Meston History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meston family

The surname Meston was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Meston family

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Meston Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marston, Marsden, Marson and others.

Early Notables of the Meston family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Meston migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Meston, (b. 1847), aged 31, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 10th January 1879, for Invercargill [1]
  • Mrs. Mary Meston, (b. 1844), aged 34, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 10th January 1879, for Invercargill [1]
  • Miss Elsie Meston, (b. 1865), aged 13, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 10th January 1879, for Invercargill [1]
  • Mr. Walter Meston, (b. 1866), aged 12, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 10th January 1879, for Invercargill [1]
  • Mr. George Meston, (b. 1873), aged 5, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 10th January 1879, for Invercargill [1]
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  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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