1873 and 1875. The Jesse window at the east end of the church is said to be one of the finest examples of Medieval stained glass in North Wales.


"This parish, which is embosomed in hills, and surrounded by lofty mountains, abounds with lead ore, and very extensive mines have been worked for many years with considerable advantage to the proprietors. The village is pleasantly situated at the base of a ridge of hills, on the summit of which are numerous verdant tumuli, supposed to be the sepulchers of persons of distinction at some remote period."

Brother and sister of Ann's that also came to New Zealand.

   Thomas Owens Butcher was born in 1852 in Gwaenysgar, Wales. He died on 10 Mar 1900 in Green Island, Dunedin. He was buried on 13 Mar 1900 in Green Island. Wife: Jane LYONS b 1858 he Married Jane Lyon on 8 Aug 1875 at Burscoug Bridge Lancaster England. Came out to Dunedin NZ in 1876.

Elizabeth Owens was born in 1839 in Gwanenysgor, Flintshire, Wales. Elizabeth was witness to her sister Ann marriage to Edward.  She died on 3 Oct 1893 in Two Mile St Bathans. She was buried in St Bathans Plot 9 Stone 10.

 CHILD- 1.Sarah Anne THOMAS born in  1875 at Cambrian,  was married on 29 Aug 1900 to James Henry TRUESDALE [farmer]( born 1874 )according to Catholic Church records.

Sarah Anne attended the Cambrian School , starting in 1885 at the time as her cousin Hannah Griffiths

Their son James Thomas TRUESDALE was born in  1901 at Blacks  and died  21 Apr 1977 at  Alexandra

He married in 1929 to Anna Louisa Freda SCHMIDT born 1905 They had  4 daughters and Raymond James Truesdale 1931

A new Cairn unveiled 28/2/2013 during the 150 years of Gold celebrations.

John and Ann Griffiths.

John and Ann Griffiths with Thomas Griffiths and Annie Adams daughter of Anne and the Late Expurerius Adams.

John Griffiths was born in 1834 in Llanidloes Montgomeryshire Wales the son of Griffith Griffiths (butcher) and Hannah Edwards. John was one of six children Mary, Elizabeth, Jane, John, Richard and Catherine. John was christened on the 20th July 1834 In Llanidloes Montgomershire Wales.  Not sure what year John came to New Zealand. probably in the 1860's or where he was before coming to Central Otago.  John married Ann Adams nee Owens in 1872. He lived in Welshmans Gully and worked as a miner and a storekeeper . Gold was discovered in Welshmans gully 1862. Welshmans gully was changed to Cambrian later on.  They lived at one time in a house opposite the Cambrian school.   In 1886 Cambrian had a Butcher, School teacher,a draper, postmaster, storekeeper and coalpit  John Died in 1888 of chronic brights disease (kidney failure) and exhaustion which he had for many years. The Doctor who had attended him was a Dr. Money. John was aged 54.  He is buried in the St. Bathans cemetery Otago New Zealand with his wife Ann.  Cambrian doesn't have a cemetery as the few that were buried there were moved to St Bathans.  John Ewing had permission to move them from the foot of Cambrian so he could sluice the area for gold, so the bodies were moved but no marker put of who they were.  A plaque is on the grave site (all are in one plot) in St. Bathans cemetery and a panel telling about it at the cemetery entrace.

Ann Owens  was born in Gwaenysgor Flintshire Wales to Thomas Owens (Flour merchant) and Anne Ellis they had six children: Elizabeth, Richard, Edward, Ann, John, Thomas (Butcher), Robert (photographer). Ann was christened in Meliden Flintshire Wales. Ann died on 28th Dec 1889 in Cambrian Otago New Zealand. Anns sister Elizabeth Owens was born in 1839 in Gwanenysgor, Flintshire, Wales. Elizabeth was witness to her sister Ann marriage to Edward Hughs ..   She died on 3 Oct 1893 at her residence 2 mile St Bathans. She was buried in 2143 in St Bathans Plot 9 Stone 10. She married John Thomas at Cambrian.

 Ann had three marriages:

                1  Expurerius Adams in 1869. He was born in 1844 in Gwaenysgar Flintshire Wales he died on the 14th January 1871 in Clyde Otago New Zealand.  Ann was 16 when she married Exuperius, he was 25. The birth registration of Annie Louisa their daughter  she was born in Cromwell and her father's Occupation as Miner. Exuperius died in 14th January 1871 aged 27 of bronchitus.  Ann was a widow with a little girl Annie Louisa . At aged 18. She married John Griffiths a year later aged 20 and he 38.

                 2. John Griffiths on the 1st of January 1872 in the house of Mr Balwin F. Stohr a butcher at MacLaggan Street Dunedin.  John had been living in Dunedin 4 days prior to his marriage and Ann 5 weeks. Anne was 22 John 34.  They had six children and 16 years of marriage. John Died in 1888 of chronic brights disease (kidney failure) and exhaustion which he had for many years. The children were aged 17,16,15, 11, 9, 6 & 3 years. My Grandfather David Edward was 9 years old. The Doctor who had attended him was a Dr. Money. John was aged 54.  A year later Anne married Edward Hughes he aged 48 Anne 35. .       

