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From research to date, my Paternal Savell line has come mostly from southern England. On my Maternal side, there is much greater variety, with Cornish, southern England and Channel Islands genes predominating.  Unfortunately, whichever way you look at it, there is nothing really spectacular in the blood lines either by way of fame or fortune. Notwithstanding this, there are some interesting details which are either known as fact or assumed by deduction

Early immigration in to New Zealand was a major part of mine and my Wife’s ancestry - see Immigrant Ships  for full details. This early immigration to New Zealand now has my New Zealand roots going back to the 1840's - about 170 years and 6 generations

                                                                                        Father’s Paternal Ancestors: Savell [London, England]

SAVELL:       Family history shows that they came from the London area, with various births recorded in Stepney and Millwall Poplar. Researchers are reasonably comfortable in identifying a Samuel Savell b1805 in London. Links to earlier Savell’s currently run back to a Thomas Savell b abt. 1730, but these links are tenuous until solid research can prove it.

The Savell’s living in London in the early 1800’s, have a history of employment and ownership as Lightermen [Lighter men were on barges that took cargo etc. to the ships. The 1881 Census has Joseph Savell, B 1830 living at 17 Garford St, London. A family Letter has his Mother, Elizabeth Savell b abt. 1806 [nee Seabourne] living at 17 Garford St in 1894. My Great Grandfather Samuel Savell was b 1839 in Stepney, London, m Christiana Ramsden b 1844 died in Foxton 1907. Their 4th child, Beatrice was b 1866 and d 1867 in Millwall Poplar, London. Their 5th child, Herbert was born in Timaru, NZ 1869. They therefore immigrated to New Zealand about 1866/7. However, despite intensive investigation by several researchers, combing thru passenger lists, etc, there is no trace of what ship they came on, from where and on what date. Following immigration, they then made their way to the Foxton, Manawatu area.

The names Ramsden and Seaborn [Seabourn/Seabourne ]are also associated with the Savell line

Father’s Maternal  Ancestors : Newth [Wiltshire, England]

NEWTH:           My G. G. Grandfather, Mark Newth b 1802 immigrated on the Will Watch to Nelson, wherethe bulk of the New Zealand Newth’s congregated. My Grandmother, Emily Newth, came to Foxton, where she married my Grandfather, Edgar Savell

The names Andrew, Bye, Dean, Norris are also associated with the Newth’s

                                     MY MOTHERS ANCESTORS

Mother’s Paternal  Ancestors:  Tostevin [ Guernsey, Channel  Islands]

TOSTEVIN:        My Grandfather, Francis Tostevin b 1892 was born in Foulon, Guernsey and immigrated to Auckland, NZ 1909. He then came to Sanson, Manawatu NZ.

I am confident that I have correctly identified Francis’s paternal line back to Thomas Tostevin, B 1824 and then probably to his father, Thomas Tostevin b 1790. Beyond this, it gets speculative. If I believe what I have, we can trace the Tostevin line back to a Nicolas Tostevin, B 1470, in Brittany France. Tostevin tradition states that Tostevin’s were brought to Guernsey as masons by the monks of the Benedictine monastery of Mont St Michel, in Brittany, when they were supervising alterations to the parish church of St Pierre-du-Bois. St Pierre du Bois [English = St Peter In the Wood] parish is therefore the Guernsey origins of the Tostevin’s.  So it appears that at least for this arm of the family, there appears to be a French connection

The following surnames in our line also have originated in the Tostevin, Guernsey, lineage, with little else being known of their origins. 
 Duquemin, Gallienne, Jefferys, Hill, Mahy, Robin, Torode, Trachy

Mother's Maternal Ancestors: Thompson [Cornwall, England] & Hunt [Hampshire, England]

THOMPSON:        My G. Grandparent, James Thompson was b 1853 in Green Veryan, Cornwall. He immigrated on the ship ‘City of Auckland’ arriving in New Zealand 1872 and set up camp in Sanson, NZ. Legend has it that THOMSON’s, due to the unsettled times, moved from Scotland to Cornwall.  At the same time, they added the ‘P’ to their surname and became THOMPSON.  If this is correct, it was prior to the 1750, as there is a related Thompson being born in Cornwall in 1752. There are concentrations of our Thompson’s in Veryan, Cornwall and St-Just-in Roseland adjacent to the Channel Coast. So presumably we have not only the Cornish connection, but Scots ones as well.

     There is also a Cornish connection to a Richard Blamey b 1569 in the Thompson Line

HUNT:            My G. G. Grandfather was William Hunt b 1833 In Ringwood, Hampshire, with the connection going back to a John Hunt b 1690, all of who have essentially originated in Hampshire. On 18th September, 1839 my G. G. G. Grandparents, Charles and Naomi Hunt  and four children, set sail from London on the ship Adelaide with The New Zealand Company, which was set up to assist migrants to NZ.

