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Charles H Warden

Charles H Warden as an adult

November 12-13 2010 we had the opportunity to meet with 2nd cousins Thomas Warden Hastings Brooking and Angela Stott Shier who live in Dunedin and Christchurch, New Zealand. We visited in their beautiful homes and I picked up lots of clues to help me in my Warden research. So it is on this page that I will display the pictures and the information I have received. My heartfelt thanks go out to Tom and Trish and Angela and Ellis for the opportunity to visit in their homes and to gather new ideas about the Warden-Robertson ancestry. I now give Charles Howard Warden his very own page

Charles Howard Warden definitely named for his mother's maternal grandfather Charles Howard Sharp, was born either in the fall of 1870 or spring-summer of 1871. Just recently I found the baptism for Charles Warden in Greenpoint, New York. Charles Howard son of Thomas Warden, Barbara Warden born July 31st 1870 and baptised September 1871. His cousins George Russell Comrie born June 23, 1867 and Adeline Comrie born October 13, 1870, children of Helena Robertson Comrie were baptised in the same Greenpoint Presbyterian Church March 1871. Barbara, Jane and Helena families moved to Providence, Rhode Island about 1873 where the other children of Helena were born; it is uncertain where Barbara's son George was born? When Charles was about four years old his father Thomas Warden died suddenly of an aneurism while living in E. Providence, Rhode Island. Sometime shortly afterwards Barbara and Charles emigrate to Scotland, possibly Glasgow or Perth ; I am not sure if George was born or later born in Scotland where Barbara goes to live? New York could not find a birth record for George Robertson Warden ; however, George says he married at age 25 in 1897 which would put his birth in 1872. Why then can New York not find a birth record for George Warden? I want to say Barbara may have been pregnant with George when Thomas died in November 1875...(I am thinking George was born August 1, 1876) so what is Barbara to do but go off to Scotland where cousins are living. Sister Jane may have gone too. Her mother most likely died in New York soon after coming to America in 1856 and George Robertson may have died in New York about 1872?

We know that Thomas Warden died November 23, 1875 and that Charles spent several years in Scotland (1876-1882) before his mother, Barbara and brother George made their way August 1882 from Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland to Melbourne, Australia on the Wairarapa Ship arriving September 3, 1882 and sailed on to Balclutha, New Zealand where the boys entered school and got their education. Sometime about 1891 Barbara and George leave New Zealand and return to New York City. Did they go straight to New York or stop off in Scotland? No ship record has been found yet? I am also thinking George was so young when his father died or he may not have been born yet...did George know his real birth date?

born between 1870-1871 in Brooklyn, New York and died July 31, 1931 in Wanganui, New Zealand

Charles married Mary Fraser June 28, 1905 in Palmerston North ; they were married by Isaac Jolly, Presbyterian minister. The parents of Mary Fraser were William and Penelope Anderson Fraser. Mary Anne was born in Kuwara, Westland, New Zealand

Warden Fraser -------------------- A very pretty wedding was celebrated at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church this morning when Mr Charles H Warden first assistant at the Campbell Street School was united in the bonds of matrimony to Miss Mary A Fraser only daughter of Mr and Mrs W. Fraser of Campbell Street. The ceremony was impressively conducted by the Rev I Jolly, M.A. and a large number of friends were present. The bride who looked charming was attired in cream voile trimmed with silk embroidery and chiffon and wore the orthodox veil and orange blossoms. She also wore a handsome brooch the gift of the bridegroom consisting of two golden hearts encrusted with rubies and surmounted with a true lovers' knot in pearls. She was attended by Miss M Crump her cousin and Miss Gertrude Perrin who were apparelled in costumes of white silk with black hats also by two wee maidens, Gwen and Naomi Whalley who wore dainty white silk dresses and white Puritan bonnets. All the bridesmaids wore gold brooches set with sapphires the gifts of the bridegroom. The bridgroom was attended by Mr A Sutherland in the capacity of best man. As the bridal party left the church Mrs. Capt Brown played the Wedding March. The bridal party drove in a coach and four to Mr Warden's new residence in Featherston Street where the reception and wedding breakfast were held. Mr H. Palmer in a happy speech proposed the health of the "Bride and Bridegoom" which was responded to by Mr. Warden on behalf of his wife and himself. Mr Whalley proposed the health of the "Bridesmaids" coupled with the name of Mr Sutherland who responded on their behalf. The presents which were very numerous and useful included a salad bowl and biscuit barrel from the Old Boys' Hockey Club, a set of carvers from the Institute Football Club and cheques from the Rugby Union and Referees' Association, the Hockety Assoiation and the Working Men's Club. Mr and Mrs Warden left by the midday train for Napier where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride's traveling dress was a navy blue tailor-made costume with hat to match

