Thomas Lineham1838 - 1916 (77 years) Submit Photo / Document
Gender Male Alternate Birth 21 June 1835 Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England  Born 21 June 1838 Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England  Died 1 June 1916 Kaihu, Northland, New Zealand  Buried 4 June 1916 Kaihu, Northland, New Zealand  Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Person ID I6664 Roger Last Modified 15 June 2005
Father Leonard Lineham, b. 4 March 1812, Collingtree, Northamptonshire, England , d. 5 July 1878, St. Mary, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (Age 66 years) Mother Mary Pepper, b. 1814, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. 6 April 1884, St. Mary, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England (Age 70 years) Family ID F2080 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family/Spouse Mary Osborne, b. 1841, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. 2 September 1923, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand (Age 82 years) Married 8 November 1858 Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England [1, 2] Children 1. Georgiana Lineham, b. 1860, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. Yes - date unknown 2. Caroline Lineham, b. 14 September 1862, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. Yes - date unknown + 3. George Lineham, b. about 1864, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. Yes - date unknown + 4. John Osborne Lineham, b. 14 November 1867, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. 24 January 1939, New Zealand (Age 71 years) + 5. Thomas Lineham, b. about 1870, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. Yes - date unknown 6. Harry Lineham, b. about 1873, Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England , d. 1874, Onboard Ship To New Zealand (Age ~ 1 years) + 7. Mary Ann Lineham, b. 20 March 1874, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand , d. 24 September 1967, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand (Age 93 years) 8. Priscilla Lineham, b. 1877, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand , d. Yes - date unknown Last Modified 27 May 2005 Family ID F2082 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
Event Map Alternate Birth - 21 June 1835 - Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England Born - 21 June 1838 - Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England Married - 8 November 1858 - Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England Died - 1 June 1916 - Kaihu, Northland, New Zealand Buried - 4 June 1916 - Kaihu, Northland, New Zealand = Link to Google Earth Pin Legend
Histories Letter from Thomas Lineham describing conditions in early Karamea
This letter was written by Thomas Lineham to his parents and published in the English Labourer newspaper on 13 November 1876
- THE ENGLISH LABOURER - November 13 1875
A UNION MAN IN NEW ZEALAND
DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER, - we received your kind and welcome letter. We was glad to hear you was as well as you are, and I am glad to tell you that by the kind providence of god, I am restored to health and strength again, and our children are all well, and they grow and get fat and strong, because God in his goodness as put us in a land of plenty; for I fetch my own sheep, and kill them and dress them myself; so you see that I am a butcher. and I must tell you that I have just entered the bush life. I and George started from Nelson about four months before Mary and the children came to us. So you see, by the kind providence of God, I have a house of my own and plenty of wood to burn, and it is a better house than our old one at Lidlington. It is rather inconvenient to our feelings having no public means of grace, but we find God in every time and place the same. I feel thankful where there is a heart to pray God has an ear to hear; and I am glad to tell that none of us feel any lingering after the old country, only we should very much like to see you all again, I must tell you if this is bush life I don't mind it a bit. We have fifty acres of grant land, and we work some of our time for ourselves; we work by the piece, and our pay averages 10d. a day. We don't receive any money, as it costs us a great deal of money for tools, as we have out things on credit. They let us have as much as £30 or £40 worth at once, but they would not give us a start in England. They find us plenty of food; certainly we was short of meat for a week or two, but we lost our sheep in the bush, It makes us think about the poor empty bellies in the old country, when God so kindly spreads our table. I killed a sheep last Saturday night. Mo and another man had it together - a fine fat sheep - and we had as much suet as we had in six months in England, and that will last us about a fortnight; and we have our provisions from the stores; sometimes we have two hogsheads of sugar, about fifty or sixty pounds each, and flour any amount, and butter and tea any quantity. If you could but have seen me and George pitch our tent in the Karamea; we had to cut the wood down before we could pitch our tent. It makes us think about the patriarchs of old pitching their tents. We had to work some days before we could see anything beside the sky above our heads. The trees were so high, some of them were thirty yards long. But now we have a house built and opened so as the sun can get at us all round, and the streets cut out straight a mile long or more. Now we are making the roads and the ditches, and all in six months. There are about twenty families in our settlement! but there is another settlement about two miles off a little larger than ours. We live about 200 feet above the level of the sea, and we can see the wide ocean any time in about five minutes walk. Ours is table land, and there is mountains above us. The mountains are very high; your hills are like molehills to them; they rise all at once. You can go on the level til you get to the foot of them; then they seem to rise all at once. This is Saturday night again. We have killed another sheep, and we have another quarter of mutton, and wish you all could come to dinner with us to-morrow. There is no venomous reptiles here, nor no wild beasts. It is as the bible says, we can worship God under our own vine and fig-tree, none daring lawfully to make us afraid. We can lay down here in the open, and not afraid that anything will molest us here, with only the old gnats to trouble us. I must tell you that I have a chimney big enough to lay logs five feet long across the fire place, so you may guess we are not cold. I should like my brother John to be here; he would fell and build to his heart's content. Please to give our love to all our brothers and sisters, and I hope you will be so kind to let my brother John have this letter, and I hope he will have it published. I would send him some money to have it done, only we do not take any money yet; because those are not high coloured statements, only as they happen to us as we pass along. We must tell you that we can get plenty of wearing clothes and bed clothes. I must tell you that a kind lady sent us two nice windows, three feet wide and four feet six inches long, and she is going to send us some fruit trees, and we have some fowls; so you can see the Lord sends us some kind friends. I must tell you that our land is next to Richard Allen's, who came from Ridgmont, and we are not far from Alfred and Harry. We have another little girl, and her name is Mary Ann. She was born a week before Easter, and she was a month old when she came to Karamea. Georgie is stopping at Nelson for the present. We was glad to hear that you had such a comfortable Christmas. We are glad to tell you that we never had such a Christmas in our lives. One kind friend gave us fifteen to twenty pounds of beef and a large plum pudding and a bottle of wine and we had green peas and new potatoes. Instead of decorating the shops out with holly they had cherry boughs; so you see that we have not to regret leaving the old country. We shall be glad to hear from you, for we often think of you when the Lord deals so kindly with us, and we can not get at you to help you a little. Please to tell my brothers and sisters that I will write to them in turns, if we can get their address, as we are so busy a felling and building, and we should be glad to know how they are a getting on both in body and soul. I hope I shall never cease to pray for them. So I must now conclude with our kindest love to you all.
We remain your unworthy son and daughter.
THOMAS AND MARY LINEHAM
Karamea Settlement, Nelson Province, New Zealand. [Source 13]
Thomas & Mary Lineham who were second cousins came to New Zealand on board the boat The Adamant and settled in Nelson. CousIns of Thomas, Harry & Alfred also came to New Zealand and settled in Karamea. They have decendants at present who owned the Karamea Garage ( Ernest) and the Karamea museum ( Stanley). The Linehams were founders of the settlement of Karamea .
When the schooner took the women and children ashore they cried at such desolation.
Thomas had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Cousins, emigrated to N.Z.
Thomas was knocked down and killed by a railway train at Kaihu in 1916. [Source 498] [1, 3]
- THE ENGLISH LABOURER - November 13 1875
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