Emma Hooper

ID# 6515, (13 Feb 1844 - 4 Sep 1932)

Emma Hooper was born on 13 Feb 1844 at Taita, Wellington, New Zealand .

Emma Hooper married John Eaton on 13 Sep 1862 at St Christs Church, Taita, Wellington, New Zealand ,

John Eaton , Full age, Labourer, Bachelor
Emma Hooper, Minor (18yrs), Servant, Spinster

John Eaton and Emma Hooper (X her mark)
Witnesses: George Henry Hirst (X his mark), Shoemaker, Taita
Felnia Annie Hooper (X her mark), Taita
George Hedge, Taita.1,2,3

As of 13 Sep 1862,her married name was Eaton.

Emma died on 4 Sep 1932 at Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand , at age 88 years, 6 months and 22 days.4

Emma was buried on 6 Sep 1932 at Clareville Cemetery, Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand ,

ILMO John Eaton
born April 8 1836 died June 24 1922.
Emma Eaton
born Feb 13 1844 died Sept 4 1932 -
At Rest.
William Eaton
born Jan 9 1866 died April 17 1890
Elizabeth A Eaton
born June 10 1873 (1875) died Dec 7 1890
Ethel A W Eaton
born Feb 6 1889 died Dec 20 1893 (this is daughter of John Bevan Eaton).5

John and Emma Eaton Headstone

Emma's Obituary appeared on 6 Sep 1932 in the "Evening Post", New Zealand ,


Mrs Emma Eaton, a Wairarapa pioneer, passed away at her residence, Redwood (sic) Street, Carterton, on Sunday at the age of 88 years (states "The Post's" Carterton correspondent). The late Mrs Eaton was born at Taita in 1844, being a daugher of the late Mr and Mrs John Hooper, and went to the Wairarapa in 1870, when the road to Carterton was only a cart track. Her first home in this district was on land in Moreton Road, and later with her husband and family, she removed to Kokotau, reitring from there 22 years ago to settle in Carterton. Mrs Eaton experienced the hardships of the pioneering days, and had vivid recollection of the big earthquakes of 1855 as well as of the trouble with the Maoris. Her husband predeceased her ten yeas ago, and a family of four sons and three daughters survive her. They are Messrs John Eaton (Carterton), George (Masterton), Thomas and Charles (Longbush), Mesdames A King (Carterton), Coleman (Hamilton), W Renall (Parkvale). A son and a daughter predeceased her some years ago. During the evening service at St. Mark's Church on Sunday, the Rev. W F Stent made reference to the passing of Mrs Eaton. She had, he said, set an example of duty and service in pioneering which had helped to make New Zealand what it is today.6

Emma and John had 8 children.

Children of Emma Hooper and John Eaton


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, supplied by Sherryl Harawira. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1862 Folio No 0433. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  3. [S166] Letter or email from Sherryl Harawira (New Zealand) to Ailsa Corlett, Various letters or emails; Held by Ailsa Corlett (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) Email March 2013.
  4. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: NZ Online Database 1932/9836 aged 88yr.
  5. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Clareville Cemetery Carterton, G05.01 No 1345. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.
  6. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Evening Post, 6 September 1932, pg 11 - via Paperspast.
    . Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.