Thomas (William) JUKES
Thomas (known as William) was born at Dudley, Worcestershire, England.
He married Elizabeth Tantrum (born at Ludlow, Shropshire, England in 1854) at Halford, Shropshire in 1873.
They moved to NZ, arriving at Wellington in January 1874.
They had 7 girls & 4 boys. Three died in infancy. One son died as a result of a tree falling on him. He was 17.
Thomas was killed when he was riding a jigger (on the rails) back home after work. The northern train ran into him.
Thomas started his working life in NZ at Feilding as a labourer. By 1890 he was in Levin as a surfaceman, then moved to Ohau where he was a platelayer & surfaceman.
One daughter, Lily May, features in a Drake profile.