Koorey Family History

The
Koorey Family
History

Julian Peter Geor

[Map of Lebanon]

Contents   Page

Introduction and Acknowledgements   3
The first generations   4
Index of names    5 -21
Family History
Halims Family   23 -121
Nahim’s Family 122-135
Halimah’s Family   136-183
Carrem’s Family   184-223
A History of Mount Lebanon and the Unofficial Koorey Family History   224 –

Introduction and Acknowledgements

This book arose from the third national Koorey Family Reunion, which was held in Hastings at Easter 2011. (The first reunion was in Wanganui in 1981, and the second in Auckland in 1991.)

During the reunion in Hastings, a draft of this book was on display in an effort to update family information, and to give family members an opportunity to correct any errors. As with most similar projects, the finished product is a direct reflection of the detail provided and, in this case, many of the family have contributed to making this as accurate a record as possible. In this regard, I would like to thank all those who have contributed before, during and since the reunion.

In compiling the history of the family and the Lebanon, I have referred to the previous reunion booklets produced in 1981 and 1991. In particular, I owe a great deal of thanks to Greg Devine, whose detailed research produced much of the history for the 1991 reunion booklet.  In addition, I have included various articles from the Internet, and from some published works, with the latter acknowledged in the text.

An explanation of the numbering system used in the index of names is necessary. In searching for a particular family member, the reader will find the names in the index in alphabetical order, and spouses listed under their maiden names. An example, from the first page of the index, is:

Adams, Oliver Charles Bernard (6) 1.1.4.1.4.1   59
(Each entry is also colour-coded, and the key is on the first page of the index.)

The first number (in brackets) refers to the generation since Mark, so Oliver Adams is 6th generation from him. (If you subtract 2, that is Mark and Halim, this makes Oliver a 4th generation New Zealander.)

The next number – 1 – denotes that Oliver is a descendant of Mark – everyone’s first number will be 1.
The next number – 1 – denotes that Oliver is descended from Mark”’s 1st child (Halim).
The next number – 4 – denotes that Oliver is descended from Halim’s 4th child (Lawrence/Laurie).
The next number – 1 – denotes that Oliver is descended from Laurie’s 1st child (Lawrence/Larry).
The next number – 5 – denotes that Oliver is descended from Larry’s 4th child (Phillipa).
The last number in the sequence is Oliver’s own place in his family (he is the eldest).

The number on the end of the line is the page number where all of Oliver’s details can be found.

A small * symbol at the end of the number sequence denotes that there is another partner or spouse of that family member, whose details will also be in the same general area of the book. If one of the numbers has a small letter after it, this denotes a child of the successive partner or spouse. (The first child is ‘a’, the second ‘b’ and so on.)

I hope you enjoy finding your roots and working out exactly where you fit in to this ever-expanding Koorey family.

Julian Geor
Hastings
2011

The First Generations

Mark Koorey
& Smeyah Jebier

Halim Mark Koorey
(18 Mar 1858 – 20 Jul 1944)

Bernard Mark Koorey
(1899 – 1900)

Mary Bernadette Koorey
(19 Jan 1901 – 21 Nov 1982)

Anthony Joseph Koorey
(15 Oct 1902 – 22 May 1971)

Lawrence Kevin Koorey
(13 Nov 1904 – 20 May 1994)

Louis Mark Koorey
(1 Sep 1906 – 25 Aug 1962)

Teresa Koorey
(Dec 1908 – 1909)

Francis Patrick Koorey (Pat)
(24 Jul 1911 – 4 Dec 1989)

Kathleen Veronica Koorey
(20 Apr 1914 – 5 Jan 1994)

Nahim Koorey (James)
(15 Aug 1860 – 23 Mar 1938)

Leo Mark Koorey
(1905 – 1 Dec 1907)

Mona Smeyah Koorey
(29 Apr 1908 – 5 Mar 1984)

Alverna Marguerita Koorey
(3 May 1909 – 24 Apr 1997)

Rosella Genevieve Koorey
(1910 – 23 May 1992)

Halimeh Koorey (Lena)
(1868 – 11 Oct 1946)

Chaker Aza El Khoury Hanna

David El Khoury Hanna
(1890 – 3 Dec 1918)

Cecilia El Khoury Hanna
(15 Jan 1899 – 5 Oct 1973)

Carrem Koorey (1st)
(died shortly after birth)

Carrem Koorey
(1878 – 16 Oct 1966)

Admah Mary Smeyah Koorey
(21 Aug 1905 – 17 Jan 2003)

Nazaire Bell Koorey
(29 Sep 1907 – 10 Aug 1991)

