Sunday, 10 April 2011

Another obituary - Henry Michael Fitz-Henry in New Zealand

Myles Fitz-Henry (1824-1877) the ironmonger in Clapham, South London, had three sons with his wife Frances Colbourn. Both Myles and Frances were born in Westmeath, Ireland. (The back story to Myles and Frances is here)
Two of the children died in infancy, but the eldest, Henry Michael Fitz-Henry born 1859, was last seen by me as the informant on his father's death certificate in 1877.

My mate Phil Hand (who's one name study is the name Hickling) found this for me from the London Standard, 3 May 1880:
FitzHENRY - Feb 17, at Wanganui, New Zealand, from the effects of a gun-shot wound, accidentally received, Henry Michael, only surviving and dearly loved child of the late Myles FitzHenry, of 410 Clapham Rise, in the 20th year of his age. RIP. Friends will kindly accept this intimation. Foreign papers please copy.

I had hoped that I would one day find a descendant of Henry Michael who could tell me why a picture of Myles Fitz-Henry was in the photo collection of the Fitz-Henry family in Chile to this day. However, this is now not to be!

And if you are a Hickling who wants to know more about your ancestors, send Phil an email via our blog address and we will pass it on to him.

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