Philippe and Catherine Vautier

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Philippe Vautier and his wife Catherine (nee Langford) emigrated to New Zealand from Jersey in December 1874, arriving three months later. They took their three young children with them, but tragically their two sons died during the voyage.

Philippe was the son of Jean Vautier , of Val Bachelier, Portinfer, St Ouen, and his third wife Elizabeth Le Marquand, daughter of Nicolas Le Marquand and Elizabeth Helleur.

Phillipe was only six when his father was killed and was brought up with his sister Elizabeth in their mother’s boarding house in St Aubin High Street , where they both went to school. Phillipe married Catherine Langford in 1871, at St Brelade, then they lived for a time at 16 Byron Road, St Helier.

Catherine was the daughter of Peter Langford and Sarah Ann Notten of Devizes. She was born in 1844 and moved to Jersey some time between 1861 and 1871 and lived at 1 Dunell Place, St Aubin’s Road.

They left Plymouth on 21 December 1874 on the Dallam Tower with their children Louisa (2), Philip (14 months) and Edwin(2 months) and arrived in Wellington, New Zealand, on 17 March 1875. Philip died of bronchitis and Edwin of convulsions, and both were buried at sea.

Louisa and her parents survived the voyage and she lived until 1956, when she was buried at Ashurst Cemetery, New Zealand after dying at the age of 84. She had married Albert Hart in 1897.

Philippe and Catherine had seven more children in New Zealand:

  • Catherine Mabel was born on 2 March 1876 in Wsellington and died in Palmerston North in 1927. She married William Port, who later shot himself.
  • Lillian Olivia was born in 1877 in Wellington and was rejected by her mother after her birth and adopted by a couple from Timaru. She married Andrew Phillips in 1900 but they had no children. She died in 1934 in Dunedin.
  • Walter Langford was born in Wellington in 1878 and died the same year.
  • Reginald de Jersey was born in Wellington in 1879 and married Ada Wallis in 1901. He died in 1949.
  • Ada Elizabeth was born in Wellington in 1880 and married Arthur Henry Clare in 1090. She died in 1940.
  • Frederick Peter Langford was born in Wellington in 1884 and died of cholera at the age of 22.
  • William Merveille de Jersey was born in Wellington in 1885 and died in 1935. He married Grace Mabel Evans in 1911.

Philippe Vautier died in 1898 and his wife Catherine in 1927.

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