Rosa Lilla Koorey
(1909 – 17 May 1924)

Cecilia Kathleen Koorey
(1 Nov 1913 – 14 May 2002)

Peter Cervante Koorey
(29 Jul 1915 – 10 Nov 1992)

[…]

(4) 1.1.4.1 Larry John Koorey   Spouse:   Ann Elizabeth O’Rourke (Liz)

Birth Date:   24th November 1936   Birth Date:   22nd March 1936
Birth Place:   Hawera, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Waipawa, New Zealand

Death Date:   5th August 1995
Burial Place:   Awanui Cemetery (Cremated) New Plymouth, New Zealand
Age:   (58)

Marriage Date:   16th January 1960
Marriage Place:    St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Waipawa, New Zealand

Children:   Erin Mary
Therese Suzanne
Helen Bridget
Phillipa Grace
Anna Katherine Stella
Christopher John Levin
Elizabeth Veronica
Patricia Clare

[…]

(2) 1.2 Nahim Koorey (James)   Spouse:   Mathilda Petersen

Birth Date:   15th August 1860   Birth Date:   7th April 1880
Birth Place:   South Of France   Birth Place:   Waipawa, New Zealand

Naturalised:   18th January 1897 (Australia)

Arrival:   from Sydney, Australia upon the steamship SS Tasmania and arriving in Auckland, New Zealand 17th May 1897

Death Date:   23rd March 1938   Death Date:   7th February 1939
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Karori Cemetery   Wellington, New Zealand
Age:   (77)   Age:   (58)

Marriage Date:   28th September 1904
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Leo Mark
Mona Smeyah
Alverna Marguarita
Rosella Genevieve

(3) 1.2.1 Leo Mark Koorey

Birth Date:         ,1905
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand

Death Date:   1st December 1907
Burial Place:   Waipawa, New Zealand
Age:   (2)

(3) 1.2.2 Mona Smeyah Koorey (Smeyah)   Spouse:   Steve (Stjepan) Kuzmicich (no middle name)

Birth Date:   29th April 1908   Birth Date:   20th February 1905
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hvar, Croatia

Death Date:   5th March 1984   Death Date:   23rd September 1981
Burial Place:   Taita Cemetery Lower Hutt, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Taita Cemetery Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Age:   (75)   Age:   (76)

Marriage Date:  __ , 1931
Marriage Place:    Dannevirke, New Zealand

(4) 1.2.2.1 Stephen Raphael Kuzmicich   Spouse:   Kathleen Mary Green

Birth Date:   2nd November 1931   Birth Date:   25th January 1944
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Wellington, New Zealand

Marriage Date:  6th February 1971
Marriage Place:   Wellington Hospital Chapel Wellington, New Zealand

Children:   Geoffrey Stephen (Twin)
Antony Richard (Twin)

(4) 1.2.2.2 Judita Smeyah Kuzmicich   Spouse:   Douglas Gordon Brailey

Birth Date:   9th October 1932   Birth Date:   15th November 1927
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Wellington, New Zealand

Death Date:   11th August 1989   Burial Place:   Lower Hutt Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (61)

Marriage Date:   6th February 1982
Marriage Place:   Lower Hutt, New Zealand

(3) 1.2.3 Alverna Marguarita Koorey   Spouse:   Ante Tony Marinovich

Birth Date:   3rd May 1909   Birth Date:   27th September 1904
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Podgera, Croatia

Death Date:   24th April 1997   Death Date:   17th October 1981
Burial Place:   Mangere Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Mangere Lawn Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand
Age:   (87)   Age:   (77)

Marriage Date:   30th June 1930
Marriage Place:   St Patrick’s Church Napier, New Zealand

Children:   Leonard Mark
Jullien Alverna
Vinka Maria
Zorka Tania Nada

(4) 1.2.3.1a Leonard Mark Marinovich*   Spouse:   Carol Green

Birth Date:   18th July 1932   Birth Date:
Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand   Birth Place:

Death Date:   3rd June 2008
Burial Place:  Yorkshire. England, UK
Age:   (76)

Marriage Date:
Marriage Place:

Divorced:

Children:   Anne Carol
Jane Lesley

Note: Carol remarried. Anne and Jane took on the surname Durkin

Other Partners: Denise Matherson
Carole Raw

[…]

(2) 1.3 Halimah Koorey (Lena)   Spouse:   Lazarus El Khoury Hanna (Azar)

Birth Date:   24th December 1868   Birth Date:   __1863
Birth Place:   Mt. Lebanon, Syria   Birth Place:

