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Awarua Campbell family roots compiled by Gill Murray (nee Campbell)

I have long been interested in the Campbell family and their life in New Zealand and Northern Ireland and the journey from Northern Ireland to Mt Bruce. Here I have put together what I have learnt from a recent trip to Northern Ireland and some genealogical research.

What we knew Ian's great great grandparents, John and Jane (nee Palmer) Campbell, emigrated from Northern Ireland to NZ, with their four children, in 1841. Jane died on the voyage and John settled in Karori, Wellington. He remarried and had further children. Two sons from the first marriage, Hugh and John, arrived in the Wairarapa about 1860. Family Connections John (02) and Jane Campbell were part of a large extended family with several intermarriages and close connections. Others research of these families complements my own findings as to where the Campbell family lived in Northern Ireland. The Martin and Hughey families are linked to the Campbell's through three Espie sisters. There are also links both in Northern Ireland and New Zealand to Port and Palmer families, the details of these I have not yet discovered.

You can see that John (02) is the son of John (01) who married Eliza Espie. Eliza's sister Jane married Hugh (01) Campbell who just happens to be John (01)'s brother! Jane and Hugh Campbell's daughter Mary Ann married William Hughey and they emigrated to NZ in 1840. Ian remembers Reta talking about Hughey cousins. The other interesting link is Eliza's sister Jane who was the second wife of John Martin. Both Sarah and John died of Tyhpus in 1838. Their children emigrated to NZ on the Lady Nugent with John and Jane Campbell. Their son John is well a known figure whom Martinbrough is named after. Information gathered by others shows that in the early 1800's this extended family lived in the Moneymore and Lecumpher area. Lecumpher is a townland (a small rural area distinct from a town) only 4 miles north of the town of Moneymore.

Map of the general area they lived

John Campbell married Jane Palmer The church record of John(02) and Jane's wedding records John as of Lecumpher Parish. Married: 28 December 1829 in First Moneymore Presbyterian Church, Moneymore, County Londonderry John Campbell of Lecomfer Congregation to Jane Palmer of Kinness, Moneymore Congregation (Kinness probably refers to the townland of Caneese which is situated 3 miles west of the town of Moneymore.) Witnesses: John Harkness and James Kessock

We visited the Lecumpher Presbyterian Church. A very nicely kept church in the middle of the country. Still used today for services and burials.
Farmland opposite the church, Campbell farm?
We even found an early Campbell headstone, a relative perhaps? "Here lieth the body of Hugh Campbell who depd this life Ocr the 14 1819 aged 20 years." It was the the oldest headstone able to be read!
We visited the First Moneymore Presbyterian Church to look at the graves, but at the time did not realise the significance of it so there are no photo's. The next authenticated "fact" is the christening of Hugh, their third child. I have not looked for record of the older childrens births. Hugh was christened in Draperstown Presbyterian Church and it is stated that his parents were from the townland of Derrynoyd. About 10 miles north of Moneymore and two miles east of Draperstown. "\Presbyterian Draperstown [MIC/1P/343/C/1] Baptisms 1837-1840 1840 Hugh Campbell to John Campbell and Jane Palmer, Derrynoyd, January 14 aged 14 months Derrynoyd is approximately two miles to the north west of the small town of Draperstown. Presbyterian Draperstown was built in 1837. When John and Jane emigrated their emigration papers (5/9/1840) stated their residence as Derrynoyd and John's occupation as farm labourer. Why John and Jane moved to Derrynoyd with their children is not clear. I assume to find work. Derrynoyd is a townland of some ??? acres. The whole area was purchased about 1809 by Judge Torrens. Thus I assume John worked for the Judge on his farm. Judge Torrens house was built in 1809 and he put considerable effort into converting a wasteland bog into good agricultural land. He also planted many trees, both native and rare. Today there is a conference centre and a large forest at Derrynoyd. The main building retains the facade that was once the land stewards house and other servants quarters. We stayed at the centre built where there was once a walled garden and orchard and walked in the forest that surrounded the original homestead and outbuilding site. We quite likely were walking where John and Jane had walked 166 years ago.
Derrynoid forest
Derrynoid Rural College
Draperstown

We know from emigration and shipping records that John and Jane and their four children aged 2 to 9 years sailed from Graves End (England) on 21 October 1840 aboard the "Lady Nugent". They had free passage as emigrant labourers, recommended by Dr Robert Espie (John's Uncle). Jane died of Typhus on Christmas day and was buried at sea. John and the children landed in New Zealand at Wellington on 17 March 1941. "Dr Espie had been a surgeon in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, after which he was employed in convict ships to Australia as a naval surgeon and agent, doing 9 trips between 1816 and 1836. While he had a brother, George, who was a boat builder in Hobart, there is no record of Dr Robert Espie visiting New Zealand, and no obvious reason why he advised emigration to New Zealand rather than to Australia." Guthrie website. The Espie book suggests Dr Espie was employed as an agent for the New Zealand company. Dr Espie was also recommended the Martin family as emigrants. They sailed on the same voyage as John and Jane Campbell. William and Mary Hughey were also recommended by Robert Espie, they sailed on the Martha Ridgeway arriving in Port Nicholson on 14 Nov 1840. Why did they emigrate? The potato famine? They actually left before the potato famine, one can only assume times were hard and emigrating offered new hope for the families.