James Taylor COPPIN
James was born at Kirtling East, Cambridgeshire, England.
He married Grace Herdman (born in Scotland in 1861) in 1880 at Dunedin.
They had four girls then four boys.
One son-in-law, Hedley Honore, & three sons, Jack, James & Enoch, all served in WW1.
Jack was killed in 1915 at Gallipoli, and James Jnr in France in 1918. James Jnr had joined through the AIF. He was also wounded at Gallipoli. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in 1918. Enoch was wounded twice.
Grace died at the young age of 42 in 1903. The ages of their children, at the time were from 22 down to 4.
James remarried to Margaret Ferguson in 1908.
James was shown as a carrier in 1890 in Geraldine.
By 1911 he is at Oxford St, Levin as a builder. We suspect that he was in the area earlier than this as Margaret was living in Martinborough as a spinster in 1905.
By 1914 he is at Caitlin River as a farmer, retiring in Dunedin by 1928.
In 1910 there was an article in the Horowhenua Chronicle about a little confectionary shop opposite the State school, run by Mrs Coppin.