Cumpston Research

date: 2010-11-30

Graeme Kinsella contacted me re:
George and Martha Cumpston

I am the great great grandson of George and Martha Cumpston of Waitekauri, New Zealand. My great grandfather and great grandmother were Mathew Kinsella and Rachel Compston. I would like to gather more information on both George and Martha if you can assist.
Graeme Kinsella

2009-11-28 Samantha Everson wrote to me about her Compston relatives of New Zealand and Nevada


I am the Great great great Grand daughter of George Compston, whose marriage to Martha (nee Ochiltree) in 1851 in Kilclooney County Armagh is featured on your website.

I was wondering if you would have any further information of their time in Northern Ireland? His fathers name was Robert and his mother was Eleanor. They came out to New Zealand on the Claremont in the 1850's, but this may have left from America as 2 of their daughters Rachel and Mary Jane were born in Nevada. [USA]

George also had a brother James Compston who settled in Nevada in the 1800's and there is a large number of his descendents there and in California (again some of which feature on this site), to this day.

George and his wife were the very first settlers to arrive in a place called Waihi in the Bay of Plenty which is in the north Island of New Zealand in 1878, taking over 200 acres of land. His wife Martha was the first white woman there and the only one for the next 2 years. They had another daughter Sarah Margaret. Unfortunately, due to only having daughters this is where this line of the Compston name ends in New Zealand. But each of the daughters married very prominent settlers in the region.

Samantha Everson

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