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Hephzibah Honora Kennedy (nee Strain) 1845-1918.

Hephzibah (Hebrew - 'my delight') was born August 16, 1845 in Scotland, a daughter of Thomas and Mary Strain. Her father was of Spainish extraction but he himself was an Anglican Minister. Rumour has it that Hephzibah was supposed to have an arranged marriage to a Lord in the U.K. but she escaped to New Zealand to work as a governess. She was highly educated and wore beautiful clothes, which in later years she unpicked and remodelled to make clothes for her children. Hephzibah met and soon after married Angus Kennedy on September 14, 1868 and at various stages of their married life they farmed Wainui, Balcairn, Sefton, Glenmark and Stonyroyd. Their most notable years came after their arrival at Esk Head station in 1873, where they set up a house in the cob house that still survives to the present day. Angus Kennedy managed the property of Esk Head for Dampier Crossley and the relationship between owner and manager must have been first class, for Crossley was soon to offer Angus a half share in the profits for the rest of his earthly life, along with a fine silver timepiece.

It was a demanding life amidst isolation, packhorses were used for cartage, for road access was not available until 1931. In this environment she raised her family of six children and had thae misfortune to have two still unborn children aswell. Hephzibah survived all these challenges but died on December 18, 1918, aged 73 years just eighteen days after the passing of her youngest child and namesake Hephzibah Little, who had died from infection in the 1918 flu epidemic.

Contributed by her grandaughter Margaret Nicol

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Hephzibah Honora Kennedy

First Names:Hephzibah Honora
Last Name:Kennedy
Place of Birth:Scotland