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His adoptive parents were Cyril Geoffrey Edmund and Phyllis Carre Drinkwater Harker. In the 1960s Geoff enlisted the help of a few friends and they drove down to the West Coast in search of his biological mother and father. Witnessed by John Daws brother in law present at death. Birth year 1847, Age at death 70, Registered year 1917, Registered quarter/year Apr – Jun 1917, Registration district Coleraine, Volume 1, Page 335 7 July 1918 Eliza Seawright at Ballymacombs. Witnessed by Sarah J Russell, niece, present at death. 24 April 1924 Charlotte Mc Krell at Binghampton, Broome, New York, USA.
They didn’t know the exact town so went to Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika hoping to find someone who could help him find his parents based on the information Cyril had told him that his mother was Mary/May Clark/Clarkson and father was a Nahr. 26 February 1908 Seawright Johnston at Mullaghboy, widower aged 70 years and a farmer. (Charlotte Mc Krell/Mackerell nee Seawright – wife of James Mackerell.
The Nahrs dismissed the relationship and didn’t want anything to do with him. 18 February 1900 Margaret Seawright at Ballymacombs. Martin and Mary are to have half the house each and goods.
No record was kept of which Nahr family member he spoke to but I suspect it may have been William Nahr. Age 65 years, married wife of James Searight – a farmer. Also left is Andrews proportion of Vinters, County Londonderry.
Sometimes it takes a cast of thousands to help find ones family history and other times it takes one person to come forward with information that changes everything. We have found my grandfathers paternal line through YDNA testing a Mc Naught male.
She was a journalist in Christchurch who put me in touch with her aunt who was interested in the family history. I allow her bead and beadstead and Chairs and press and the young cow and if she goes to Live with James Swond she forfits all her right and like of the above.
I told them my family story and curiously they had heard that William Nahr admitted to having a child before he got married. Inscription: SEAWRIGHT [Granite slab] Erected by William Blath Seawright in memory of his beloved wife Matilda who died …. Graveyard: Magherafelt 1st Pres, Magherafelt, County Londonderry. Eye allow as mush of the Land to be sol (sold) as amount til Eighteen or twenty pound a year for to pay the Dept and the remander to bee Devided in two Shairs.
From a few months earlier to not having any information except an old family story to suddenly having found his mothers family seemed like everything had aligned and I would now be able to solve what my grandfather never found. Father Marcus Searight of Eglinton present at death. Event Type Death, Event Date 1869, Event Place Londonderry, Ireland, Registration Quarter and Year 1869, Registration District Londonderry, Age 6, Birth Year (Estimated) 1863, Volume Number 2, Page Number 172 13 August 1873 Robert Searight at 29 January 1878 Jane Seawright at Ballyscullion. In 2016 I contacted the various archives in Ireland to see if there are records of this case exist and it appears none exist. Source: The National Archives Will 1840 First Name ANDREW Last Name SERIGHT Year 1840 Diocese DERRY County Antrim, Donegal, Londonderry (Derry), Tyrone Record set W. The Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Collection: Freemasons of Ireland Membership Registers; Volume Number: Volume IV.
I contacted a Nahr descendant and told the person my family story and how we linked to the Nahr family. Age 29 years, a spinster and daughter of a labourer. David Searight appears in the valuation Office Books. Source 17 August 1850 Will of John Seeright In the Name of God Amen. I Bequeath my Daughter Jane Swan one acre of Labour ground in the Crossland and A Cow’s grass.