Tracing Edward Betts Hopper (1799-1840)

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Tracing Edward Betts Hopper (1799-1840)

Postby thewillistree » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:14 pm

I am researching my distant cousin, Edward Betts Hopper [http://www.thewillistree.info/my-family/getperson.php?personID=I10878&tree=wtree1] (born into a Quaker family in Dover in 1799) who in 1839 was a on the board of Directors of the New Zealand Company - which was set up to help colonise the 'new country' and transport tradesmen and farmers from the UK to Wellington to help build new communities.

Although there is a wealth of archive material from around 1839 onwards (newspaper articles and advertisements from both London and Wellington) I have been unable to find anything from his birth onwards. I have been in touch with the National Library of New Zealand who have provided me with a long list of links to NZ archive websites.

The only links to life in England I have been able to find are a number of sketches by Edward of a rather impressive house on Hampstead Heath, dated 1839, and described as his 'family home'. I've been in touch with http://www.hampsteadheath.net whose administrator has put out feelers with the local history societies to see if any links can be found between Edward and the Heath (see http://www.hampsteadheath.net/the-hopper-house-riddle.html)

I've search The Times newspaper but found nothing.

SO, if anyone can suggest places to look, or pass on information you may have already found, I would be very grateful.
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