                3.  Edward Hughes on the 12th June 1889 in St. Bathans Otago New Zealand. Edward was born in 1841 in Colwyn Flintshire Wales. Her sister Elizabeth Thomas was witness at her wedding..  Ann died 28th December 1889 cause of death is shown as a probable rupture of an internal organ in the abdomen during labour. Her death record shows she was in New Zealand for 20 years.  When Ann died the family split up My Grandfather David aged 10 went to work for a Mr. Anderson of Blackstone Hill milking cows and attending the Blackstone Hill school. The girls all seemed to go to the North Island N.Z.

Edward Hughes left for England in 1890 with Ann's money.


Cambrians mining town 1869.
John Griffiths marriage to Ann Adams nee Ellis
David Edwards Griffiths Birth Certificate. My Grandfather.
John and Ann Griffiths with their Family David Edward my Grandfather is the third youngest standing beside his Father.


Annie. Hannah and Lizzie

John was a miner in Cambrian with Ann owning a store their household in Cambrian was  made of wood and iron. They had six children of their own with Ann having a daughter Anne Louisa (Annie) from her first marriage. Annie died while living in Eventide Home Island Bay Wellington in 1950 aged 80. She lived for many years in Gisborne, She may have had a son?

 Elizabeth Jane:  (Lizzie)was born on the 21st July 1873 in Welshmans Gully. She was reputed to have powers to look into the future. She married Francis Jack Plumridge on the  23/12/1914 by a Mr Nation in Wellington. A spiritualist he was born in Sydney Australia on the 14/5/1881. His Father was born in England. He was a boot machine operator. He tried to join the expedionary forces in 1918 when he was 35 but was turned down by the medical board, he had aneamia was very nervy with a poor physique. He was 5'5'' 115lb brown balding hair pale complextion and blue eyed.. Lizzie died on the 20th March 1941 in Palmerston North N.Z. She was cremated at Karori Wellington.They had no children.

Thomas John :  Born on 26 Dec 1875 in Cambrians. He died in Rangiora  Thomas married Margaret (Maggie) McCarthy daughter of Peter McCarthy Farmer White Sow Valley (George Inder owner later) Wedderburn and Margaret Ann Ruddy on 18 Jun 1901 in Catholic Church Ranfurly. Maggie was born in 1872 in White Sow Valley Wedderburn. Her father Peter died there and is buried in Naseby cemetery. Her family had some very tough  times.. Her brother Peter Lawrence was drowned in the Kyeburn river aged 2 and is buried in the Kyeburn Diggings Cemetery. Her two other brothers Andrew and Kevin served in WW1. Andrew was killed in the battle of Messines and is buried in France. Kevin was badly wounded and returned home with one arm and lived out his days in Wellington. Her other brother Felix carried on the farm and married Helen O'Halloran. We understand Margaret eventually moved to Rangiora and lived with Maggie and Thomas Griffiths until her death in 1938. Thomas was a Licensee from 1928- 1931 of the PLOUGH hotel Rangiora Canterbury New Zealand ... Thomas and Maggie are buried in the Bromley cemetery Christchurch New Zealand.. Thomas a retired farmer died Rangiora 23/12/1948. Maggie died 21/4/1950.

In his will he bequeathed two hundred and fifty pounds to David Edward Griffiths his brother. A gold watch and chain to his nephew Thomas Griffiths storekeeper High street Dunedin (son of his brother David Edward Griffiths). Even amounts of his estate to Raymond Griffiths and Thomas Griffiths (sons of his nephew Thomas Griffiths). and his nephews Rex Griffiths and Thomas Griffiths sons of his brother David Edward Griffiths.

Hannah Margaret: was born 2 December 1876. She died in 1958.  Hannah married Albert Sanderson Collins son of Andrew Collins Settler and Catherine Lillies Hutchison on 3rd June 1905 in St Matthews Anglican church 30 Hope St Dunedin, New Zealand. Albert was born about 1881 in Wellington. He died in 1936. Hannah was a tailoress.

David Edward my Grandfather was born on 21st January 1879. He died in Dunedin on the 27th April 1958 aged 79. He married Margaret Beck in Naseby. They are both buried in the Anderson Bay cemetery.

Lavinia Martha: was born on 30th June 1882. Lavinia married William James Scott.. A dredgman son of George Scott Labourer and Catherine Lambert on 13 Apr 1903 in House of James Truesdale Matakanui. William was born about 1874 in Palmerston, Otago.

Robert Owens: was born on 27th October 1884. He died on 6th January 1934. He was a butcher in Dunedin. Robert married Isabella Jane Powley daughter of John William Powley and Christina Christie on 8 Aug 1910 in St Johns, Arrowtown, Central Otago, New Zealand. Isabella was born on 9 Dec 1890 in Lovell's Flat, Central Otago, New Zealand. She died on 21 Apr 1966 in Christchurch  New Zealand. She is buried in Waimari cemetery Avonhead Christchurch. Robert died in  Dunedin on the 6/1/1934 aged 49 and is buried with a stillborn baby 1953 in the Anderson Bay cemetery Dunedin..


