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William Robert Emms (1833-1901) was born at Wells-Next-The-Sea in Norfolk, England. A mariner by trade, he was (with Mr Bullard) proprietor of water barges at Nelson before the establishment of town waterworks. In 1866, he married Amelia Emma Jones (1844-1902) at Nelson.

Amelia's father, Evan Frederick Jones (1818-1888) ran a saddlery and harness manufacturing and sales business. This was later taken over by his sons, Frederick and William.

William and Amelia had nine children.
Arthur Emms (1865-1929)
Sarah Ann Emms (1867-1935)
Emma Charlotte Emms (1868-1915)
William Harding Emms (1871-1961)
Frederick Oliver Emms (1873-1917)
Robert Henry Emms (1876-1958)
Edith Mary Emms (1878-1901)
Ernest George Emms (1880-1900) (trooper, 5th NZ Mounted Rifles, died at Buluwayo, South Africa)
Christopher Frank Emms (1883-1905)

In 1896, Robert Emms married Minnie Crane Berry (my great grandparents). Particulars from their marriage certificate are reproduced below. (Certificate reference 1896/4845)

When and Where
Married
Names and Surnames of the Parties Ages Rank or Profession Condition of Parties Birthplace Residence PARENTS
Father's Name and Surname (1),
and his Rank or Profession (2).
Mother's Name (1), and
Maiden Surname (2)
1896
July 11th
House of
Robert Henry Emms 22 Currier 1. Bachelor
2.
Nelson 1. Linwood
2.
1. William Harding Emms
2. Mariner
1. Emma
2. Jones
Thomas
Cockburn
Linwood
Minnie Crane Berry 24 - 1. Spinster
2.
Nelson 1. Linwood
2.
1. William H Berry
2. Sexton
1. Eliza
2. Crane


Updated: 9 January 2011
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