From Jeannie's parents marriage record we learn her mother Jane Kidston Barron's parents were Alexander BROWN or BARRON, Surveyor and Janet BARRON, born MILLAR. John Benjamin SEARLE was born 10 November 1898, son of George and Jane SEARLE.
Jeannie married John Benjamin SEARLE on 8 February 1922. Here are a couple photos from their wedding day:
Jeannie Doris Barron Hopkirk on 8 February 1922 Wedding Day John Benjamin SEARLE and Jeannie HOPKIRK in the middle of the photo. Probably on theleft
side of the photo is John's parents, George and Jane SEARLE. On the right side is probably Jeannie's parents Robert Home HOPKIRK and Jane Kidston BARRON.
The little flower girls on either side are unknown.
Jeannie Doris Barron HOPKIRK and John Benjamin SEARLE had 3 children:
An unnamed daughter born 30 August 1925
Robert (Bob) John Porter SEARLE, born 9 February 1927
Barry Hopkirk SEARLE, born 5 December 1930 and passed away 12 January 2020.
Jeannie and John SEARLE lived in an old house on the Waimanawa farm in Ashurst until they died.
Jeannie Doris Barron HOPKIRK passed away on 14 April 1959 at Palmerston North, NZ, and John Benjamin SEARLE passed away on 13 Aug 1960. Jeannie and John are buried at Ashurst Cemetery, as are there son Robert with his wife Betty.
Below is a photo Jeannie and John's sons, with their wives Jeanette and Betty. Barry is on the left, then his wife Jeannette, then Robert and Betty.
John and Jeannie SEARLE and grandson John
Jeannie Hopkirk SEARLE & grandson John
Our thanks goes to Jessica SEARLE for supplying these wonderful photos.
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This page last updated on 9 March 2021