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Szymon Anis (b. 1798–d. 1865) was born at Rudno, the son of Jakob Anys (b. 1766) and Katarzyna Lipska (b. 1775).1Szymon married on 16 October 1825 at the church of Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Trąbki Wielkie to Regina Rozalia Demer (b. 1804 at Sobowidz–d. 1890), the daughter of Maciej Demer (b. 1765–d. 1808) and Elzbieta Brandt (b. 1760–d. 1839).2  The family born at Sobowidz were Jan (b. 1826–d. 1826), Maryanna (b. 1826–d. 1880), Anna Barbara (b. 1828–d. 1830), Jozef Walenty (b. 1831–d. 1832), Barbara (b. 1833–d. 1839), Szymon (b. 1836–d. 1839), at Zajączkowo; Franciszek (b. 1839–d. 1921), at Szczerbęcin; Michal (b. 1841), Jakob (b. 1843–d. 1846), Barbara Różalia (b. 1846–d. 1850) and Franciszka Paulina (b. 1849–d. 1939).3 The family were located at Male Turze when Szymon Anis died on 1 April 1865 aged 66. In 1872, their youngest daughter Franciszka and family left the village of Trzcińsk and migrated to New Zealand aboard the Palmerston.4 In 1874, Regina left the village of Malzewko for Hamburg along with daughter Maria and son Franciszek from the village of Małe Turze. They set aboard the Reichstag departing on 10 May 1874, arriving at Port Nicholson in Wellington on 6 August 1874.5

 

L. Annie Sinclair (nee Annis), James Sinclair (on knee), Frank Annis, Franciszka Annis, Annie Annis (nee Kenny), Graham Annis (hat on knee), Bernhard Annis (back row), Jean Sinclair (ribbon in hair), Charles Kenny (back), Bill Sinclair & – Sinclair. Picinic at Waihola Ca. 1910. Provided by Helen Sinclair

Listed aboard was—Regine Annis, age 63, who settled with family at Waihola and lived out her latter years with her youngest daughter, Franciszka.  Regine died on 8 December 1890 at Waihola aged 86 and is buried with the Orłowski family at the Waihola Cemetery.6

Franciszek Anis, a small farmer (b. 1839–d. 1921) was born at Zajączkowo and married on 10 September 1865 at the church of St. Jan Nepomuncen in Godziszewo to Weronika Chełkowska (b. 1842 at Małe Turze–d. 1902), the daughter of Albrecht Chełkowski (b. 1819–d. 1875) and Katarzyna Stolc (b. 1810–d. 1881).7 The family born at Małe Turze were Jozef (b. 1866–d. 1868), Różalia (b. 1867–d. 1868), Maria (b. 1869), Franciszek (b. 1870–d. 1920), Franciszka (b. 1872–d. 1949) and Anna (b. 1874–d. 1947).8 They left the village of Małe Turze with extended family from Małżewko and Weronika’s youngest sister, Franciszka, for Hamburg where they set aboard the Reichstag on 10 May 1874 arriving at Port Nicholson in Wellington on 6 August 1874.

Kroning & Annis (first cottage) in Beacon Street (corner of cemetery), taken from Adams Farm. Ca. 1900

Listed aboard was—Franz Annis age 35, Veronika 30, Maria 4, Franz, 3, Francisca 2 and Anna 2 months. They travelled to the South Island and settled with family at Waihola. The family born at Waihola were John (b. 1876–d. 1952), Bernhardt Robert (b. 1878–d. 1961), August (b. 1879–d. 1962), Martha (b. 1881–d. 1927), Catherine (b. 1884–d. 1905) and Adam (b. 1888–d. 1888). Joseph Tikey (b. 1878–d. 1954), born at Waihola, was taken in by the family as an infant.9 From a labourers income Frank acquired sections 10 to 14 of block 23 on 21 November 1876 and built a cottage of sod adjacent to where the Waihola Cemetery is now.10  According to the 1882’ Return of Freeholders, the property of one acre was valued at £120.11  In November of 1888’ a further 20 acres of Crown land at Clarendon was purchased for 20 shillings an acre. Here an accommodating wooden cottage was erected on section 59 of block 1, next to where a stone dairy once stood.12  Today owned by the Bungard family, the farm opens to a spectacular view of Lake Waihola and surroundings.  Frank was naturalised as a New Zealand citizen on 30 November 1899 retiring to the hills above Waihola.13 Veronica died at Waihola on 11 June 1902 aged 59 and is buried at Waihola Cemetery.14 In 1907, newspapers reported that Frank’s property was involved in a fire.

