- Born: 2 May 1790, St Merryn, Cornwall, , England
- Christened: 2 May 1790, St Merryn, Cornwall, , England
- Marriage (1): Jane Liddycoat on 22 Jul 1815 in St Columb Major, Cornwall, England
- Died: 24 Jul 1871, Gover St, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand at age 81
- Buried: 24 Jul 1871, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Richard OLD and Jane LIDDICOAT arrived in New Plymouth, New Zealand as assisted immigrants on the ship 'Essex' on the 20th January, 1843.
Their children were: Jane b.1816, Robert b.1820, John b.1821, Margaret b.1823, William b.1824, Martha b.1828, James b.1831, Christianna b.1832, Fanny b.1835 and a grandchild Mary Jane Old b.1840.
All the family had been baptized in the Parish Church, St. Mawgan in Pydar, Cornwall. Their address was given as Retallick Mill, Cornwall, when they emigrated.
Another son, Richard b.1818 stayed in Little Gluvian, Cornwall as he was already married to Jane Rawlings and had 2 children, Richard & Jane, but they had 16 more children through the years, not all surviving to adulthood. Joseph Old, a son of this Richard Old, later arrived in New Plymouth, New Zealand in about 1878. (Ship unknown). Joseph died, aged 30 years in New Plymouth. His death certificate states he had been in New Zealand for 9 years. Cause of death - Tubercular Peritonitis. Mothers name on death cert is written as Jane Rawlings Old.
Richard and Jane Old, lied about their ages to be eligible to emigrate as assisted immigrants. Richard said he was 46 and Jane, 43 years old. Richard Old was stated on the passenger list as an Agricultural Laborer.
Richard and Jane Old were allocated allotments (No's: 1591-126b on the corner of Lemon & Gover Street and 1095-126 on Fillis Street). These sections later became Land Grants in 1855 and 1859. Richard sold the corner section on Lemon & Gover Street, on January 16, 1860 to John Kivell, for £34. John Kivell had married the granddaughter of Richard & Jane Old, Mary Jane Old in 1855.
By 1845, Richard was farming at Te Henui, and sons, John and William were farming at Omata, and James and Robert were at Bell Block. By 1846, Richard and son Robert owned their own cottages and John was living in a cottage owned by Richard Knuckey, brother to his father-in-law.
Jane died on the 15th January, 1854 at Te Henui, after being confined to bed with paralysis for 3 1/2 years after suffering a stroke, so Richard went to live with his grand-daughter, Mary Jane and John Kivell.
Richard died on the 24th July, 1871, at the age of 81 in the house of John Kivell. It is unknown where both Richard and Jane Old are buried in New Plymouth.
The large family of Richard and Jane Old all had large families in their turn. They had 111 grandchildren, John Old (son of John, grandson of Richard) married 3 times and had 18 children.
Source: Mirk Smith at http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/s/m/i/Mirk-B-Smith/TREE/index.html
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as an Agricultural Labourer in 1841.
• He emigrated from England to New Zealand on 3 Sep 1842.
Richard married Jane Liddycoat, daughter of Robert Liddycoat and Margaret Rawlings, on 22 Jul 1815 in St Columb Major, Cornwall, England. (Jane Liddycoat was born on 17 Nov 1794 in St Columb Major, Cornwall, England and died on 15 Jan 1854 in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.)