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Lizzies death notice
Thomas John Griffiths and Wife Maggie McCarthy
Thomas and Maggie (nee McCarthy) Griffiths
Annie Adams daughter of Ann and her first husband Expurerius Adams.
Hannah daughter of John and Ann
Hannah & Albert Collins handmade wedding invitation. Tiny 3''by 2''.
Cambrian School
The Cambrian school where the Griffiths children attended
Welsh Influence
The Welsh flag above the Cambrian schoolroom door 2011.
Blackstone Hill School
The Blackstone Hill school where David Edward Griffiths attended when he worked for a Mr. Anderson in Blackstone Hill when he was 12 years old. This after his family in Cambrians split up after his Mother died.
John Griffiths Death Certificate 1888.
David 3rd youngest child of Ann and John Griffiths
Not sure but maybe Robert Griffiths
Daughter of John and Ann Griffiths sister to David Edward. Thomas, Robert, Hannah and Lizzie.
The headstone of Ann and John Griffiths in the St Bathans Cemetery Otago New Zealand.

The Becks of Mullaghbrack.

Around the time of the Plantation of Ulster with Protestan settlers. A John Beck and his brother Adam came out to Ireland Believed to be 1600. He is credited with two children: Adam born about 1648 in Mallabrack Ireland Married to Margaret. & John born about 1650 in Mallabrack Spouse Elizabeth Robinsonl married 4/11/1698 at Lucean Quaker Meeting House.
Died 3/7/1718 at Anncloy Ballinderry, Quaker Graveyard?, Lisburn, Antrim. Mullaghbrack is a parish in Armagh in the Barony of Fews Lower.
John's Brother Adam had two Childern, Adam And John and they lived in Cransha
Barony of Great Ardes. This was the start of the Beck's family in Ireland.
Tradition has it that two or three brothers one who died after arrival in Ulster, came with English troops in the late sixteenth century. Were these our Ancesters John and Adam, Adam died and ohn looked over his childern. Adam stayed on at Gransha, and John shifted to Dromore.  In the Muster roll of 1630 includes the names of John and Adam Beck of Gransha Barony of Great Ardes and John Beck of O'Neils.  It is thought that John was one of the Orginal Brothers

Thomas, Charles and James Beck Irish Brothers.

Foreground the remains of Eliza and James Becks compound wall looking down towards the road to Naseby.

We spent this day on Enterprise Hill Naseby looking for the remains of James and Eliza's turf and thatch hut. We found one lot of mud bricks. We are not sure if this was their home, so we had our picnic beside the wall anyway. Have found out since it was the remains of Byfords House. Eliza and James' son Charles married Alice Byford.  You could shut your eyes and imagine the family in the 1870's.  Margaret my Grandmother would tell of as a little girl, having to take gold into Naseby, or rounding up the milk cow thathad wondered miles. The water had to carried for miles probably from Enterprise gully.. Her Father  James Beck was born in 1845 in Irish St Richhill  Kilmore Armagh  Ireland.   He died on 10 Oct 1902 in Naseby Central Otago N.Z.  He was buried on 28 Oct 1902 in Naseby. He was the son of Charles Ford Beck born 1807 in Irish Street Richhill Armagh Ireland, Charles Ford married Margaret Proctor in 1813 in Broad Street Richhill Armagh Ireland.  They three sons:  Thomas, James and Charles.

Thomas:  Was born in 1837 in Richhill Armagh Ireland. He married Ellen Irwin on the 5th May 1865 in Richhill Ireland. Ellen was born in 1837 in Richhill Ireland. She died on the 1st May 1912.   Thomas died on the 24th May 1918.


Charles Beck brother of James with his team of horses.

Charles was born 1850 the son of Charles Ford Beck and Margaret Proctor. He came to New Zealand on the Nelson leaving Glasgow on the 1st of October 1874 and arriving at thePort of Otago 3 months later on the 31st December 1874.  He was a ploughman on Maniototo Station and married Margaret Drysdale, with one child they moved to the Idaburn Hotel where 14 more children were born. Their children were Margaret, Jessie, Charles, John, Mary, William (Trevors Becks Father), Joseph, Ellen, Eliza Jane, Ernest, Jemima, Lucy, David, Margaret and Robert. After the death of Charles Margaret had 3 more children with William Beck Charles' nephew.  James Alexander (Jimmy Becks father), Ada Isabella and Hannah Harriet.  The hotel was a stop-over for Cobb and Co Royal Mail Coaches and had first class accomodation. The hotel fittings stayed for many years, some children slept in the original bar room having to go round the counter to their beds.. Charles bought a coalpit at Idaburn and later the surrounding land it was run by his sons and himself. He died in 1901 and is buried at Blackstone hill.

Charles Beck brother of James with some of his family in front of his home in Idaburn.The hotel was a stopover for Cobb and Co Royal Mail Coaches and had first class accomodation. The hotel fittings. Teanie, Georgina Marshall. Jack, Bill (Trevor Becks Father) in fron Joe. FRONT: Jessie, Tot, Charles holding Robert.
Margaret nee Drysdale and Charles Beck's grave in the Blackstone Hill cemetry Otago New Zealand.
William Beck (Whiskers Bill) birth certificate.

