A Kiwi in search of her ancestral tribes

Names & Places

Direct line ancestors

BARBER – East Sussex, England
BROSNAHAN – Co Kerry, Ireland -> Canterbury, New Zealand
BURKE – Co Mayo, Ireland -> Perthshire, Scotland -> Canterbury, New Zealand
BURTON – Co Tipperary, Ireland -> Marlborough, New Zealand
CALLAGHAN – Co Kerry, Ireland
CARR – Co Tipperary, Ireland
CLARKE – Northern Ireland -> Kent, England
CLEARY – Co Limerick, Ireland
COCKERHAM – West Riding of Yorkshire, England
COLLINS – Co Kerry, Ireland
CRICHTON – Scotland
FLOREY – Kent, England -> Taranaki, New Zealand
FLYNN – Co Mayo, Ireland
FOLEY – Dublin, Ireland
GAFFANEY – Derbyshire, England -> Canterbury, New Zealand
GAFFNEY – Ireland -> Derbyshire, England
HORNE – Cape Town, South Africa -> New Zealand
KEARNEY – Ireland
KEMP – Yorkshire, England
KNOTT – Kent, England
MAHONEY – Co Limerick, Ireland
McGONNELL – Co Down, Northern Ireland -> Taranaki, New Zealand
NIC(H)OLSON – Fife, Scotland
NUNNS – West Riding of Yorkshire, England -> East Cape, New Zealand
O’ROURKE – Co Kerry, Ireland / Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
PEGGS – Suffolk, England
PHILP – Perthshire, Scotland
POWER – Co Tipperary, Ireland / New Zealand
ROSE – South Africa
SCOTT – Fifeshire, Scotland
SEELER – Ireland
TRAINOR – Ireland
TUNNECLIFF(E) – Staffordshire, England / Taranaki, New Zealand
WHITE – Kent, England
WRIGHT – Suffolk, England / Kent, England / New Zealand


  1. Martin & Alycen Kaiser

    Hi, we see you have the NUNNS family from Yorkshire and Gaffaney in your list of ancestors.
    Alycen is a grand daughter of Sam & Alice Nunns and we are copiling a Family History of the NUNNS Rothwell to Gisborne NZ. Please let us know if you are connected. I cant see your full name anywhere on this site! Thanks, Martin Kaiser

    • Maggie

      Hi Martin, yes we are connected!! We met recently at my grandmother’s funeral. Will email you, Maggie.

  2. Hi, I found your website when Googling Wateringbury. Not sure if it would be any help of if you are aware of the site Wateringbury Remembered http://www.wateringbury.blogspot.com.



    • Maggie

      Hi John, yes I have visited your site several times, and enjoyed it very much. Most of the information and photographs post-date my ancestors’ time there, but it’s wonderful to see the history of the village preserved for all to see, so thank you for the sterling work you have done. If only every village had such a curator! 🙂

  3. Lynda

    I found your website while I was searching for my Great-Grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke, born 1846 County Wicklow, Ireland. Her parents are Peter Rourke and Jane Harris. I am completely stuck at this point of my Irish tree.

    While I was looking through your Rourke pages I saw a picture of your Margaret O’Rourke and she looks so much like Bridget! Please contact me at: techlyn@sky.com

    Thank you,


    • Maggie

      Hi Lynda
      Did Bridget marry in Ireland? It would be extremely useful to get a townland or parish name in Co Wicklow, and the marriage place (if in Ireland) would be a good clue for researching further back. Perhaps try Griffiths Valuation for Peter Rourkes in Co Wicklow – though there could be many! But it may narrow down the number of townlands, and from there you could check parish records at the LDS for Bridget’s baptism. I’m sure there are many more avenues you could try, but these are the things I’d start with. I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to Irish records! All the best 🙂

  4. Lynda

    Thank you for your reply. (Sorry I’ve only just found you again!)

    I have Bridgets birth record:

    Church Baptism Record
    Name: Bridget Rourke Date of Baptism / Birth: 02/04/1846
    Address: Oakfield Parish / District: BLESSINGTON
    Gender: Female County Co. Wicklow
    Denomination: Roman Catholic
    Father: Peter Rourke Mother: Jane Harris
    Sponsor 1 /
    Informant 1: James Clarke Sponsor 2 /
    Informant 2: Biddy Harris

    I assume Biddy Harris was Bridget Harris and either an Aunt on her mothers side or other family relative. As you can see it doesn’t tell me much about Peter & Jane. I cannot find records for either of them in Wicklow and other records seem to be for different couples. I haven’t found any for Peter married to a Jane Harris. I just paid to view the only Jane Harris married in Wicklow and she was married to Peter Roberts.


  5. stacey woestman weller

    My grandma was Catherine Johanna O’Rourke. Her parents came from County Kerry, Castle Island, Ireland to New York. They settled in the Bronx. Her father was Bryan Bryan O’rourke (Bryan B. O’rourke) and her mother was Catherine Reidy. Are we related?

    • Maggie

      Hi Stacey, it’s difficult to know if we are related! I had a look through my tree, and I only have one Brian recorded, born 20th century in New Zealand. That’s not to say there isn’t a connection, but I haven’t researched further back than my 3 x great grandfather Michael O’Rourke. In the 1850s he was farming land in Ballymacdonnell, not far at all from Castleisland, so it’s possible there is a link, perhaps through his (alleged) siblings Jeremiah and John. Have you checked baptism records in Co Kerry for your great grandfather Bryan?

  6. Hope Brosnan

    Hi I am looking for any history of first brosnans to nz Daniel and Nellie Brosnan.

  7. Claire White

    Kia ora, my 3 great grandmother is Catherine Hoare nee Seeler (c1805-1900) from Co. Kerry. She arrived with her husband Patrick and children on the Echunga in 1862. I cannot seem to find out much about the Seelers in Ireland and New Zealand. There were other Seeler families who arrived later in the nineteenth century and also settled at Kerrytown. I have a DNA match to the descendants of Samuel Seeler. I would be grateful for any information you have on them.

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