B__GOOD Letter #15 found.

June 2, 2014

The missing link to Letter #15 has been restored on the main Letter page.

Judging by the complete lack of feed back over the last three months on the contents of this page it was effectively out of public view, your Editor apologizes for this.

Waimate New Zealand B__GOOD Early Settlers

June 3, 2013
Bernadette  2012/04/07

Hi Don,
There are 31 Bedggood Waimate North Cemetery headstones here: http://www.myrasplace.net/hstones/hwainth1.htm and a picture of the Bedggoods’ flour mill http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/agricultural-processing-industries/5/2
Good hunting

Don  replied

Bernadette that site with the 31 BEDGGOOD headstones is a find, well organized with interesting links to Geneaology. It seems clear that there is a well defined BEDGGOOD line established in New Zealand when John BEDGGOOD and his wife Eliza Eling CLARKE reached Bay of Islands on the “Prince Regent” in 1836.

Then there is John BEDGOOD b. 1820 who landed in Bay of Islands in 1939 from the “Patriot” with his missionary father and founded the Waimate North Mission, where a Martha E. BEDGOOD was b. in 1837.
Albert Henry BEDGOOD (1874) and Eliza Ann BEDGOOD (1871) may be descendants but this is uncertain.

More information is needed to find the descendants of John BEDGOOD b. 1820 in New Zealand, and his ancestors in the UK.  Can anyone help?

ancestry.com data problems

May 14, 2013

Problems with duplicated and misplaced data in some of the  UK BMD information on ancestry.com are reported in the LostCousins Newsletter:



Who was Helen BEDGGOOD?

April 24, 2012

Jenny Kerrsays:

Hi Don
I am hoping you can put up the following post. Perhaps one of your readers may be able to enlighten me.
Kind regards
Jenny Kerr
from a soggy Australia

Mystery Mrs. Helen Bedggood, Zeehan, Tasmania 1902/4
While following up clues (various family stories which may or may not contain a kernel of truth) as to what happened to my great grandmother Elizabeth MARSHALL (nee THORNBURY) after she separated from her husband James MARSHALL who was in the Zeehan / Queenstown district in the early 1890s I came upon the following article from The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 – 1954) Monday 22 September 1902.

[By Electric Telegraph.]
ZEEHAN, September 21.
A four-roomed house, weatherboard, owned by Mrs. Bedggood, and occupied by Mr. Henry Marshall and family, in King street, was destroyed by fire last night about 11 o’clock. A small portion of the furniture was saved. The property is insured in the Phoenix Office. It is believed the fire was caused by clothes drying in front of the fire catching.”

I do not know if the Marshall in the story is related (Elizabeth’s eldest son was named Henry born 1875) but what also caught my attention was the reference to Mrs BEDGGOOD.

I am also descended from Joseph BEDGGOOD through my grandmother Edith Marshall (nee Gillies, granddaughter of Joseph Bedggood). Edith moved from the East Coast to the West Coast in the early 1890’s with her sisters and cousin Ellen THORNBURY (nee BEDGGOOD ). All other BEDGGOOD s descended from Joseph were living on the East Coast at this time. The only other Mrs. BEDGGOOD I am aware of in Tasmania at the time was Mary BEDGGOOD, widow of Edward Lovey BEDGGOOD (of the Bedggood Shoe Company died 1875) who lived in Hobart.

With the help of a correspondent I was able to ascertain that Mrs. Helen BEDGGOOD was the only BEDGGOOD in Zeehan at the time. Mrs Bedggood was also featured in ads in1904 selling a property “Queen Tram” in Zeehan.
I am hoping someone may have some idea who this mystery Mrs. Helen BEDGGOOD was.

  • Jenny,

    It may just be a coincidence but James Brown GILLIES (1835? – 1925) married Martha BEDGGOOD (1844? – 1902).
    They had daughters:
    Helen Margaret (1870 – 1944) married James Arthur WILLS (1867 – 1944)
    Edith Mary Ann (1882 – 1911) married Clarence Wilmot MARSHALL (1882 – 1911).

    I have no record of Helen Margaret marrying a BEDGGOOD but it is just possible that she did before the fire date of 1902.

    The above are all part of T003.

Kaitaia, New Zealand the BEDGOOD Park – a problem.

April 15, 2012

Some time ago, Don Bedgood who has been helping me with B__GOOD Notes sent me an Email mentioning that he had found a Bedgood Park in Kaitaia, North Island, New Zealand on Google Maps.

Checking my data I found no BEDGOODs at this location. In fact I know of no BEDGOODs in New Zealand, though BEDGGOOD is well represented.

So far I have not found any information on how the Park acquired its name, and who the BEDGOOD was that is honoured.

Can any one help?


Problem solving.

February 28, 2012

Worth checking out is:
which is another place for posting a BIDGOOD research query. The List Administrator is looking for more request for help.

There are many more of these specialized lists on Rootsweb. Some are by surname, others are by locality and so on. Try exploring the site, there is a lot there of value to everyone from Newbie to Expert.