Topic: Elizabeth Ann Jellyman

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Short biography of Elizabeth Ann Jellyman, nee Ching.

Bess: A great-great grandmother of her many descendants.

On Christmas Eve of 1861, Elizabeth Ann was born to Richard and Elizabeth Ching of Stoke, Nelson. She was the oldest of eight girls and five boys.

Bess married William John Jellyman on 13 May 1880. William’s father Enoch had land in Waimea West, but also looked to Marlborough where William farmed till his death in 1904.  Upper Spring Creek, or Rapaura as it’s now known as, is a thriving wine-growing region today and the little cemetery where William and Bess are buried is very picturesque with Rapaura Community Hall set in front of it.

With three daughters and six sons to bring up, Bess would have had her time well taken up and in those days, travel to visit family in Nelson would only have been occasionally.

She alone of the Jellyman women signed the suffrage petition in 1892.

Sadly, after William’s death in 1904, Bess was left to bring up three children under the age of ten.  The oldest of these three, Norman William, later went away to World War One. Norman was killed in action in Messines France in 1917.

Bess died on 23 August 1931.


Written by Christine Therese Jellyman.

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Elizabeth Ann Jellyman

First Names:Elizabeth Ann
Last Name:Jellyman
Place of Birth:Stoke, Nelson