James Hayter JACKSON is reputed to have arrived in New Zealand in 1829, where he was the first mate for the first
shore whaling station in New Zealand. Family history has it that he was build a boat in New Zealand, large enough to
trade to Australia and is said to have given shelter to Te Rauparaha after the Wairau Massacre. He also established
and ran his own whaling station at Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel.
JAMES is assumed to have been born 24 November 1800 in Putney, England, and died 2 August 1877 in Picton,
New Zealand. He married ELIZA ROIL 19 February 1843 in Nelson, daughter of THOMAS ROIL and SARAH SEWRY.
She was born 26 May 1826 in Alton, Hampshire, England, and died 3 July 1910 in Picton, New Zealand.
Eliza b 1844
James b 1845
James b 1845
James b 1845
Thomas b 1846
Lydia b 1848
Esther b 1850
Esther b 1850
Annie b 1851
Emma b 1855
Mary b 1861
GENEALOGY FILES - Jackson
JACKSON, James Hayter b 1800 - descendants - 3 generations
Includes:- BALDICK, BRAGG, DAKEN, LINDS [LYNDS] NEAL
Would the Real James JACKSON please stand up
By Cameron Gracey, in London, ENG. Research notes he has accumulated concerning the mysterious origins of
Jimmy JACKSON. He has endeavoured to investigate all of the family legends that have existed about the origins of
James Hayter Jackson. These are the notes resulting from his investigations.
Comment:- Excellent background on the origins of James Hayter Jackson
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JACKSON WHALE BOAT 'SWIFTSURE'
James Hayter Jackson owned the 'Swiftsure', a 35 foot whaling boat. The 'Swiftsure' captured about 60 right whales
and 300 humpbacks. She was gifted to the Canterbury museum, and is located by the whale skeleton. A replica of
the 'Swiftsure' has been built and was launched in February, 2011. Full details of the replica and pictures are in the
PICTON SEAPORT NEWS
A PERSPECTIVE ON JAMES HAYTER JACKSON, HIS DESCENDANTS AND JACKSONS BAY
EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM AN ARTICLE “MY HOME TOWN”, “A PICTON PAST” BY FAY ROBIN PUBLISHED
in NORTH AND SOUTH” MAGAZINE, MAY, 1998
“One of my ancestors was the redoubtable Jimmy Jackson, written up in the Old Marlborough history book and whose
spasmodic residence dates back beyond the famous – and infamous – Wakefield’s. He had a vessel that plied the
coastline of New Zealand and had more than a passing acquaintance with the now celebrated whalers who
frequented these shores. He admired Napoleon and kept a daily diary. Meagre historical fact, but treasured beyond
gold by his descendants.
I came across Jimmy quite by accident, when I was researching the Tory Channel area. Suddenly, there he was,
looming as large in print as he ever had in life. The sort of ancestor who would cause you to writhe with
embarrassment if he were alive in your own personal community today, but who from a distance of several
generations appears delightfully vibrant. Rather like a character from Robert Louis Stevenson, but with the difference
that he was mine and he had once been real.
I discovered his grave was in a pretty little bay in Tory Channel, so several years latter when visiting Picton for a
family reunion, I hired a launch and with two of my adult children and a young grandson, I visited Jacksons Bay. I
thought I would be overwhelmed, maybe even struck speechless, when standing within a couple of feet of this
distinctive ancestor, but the earth didn’t move, the heavens didn’t open and it all felt rather prosaic. His wife Elizabeth
slept beside him. Probably more quietly than she had done in real life. He was a formidable male chauvinist, even for
his own times and rumour has it that he wanted a subservient wife – or else. He should have kept his mouth shut.
Elizabeth was considerable younger, considerably more stubborn and consistently more stoic than him, so when he
was bedridden for the latter part of his life and she became his reluctant nurse, he got what is known in today’s
parlance as his come-uppance
Their grave was fenced in, just a small plot overlooking the unpredictable Tory Channel and nestling alongside a
winding tree lined path near where their first house had once stood. As I looked down on his concrete bed, I thought
that if I had the power to bring back just one of the dead, then I’d like to revive old Jimmy Jackson. If family history has
not been corrupted for the sake of impressing younger generations, then he and Elizabeth were the first white couple
to live at Picton. If I am wrong, I don’t want to know. I like all the stories I have been told and the fact that some of
them may have been embellished over the years is totally irrelevant
Their daughter, Annie Bragg who is my great-grandmother, seems to have inherited a lot of her father’s genes and
was not above locking recalcitrant grand-children in a cupboard for the duration of their daytime visit in they annoyed
her. Youthful renegade grandsons occasionally tested her reputation, but they only tried it once. A Cupboards in the
late 1800’s was a dank and rather terrifying place when the key was turned resolutely in the lock And if you wanted to
go to the toilet, it had better not be in that particular cupboard. She, like her father was of generous proportions and
intimidated all who visited. Her husband was considered “weak” and therefore much preferred by younger members
of the family
Article posted by kind permission 29/6/2011 from “North & South” magazine, (A division of ACP Media LTD)
[Eliza Roil Arrived in NZ on the same date and ship - "BOLTON" as another SAVELL ancestor - Harriet NORRIS,
b 1828 m Mark Daniel NEWTH b 24th June 1827
Born 26th May, 1826, Alton, Hampshire, England. Immigrated at Nelson 15th March, 1842 on the the ship
"BOLTON", which sailed from Gravesend for Nelson on the 29th October 1841, commanded by Captain J.P.