James and Eliza

Eliza Jane Nisbett wife of James Beck. Photo was taken in Belfast before her and James came to Naseby New Zealand.
James was the son of Charles Ford Beck and Margaret Proctor. He was born in 1845 in  Richhill Kilmore Armagh Ireland. James and Eliza Jane Nesbitt both lived in Richhill  on the old road from Armagh to Belfast: containing 937 inhabitants in 1837.  James Beck and Eliza Jane Nesbitt married on 2nd of Dec 1864 in Richhill  Kilmore  Aramagh Ireland. Both James & Eliza lived before they were married in Irish Steet. Richhill.  He was 19 and she 17. Their first born baby George had sadly died aged 1 week. They came to New Zealand on the Jessie Osborne leaving 6th November 1875 and arrived in Lyttleton on the 30th January 1876. With them was Annie aged 10, William aged 7, Margaret 4 and Thomas 3 months. Little Margaret and Thomas were the children that were reported sick and died on board the Jessie Osborne. James' cousins Adam and Lucinda and Aunty Ann nee Falloon were already in Christchurch having come out in 1873. 
Eliza died 20th February 1886 aged 38 in Naseby The death registry shows Under Causes of death "Verdict of Jury " Died from Heart Disease" ..  
The family lived in Enterprise Hill in Naseby.
They had seven children with four surving.

Eliza Jane was the daughter of Thomas Nesbitt he was born 1805 Kilmore Armagh Northern Ireland I don't know who he married. Eliza had six sisters and brothers.

George 1833
Adam Born 1840 in Richhill Armagh Northern Ireland . On the 4th of July 1862 he married Eliza Jane McFadden Richhill Armagh Northern Ireland he was 22.
Their children were: Hugh 1863 - 1938, John 1864, Jane 1867, Sophie 1872 and Elizabeth 1874. Eliza his wife died in 1874 aged 33 probably in childbirth. In 1877 Adam married Mary Anne Bambrick Richhill Armagh Northern Ireland he was 37 with five children. He and Anne’s children were Catherine 1878 - 1954, Sarah 1880, Sophia 1882, Ann 1884, Thomas Adam 1886 - 1917, Martha 1888, George William 1890 - 1903, Robert 1892 - 1916, Jackson 1894, Susan 1896, Herbert 1899 - 1980, Alexander 1899 - 1980 and Frederick Herbert 1901 - 1979.
Thomas Born Richhill in 1840 married Elizabeth Riley 1st December 1861 in Richhill Armagh Northern Ireland aged 21.
William Born in Richhill 1843 he married Mary McFadden 
Joseph Born 1845 in Richhill
Sophie Born 1855 in Richhill Armagh Northern Ireland she married Richard Porter.

James and Eliza Beck and family on the ship The Jessie Osbourne's passenger list on arrival in Christchurch, to continue to Dunedin with Margaret aged 4 years and Thomas 3 months dying on the journey. You will see this in the first column.
Map showing the homes of Eliza and James Beck on Enterprise Hil. Their neighbours the Hewetts. Byfords near the main road to Naseby. Notice The home of the Bush family. Annie daughter of James and Eliza married Peter Bush a miner from Prussia Germany.
Enterprise Hill with Eliza and James Becks high wall right up on the top of the hill the pine trees beside. The horse and wagons are coming to the coalpit road turnoff. I wonder where they are going?
James Beck Death Certificate.


The headstone of Eliza and James in the Naseby cemetery New Zealand.

Annie:   Was born in Richhill Armagh Ireland in 1865. She came to New Zealand aged 10. When she was 16 she married Peter Bush a gold miner born in Prussia Germany in 1834. His father was a sea pilot. In 1853 he married in the United States of America amd was made a widower. He came to Naseby in 1867. Annie and Peter were married in Naseby in 1882 she was 17 and he 48. Their household was described as a sod and tin Hut in Enterprise Gully down from Enterprise Hill where Eliza and James lived. Their first child died in 1882. Their second was Hannah Harriet who when Margaret came to live with them after Eliza, Margaret and Annie's Mother died they ended up like sisters. Annie and Peters third and fourth children died Elizabeth Ann at 9 months in 1886, and their baby son John Peter aged 5 weeks. The babies are buried in the Naseby cemetry New Zealand with their Father Peter Bush. Plot 1 Block 1 Row W. Annie we think may have lived with her daughter Hannah and her husband Pat Spillane. In 1896 Peter was granted a prohibition order against Annie. Witnesses for Peter's will were James Brown and James Alexander.  Annie Beck Bush Died and is buried in Dunedin. 
George was born in Richhill Amargh Ireland 19th May 1867 he died 26th May 1867 in Richhill.

Margaret was born 19th January 1871 at Richhill she died 1876 on board the 'Jessie Osbourne'.

Thomas was born 23rd January 1875 in Richhill,Armagh Ireland he died in 1876 on board the 'Jessie Osbourne'.

The Beck coalpit at Idaburn. Right is William Beck (Whiskers Bill) and beside him is Charles (County Charlie) his brother. Others could be some Becks amongst the workers.

