LEAN Family of Cornwall, England
John, s/o John LEAN Labourer and Sarah COURCHER, was born at Truro, Cornwall England on 7 July 1829.He married Elizabeth Ann MERRIFIELD at St Mary's Church, Cornwall (now St Mary's Cathedral) on 17th July 1848. Elizabeth Ann (born 11th November 1829) was the daughter of Thomas MERRIFIELD and Catharine nee HARRY.
In the census of 2 April 1871, the family were living at Lemon Quay, Truro. John is recorded as a seaman, age 42 and Elizabeth aged 41. John Thomas (22) was a tin smelter James (18) was a gardener
Elizabeth (15) was a scholar
Henry (13) was an errand boy
William (11) was a scholar
Edwin (9) was a scholar
Charles (7) was a scholar
Sarah Ann (5) was a school pupil Mary Jane (1) The oldest daughter Catherine (20) was not mentioned so presumably she was living and working away from home.
In 1872,2nd son James sailed to New Zealand as an assisted immigrant, supported by English firm Brogden and Son who had been contracted to build the railway line between Napier and Woodville.
Some time between the census in 1871 and July 1874, John disappeared. the place and manner of John's death are unknown. There are various stories about him having met his fate at sea under a number of circumstances but these have not been confirmed by the Shipping Record Office at Kew England or the English Death Indexes and there is no record of a burial at Truro or Kenwyn (where a number of the children had been baptised.)
On 12th November 1872 John Thomas married Mary Ann TIPPETT.
Once James was established in New Zealand, he nominated his mother, siblings and sister-in-law to immigrate to New Zealand. They sailed on the "Helen Denny" on 29 July 1874,arriving at Napier on 22 October 1874.On the shipping list at Hawkes Bay Museum, Elizabeth's occupation was given as laundress.Catherine and Elizabeth's occupations were maids and Henry as a sailor.