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Emile Edmond LE PROU

Emile Edmond LE PROU

Male 1832 - 1905  (72 years)

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  • Name Emile Edmond LE PROU 
    Born 5 Sep 1832  St Samson-sur-Risle, Eure, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1857  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Arrival in NZ 
    • Edmond stated in his Naturalisation Application of 15th March 1889 that he had "resided at Akaroa continuously since 1857"
    Occupation 1862  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Blacksmith Stated On Marriage Application 
    Electoral Roll Between 1868 and 1869  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Freehold Land, Part Section 8592, 1/4 Acre Wainui District 
    Electoral Roll 1881  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    NZ Electoral Roll 
    • lists Edmund (sic) Leprou (sic) being a blacksmith with freehold land Part rural section 3592, Akaroa
    Military French Navy ? 
    Naturalization 29 Mar 1889  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 15th March 1889 - Letter Prepared and sent to His Excellency the Governor of New Zealand
      29th March 1889 - Oath of Allegiance made to Queen Victoria and fee of 5/- received.
      1st April 1889 - Oath received by Colonial Secretary with fee plus 2/6d received.
      6th May 1889 - Letters of Naturalisation prepared
      13th May 1889 - Letters sent to Gazette
    Occupation 1905  Kawhia, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Blacksmith at time of death 
    Died 18 Apr 1905  Oparau, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: Syncope caused by chronic bronchitis and senile decay 
    Buried 20 Apr 1905  Kawhia Cemetery, Kawhia, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I395  Moore Brickland Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2018 

    Father Jean Louis LEPROU,   b. 18 Mar 1800, Foulbec, Eure, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1879, St Samson de la Roque, Eure, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Marguerite Jeanne Victoire CARDINE,   b. 14 Oct 1803, Marais Vernier, Eure, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1869, St Samson de la Roque, Eure, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1821  St Samson-sur-Risle, Eure, Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F183  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Madeline Azerau GERZEAU,   b. 26 Sep 1845, Échillais, , Poitou-Charentes, Charente-Maritime, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1881, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Eloped 22 Jan 1862  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    married in the Registry Office 
    Married 28 Jan 1862  Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Extract from Lyttelton Times, Wednesday February 5th, 1862,  P.4  (Courtesy of  Mavis Donnelly)
      also published : Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXI, Issue 14, 12th February 1862, Page 2
      (Courtesy of Papers Past)
      Elopement -
      The quietness of Akaroa was somewhat disturbed by the elopement of a young couple on Wednesday the 22nd January last.
      It appears that the young lady, who has suffered for a length of time from the harsh conduct of an uncle, who is her guardian, had formed an attachment, which ended in an elopement with a young man of her acquaintance, her guardian of course disapproving of the match.

      They left Akaroa in the middle of the night, and arrived at Pigeon Bay early in the morning, covered with mud from the dirty state of the roads. Having been hospitably treated there by a gentleman famous for his liberality, they prepared to take their departure by the mail boat. In the meantime however an unlooked for difficulty in the shape of the old uncle appeared, accompanied by a young gentleman who had aspired to the fair one's hand with his consent. These latter searched about for the missing ones and at length discovered them hiding among some trees.

      Then commenced an altercation in French, interspersed with imprecations on each other's head.
      The old man took the girl by one arm and the gay lothario by the other, but the muscular arm of the blacksmith (for he was a blacksmith) prevailed, and he carried his intended on his back through the sea to the boat, and then shoved off, amidst cheers and hurrahs from a number of spectators on shore. The discomfited party followed up to his middle in water and reached the boat, a feat which only procured him a ducking for his pains.
      After some altercation they all got into the boat and proceeded to Lyttelton, the young couple to see a clergyman, and the others to appeal to the Resident Magistrate.

      It seems however that before they reached Lyttelton all differences were settled and they have proceeded back to  Akaroa to be joined together with the consent of all parties concerned at the Hymeneal Alter.


