Rufus Owen Douglas

Born:Oct 19 1866 In:  Appletree, Northamptonshire, England
Died:1956 (at age ‎~90‏)

Immediate family

Emma Douglas (born Laking)
His ex-wife
Anne Norman Douglas (born Welsh)
His wife
Elizabeth Ann Douglas
His daughter
Violet May Douglas
His daughter
William Rufus Douglas
His son
Owen Douglas(s)
His father
Dinah Douglas(s) (born Jelley)
His mother
George Edwin Douglas
His brother
John Henry Douglas
His brother
Stephen Emanuel Douglas
His brother
Harvey Douglas
His brother
Grover Jacob Douglas
His brother
Richard Owen Douglas
His brother
Owen Richard Douglas(s)
His brother
Ephraim Douglas
His brother
Esaw Offery Douglas
His brother
Dinah (Betsy Ann) Harvey Miller (born Douglas)
His sister


Wool Washer
From 1898
 Green Island
1898 Stones Directory

Source citations

Source: WikiTree
Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:

Rufus Owen Douglas
Gender: Male
Birth: Circa 1867 - appletree,northamptonshire,england
Marriage: 1888 - dunedin,otago nz
Marriage: 1909 - christchurch,canterbury,new zealand
Death: 1956 - New Zealand
Father: Owen Douglas
Mother: Dinah Douglas (born Jelley)
Spouses: Annie Norman Douglas (born Welsh)Emma Douglas (born Laking)
Children: William Rufus DouglasViolet May DouglasElizabeth Ann Douglas
Siblings: Stephen Emanuel DouglasJohn Henry DouglasGrover Jacob DouglasRichard Owen DouglasHarvey Douglas

BDM NZ Birth Cert for son 1897/14885

BDM NZ Death Cert 1956/21740 90Y

Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:

Rufas Owen Douglas
Gender: Male
Marriage: Spouse: Annie Norman Welsh - Oct 17 1888 - Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand
Wife: Annie Norman Welsh

Confidence: Direct and primary evidence
Citation text:

Rufus Owen Douglass
Gender: Male
Birth: Circa 1867 - Northamptonshire, England
Residence: 1871 - Wardington, Wardington, Oxfordshire, England
Age: 4
Father: Owen Douglass
Mother: Dina Douglass
Siblings: John Henry Douglass, Stephen Emanuel Douglass, Grover Jacob Douglass
Census: Ecclesiastical district:St MarySeries:RG10Page:126 Parish:WardingtonPiece:1466Family:14 County:OxfordshireRegistrar's district:BanburyLine:7 Country:EnglandSuperintendent registrar's district:BanburyImage:3 Date:1871-00-00Enum. District:18 See household members
Relation to head; Name; Age
Head; Owen Douglass; 39
Wife; Dina Douglass; 34
Son; John Henry Douglass; 12
Son; Stephen Emanuel Douglass; 9
Son; Rufus Owen Douglass; 4
Son; Grover Jacob Douglass; 2


Rufus was the son of Owen Douglas, a labourer, and Dinah Douglas (born Jelley) He arrived  in Port Otago (Port Chalmers} May 23 1874 age 7 with his family on the sailing ship 'Corona'. . When he became of working age Rufus worked as a labourer in Green Island. He married in 1888 to Annie Norman Welsh and they had 3 children born during their marriage.  in 1893 Rufus was boarding in a house owned by Mary Smith which burned down in the early hours of the morning - all the inhabitants were unharmed. Rufus served as a juror in the 1896 Supreme Court case where the Matson murder case was being tried. His second marriage was to Emma Laking, daughter of Bingley Laking and Elizabeth Coward in 1909 but the marriage didn't last and they divorced in Christchurch in 1914.  It appears that there were no children born in this last marriage.  By 1911 Rufus had moved to Canterbury with his family and became an engine driver.

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