Arrived:   15th November 1906 upon a French Boat
Naturalised:   23rd April 1937

Death Date:  11th October 1946   Death Date:
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Lebanon
Age:   (78)   Age:   (  )

Marriage Date:
Marriage Place:

Children:   Chaker Azar
David
Cecilia

[…]

(3) 1.3.2 David El Khoury Hanna

Birth Date:   1890
Birth Place:   Baskinta, Lebanon

Arrived:   15th November 1906 upon a French Boat

Death Date:   3rd December 1918
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (28)

(3) 1.3.3 Cecilia El Khoury Hanna

Birth Date:   5th January 1899
Birth Place:   Baskinta, Lebanon

Arrival:   from Syria to Port Said then to Melbourne, Australia upon SS Orvieto departing Sydney, Australia upon SS Maheno and arriving in Wellington, New Zealand 22nd December 1924

Naturalised:   14th June 1948

Death Date:   5th October 1973
Burial Place:   Makara Cemetery. Wellington, New Zealand
Age:   (74)

SS Maheno

(2) 1.5 Carrem Koorey   Spouse:   Lillian Bell (Lilla) (no middle name)

Birth Date:         , 1869   Birth Date:   11th September 1884
Birth Place:   Mt. Lebanon.Syria   Birth Place:   Carterton, New Zealand

Arrival:   from Sydney, Australia upon the steamship SS Tasmania and arriving in Auckland, New Zealand 17th May 1897

Naturalised:   13th November 1906 (New Zealand)

Death Date:   16th October 1966   Death Date:   21st October 1937
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Karori Cemetery. Wellington, New Zealand
Age:   (97)   Age:   (53)

Marriage Date:   10th August 1904
Marriage Place:   St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Auckland, New Zealand

Children:   Admah Mary Smeyah
Nazaire Bell
Rosa Lilla
Cecilia Kathleen
Peter Cervante

(3) 1.5.1 Admah Mary Smeyah Koorey   Spouse:   Raphael Francis Geor

Birth Date:   21st August 1905   Birth Date:   3rd March 1903
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Palmerston Nth, New Zealand

Death Date:   17th January 2003   Death Date:   11th January 1981
Burial Place:   Mangaroa Lawn Cemetery, Hastings, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Mangaroa Lawn Cemetery, Hastings, New Zealand
Age:  (97)   Age:   (77)

Marriage Date:   28th September 1926
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Mark Frederick
Marie Therese
Rosalie Helene
John Francis
Peter Michael
Michael Raphael

(4) 1.5.1.1 Mark Frederick Geor   Spouse:   Jean Mary Elder

Birth Date:   19th December 1928   Birth Date:   15th May 1930
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Stratford, New Zealand

Death Date:   15th February 1999
Burial Place:   Cremated
Age:   (70)

Notes:   Ashes scattered over Rotorua Golf Course

Marriage Date:   22nd August 1953
Marriage Place:   Stratford, New Zealand

Children:   Michael Gerard
David Mark
Marie Therese
Gerard Peter

[…]

(4) 1.5.1.2 Marie Terese Geor (Sister)

Birth Date:   4th October 1930
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

(4) 1.5.1.3 Rosalie Helene Geor

Birth Date:   17th February 1933
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

(4) 1.5.1.4 John Francis Geor   Spouse:   Natalie Margaret Ranford

Birth Date:   26th January 1938   Birth Date:   27th November 1936
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hawera, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   11th February 1961
Marriage Place:   St Josephs Church Hawera, New Zealand

Children:   Stephanie Therese
Julian Peter
Christopher John
Damian Mark
Jonathan Philip
Marcel Gerard

[…]

(4) 1.5.1.5 Peter Michael Geor    Spouse:   Josephine Rider (no middle name)

Birth Date:   28th August 1939   Birth Date:   18th April 1941
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Barnet England, UK

Marriage Date:   15th August 1964
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Jeremy Peter
Catherine Louise
Anna Michelle
Melanie Jane

(4) 1.5.1.6 Michael Raphael Geor   Spouse:   Catherine Ann McCarthy (Kay)

Birth Date:   17th June 1942   Birth Date:   17th August 1952
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Pongoroa, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   20th April 1974
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Emma Marie
Simon Raphael
Samuel Martin

[…]

(3) 1.5.2 Nazaire Bell Koorey   Spouse:   Gordon Karauria Murfitt (Mick)

Birth Date:   29th September 1907   Birth Date:   3rd August 1905
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Death Date:   10th August 1991   Death Date:   11th February 1989
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (83)   Age:   (83)

Marriage Date:   25th June 1930
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Valerie Ruth
Eric David
Margaret May Maria (Twin)
Brian Gordon (Twin)

