Gazzards of Wanaka.
Ian Gazzard is descended from Daniel
Gaz(z)ard who emigrated from England to Ballarat Australia in
1852. Daniel was descended from an Essex family who were originally
thought to be Huguenots. Recent thoughts however are that the
ancestors of our family had departed France much earlier than
the Huguenot Wars possibly as early as the 11th or 12th Century.
Gaz(z)ards were possibly involved with early protestant movements
such as the Catharism in Occitane area of France and moved away
to the Massif Central area and on to England etc. to avoid persecution.
Possibly with assistance from the Knights Templars who had a stronghold
in Bristol, England and this is the reason why many Gazzard families
are in the Gloucestershire region. Also in Essex the Templars
owned a Temple at Cressing. We can trace our family directly back
to Richard Gasard, Little Coggeshall b.c.1650 , although Gas(z)ards
are shown in Baptism records back to 1613. We have also found
record of a Ranulf Gasard 1318 regarding a piece of land at Wantesdene
Suffolk near Orford and later a John Gasard at Orford in 1409.
This would add credence to the theory that the first Gaz/sard's
in England were possibly Flemish weavers or craftsmen who were
brought to England to improve the standard of English workmanship.
The area is very close to channel and the coast and also very
near the Essex area of Coggeshall where early Gazzard's lived..
Several people are researching the family tree. Some of the main
researchers are -
Rowena Christodoulou E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Carole Smith E-Mail email@example.com
U. S. A.:
Doña Kerns E-Mail Kernsdona@aol.com.
Watts E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand: Ian
Gazzard E-Mail email@example.com
Other Gazzards in Australia
& New Zealand.
Apart from the Essex Gazzards there
is another larger family which has its origins in the Gloucestershire
area of England. They too were believed to have descended from
Huguenots but no direct link has been made to the Essex family.
The Gloucestershire family is sometimes nicknamed the "Biblical"
Family because of the fact that many have Christian names common
in the bible. Many of the biblical family who came to both Australia
and New Zealand freely exchange information they have found regarding
the Essex Family. Because many of the Essex family have been christened
Daniel - it is sometimes referred to as the " Daniel "
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Family of Thomas Edward Gazzard.