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      Marriage Certificate states:
      Jan 28th 1862 at the Office of the Registrar, Akaroa
      Edmond Emile, 29 yo Blacksmith (Bachelor)
      Madeline Gerzan, 21 yo Servant (Spinster)
      Officiating Registrar was Daniel Watkins

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      Information from Mavis Donnelly:

      In the Register (Vol 1 No 64) of the Station of the Assumption at Akaroa it is recorded :

      Le 30 du mois d'avril 1862 j'ai béni a Akaroa le mariage de Edmond Emile Leprou et Magdeleine Gerzau, célibré dans le même ville le 28 janvier de la même année devant le Registrar.
      (Signed by Chervier)

      [ On the 30th April 1862, I blessed at Akaroa the marriage of  Edmond Emile Leprou and Magdeleine Gerzau, celebrated in the same town on the 28th January the same year before the Registrar]

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    Children 
    +1. Selina Josephine LE PROU,   b. 31 Oct 1862, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1947, Ohakune Junction, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +2. Helenne LE PROU,   b. 14 Nov 1863, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1947, Auckland, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Mary Esther LE PROU,   b. 17 Dec 1864, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1928, Taumarunui, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +4. Lucy Cardine LE PROU,   b. 12 Jan 1866, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1945, Kinohaku, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Sarah Charlotte LE PROU,   b. 14 Jun 1867, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1953, Kaiapoi, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +6. Benjamin LE PROU,   b. 10 Feb 1869, Tecoe Bay, Akaroa, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1949, 24 Beresford St, Auckland, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +7. Emile Edmond LE PROU,   b. 18 Jan 1871, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1961, Auckland, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +8. Agnes Victoire LE PROU,   b. 13 Feb 1872, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1953, Oamaru, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +9. Madeline Mary LE PROU,   b. 22 Apr 1873, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1963, 77 Stamford Park Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     10. Amelia Julia (Annie) LE PROU,   b. Abt 1876, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1892, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years)
    +11. Julia Maud LE PROU,   b. 23 Sep 1878, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1953, Devonport, Auckland, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     12. Victoria LE PROU,   b. 9 Jan 1881, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1881, Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - Arrival in NZ - 1857 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Blacksmith Stated On Marriage Application - 1862 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEloped - married in the Registry Office - 22 Jan 1862 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Jan 1862 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElectoral Roll - Freehold Land, Part Section 8592, 1/4 Acre Wainui District - Between 1868 and 1869 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElectoral Roll - NZ Electoral Roll - 1881 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 29 Mar 1889 - Akaroa, Canterbury, NZ Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Place - Akaroa
    Place - Akaroa
    Blacksmith in Akaroa, NZ - owned by E.E. Le Prou (~1890s)
    Leprou - Emile Edmond
    Leprou - Emile Edmond
    Emile Edmond Leprou (Le Prou) 1832-1905
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Signpost
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Looking toward Seine and Honfleur
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Normandie house built 1838
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Mairie - "The Mayors Office" - Edmond Emile as a one day old baby in 1832 was taken here for registration. He would also have started school here.
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Place - St Samson de la Roque
    Church - photo taken from outside le Mairie with old 1838 building seen mid photo

  • Notes 
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      2006 Extraction from LDS Records:
      Registres de l'état civil, 1792-1902, Ten year indexes, Births, Marriages, Deaths
      St Samson de la Roque: Naissances, mariages, décès 1813 - 1862
      Birth Certificate of Emile Edmond 1832

      Transcription:
      L'an mil huit Cent trente Deux, le Six Septembre huit heure du Soir, par Devant nous maire officier de l'etat Civil de la Commune de Saint Samson sur Risle, Canton de Quilbeuf arrondissement de Pontaudemer Departement de Leur, est comparu Jean Louis le prou agée de trente deux ans, Journalier, lequel nous a presenté un enfant de sexe masculin, né dihier a quatre heure du matin, de lui déclarant en sa maison, a Saint Samson et de marguerite Janne victoire cardine, agée de vingt huit ans, Son épouse : et auquel il a déclaré vouloir donner les prénoms de émille Edmond Les Dittes declarations et presentations faites en presence de Jean Romain nostant ( ?????), Journalier, agée quarante huit ans, et de louis adrien de Lahaies retraité des Douannes, agée de Cinquante Deux ans, tous Deux Demeurant dans Cette Commune, et ont
      Les père et témoins, Six A, signé avec nous Le present acte de naissance, après qu'il leur en a été fait lecture

