The other American Guptill in New Zealand

There is a marriage notice from 1871, recorded by one Waldo Heap:


Russell, Hokianga, Waimate, Whangarei, Awhitu, Mahurangi, Auckland

Seward B. Guptill, 30, R.7, M. 1871, Harriet Ann Selina Shepherd, 16.

This was several years before Simon Guptill arrived in 1882, so who was Seward and what happened to his descendants? He would have been born around 1841. Why did he marry a 16-year-old?

He was the son of Thomas Holland Guptill and Emily Dinsmore, who were married in 1830 and whose son Seward was born in 1840 in Cherryfield, Washington County, Maine. He was a cousin of Stillman, Simon’s dad.

He died a few months later on 16 January 1872 in Auckland.

His ancestors were:

Seward > Thomas Holland > William > John > Nathaniel > Thomas

Does anyone have further information about him?


AJ September 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

How are you related to stillman guptill ???

Malcolm Stephenson October 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

Can we talk about Stillman?

Did he arrive in New Zealand with Simon?

Ash October 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

No, Stillman never went to NZ. See this thread I started in 2011. It has led to some new information.

Ash August 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Lesley descends from Simon Guptill, who came to NZ.

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