These surnames also are associated with this lineage:- Andrews, Habgood and Hill

                                        MY WIFE'S ANCESTORS

Geographically, Jenny's origins are from London and Hampshire, England and Ireland. The major branches of her ancestry that have been researched to date, can be summarised as follows:-

                                          PATERNAL LINE

The Paternal line of JACKSON, was joined with the WOODS in 1880 [joined by the HOUNSLOW's 1863] and the ROIL'S in 1843


From research to date, my Wife's Paternal JACKSON line comes from Putney, London, England. The  surname Jackson, is a common but very old English and Scottish surname and is literally interpreted as meaning "Son of Jack". The given name Jack may be a diminutive of John or James, or a derivation of the Old French given name Jacque, the French form of Jacob.In 1980 Jackson was the 24th most popular surname in England and Wales.


THOMAS WOODS was a printer from Oxford, England. In Oxford in 1863, He married LAETITIA [LETITIA] SANDELL B 1844. About 1871, they emigrated to New Zealand on the ship "Metropolis". Their daughter, LETITIA WOODS who married RICHARD JACKSON, was born during the voyage to New Zealand. THOMAS WOODS spent more than 35 years as the head printer of the Greymouth Argus newspaper. LAETITIA SANDELL's forebears, all came from Oxfordshire, with her oldest researched ancestor being THOMAS SANDELL, b 1708.

                                                                                                     ELIZA ROIL married JAMES HAYTER JACKSON 1843. Research indicates that ROIL family ancestors in Northern Hampshire  from the mid 18th century  to the mid 19th century used various spellings of the surname. These included ROYAL [variant ROYALL] RYAL [variant RYALL] along with RIAL [variant RIALL] However, the  main and predominant spelling was ROYALL. This was no doubt the result  of wide spread illiteracy and the reliance on phonetic spelling by the parish recorders. In many cases there is a different spelling in each parish entry [ baptisms, marriages, burials] for the same family member.

The first recorded use of the surname ROIL by this family was the marriage of Thomas RYALL Jn. Alton on 4th November 1837 when the sister of the groom was a witness to the ceremony and signed in her own hand as LUCY ROIL. Lucy's marriage entry at Alton on 27th December 1840 is recorded as ROIL and according to her descendants she continued to spell her maiden name as ROIL throughout the  rest of her life.  The parents Thomas ROIL Sr. and SARAH SEWRY were married at Alton in 1813 as ROYALL, Thomas having been baptized at Shalden in 1790 as RYALL. The family are recorded in the 1841 Census as ROIL and the application to emigrate to NZ dated 16th July, 1841 is also in the surname ROIL. This spelling continued to be used in NZ.

The eldest son James was baptized at Holybourne on 12th March, 1815 as JAMES RYALL. He entered the British army in 1838 as James ROIL and he and his descendants in Newfoundland, Canada have continued to use the surname ROIL.  THOMAS RYALL Jn. children Charles and George were baptized at Alton on 21st October, 1838 and 12th May respectively with the surname ROIL. This family  is recorded in the 1841 Census as ROIL but in the 1851 Census had reverted to RYALL.

It appears that the family only commenced using the surname ROIL in the late 1830's as the family members became literate. It is also consisted with the saying handed down through the generations in NZ that " if the surname is ROIL we must be related" indicating the spelling was peculiar to the family.

Family history has it that the surname ROYALL and its variants are derived from RYE HILL, a common place name, where rye was grown.


On my Wife's Maternal side, there are the Paternal Swinburne's, whom we have traced back no further than her Grandfather, GEORGE SWINBURNE, who we believe came from Birmingham, England. He is assumed to have immigrated to New Zealand in the last 1800's       
 The SWINBURNE FAMILY HISTORY SITE, states that the name Swinburn originates in Northumberland in the north of England. The Swin Burn is a stream rising at Carrycoats Moor and flowing through the township of East or Little Swinburn. Ulfchill de Swyneburne is the earliest known resident proprietor at East Swinburn. He is presumed to have been a man of considerable standing although he held his lands of the Lords of Gunnerton who were feudal tenants of the Baliols. Ulfchill's son, Adam was born about 1160. At West or Great Swinburn a Godfrey de Swinburne was given land by Ralph de Gunnerton in the late 12th century. The Swinburne's rose rapidly in wealth  and influence from the end of the 13th century.

The spelling of SWINBURN is very inconsistent through almost every branch of the family. Different spellings for the same person will occur on birth, marriage and death registrations, census returns, parish registers, letters etc. The inclusion or omission of the final 'e' is the most common inconsistency and occurs very randomly. Some branches have adopted an 'o' and the variants SWINBOURNE, SWINBORN, SWINBORNE and SWINBOURN are most common in the Warwickshire and Essex branches. The census returns in particular, have many odd variants and Swinburns have been found under the names SWIMBURN, SWIMBURNE, SWINBARN, SWINBUN etc.               Source         

Her Maternal Grandmothers ancestry is the LUCAS family, who were joined by O'HALLORAN in 1878, with both these lines coming from Ireland. CHARLES LUCAS b abt. 1848 married in 1878 at Waitara, New Zealand, ELLEN O'HALLORAN b abt.1852. Marriage Certificate states that Charles and Ellen were respectively "Widower" and "Widow". Ellen's Death Certificate shows an earlier marriage to FRANCIS  MAULE, along with 2 off spring.

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