Charles (County Charlie)

Charles Beck known as County Charlie.
Charles was born 22 December 1877 in Naseby. He died 11 June 1966. He was only 9 years old when his Mother Eliza Jane died 11 years younger than older brother William (Whiskers) and only 3 years older than his little sister Margaret (my Nana).  He married Alice Byford in Naseby 1908 They had nine children. Sarah, Arthur (living 2 months) Margaret (living 2 months), Charles, Alfred, Thomas, Jessie ( living 7 weeks), Leonard and Marie. Charles was known as Roadman County Charlie as he worked on the council and it was a way of distinguishing between all the Charles Becks.. He lived in a house near to Oturehua.. County Charlie died 1963 in Dunedin and is buried in the Andersons Bay cemetry with his wife Alice.  Their three children Arthur died 1909, Margaret died 1910 and Jessie died 1918 are buried with their Grandparents Eliza and James Beck and also their Uncle William (Whiskers) Beck in plot 5 &7 Block P in the Naseby cemetry New Zealand.
Alice nee Byford and her Husband Charles Beck, ??? David Griffiths husband of Margaret nee Beck with their daughter Annie Evans nee Griffiths and William Beck (Whiskers Bill). Charles, Margaret and William are children of Eliza and James Beck

William (Whiskers Bill)

Annie Evans nee Griffiths and her Uncle William (Whiskers Bill) Beck. He was the brother of Margaret Griffiths nee Beck and Charles Beck children on Eliza and James Beck.
William was born 11th March 1869 Richhill.  He was 19 years old when his Mother Eliza Jane died, 11 years older than his brother Charles and 13 years older than Margaret his little sister.He was known as Whiskers Bill and lived in a hut to the left of Charles and Margaret Becks his Aunt and Uncle at Idaburn. He had 3 children with Margaret after the death of Charles. James Alexander, Ada Isabella and Hannah Harriet. (The old Idaburn Hotel)  In 2007 the Idaburn Hotel was refurbished and opened as a Restaurant and Bar named "Whiskery Bills".. Whiskers worked in the Beck coal mine and farm and other labouring jobs at Idaburn. William Beck died in the Ranfurly hospital on the 10th of September 1949. He is buried in the Naseby cemetry with three children of his brother Charles's. Arthur, Margaret and Jessie and his Parents Eliza and James Beck. In Block P plot 5 & 7.
William Beck (Whiskers Bill) his hut to the left of the Idaburn Hotel on the main highway from Ranfurly to Alexandra. N.Z.


Margaret   (Annie's Mother). She was born on 9 Jun 1880 in Naseby.  She was christened on 9 Jul 1882 in St George's church of England. Sponsors were Her Mother Eliza and Peter Busch (Bush) Naseby.  She died on 1 Jan 1962 in Melbourne St  Dunedin  N.Z . Margaret ( nee Beck) was buried on 3 Jan 1962 in Anderson Bay cemetry Dunedin. Margaret married David Edward Griffiths son of John Griffiths. This was the 100th marriage in the Naseby District. Witnesses were William Beck brother of Margaret of Naseby and Lavinia Griffiths David's sister of Cambrians.  David ran a carrying business for old Jim Botting in Naseby for 25/- a month. Later they moved to Omakau & Chatto Creel working on the railway to Alexandra where he was an inspector. They shifted to Dunedin where he worked on the wharf and in the 1919 roll is shown with Margaret living at 9 Thomas Burn Street Dunedin. On his retirement they moved to Wedderburn until they moved to a pensioner flat at 275 Melbourne Street Dunedin. On his death certificate it show his mother as Louisa Ann Griffiths. The 1919 roll shows his brother Robert Owen Griffiths living at 19 Burke Street Mornington Dunedin. (Motorman.butcher) with Isabella Jane Powley.. 
Margaret and David had five children:
Lavinia (Beck). Rex, Tom, Arthur and Annie (Evans). 
 Annie tells us that when she was born her Grandfather James Beck put money in her hand. Her Mother Margaret has told her of this.
Margaret was only 6 when her Mother Eliza Jane died, she went to live with her sister Anne who had married Peter Busch on 12th Jun 1882 in Naseby, Central Otago, New Zealand. Peter was born in 1834 in  Prussia Germany. He died on 25 Mar 1902 in Naseby.Their household in Enterprise Gully was a sod and iron hut. James and Eliza lived up on Enterprise Hill.  Anne and Peter had a daughter Hannah Harriet.  They had lost 3 infants with Hannah Harriet their only child surviving,  She was probably only two when Margaret came to live with them.  Hannah was always known as Auntie Hannah to me. Margaret and Hannah started school at the same time in January 1890. They were like sisters all their lives.. Hannah Harriet married Patrick Francis Spillane a butcher in St Peters Roman Catholic church Ophir Cental Otago. Patrick was born in Lawrence. They had four children: Ellen, Ted, May and Maurice. For report on Maurice please go to Papers past in menu..

