Thomas Joseph Clapham

ID# 6688, (c 1858 - 2 Aug 1927)

Thomas Joseph Clapham was born c 1858 at Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand .

Thomas Joseph Clapham married Agnes Yates, daughter of Henry Yates and Agnes Bell Haigh, on 23 Nov 1886 at Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

A Wedding in St Matthews Church this afternoon is creating quite a flutter in the community, and a special train is expected to bring a large relay of wedding guests from Wellington. The bride is Miss Yates of the Upper Plain, and the happy bridgroom Mr Chapman of Wellington.

On the 23rd Inst at St Matthew's Church, Masterton by the Rev W E Paige, T J Clapham, third son of the late T H Clapham, to Agnes, third daughter of the late H Yates, of Wellington.
Wellington papers please copy.

S. Matthew's Church was crowded to excess yesterday afternoon by visitors anxious to witness the celebration of the nuptials of Miss Yates, of the Upper Plain, and Mr Clapham, a gentelman who occupies a position in the Postal Department at Wellington. The bride, who was pronounced to be one of the prettiest centres of any marriage group which had yet appeared in the church, was charmingly attired in oriental lace and cream cashmere, wearing also gold ornaments, the gift of the bridegroom's mother. The four principal bridesmaids, Miss Annie Yates, Miss Amy Yates, and Misses Clapham (2), wore garnet brooches, set in gold, the gift of the bridegroom, and were attired in oriental lace dresses trimmed with pale blue ribbon. The ceremoney was performed by the Rev W E Paige, Mrs Paige kindly playing "The Wedding March". The party, numbering between sixty and seventy then drove to Mrs Yates' residence on the Upper Plain, where a sumptuous breakfast was followed by a ball, which only terminated with the appearance of daylight this morning. To-day the happy couple proceed to Rangitikei, having arranged to spend their honeymoon in that district.1,2

Thomas and Agnes were divorced on 7 Jun 1902 "Evening Post", New Zealand ,


Wellington, This Day
The chief Justice granted divorces to-day in the followng cases: - Ann Mary Stephenson v Jame P Stephenson; Aaron Sampson V Sampson; Thomas Clapham v Agnes Clapham, and Harold Siddell as corespondent.

Thomas J Clapham, farmer, of Apiti (represented by Mr Beere), sought a divorce on the ground of his wife's adultery with Harold Liddle, with whom she was said to be now living in Tasmania. The parties were married at Masterton in 1886, and Mrs Clapham left her home in 1900. A decree nisi was granted, with £15 15s cost against the co-respondent.3

Thomas Joseph Clapham married Annie Grace in 1903 at Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand .4

Thomas died on 2 Aug 1927 at Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand .5

Thomas was buried on 3 Aug 1927 at Feilding Cemetery, Feilding, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand ,

In Loving Memory of
Thomas Joseph
beloved husband of
Annie Clapham
Died Aug 2 1927 aged 69 yrs

Rest at Last

Also in Memory of
Annie Clapham
Died July 26 1942 aged 73 yrs.6

Thomas and Annie Clapham
Fielding Cemetery

Children of Thomas Joseph Clapham and Agnes Yates

Family: Thomas Joseph Clapham and Annie Grace


  1. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 2908. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  2. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Wairarapa Daily Times, Vol VIII, Issue 2459, 23 November 1886, Page 2 also 24 Nov 1886. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  3. [S10] Newspaper Article, Evening Post, Vol LXIII, Issue 135, 7 JUne 1902, Page 4 and also Feilding Stre, Vol XXIII, Issue 1456, 7 June 1902, Page 2.
  4. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1903 NZ Online Database: 1903/ 65.
  5. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1927 NZ Online Database: 1927/ 5939 aged 69yrs.
  6. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Manawatu District Council Online Database: Block 3 Row 13, Plot 591. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.