Harry Hungerford Hungerford alias Schofield was a dairy farmer in New Zealand. He was born Harry Hungerford Schofield, 28 December 1868, Courtenay Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand. His parents were David Schofield, a schoolmaster, and Louisa Sarah Schofield (nee Roche).
Harry’s mother, Louisa Sarah Roche, was born c1840, Union Hall, Co Cork, Ireland, the daughter of Thomas Hungerford Roche and his wife Mary McGivern. Thomas Hungerford Roche was almost certainly son of John Roche who, in 1785, married Sarah Hungerford, daughter of Thomas Hungerford (1725–1800) of Cahirmore, Co Cork, Ireland. Sarah’s sister Ellen married Parker Roche in 1794, however it is likely that John and Sarah Roche are the correct parents for Thomas had two brothers Henry and John, while Parker and Ellen Roche had a son James Hungerford Roche who emigrated to Victoria, Australia.1
Following Thomas Hungerford Roche’s death on 9 February 1864 in Cappaghduff, Co Mayo, Ireland, the Roche family emigrated from Ireland to New Zealand. Louisa Sarah Roche sailed from London aboard the Caduceus on 30 November 1864 with her mother, Mary, and younger brothers John Richard and Robert Warren. They arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on 26 March 1865. Mary Roche died 9 September 1875, Te Awamutu, NZ.
Louisa Sarah Roche married David Schofield, 9 October 1866, Wesleyan Chapel, Belt Road, New Plymouth, NZ, giving their ages as 27 and 23 years respectively. They had two sons and two daughters. David Schofield died 3 January 1891, Te Aroha, NZ, aged 51, from consumption. Louisa died 18 February 1928 aged 88, at the residence of her daughter Ella Bradley, 35 Young Street, Neutral Bay, NSW.
- Further connections abound: James Hungerford Roche’s son was the first husband of Laura Annie Walker [R.1.3a.5b=]; Thomas Hungerford Roche’s brother, Henry, married the widow of Colonel Hales in Ireland, and became step-father to Francis Hales, the Tasmanian Archdeacon whose two sons married two daughters of Septimus Hungerford [E.7].