David Edward Griffiths

 David Edward Griffiths: was born on the 21st January 1879 in Cambrian St. Bathans New Zealand. He died on the 27th April 1958 aged 79 and is buried in the Andersons Bay cemetry Dunedin N.Z.
After his the death of his parents the Griffiths family split up and David Edward who would have been aged 10 milked cows for a Mr Anderson of Blackstone Hill. In 1891 aged 12 he is on the Blackstone Hill school roll, walking to school each day. ( David (my Granddad) told us that he left home because there was too much praying) In 1899 he was shown on the general roll as living in Wedderburn. David Edward Griffiths a carrier of Naseby asked Margaret to marry him whilst they were standing on a little bridge below Enterprise Hill Naseby where her Father still lived.  The bridge has gone since the little gravel road to Naseby became a busy sealed road.  
Margaret  married  David  son of John and Ann Griffiths on 28th March 1900 at her father James Beck (a miner in Naseby) residence on Enterprise Hill Naseby N.Z.  This was the 100th marriage in the Naseby District. Witnesses were William Beck brother of Margaret of Naseby and Lavinia Griffiths David's sister of Cambrians.  David ran a carrying business for old Jim Botting in Naseby for 25/- a month. Later they moved to Omakau & Chatto Creel working on the railway to Alexandra where he was an inspector. They shifted to Dunedin where he worked on the wharf and in the 1919 roll is shown with Margaret living at 9 Thomas Burn Street Dunedin. On his retirement they moved to Wedderburn until they moved to a pensioner flat at 275 Melbourne Street Dunedin. On his death certificate it show his mother as Louisa Ann Griffiths. The 1919 roll shows his brother Robert Owen Griffiths living at 19 Burke Street Mornington Dunedin. Motorman. with Isabella Jane..
Margaret and David had five children:
Lavinia (Beck). Rex, Tom, Arthur and Annie (Evans). 
 Annie tells us that when she was born her Grandfather James Beck put money in her hand. Her Mother Margaret has told her of this.

Naseby Cottage

Margaret and David's little cottage near to Naseby. Lavinia, Rex and Arthur were born here. Tom was born in Alexandra and Annie in Dunedin. Here is Annie Margaret Evans nee Griffiths and David's youngest daughter showing us the house.

Elizabeth Lavinia

Lavinia Griffiths on her wedding day to William Beck

Elizabeth Lavinia GRIFFITHS 21Nov1900 Naseby- 4 Jun 1985 married  William BECK ..Idaburn, 20 Jun 1960 Parents: Charles Beck & Margaret DRYSDALE Charles James’s Brother) their -Children--were Arthur David William .. Ronald Rexiter .. Stanley Thomas Charles ..  Raymond Leslie .. Jessie Lavina adopted .. Doreen Margaret ..Trevor John ..
Vena after Bill's death married
David Drysdale BECK  (Charles Beck’s Grandson)

Rexiter John

Rexiter John James Griffiths

Rexiter John James GRIFFITHS 21 Aug 1902 NaGRIFFITHS 21 Jan 1926- 24 Feb 1988. They had one child Clifford He was adopted at birth by Margaret and David. 

In the 1930's Rex had a carrier business carting fish then worked in Wet Fish shop in Rattray St Dunedin and worked there for many years until in worked for Otago Fruit and Produce in Bond & Crawford Sts. One of his duties was to ripen bananas. From there he worked for the restaurant, hotel and hospital workers Union until he retired.     On the 10th of Dec 1930 at St Patrick's Basilica Rexiter John James Griffiths aged 28 a Carrier and Bachelor, born at Naseby, Parents David Edward Griffiths & Margaret Griffiths nee Beck of Dunedin Married Eileen Nora Ritchie aged 22 years, a spinster, born in Dunedin 30th May 1908, of Dunedin, father David Ritchie Railway employee and mother Elizabeth Florence Ritchie nee Manning. Witnessed by John Gardner Motor Mechanic of 540 Anderson Bay Rd and Rita Whelan a machinist of 34 Fawcett St. Dunedin Officiating Minister Thomas Hally Denomination Catholic. Their children:  David. Bryan. Russell and Dawn.seby 22 June 1974 -  

Thomas David Griffiths

Thomas David GRIFFITHS born in Alexandra on the 23rd June1905 died 1980 aged 75. He married Lillian PHILLIPS   Tommy Griffiths one of the best-known New Zealand boxers, he won national titles as both an amateur and professional. He first fought in 1921. He won the Mid Canterbury Flyweight, he was the Otago flyweight champion and was selected In 1922 took the New Zealand flyweight title as well as Otago and South Island, retaining them the next year. In 1924 he held bantamweight title, and at the end of the year turned professional winning a great number of bouts. As an amateur had 49 Fights won 46 lost 3. As a pro 31 fights won 17 lost 10 Drew 3 
In 1930's was in partnership with his brothers, Griffiths Bros Carriers. After marriage lived in North Dunedin. Had fish shop and general groceries later worked for McPherson & Kemp as traveller calling on dairies, brought his own Dairy Crn of High & Hope Sts. Then in the Fitzroy Hotel, White Star in Queenstown and later mine host at Kensington Hotel King Edward St. From there to Te Ra Airi Guest house in High St then retiring to St Kilda.  
Their Children were Raymond  and Thomas.

click here for Tommy Griffiths Boxer Tommy Griffiths

Arthur Charles

Arthur Charles Griffiths

Arthur Charles GRIFFITHS (1912-1980)  Evelyn W MARKS -Their Children Shirley.  Kenneth 12 Jun 1933 & Maureen.
Then Arthur married Alice Edith Herring born 28 Apr 1918- 4 Jul 1972. Arthur and Alice 
lived in a big house at the top of Ravensbourne. From the street there was a path down into a valley and then up to the house. Arthur worked on the wharf until he was injured. I can remember him as a great cook.  Their children are Margaret, Mirriam, Joy, Cleve, Tony, Neville, Ross & Stephen.

