In researching my family tree, I have uncovered a multitude of information on Captain John James Stanaway and his descendants. With the advent of the internet and Google searches, information has been easier to obtain than when the Mariners first started the “Tides and Time” family tree book.

Tides of Time 1984 version.

Tides of Time 1984 version.

Alas, the internet was not around back then it may have made shorter work of the task that faced them. The recent 2013 updated version of the same book is inspiring as well and thanks to Wendy Clarricoats for her time and effort to get as many of these printed as possible.

Details of John Stanaway’s colourful life are recorded in a number of places some of which is conflicting. What is recorded here is a small extract from the records of his descendants, my own research including that published by Mervyn and Alexandria Marriner in 1985 following 30 years of research.

Tides of Time 2013 Revision.

Tides of Time 2013 Revision.

I have tried to piece together his movements around the world, and uncover how he came to settle in New Zealand. I have spent many hours, searching the local museums around Hokianga, and Kaipara, I have visited Probus in Cornwall, trolled through web sites, births marriages and deaths, newspapers, electoral rolls, Government and Council archives. What I have uncovered is a not definitive but more of the likely story of one man’s life.

I have also included where possible details and stories of his children and great grand-children, again these are in no way complete, I know other family members have the missing pieces to this tail and maybe over time it will be completed.

Facebook has also made it easier to communicate and keep track of family and friends, and again thanks to Wendy for starting a page for John James Stanaway http://www.facebook.com/StanawayTidesOfTime

One thing I do want to encourage was for different family members to post any or as many family photographs, stories or documents as they have on this site, to share memories of our family and whakapapa, as it is of no use to anyone remaining in a box to be forgotten.

I have tried to present as much information I have found as possible, photographs, newspaper cuttings, births deaths and marriages, exerts from books and where possible family members memoirs in this web page, and will update as information comes to light.

To those who have contributed I thank you and hope you enjoy.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. Karen Stanaway - Australia

    Greg, I have found a registration of a birth of a Mary STANWAY in New South Wales. The registration is 2619/1842 V18422619 26A and parents are listed as John & Mary. Perhaps this is Capt John’s first child??


    1. gregorypaulskinner Post author

      Thanks Karen – This is exactly the sort of thing we are after, as you will see in the other pages there are a nuber of theories on where John came from. You by chance dont have a copy of this registration?
      I am currently tracking about 4 John’s or James Stanaway’s in Australia about this time – and there were about as many, if not more Mary Stanaway’s as well!


  2. Karen Stanaway - Australia

    No, I don’t have a copy of this. It was just what I searched on the New South Wales BDM website. I have refined the search and found that this Mary was born on 31 Dec 1842. So from that (if she is that right one) you can deduce that her mother died in January 1843. I did look and couldn’t find a death registration though.


  3. Colleen Stanaway

    I also thought that this could be JJ’s first child but her father is John Taylor Stanway who apparently died in Melbourne in 1891.He owned several businesses despite being locked up for being a lunatic at one stage. He also managed to father several more children. I have a timeline to try and keep track of the various John/James Stanaways. I will email you a copy.


  4. Charles Stanaway

    The work that has been put in here is amazing. I find it very good reading
    Thank you for all the hard work

    But I think it’s time for a family reunion



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