Posted by Pam Childs on January 08, 2010 at 15:50:51:
In Reply to: Hastys in Derry, Cavan or Kilrea, Ireland posted by Ted Hasty on April 27, 2009 at 00:14:38:
I have just found your message by chance. I have been researching Samuel Haisty of Kilrae, Derry, Ireland. Samuel Haisty was born there about 1837. He migrated to New Zealand during the goldrushes (probably 1860s)and was a publican. A short biography follows.
"Samuel Haisty was born in Kilrae County in Ireland. As a young man he emigrated to New Zealand and became involved in the hotel trade and in the 1860s was in partnership with William Campbell at the Commercial Hotel at Twelve Mile Landing, Nelson. Samuel later set up a partnership with John Flynn at No Town and Paddy's Gully.
On 14th September 1870 Samuel Haisty and Susan Hanlon were married at No Town by Rev. Father Bensfield. Their daughter Eliza was born in March 1871 and son James in August 1872.
Samuel and Susan Haisty were hotel keepers and wholesale wine and spirit merchants at the Union Hotel in No Town, which provided accommodation as well as livery and bait stables. The hotel was substantially renovated in 1874 with extensive additions - bedrooms, and sitting and dining rooms. The Union Hotel was a popular venue for meetings, weddings and other functions.
Samuel Haisty was a staunch supporter of the Presbyterian Church in No Town. He was extremely public spirited and has been acknowledged as the founder of the No Town School which was built about 1875. Sam was also instrumental in setting up a public library and reading room in No Town and agitated the Grey Council strongly for library funding. He was reported in the Grey River Argus as being very generous to those in need, particularly to miners who were down on their luck.
Samuel Haisty filed for bankruptcy in January 1878 and after several months of illness, died in June that year, aged 41 years, leaving his wife Susan and his two children. The Union Hotel was auctioned and purchased by Jeremiah McCarthy."