Annie Margaret Griffiths

Annie Margaret Griffiths

 Anne Married Morris Owen Evans on 16 Dec 1936, at the First Church of Otago  Owen was born in Dunedin on 26 Feb 1915 Parents were Morris Evans and Bertha Scoular They had 6 children Morris David died on 31/1/38 aged 3 days: Carol Anne. Rena Margaret. Wendy Fay. Owen John  & Richard Edward.
Owen and Anne lived in Thomas Burns Street after they were married, next door to Anne's parents, then in the 1940s shifted to Central Otago. Owen was a rabbiter living in a house on highway 85 towards Blackstone Hill, across the road from aunty Pearl and Uncle Jim Beck, then to White Sow Valley and managed a farm for Winifred Smith. Then worked for Jim Cromb on his farm and before Owen retired worked for the county and lived in Ranfurly..  

Margaret and David Griffiths with their eldest Lavinia (Vena) sitting between them with from left Arthur, Rex, Tom and Annie on her Fathers knee. As children they all attended the Albany Street school in Dunedin.
Goldmining at Hogburn
Rex with someone Brown at Hogburn Naseby
Trevor Beck and Carol Evans
Sundried Bricks Idaburn
Bill Beck husband of Lavinia Griffiths & Margaret Griffiths his mother in law making sundried bricks house Idaburn
Clifford Griffiths
Cliff was adopted by Margaret and David the day he was born. His father was Rex.
Rex and Lavinia
These children were born in Naseby to Margaret and David.
Nana and Granddad.
How we remember them

Annie's 21st Birthday Party

Annie Margaret Griffiths
Mr and Mrs D Griffiths gave a delightful dance in the Embasy Salon in honour of their youngest daughter Annie.  Mrs Griffiths who wore a gown of black crepe de chine and lace, reveived the guests. She was assisted by Miss Annie Griffiths, who wore a frock of pink silk crepon. Mrs W.Beck sister of the guest of honour was also present and wore a green taffeta frock.  The supper table was prettily decorated and during supper Miss Annie Griffiths' engagement to Mr Owen Evans was announced.

From the O.D.T.
Rex and Eileen
Rex and Eileen Griffiths
Mother and Daughter
Margaret Griffiths nee Beck and her daughter Lavinia Beck
Annie and Owen
Annie nee Griffiths and Owen Evans.
Picnic at the Naseby swimming Dam. 1948. Carol, Rena, Wendy Evans with David and Bryan Griffiths, Eddie Ryan and Owen Evans.
Otago Cricket Cap
Annie pride and joy her cricket cap she played for Otago 1933
Otago Cricket
Annie front 2nd from the left in the Otago womens cricket team 1933.
Christmas Idaburn
Carol, Rena, Wendy, Trevor with Annie and her Mother Margaret Griffiths.
Tom, Lavinia (Beck) Rex, Arthur Annie Evans (Griffiths) Front: David and Margaret (Beck) Griffiths. Inserts: Margaret and her cousin Hannah Spillane (Busch) Margaret and Hannah's mothers Eliza and Annie Beck were sisters in law. Annie Evans (Griffiths) cutting her 70th birthday cake.

Moving to the Country.

Annie and Owen with Carol. Rena and Wendy

Owen was a fitter and turner and Annie a seamstress with Ross and Glendening in Dunedin. After marrying they moved to a house next door to Annies parents Maragert and David Griffiths in Thomas Burn Street over the railway bridge. They lost their first little baby Morris David when he was three days old He is buried in the Southern cemetery with his Evans Fanily. After having three little girls Carol Anne, Rena Margaret and Wendy Fay, they decided to shift to Central Otago (to give their daughters a better life). They worked on a farm in Oturehua (Bob Deaker) and then Owen got work at 'Lustleigh' the farm belonging to Winnifred and Ernie Smith in the White Sow Valley Wedderburn.  He biked from Blackstone Hill to work everyday for weeks, when a cottage became available later the family shifting.  Ernie died suddenly and Owen took on the managers job. Two sons Owen John and Richard Edward were born while living here.

Annie (nee Griffiths) and Owen Evans lived here with their three little girls when they first moved to the Country. This mudbrick house was over the main road from Pearl and Jim Beck house. McDairmids have built a house in front.
The mud brick house at Idaburn of Lavinia and Bill Beck. Their Grandson Patrick son of Judy and Trevor Beck lives there now.
Annies Parents Maggie and David shifted to Wedderburn and lived over the hill from White Sow Valley in a little cottage belonging to Haveron Geoffrey. Every Sunday Billy the horse pulled the cart with us all aboard for Sunday dinner at the Griffiths'. Us Evans childrens' Nana and Grandad. Rena holding Richard, Carol behind. Wendy and Owen. Outside Maggie and David Griffiths wee house over the hill from the White Sow Valley past pigeon gully towards Wedderburn.
White Sow Valley
Brothers Owen and Richard Evans
White Sow Valley
Rena and Wendy on Duncans Dam
White Sow Valley
Wendy, Carol and Rena Evans
Rena (Evans) Butel and Wendy (Evans) Dougherty standing under the White Sow Valley sign with our little cottage that was so full of love behind.

