My Gt Gt Gt Grandparents were John and Mary Ann Mills – I was so pleased to find your site as had had no luck with the Mills family before then. John and Mary Ann’s second daughter Rosina is my ancestor she married George Prestney in New Zealand where we still live. I would love to make contact I have full info on Rosina’s descendants but only a little about her ancestors. many thanks for your wonderful web site.
Thank you Liz for the marriage information on Rose. I have found a bit more of the Mills ancestry, which I have not yet published on the Internet. I think I found Rose Mills on the 1851 British census, (born about 1850) but I cannot find it in my notes. I will have to look again.
My great aunt Florence wrote me that Rosa and her sister Bertha emigrated to New Zealand sometime after their brother Harry.
“My mother’s brother Harry was the first of her family to leave England for New Zealand, and the two sisters, Rose & Bertha next to New Zealand. They went to an aunt that was a clever dressmaker. Well after awhile heir aunt became very ill and passed away. Well the doctor’s bill could not be paid, so he took her sewing machine for it. Aren’t some people mean,” (correspondence from Florence Heming 1957).
Interesting that you have her name as “Rosina”, as that is a name that was continued in the Richardson family.
Hi, I came across your interesting site whilst looking for info on the Prestney family in New Zealand. My husband shares a common ancestor with Liz Wright who wrote in on Feb.23rd. Samuel Prestney, George’s father, was brother to my husband’s great grandmother Rebecca Prestney. How can I get in touch with Liz?
Hi, I alsocame accross your site while searching for prestney family, my connection is my gt grandmother was Lydia prestney from suffolk. I have been in touch with Teresa can you forward this to Liz. I am in the UK
I have also found this discussion interesting as Rosina Mills was my great grandmother (George Prestney my great grandfather). Their eldest son Arthur is my grandfather.
I am interested in finding out about Rosinas family background and would appreciate any information you or others in this discussion thread can send me -particularly Liz Wright. I have already been in contact with Stephanie Simpson and Teresa Mitchell.
Regards and thanks for your website.
Ive jsut done a google search on Rosina ills and found your wonderful site and it seems opened up a new arm to searching back via Rosina’s family line.
My grandfather is Jack Prestney who is Albert Prestney’s son. Albert was the thrid son of Rosina and George Prestney.
I have been gonig through a pile of fmaily history and photos and found one of Rosina and George I think as well family records back to John and Rebecca Prestney (Rosina’s Husband George’s grandparents)
Could you please pas on my details to Teresa, Joanne andWendy and Liz as Id love to get in touch. I am compiling family notes and hoping to prepare a book about them and photos etc while my grandad is still around to get info etc.
Ihank you for visiting my website. I would love to have a digital copy of the photograph you have of my father’s cousin, Rosina MILLS. I can publish it at my Richardson Photos Site if you would like.
Unfortunately, I can no longer keep up with finding all the emails to contact everyone with regards to particular families. That is basically the reason I began this blog – to have it all in one central place where everyone interested may read it. This blog or any of the comments can be followed with the RSS feed.
I suggest that whenever anyone here wants to make contact with another commentor, that you place your email in code inside of the comment: such as “somebody at g mail dot com” or anything like “somebody-at-gmail-dot-com.” Most people will understand that and the robots won’t harvest them for spamming.
Good Luck with the genealogy and don’t forget to let us know what more you uncover of the Mills family.
Hello NZ Prestney clan
I am Lee-Ann Newton from Wellington and my grand-dad is Jack Prestney – son of Albert, who in turn was Rosina and George’s third son I believe, and George of course was Samuel and Eliza (nee Gibbons) Prestney’s child.( the first of the Prestney’s to NZ)
I’m gathering long “cupboarded” family history records and old photos.
If you like to get in touch I love to hear from you and where you fit in and share info. you can email me at (written in a way socodde so no spam occur)
art at lnewton dot co dot nz
Thanks to Edna for fourm and I’ll pass on a Rosina and George photo soon.
Just poking about in the Rangiora Anlican cemetery some months ago and came across the grave of George and “Rose” Prestney and that of their son,Stanley Samuel Prestney. I have a weakness for the graves of children and was just looking him up for fun, warped I know, and came across your nest of Prestneys. I am glad to see the line didn’t end with young Stanley. I do have some photos of the headstones for those who can’t make it to Rangiora.
I don’t know if this site is still active. My name is Wendy Prestney and I posted a comment some years ago. I was born in NZ (descended rom the Rangiora Prestney’s) and now live in the UK …Recently my son has been doing a school project looking into soldiers buried in Commonwealth War Graves. We came across Albert Reynolds Wilfred Prestney who I realise is my great uncle. I have been able to find out a skeleton profile of his life … but there are several gaps and and the story that gives the fuller picture of his life.
If anyone accessing this site has contact with Lee-Ann Newton, I would dearly love to be in touch as she is Albert’s great granddaughter and in a previous post said she has a lot of information about him.
What I know so far is (to the best of the records I have been able to access) – he was born in Rangiora in 1886, married in 1916 (age 29) in Westport, joined WWI in 1917 (age 29) , joined WWII in 1942, ranked Captain (age 56) and died in 1946 (age 59) and buried in the War Graves cemetery in Wellington.
There are a few questions … why did he move to Westport and what work did he do? Mining, farming, something else? Why did he join WWI three years into the war? Why did he move to Wellington in the early 1920’s and what work did he do? Why did he join WWII in 1942 – was it because of an extra call up after Japan entered the war? Where did he fight? What were his injuries that meant he died a year after the war ended?
And how did his wife cope with having a husband and son in the war (son – Jack who appears to have fortunately come back ok) , plus a daughter who died in 1944. Hard life for her.
So anyone any information that can help?
Wendy – contact wendyprestney at zetnet dot co dot uk