Rachel Hood

11 November 1875–8 September 1951 (Age 75)
Halswell, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

The Life of Rachel

When Rachel Hood was born on 11 November 1875, in Halswell, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, her father, Miles Hood, was 28 and her mother, Jane Mccallion, was 26. She married Robert McIlraith in 1899, in New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 8 September 1951, in Killinchy, Canterbury, New Zealand, at the age of 75, and was buried in Leeston, Selwyn, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Robert McIlraith
Rachel Hood
Marriage: 1899
Agnes Jane McIlraith
Robert James McIlraith
Eva Evelyn Mcilraith
William Miles McIlraith
Rachel McIlraith
Matilda Ellen McIlraith
Thomas John McIlraith
Walter George McIlraith
John Warnock McIlraith
Harold Logan McIlraith

Spouse and Children

New Zealand


    Agnes Jane McIlraith


    Robert James McIlraith


    Eva Evelyn Mcilraith


    William Miles McIlraith



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Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1887 · New Zealands's First National Park

Age 12

Tongariro National Park was the sixth national park established in the world and the first in New Zealand. In the center of the park there lies three active volcanic mountains (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro). it is home to the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike and has been recognized as a World Heritage Site for all its natural values.

Age 18

New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.
1896 · National Council of Women

Age 21

The National Council of Women of New Zealand was created as an organization after women won the right to vote. Today works to help achieve gender equality in New Zealand and in 2017 introduced Gender Equal NZ, which is fighting for Zealanders to have the freedom and opportunity to determine their own future no matter which gender they are.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a maker of hoods or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive hood, from Middle English hod(de), hood, hud ‘hood’. Some early examples with prepositions seem to be topographic names, referring to a place where there was a hood-shaped hill or a natural shelter or overhang, providing protection from the elements. In some cases the name may be habitational, from places called Hood, in Devon (possibly ‘hoodshaped hill’) and North Yorkshire (possibly ‘shelter’ or ‘fortification’).2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUid ‘descendant of Ud’, a personal name of uncertain derivation. This was the name of an Ulster family who were bards to the O’Neills of Clandeboy. It was later altered to Mac hUid. Compare Mahood .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rachel McIlraith, "New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981"
  • Rachel McIlraith in entry for Robert McIlraith, "New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981"
  • Rachel Hood Mcilraith, "Find A Grave Index"

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