      Translation  (courtesy of Christine Wurtz) :
      In the year 1832, on the 6th  September at eight o'clock in the evening, in front of us mayor officer of the Civil State of the Commune of Saint Samson sur Risle, district of Quilbeuf, 'arrondissement' ([sub district]) of Pontaudemer, department of Eure, appeared Jean Louis le prou aged thirty two, journeyman, who presented to us a male child, born yesterday at four o'clock in the morning, of him declaring in his house, at Saint Samson and of Marguerite Janne Victoire Cardine, aged twenty eight, his wife : and to whom [child] he declared he wished to give the first names of émille Edmond. The said declarations and presentations, said in the presence of Jean Romain (???), Journeyman, aged forty eight, and Louis Adrien de Lahaies, retired of the Customs ([retired custom officer]), aged fifty two, both residing in this Commune, have ..
      The father and witnesses, signed the present birth declaration after having obtained lecture of it.

      Personal notes from Christine :
      A "Journalier" is similar to a Journeyman, as they were also frequently found in the UK. People who worked on a "daily basis" (=Journalier), one day here, tomorrow elsewhere, paid for the day. It is not an occupation but describes how the person works.
      A Journalier was commonly someone working on a farm... but not always.
      A "retraité des Douanes" : the Douanes were the places where taxes where collected on goods. Nowadays it is slightly different, the Douanes are the border officers who control what goes in/out the country - goods and people - though we have now removed the Douanes in the Schengen space of Europe and the Douanes officers now patrol for illegal immigrants or undeclared imported goods. "Retraité" is someone who is retired.

      (Many thanks to Christine for her assistance with the above translation)
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      Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume I, Issue 69, 16 March 1877, Page 2
      Port of Akaroa - Arrived
      1877, March 14 - Flying Squirrel, ketch, 19 tons from Lyttelton, Captain Munro
      20 tons coal - Beecher
      31 pkgs - order
      2 tons flour, 5 pkgs - Shadbolt
      20 coils wire - Magee
      23 Bars iron - Le Prou
      2 pumps, 2 pkgs - Bayley
      1 pkg - Wallace
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      ex Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume 4, Issue 314, 22 July 1879, Page 2:

      Akaroa Resident Magistrate's Court
      Monday July 21 1879 (Before Justin Aylmer Esq, RM)
      ABUSIVE LANGUAGE
      E.E. Leprou was, on the application of
      his wife, Madeline Leprou, bound over to
      keep the peace for twelve months, himself
      in £30 and two sureties in £15 each.
      In default, three months imprisonment.
      The Court then adjourned.
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      ex Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume 5, Issue 455, 30 November 1880, Page 2:

      Akaroa Resident Magistrate's Court
      Friday, Nov. 26, 1880 (Before Justin Aylmer Esq, RM)
      LARCENY OF TOOLS.
      John Kangi was charged with stealing a pit saw, a pair of dogs, and a cant hook, the property of Charles Hammond, German Bay.
      Prosecutor stated that the saw had been lent to him by Mr Leprou, and the other articles belonged to him.
      By the evidence of Mr Leprou it appeared that he had lent the saw to the prosecutor and accused jointly. He had made the other tools, and looked to them both for payment.
      The Bench dismissed the case.
      The Court then adjourned.

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      NZ Electoral Roll 1881 CD ex NZSG:
      Electorate      Akaroa
      Number                  489
      Surname      LEPROU
      Given Names      Edmond
      Nature Of Qualification      Freehold
      Place Of Residence      Akaroa
      Occupation      Blacksmith
      For Property Qualification      Part section 39, Town of Akaroa

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      A history of Akaroa can be found at :
      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/SettlementatAkaroa.htm

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    • (Medical):Coroners inquest held 19 April 1905

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] NZ - NZ Registrar General Death, Certified Copy 59183 issued 6 Sep 1985 (Registered in Kawhia).

    2. [S5] NZ - NZ Registrar General Marriage, Folio 1862/861A - Copy held by Peter Moore.
      Registrar General Marriage.
      NZBDM 1862/861A

    3. [S157] NZ - BDM Index online - https://bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/search/, New Zealand Government, Registration No. 1862/106.