|Birth: ||May 6, 1841|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1909|
Whangarei, New Zealand
Samuel Richard Calkin was born on May 6, 1841 at 6 Wyndham Street, in Marylebone, England; the only son of Samuel a "Dancing Master" and Mary Ann (nee Stubley) Calkin. Samuel the son was a Greek scholar and finished his education in London while living with his grandparents; his father having migrated to America. After arriving in America his father was remarried, to Mary Kavanagh, and eventually Samuel joined his father there who was living in New Jersey. Samuel Sr. and Mary Kavanagh had seven children, one being born in New York and six being born in New Jersey.
Shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War Samuel, having already become a resident of the United States, enlisted at 19 years of age, nine months before the American Civil War broke out; as a Landsman on July 21, 1860 under his given name of Samuel Calkin. At San Francisco Samuel served aboard two Union ships; the USS Independence and the USS Lancaster, until March 1863 when he was recorded as "absent without leave". Samuel had deserted from his ship the USS Lancaster while in the Bay of Valparaiso in Chile. He remained missing until he suddenly reappeared on the Atlantic Coast, and again joined the Navy.
In New York Samuel enlisted in the Union Navy for a second time, on August 30, 1864, again as a Substitute Landsman, but with deliberate deception he had joined under the assumed name of "Anthony Atkins". His first assignment was aboard the U.S. receiving ship the "Vermont" of the Atlantic Squadron and then aboard the USS Mattabesset and remained on that ship until he was honourably discharged on May 31, 1865 as Steerage Steward; receiving a bounty of $800.
After Samuel's discharge and being an experienced seaman, Samuel signed aboard a whaling vessel, eventually arriving in Russell, New Zealand; and from Russell he moved on to Kawakawa where Samuel married another wife, Louisa Ruiha Edmonds, in Paihia, New Zealand, on June 10, 1869, and they had four sons and five daughters.
In 1889 Samuel moved his family to Whangarei, the northern most city in New Zealand, where he was Manager of the "Colonial Boarding House and Hotel" on Walton Street for some eight years. After that Samuel took over the ‘Coffee Palace' on Cameron Street in Whangerei.
Samuel Richard Calkin died on July 3, 1909, still living in Whangarei and was buried in the Kioreroa Cemetery in Whangarei, New Zealand. This cemetery is also known as The Old Kioreroa Cemetery. The cemetery was closed in 1944 and is now a public reserve with a stand of very tall trees.
For more information view his memorial on www.acwv.info.
Northland, New Zealand
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42878408