One of the best pieces of research I have found lately was the obituary for Charles H Warden from New Zealand Papers Past. This tells so much about Charles and his interest and work. In fact, Charles nephews Cyrus and Shreve must have inherited their uncle's love for sports, music and acting. What a talented man Charles must have been. I feel as though I now know Charles. The pictures of Charles below came from the files of Angela Stott Shier granddaughter of Charles and daughter of Jean Warden Stott. Angela also has the silver tea/coffee service given to Charles when he retired from teaching

Charles H Warden marriage

Charles H Warden marriage

Charles H Warden obituary

Charles & Mary's grave in Wanganui

Daughters of Charles Howard and Mary Fraser Warden

  • 1. Jean Warden married Arthur Edward Stott October 24, 1934 in Wanganui and she died May 24, 1986 and is buried in Ruru Lawn Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand ; Arthur was born 1908 and died April 3, 1961 and is buried Ruru Lawn Cemetery ; two daughters Angela Mary and Margaret Anne were born to them
  • Jean oldest daughter of Charles

    Jean mother of Angela & Margaret played cricket

    Jean seated in second row

  • 2. Mary "Molly" Warden married Thomas Clifford Brooking January 7, 1939 at St Paul's Wanganui ; a daughter Barbara Hastings Brooking born 1946 died 5 days later and a son Thomas Warden Hastings Brooking is a professor of history at Otago University in Dunedin

  • Waikaraka Cemetery Auckland, New Zealand

    Waikaraka Cemetery Auckland, New Zealand

    daughter of Charles & mother of Tom Brooking

  • 3. Barbara Warden married (1)Oswald Arthur Keane (2)Owen Beechey Spencer (probably lonely from having lost a husband in the war and a newborn baby) this marriage ended in divorce (3)James Marshall Stewart ; Barbara was born December 15, 1916 and died September 16, 1995 at Birkenhead rest home in Auckland, New Zealand. It has been said that Barbara miscarried many sorry for her...maybe that is why both Jean and Molly named a daughter "Barbara" ; however, Barbara and Arthur Keane did have a daughter stillborn and Barbara and James had six children who never survived then they adopted a baby boy they named Charles Warden Stewart who was a joy to Barbara
  • youngest daughter of Charles

    Nurse Barbara

    1st husband of Barbara killed in WWII

    Pictured left to right; Barbara, Mary,"Molly" and Jean Warden. Thanks to Thomas Warden Hastings Brooking, grandson of Charles for sharing this great photo

    Silver Coffee/tea service given to Charles when he retired

    Engraved are the words: "To Mr. C. H. Warden from Teachers Pupils and Parents of Aramoho School 1922"

    Many thanks to the archivist at the Palmerston North City Library for finding the article about Charles H Warden and his performance

    Charles was acting November 13, 1900

    The above picture looks like Charles was a fun loving man and this may be relatives (GOW Family who came to New Zealand about the same time as Charles and his mother & brother) ; the man seated left has a hat with WBC on the band and holding a pipe in his hand ; Charles too is holding a pipe

    More clues have popped up about the above picture ; now I think the man seated on the ground may be John Graham Gow New Zealand Trade Commissioner and possibly the men in the middle may be his sons? WBC may be Winton Bowling Club ; John Graham Gow was a member of the Winton Bowling Club

    check out the likeness of the man on the left with the man seated on the ground

    The Pirates of Penzance at the Lyceum Theatre, Palmerston North

    The Pirates of Penzance

    The Pirates of Penzance

    The Pirates of Penzance

    Charles captain

    Angela had this photo and no one knows who he is? Could it be Charles as a young boy acting? Photographer is J. E. Lewis Palmerston

    Barbara Warden Stewart

    William Renton

    George R. Warden

    George Robertson

    Janet Graham Gow


    So much has been learned about Charles and George and so much yet to be researched...

    James Robertson

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