Allison Lane Ranfurly

Carol, Rena, Wendy, Owen and Richard with their Nana Margaret Griffiths (nee beck). This was taken at Allison Lane in 1960.
The Family left Wedderburn to move to Allison Lane near Ranfurly for Owen to work for Jim Cromb.  Annie worked at the Maniototo Hospital cooking there for many years firstly biking the 3 miles into work. Carol was married to Lawrence Dougherty in 1961. The first to leave home. Margaret Griffiths (nee Beck) died just a few weeks after their wedding...  After a time in Allison Lane Owen got a job with the Maniototo County Council the family moving to a county house in Caulfield Street. They bought their own house in Fraser Avenue off Jackie and Stuart Blue in the 1960's this is where Carol and Lawrence live now and have done so since 1990.
Margaret Griffiths
Margaret Griffiths after being laid to rest at Andersons Bay cemetry. Annie, Owen (partly obscured) Hannah Spillane (Margaret's neice) Mrs Ritchie (Rex's mother in law) Dave Beck (partly obscured) Eileen Griffiths (Rex's wife) Lillian Griffiths (Tommy's wife) Rex Griffiths and Tommy Griffiths.
Margaret was the last of Eliza and James children to die.
Andersons Bay.
Margaret and Davids grave at Andsersons Bay cemetery. Sitting beside headstone is their youngest child Annie Margaret Evans nee Griffiths.

Annie Evans nee Griffiths

Annie on her 90th Birthday. We had a party in the chalet Resthome in Ranfurly N.Z.

Annie Margaret Evans nee Griffiths was born in Dunedin on the 21st June 1915. She was the youngest of five children and very spoilt by her older brothers and sister. She became a seamstress after leaving school, with swimming and cricket playing a huge part of her life representing Otago in both. A cricket coach called Owen Evans got his eye on Annie and asked her to play for the team he was coaching. The rest is history!!! Annie and Owen announced their engagement at Annie’s 21st birthday party at the Embassy Salon in Dunedin. They were married at First Church Dunedin on the 16th December 1936. They had six children their eldest Morris David died only 3 days old. Then came Carol, Rena, Wendy, Owen and Richard.The family made a huge shift from the city to Oturehua in 1945 Annie and Owen thought it would be a better life for the children. They then went on to work on a farm in the White Sow Valley Wedderburn where Owen and Richard were born.  The big shift came to Ranfurly and Annie took the opportunity to work being cook at the Maniototo Hospital Ranfurly for a good number of years. She loved at the Hospital great times were had. Annie’s beloved Owen died suddenly in 1980 she then shifted to the pensioners flats and started a new life learning to drive her little cream Ford Escort and taking up bowls, making a lot of lovely new friends. Her final shift her own idea, was to the Chalet Rest Home where she was for 5 very happy years. Annie’s life revolved round her family especially her 15 Grandchildren and 29 great Grandchildren. Annie is the last of Margaret and Davids children to die.  She died in the Ranfurly hospital on the 6th of March 2007.
Both Annie and Owen are buried in the Ranfurly Cemetry Otago New Zealand.

Annie and Owen are buried in the Ranfurly cemetry.
The children of Annie nee Griffiths and Owen Evans. Rena Butel, Owen Evans, Wendy Dougherty, Richard Evans and Carol Dougherty. 2007

Gay Rowe 13.06.2018 22:03

Hello, This is fascinating however I have noticed some details pertaining to the Owens family that are incorrect. I would love to make contact with you please.

Ayla Griffiths 04.01.2018 09:24

Hi there, I have some photos of some of the Beck headstones in Blackstone hill cemetery, could you help me with who they are and the family relations?

Ayla Griffiths 02.01.2018 04:56

I have loved reading this. My name is Ayla Griffiths, Grandaughter of Bryan Owen Griffiths. Rexiter being my great grandad. I'm in nasbey trying to find links

Lindon Griffiths 31.07.2017 22:32

To whom it may concern

I need to talk to the person that found and typed this information

Gerard McCarthy 24.07.2017 06:31

My name is Gerard McCarthy and my great grandfather was Peter McCarthy whose daughter was Margaret who married Thomas in 1901. Can you please email me.

Julien Truesdale 11.12.2019 03:21

Hi Gerard - I have some questions for you too please.
Looking forward to contact from you
Julien Truesdale. (one of my ancestral lines is mentioned earlier)

Gaynor Harris 18.02.2016 07:47

I am descendant of Charles Beck.I have a copy of the family tree of the Joseph Beck from another line.They use the same family tree Robert Beck of Clay

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05.08 | 22:46

Lovely to hear from you Mike.

31.07 | 21:58

Lovely to hear from you Lauren x

16.07 | 20:22

Hello, I am the great granddaughter of Annie Kearney O’Donnell (daughter of Annie McCool). Annie Kearney’s son, William O’Donnell, had 16 grandchildren, NJ USA

14.07 | 05:10

I am sorry I did not reply to this. I do not know too much about the Spitteri part of our family. I assume you still live in New Zeland. I live in Florida.