We are sorry to record loss by fire among some of our hill farmers. A fire started in the bush at the back of Waihola, and Messrs. Annis, Gregory, Bell and Yorston – the two last named particularly – were heavy losers. The fire demolished not only large quantities of bush and fencing, but crops and live stock. The value of the property destroyed varies on the different farms from £20 to £500.15

Frank died at Dunedin on 19 August 1921 aged 82.16 He is buried with Veronica at Waihola Cemetery.

Paul Klemick exploring the remains of the Annis Cottage at Claredon, above the settlement of Waihola. Taken in 1998

Photo

Fanny Annis. Originally shared by swhitelaw9 – ancestry.com

Maria Annis, who was four years old at the time, may have died on the journey out.

Franz Annis Jnr. is listed as a labourer residing at Alexandra South in the Tuapeka Electoral Roll of 1905.  He died in Dunedin on 7 November 1920, as the result of an accident, aged 50 and is buried at Waihola.17

Frank Annis, aged 51, residing at Henley, was admitted to the hospital late on Saturday night suffering from a fracture of left thigh. He fell from a bicycle in front of the wheels of a traction engine, one wheel going over both legs. He died at 6 o’clock this morning.18 Francis Annis, a single man, 50 years of age, a resident of Milburn, and employed at Milburn Lime and Cement Co’s works, met with a peculiar fatal accident whilst cycling home from Henley on Saturday. Overtaking a traction engine belonging to Messrs. Kennedy and McCulloch, of Milburn, which was returning from Dunedin, and had just crossed the Henley Bridge, Annis looked up to speak to the driver, when from some unexplained reason his bicycle capsized, and he fell with his legs under the off-side wheel. Dr. Moody, of Outram, attended the sufferer, who was taken to Dunedin Hospital by motor ambulance, where he died at 6 a.m. on Sunday.19

Francisca Fanny Annis married in 1892 in Dunedin to George Jones (b. 1870–d. 1910).20 The family born in Dunedin were Margaret (b. 1892), Fanny (b. 1894), Lydia (b. 1896–d. 1960) Alice May (b. 1900–d. 1984) Dulcie and Nellie.21  Fanny then remarried in 1922  to Walker Horner (b. 1866–d. 1948).22 Fanny died on 16 July 1949 aged 77 and was cremated at Bromley Cemetery in Christchurch.

Anna Annis married in 1892 in Milton to James Eric Sinclair (b. 1866–d. 1938).23 The family born in Waihola were Veroni (b. 1892–d. 1893), Jean (b. 1894–d. 1964), William John (b. 1895–d. 1941), James Alfred (b. 1902–d. 1978) and Graham Robert (b. 1907–d. 1971).24 Annie died on 1 May 1947 aged 73 and is buried at the Waihola Cemetery.25

Remains of The Annis Dairy at Claredon. Provided by Helen Sinclair

References

1 “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-QKTR).

2 Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQR-31F3), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-486Y), “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QGT2-QGCF), “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch;  (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQP-4675) also  Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMJ-D5P6).

3 “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-WWVY), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQG-3GCQ), 1829 should be 1826, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZM6-5F8H), “Waihola Cemetery Inscriptions and Burials”, Dunedin Public Library, 3rd Floor, McNab Room; Grantz, Norton. (page missing on FamilySearch), “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-XV8P), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQG-HQRR), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-SJZB), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQG-649X), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-ZK88), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMJ-7QYW), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZQG-85KG), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMJ-ZLWC), “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:731H-7T2M), “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-8HFW), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-D9K8), “Godziszewo Church Records,” FamilySearch; Film 585987, No. 111, p 23, “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZM6-RVWB), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZM6-5B7P), “Godziszewo Church Records,” FamilySearch; Film 585987, No. 4, p. 275 also “Find A Grave;” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:731H-G73Z).

Franz & Veronica Annis, Roman Catholic Block 7 Plot 14, Waihola Cemetery

4 “Palmerston”, History of the Polish Settlers in New Zealand 1776-1987, J. W. Pobóg-Jaworowski, ed. (Warsaw: Chz “Ars Polona,” 1990), p. 23.

5 “Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850–-1934,” Ancestry.com.   (https://www.ancestry.com.au/search/collections/1068/ viewed on 28 Aug 2021) also “Reichstag”, Pobóg-Jaworowski, p. 22.

6 Find A Grave; (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191536837/rayina-annis) also “Graves Of Early Polish Settlers at Various Cemeteries”, Pobóg-Jaworowski, p. 197.

