Re: Charles Pharazyn & Harriet Maria Moriarty
In an idle moment I decided to do some geanealogy hunting on the internet. By a fluke I saw your message.
I amongst others have done extensive research on the Pharazyn family. [I can email a worldwide view of the Pharazyns if you like].
Years ago, I checked the Pharazyns at the Mormon church and found a record of Charles Pharazyn's marriage to Harriet Maria Moriarty. My scribble suggests that the marriage was on February 12, 1827, at Old Church, St Pancras. This confirms your information.
I've also noted that Harriet and children died of fever. I don't know where I got that information. It might have been hearsay some years ago from Eleanor Pharazyn. At 90+ years, born in that century and having lived a lot in England, she could be expected to be able to talk with a degree of authority. But she could be wrong.
I wish I could be more helpful.
Perhaps you can help me. Our information about Charles Pharazyn is a bit murky for that time. I won't go into great detail. His father and mother are listed as Henry William Johnson and Sophia Pharazyn. But we can't confirm back from there.
Our Charles was also a member of the Mercer's Guild. I think this indicates that he had some status in society. The status coming from the title of Harriet's father Mathew Moriarty (Lt.Col. RM)likely confirms this.
Do you have any ideas how Charles and Harriet might have met? Where did Mathew and Henrietta live?
You may be interested to know that Charles Pharazyn went on to have an illustrious life. He married Mary Catherine Buckland of Cambden Road Village, London. They went to New Zealand. He became a wealthy farmer, merchant prince and parliamentarian. He lived to 101. Later in life as a widower he married a scottish poetess Jessica Rankin.
We're curious to know more about Jessica's life in Britain. We know that before coming to New Zealand at a ripe age she wrote librettos for stage musicals, e.g. "Mazeppa". We suspect she may have met Charles previously in London in childhood or early adulthood.
Perhaps your relatives and mine were Cambden neighbours in those times.
I look forward to your response with interest.
Moriarty (Lt.Col. RM) & Henrietta Maria