Elizabeth Mary Mathews

Brief Life History of Elizabeth Mary

When Elizabeth Mary Mathews was born in 1880, in Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand, her father, William Mathews, was 28 and her mother, Elizabeth Sheals, was 31. She married David Kirk on 11 November 1909, in Canterbury, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 15 April 1938, in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, at the age of 58, and was buried in Bromley, Canterbury, New Zealand.

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David Kirk
Elizabeth Mary Mathews
Marriage: 11 November 1909
Isabel Agnes Kirk
David Gerald Joseph Kirk
Charles Dominick Kirk
Cecilia Hannah Kirk

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    Name Meaning

    English: patronymic from Mathew ; a variant of Matthews . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages.

    History: Among the earliest bearers of the name in North America was Samuel Mathews (c. 1600–c. 1657), who came to VA from London c. 1618. He established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River, which was at first called Mathews Manor; later its name was changed to Denbigh. He was one of the most powerful and influential men in the early affairs of the colony. He (or possibly his son, who bore the same name) was governor of the colony from 1657 until his death in 1660.

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

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