They arrived in Port Nicholson [Wellington] onboard the 'Coromandel' 29 August 1840 with their 5 children
Sarah Ann [my GGG grandmother born 1831];
Jonas [b1835] and
Their 6th child Edwin was born and died on the journey to NZ.
They went on to have a further 5 children.
Mary Anne [b1848] and
John was during his lifetime a constable on early arrival in NZ in Thorndon Flat, Wellington. In 1848 he took up carpentering again and in 1850 he was living at Tinakori Road. Thereafter the family left for Lyttelton on the 'Queen', then on to Little Akaloa and lived in Banks Peninsula as one of the early established families. In 1857 they moved to Duvauchelles and he was the second owner of the public house there. The Pawsons were also involved in Sawmills in the area. Pawsons Valley memorialising them. Their children married into the BREITMEYER; STEVENSON [my line]; BARKER; BORRETT/BARRETT; BROWN and MAY familes. There are many descendants researching various lines and much is known about the families.
John PAWSON 1808 - c 1865
Sophia died 1859 and their son Henry Samuel CASTLE left for New Zealand before 1871 when he married Ellen Elizabeth WILSON at Greymouth, South Island. Is this my Samuel Sharpe CASTLE? Figures and places fit, it just needs verification.
Update 15 Oct 2013: now amended in Dictionary of NZ Biography.