Rev. 28 Aug. 2015, Gen. 577







James Greaves (1) was born about 1831 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  He married Marion Smith, daughter of John Smith and Catherine McKinnon.  She was born about 1829 or 1830 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and died 17 April 1910.  They were in the 1861 census for 7 Sormichell St., Greenock West, Renfrewshire, with the names of James and Marion spelled Graviss.  She was in the 1871 census for 13 L Maitland Lane, Milton, Glasgow Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland, so James had probably died by then.  She was a dressmaker in 1871 and 1881.  She was in the 1881 census for St. Rollox, Glasgow, with children Crawford, Mary, and John.

The 1841 census lists a James Greive in Kilbarchan, b.c. 1832, son of Robert and Jean Greive, and a James Grieve, b.c. 1829 in Paisley High.  The 1851 census lists a James Grieve in Kilbarchan, b.c. 1832 in Linwood, Renfrewshire.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children – Graves

+2.   William Greaves, b.c. 1855, m. Elizabeth Harrold, 1879.

    3.  Catherine Greaves, b.c. 1857 (Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland).

    4.  Crawford Smith Greaves, b. 3 June 1858 (Anderston, Glasgow, Lanarkshire), m. Hannah Ladbury, 1884 (New Zealand)[1], d. 22 Jan. 1937 (Wellington, New Zealand)[2].  Bur. Paraparaumu Beach Cem.[3]

+5.   Mary Greaves, b.c. 1862, m. Thomas Crawford.

+6.   John Smith Graves, b. 12 April 1865, m. Margaret Kelso.






William Greaves (2) was born about 1855 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  He married Elizabeth (“Eliza”) Harrold, daughter of Robert Harold and Mary Grieve, in 1879 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.  She was born about 1855 in Rousay, Orkney, Scotland.  They apparently emigrated to New Zealand 1880-1884.

According to the transcription of the 1861 census, William was 6 months of age in 1861, but this was apparently an error and he was 6 years of age.  He was not with the family in the 1871 census, and could not be found anywhere in 1871.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

    7.  Mary Harold Greaves, b. 18 March 1880 (Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland).

    8.  Eliza Ann Greaves, b.c. 1884 (New Zealand).


Mary Greaves (5) was born about 1862 in Greenock, Renfrewshire.  She married Thomas Crawford.  He was born about 1858 in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland.  They were in the 1891 census for 106 Hawthorne St., Maryhill, Lanarkshire, when he was an iron foundry warehouseman, and her mother and brother John were living with them.

Children – Crawford

    9.      Thomas Crawford, b.c. 1885.

    10.   James Crawford, b.c. 1887.

    11.   John Crawford, b.c.1890.


John Smith Greaves (6) was born 12 April 1865 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He married Margaret Kelso.  She was born about 1873 in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.  She was in the 1881 census for Dennistoun, Glasgow, listed as daughter of Henry Hope and Margaret Hope.  John was in the 1891 census for Maryhill, Lanarkshire, living with the family of his sister Mary.  John and Margaret were in the 1901 census for 50 Charlotte St., Blackfriars, Glasgow St. Andrews, Lanarkshire.  All their children were born in Glasgow.  (R‑2)

Children – Greaves

    12.   Jane Hope Greaves, b. 23 May 1893.

    13.   Marion Smith Greaves, b. 30 Sept. 1894.

    14.   William Greaves, b.c. 1897.

    15.   David Kelso Greaves, b. 21 June 1898.

    16.   Margaret Penman Greaves, b. 6 July 1900.

    17.   Margaret Kelso Greaves, b. 30 Dec. 1903.

    18.   Henry Hope Greaves, b. 11 March 1907.


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[1] New Zealand Marriage Index, 1840-1934,

[2] New Zealand Death Index, 1848-1964,

[3] Australia and New Zealand, Find A Graves Index, 1800s-Current.