7 “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6Z7C-MHX8), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-C7S4), “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QLYG-K3D3), “Kokoszkowy Church Records,” FamilySearch; p 101, “Godziszewo Church Records,” FamilySearch; Film 585987, No. 22, p 130, Ibid, No. 58, p 159.

8 “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records,1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZM6-VJKM), “Godziszewo Church Records,” FamilySearch; Film 585987, No. 78, p. 105, “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-D9PF), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZM6-6P2C), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-8L3B), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-C7SQ), “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QLYG-K38L), “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records,1537-1981, ” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-83ZM), “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QGXS-38LG). Reg. No.; 1949/26436, “Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6ZMX-9LB5) also “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QGNG-FWTD).

Rayina Annis, Roman Catholic Block 7 Plot 15, Waihola Cemetery

9 New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24V-ZDDK). Reg. No. 1876/15037, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QG6K-JFWR). Reg. No. 1952/29179, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24V-X937). Reg. No. 1878/6159, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QGXS-QQX1). Reg. No. 1961/31547, “Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton, Baptism Register,” Milt 35/P32, “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QGLD-29ZX), “Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Mary’s Church, Milton; Baptism Register,” Milt 34/54, “Find A Grave,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QVGC-S11C), “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-MNCG). Reg. No. 1884/16244, “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QLYG-K3DQ), “Catholic Diocese of Dunedin, St Joseph’s Cathedral, Dunedin; Baptism Register,” Cath 28/3867 also New Zealand Birth, Deaths & Marriages Online (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz); Reg. No. 1954/34016.

10 Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records; Folio 30-177.

11 New Zealand Government Property Tax Department, from the rates assessment rolls, Return of Freeholders of New Zealand 1882, published 1884, p.

12 Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga; Land Records; Folio 89-169.

13 New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs, Naturalisations, 1843-1981, Naturalisation Date; 30 November 1899, File Number; 1899/4188, Certificate Register; 37, Register Page Number; 242.

14Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/194287015/veronica-annis)

15 “Waihola Notes,” Bruce Herald, 4 February 1907, p. 5, col. 2.

Frank Annis, Waihola Cemetery

16 Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191537037/franz-annis).

17 Find a Grave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191537101/frank-annis).

18 “Fatal Accident, Dunedin, November 7,” Grey River Argus, 8 November 1920, p. 4, col. 5.

19 “Fatal Accident. Milburn Resident Run Over By Traction Engine,” Bruce Herald, 8 November 1920, p. 2, col. 2.

20 “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-K7SQ). Reg. No. 1892/741, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24V-M38V). Reg. No. 1870/36482 also “Find A Grave,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:6Z7T-VG1Y).

21 “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-LZHJ). Reg. No. 1892/16341, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-R637). Reg. No. 1894/6562, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QG6V-RM76). Reg. No. 1896/12391, “Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara O Te Kawanatanga,” Dunedin Probate and Letters of Administration Files (II), 1907-1950; FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q2SB-H131); Record No. 931/60, Box No. 673, also New Zealand Birth, Deaths & Marriages Online; (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz); Reg. No. 1900/1043.

James & Annie Sinclair (nee Annis), Waihola Cemetery

22 New Zealand Birth, Deaths & Marriages Online; (https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz); Reg. No. 1922/5536, “England and Wales Birth Registration, 1837-2008,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:2X95-SGV) also “BillionGraves,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QVFN-WNMG).

23 “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-KY6T). Reg. No. 1892/4059, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24J-RM3T). Reg. No. 1866/31462, “New Zealand, Cemetery Transcripts, 1840-1981,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:QLRG-135Z) also Leila Robinson and Jill Dignan, “Eric” in The Sinclair Story, p. 46.

24 “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-L6VD). Reg. No. 1892/16380, (ibid); FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-L5Y4). Reg. No. 1893/1843, Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-5XGH). Reg. No. 1894/1757, “Find A Grave,” FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:6ZW9-S2X5), “New Zealand, Civil Records, 1800-1966,”; FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:Q24K-Y3TB). Reg. No. 1895/1633, “Find A Grave,”; FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:6ZWM-M4TG), Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:6Z71-QF37) also Ibid, FamilySearch; (https://familysearch.org/ark/61903/1:1:6ZWM-MCQ8).

25 Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/194397565/annie-sinclair).

 

Research Sources

Judith Oliver supplied family information & family history researched by Barbara Stirling (2002)

 

Compiled by Paul Klemick (2021)