(4) 1.5.2.1 Valerie Mary Ruth Murfitt   Spouse:   Maurice Leslie Dunn

Birth Date:   10th June 1931   Birth Date:   10th November 1928
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Gisborne, New Zealand

Death Date:   28th February 2009   Death Date:   29th May 1965
Burial Place:   Papatoetoe Cemetery Auckland, New Zealand  Burial Place:   Papatoetoe Cemetery Auckland, New Zealand
Age:   (77)   Age:   (36)

Marriage Date:  12th February 1953
Marriage Place: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Christine Theresa Cecilia
Gary Maurice (Twin)
Lisa Marie (Twin)
Julie Maree

[…]

(4) 1.5.2.2 Eric David Murfitt   Spouse:   Beverly Clarice Dagg

Birth Date:   5th December 1936   Birth Date:   13th September 1941
Birth Place:   Memorial Hospital Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   23rd April 1960
Marriage Place:    Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Tracy Lee
Anna Louise

[…]

(4) 1.5.2.3 Margaret May Maria Murfitt    Spouse:   John Masters Townsend

Birth Date:   27th October 1942   Birth Date:   24 July 1942
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   28th July 1962
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Michelle Beth
Andrew John Masters

(4) 1.5.2.4a Brian Gordon Murfitt*   Spouse:   Yvonne Marie Williams

Birth Date:   27th October 1942   Birth Date:   23rd November 1946
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Marriage Date:  25th June 1966
Marriage Place: Hastings, New Zealand

Divorced:

Children:   Glenda Marie
Grant Kenneth

Other Partners: Carol Marion Lovell

[…]

(4) 1.5.2.4b Brian Gordon Murfitt*   Spouse:   Carol Marion Lovell

(See above)   Birth Date:       3rd January 1950
Birth Place:       Wairoa, New Zealand

Marriage Date:  25th November 2000
Marriage Place: Taradale. Napier, New Zealand

Other Partners: Yvonne Marie Williams

(3) 1.5.3 Rosa Lilla Koorey

Birth Date:   ___1909
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Death Date:   17th May 1924
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (15)

(3) 1.5.4 Cecilia Kathleen Koorey   Spouse:   George Christopher Barnes

Birth Date:   1st November 1913   Birth Date:   20th February 1910
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Turakina, New Zealand

Death Date:   14th May 2002   Death Date:   31st October 1966
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand   Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (88)   Age:   (56)

Marriage Date:    24th February 1941
Marriage Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Children:  Patricia Georgina (Trish)

(4) 1.5.4.1 Patricia Georgina Barnes (Trish)   Spouse:   Louis Caldwell (no middle name)

Birth Date:   10th December 1946   Birth Date:   24th July 1945
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Napier, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   20th April 1968
Marriage Place:   Sacred Heart Church. Hastings, New Zealand

(3) 1.5.5 Peter Cervante Koorey   Spouse: Elizabeth Agatha Hannah Downing (Betty)

Birth Date:   29th July 1915   Birth Date:   13th May 1920
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Death Date:   10th November 1992
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (77)

Marriage Date:   26th December 1942
Marriage Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Peter Raymond
Elizabeth Anne
Michael Patrick
Mary Rosalyn
David John
Margaret Therese
Alan Karim
Pauline Marie

(4) 1.5.5.1 Peter Raymond Koorey   Spouse:   Rosemary Jean Whitmore

Birth Date:   5th June 1944   Birth Date:            20th May 1950
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Wairoa, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   6th February 1971
Marriage Place:   Rotorua, New Zealand

Children:   Richard Peter
Michelle Jean

[…]

(4) 1.5.5.2 Elizabeth Anne Koorey   Spouse:   Edward Peter Ward

Birth Date:   27th July 1945   Birth Date:   13th September 1939
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Gisborne, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   1st April 1967
Marriage Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Divorced:

Children:   Anne Maree
Christopher John
Patrick Michael
Sarah Jane

[…]

(4) 1.5.5.3 Michael Patrick Koorey

Birth Date:   13th June 1947
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand

Death Date:   13th September 1995
Burial Place:   Hastings Cemetery, New Zealand
Age:   (48)

(4) 1.5.5.4 Mary Rosalyn Koorey   Spouse:   Noel William Colquhoun

Birth Date:   17th January 1949   Birth Date:   18th February 1947
Birth Place:   Hastings, New Zealand   Birth Place:   Christchurch, New Zealand

Marriage Date:   5th February 1972
Marriage Place:    Hastings, New Zealand

Children:   Angela Louise

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