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Sarah Ann Stanaway was born at Tokatoka on 17 March 1862 (Birth Certificate number _________). The name sake of her mother and the first child and daughter to John James Stanaway and Sarah.
Not much is known of her childhood but we could assume it was much the same as her siblings and other children in the area at that time.
No doubt she would have been part of the schooling process that her father set up as well as having to be help around the Tokatoka Hotel.
Sarah was only _____ years old when her father passed away and a few years older when her mother re-married.
Sarah married William Thomas Haslett on __ April 1876 (Marriage Certificate number 1876/723), in Mangawhare, Northern Wairoa, at the age of 14.
A year latter Sarah and William had their first child Mary Alice (1877). Followed by Annie (1879), William Thomas (1881), John James (1883), Margaret Aubrey (1886), Winnie Isabella (1888), Annette (1890) and finally George Hamilton (1892) – 8 children in total 5 girls and 3 boys.
From the 1911 Electoral roll we have Sarah and William living in Mt Eden, Auckland – William is listed as a Carpenter and Sarah domestic duties.
Towards the end of 1818 John James dies at the age of 36, a year after his wedding.
From the Auckland Star, 24 April 1926 we read:-
GOLDEN WEDDING- Mr. AND MRS. W. T. HASLETT.
A very happy gathering met last Thursday at their residence, 50, Taylor’s Road, Mount Albert, in honour of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Haslett’s golden wedding. Mr. Haslett is an old pioneer who came out to the Dominion over 60 years ago. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he was quite a young man when he landed here, and engaged in the building trade, which he has followed ever since, during which time he has handled some very important contracts.
Mrs Haslett is the eldest daughter of the late Captain Stanaway, well known on the Northern Wairoa in’ the early days.
Mr. and Mrs. Haslett were married at Mangawhare and resided some years on the Wairoa prior to coming to town to live about 25 years ago. They have always been known for their kind and sympathetic natures in doing yeoman service for the sick and needy.
Their family and friends gathered in large numbers to make the occasion one that will long be remembered, and, many were the tokens of love and affection bestowed upon the happy couple. Mr. and Mrs. Haslett have two sons and four daughters, and five grandchildren. The youngest of the latter, a charming ‘little girl of seven, presented her grandmother with a beautiful bouquet of gold-coloured chrysanthemums, and zinnias; which was, received, “with evident pleasure by both Mr. and Mrs. Haslett.
Sarah passes away on 4 September 1950 (Death Certificate Number 1950/33293) aged 88, in Auckland.