Robinson, and George T. Morgan, surgeon, superintendent. The "BOLTON" was 540 tons, the Roil Family were
listed as follows;
Thomas Roil M[arried] 45 Agricultural Labr.Woodcutter.
Sarah Roil M[arried] 40 Wife.
Harry Roil S[ingle] 20 Agric.Labr.Woodcutter.
Eliza Roil S[ingle] 18 Sempstress.
Harriet Roil S[hild] 14 Sempstress.
Mary Ann Roil C[hild] 10
William Roil C[hild] 8
Thomas and Sarah Roil had another daughter born on the 28th September 1847, named Anne.
In 1849 Thomas Roil had 50 acres fenced, 40 acres cleared and in wheat, oats and barley, he owned 8 cattle, 64
sheep and one pig. Thomas Roil died on 22nd May 1867, aged 69 years, and was buried at Collingwood, Nelson
Cemetery, his wife Sarah died in Waimea East 11th July 1873, aged 73 years. From comments of people who knew
her, Eliza Jackson was a talented and beauty loving woman who managed to bring to the wilds of Jacksons Bay a
little of the beauty and serenity she obviously loved. Her garden was one of the prettiest imaginable for she had the
reputation for having green fingers. Her lacework was so fine it was difficult to distinguish from machine made lace.
She did, however become as tough as any whaler's wife and could, according to the family, swear in two languages
with great proficiency on the slightest provocation. The Rt.Hon.Richard Seddon, who enjoyed Eliza's keen sense of
humor, holidayed with the family on frequent occasions. Eliza was known to all as "Granny Jackson". She died 3rd
July 1910, aged 85 years, at the family home at Mt Pleasant, Picton, home of her daughter Annie, (Mrs W.Bragg)
Eliza had lived here for some years following the death of James. She sleeps alongside her Husband James at
Jacksons Bay, Tory Channel.
"The BOLTON, sailing to NZ in 1842 with 350 passengers, was an ex man-'o-war. Though a strong ship, the
notorious Bay of Bisacy proved almost too much for ship and occupants. People fell down steps and slithered across
decks. A man was washed overboard, but fortunately was washed back with the next wave. Already cold and
miserable, people were thrown out of their bunks and soaked with water. Foresails were torn to ribbons and the
ship's carpenters were frantic, hammerings hatch covers, boarding up portholes and replacing broken rails, chairs
and tables "
Source:- "Colonial Tears and Sweat" Julia Millen, A H & A W Reed, page 13
Children of JAMES JACKSON and ELIZA ROIL are:
2. i. ELIZA2 JACKSON, b. 10 Feb 1844, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 12 Jul 1919.
3. ii. JAMES JACKSON, b. 04 Jan 1845, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 16 Dec 1919, Picton.
iii. THOMAS JACKSON, b. 17 Aug 1846, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 05 Sep 1924, Picton Hospital
m. JOHANNA F RYAN, Abt. 1909; b. Abt. 1851, County Clare, Ireland; d. 1921, Kaikoura.
4. iv. LYDIA JACKSON, b. 13 Feb 1848, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 20 Oct 1921, Wanganui.
5. v. ESTHER JACKSON, b. 06 Feb 1850, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 11 Aug 1929.
6. vi. ANNIE JACKSON, b. 31 Aug 1851, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 30 Jun 1928, Picton.
7. vii. RICHARD JACKSON, b. 11 Aug 1853, Queen Charlotte Sound; d. 05 Jan 1919, Masterton Hospital.
8. viii. EMMA JACKSON, b. 27 Oct 1855, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 27 May 1927, Ohingaiti.
9. ix. MARY ALICE JACKSON, b. 13 Mar 1861, Jackson's Bay, Tory Channel; d. 12 Oct 1942, Picton.
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