Ancestors of John (Jack) Edward Lovelock 1910-1949, NZ Athlete
A number of people have attempted to trace the ancestors of John
(Jack) Edward Lovelock, the New Zealand athlete who won a gold medal
in the 1500 metres at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The results of
this research are included in the above fragment.
Originally posted by James
Loveluck 14-Oct-07, with additions in 2015
This fragment is based on the research done long ago by Gwen
Eastment (née Lovelock) and also includes additional material
provided by Bob Chapman and Mary Lovelock. There have also been a
number of suggestions concerning possible links to other trees, but
none of these has been substantiated.
Following correspondence with Vicki Houlbrooke, Robert Sterry,
Graham Lovelock and Jack Lovelock (not the runner!) I have taken
another look at this tree, and in particular the origins of John
Edward Jones Lovelock, father of Jack Lovelock. The fragment on the
Web site suggests that JEJ Lovelock was born abt 1866 at Gloucester,
that his parents were John Edward Lovelock, mining engineer, and
Sarah Leach, and that he emigrated to New Zealand about 1893, aged
34 years. (The latter would suggest that he was born 1868/9 rather
than 1866.) Vicki Houlbrooke provided a precise emigration record,
which indicates that Jno E J Lovelock left London for Wellington NZ
on 16 Oct 1895 on the ship Kaikoura, and that he was aged 27 at the
time, which indicates that he was born 1867/8.
Vicki had suggested that Sarah Leach, spouse of John Edward Lovelock
at the top of the fragment, could be the daughter (bap 9 Mar 1822 at
Wallingford) of Mary Lovelock and George Leach, in the Wallingford
Berks line. So far we haven't been able to confirm that the parents
of John Edward Jones were John Edward Lovelock (mining engineer) and
Sarah Leach, but we did come up with some interesting material.
I searched FreeBMD for both the birth record of John Edward Jones
Lovelock, and for the marriage of his parents, and wasn't able to
find either, even though I searched over quite a wide period around
the supposed date of birth (1866-1869) of JEJ Lovelock.
Graham Lovelock did find a record for JEJ Lovelock in the 1891
census,recorded as John E J Lovelock, aged 27, born at St Marks
Gloucester, valet in Hamilton Place, St George Hanover Square,
London. (In fact, Robert Sterry had already come across this record,
and mentioned it in a message to the Lovelock mailing list
28-Mar-05.) This would make his date of birth 1863/64, in
contradiction with the shipping record and with his death and
marriage records in NZ, all of which point to a birth date of
It occurred to me that the middle name of Jones was a bit strange,
and could mean that he was registered at birth as Jones, and added
the Lovelock name later, possibly because he was the illegitimate
son of a Lovelock. Indeed, Graham found a FreeBMD record for the
birth of a John Edward Jones 2Q 1864, ref 6a 247, in Gloucester RD,
which fits in with the age recorded in the 1891 census record.
However, Graham also found the following GRO records:
Maria Louisa Ockford married John Edward Jones in the Gloucester RD
in the Oct-Dec quarter of 1852, ref 6a 460
John Edward Jones died in the Gloucester RD in the Jan-Mar quarter
of 1865, ref 6a 206
John Edward Jones died in the Gloucester RD in the Jul-Sep quarter
of 1887, ref 6a 161, aged 23
The last of those three entries is presumably the man born in 1864,
and if so he obviously can't be the man we seek.
Turning to the question of whether the parents of JEJ Lovelock were
John Edward Lovelock and Sarah Leach, the only place we have been
able to find any evidence for this is on the LDS (familysearch) Web
site. However, the data concerned is not included in the (fairly
reliable) IGI database, but is part of submitted material in a
Pedigree Resource file. Robert determined that it was submitted by
J & T Mahoney - P O Box 90713, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland
Thomas VINCENT - 3178 Pawnee Way Pleasanton, CA 94588 (twice)
Jack Lovelock noted that a John Mahoney appears in an extended
version of the 'Kent Lovelocks' tree in his possession, and he
stated his intention to attempt to contact him to ask about the
sources of this information. Nothing further came to light.
Robert has copies of much of Gwen Eastment's archives, and he did
find the details on the NZ death certificate for JEJ Lovelock and
for his two marriages. Here is the text of Gwen's notes, including
"Died 20.6.1923 Fairlie (East Coast of South Island of NZ) Birth
date 1868 Gloucester. Aged 55 yrs. Mining engineer - Mt Cook Motor
Company. Father: John Edward Lovelock, Mining Engineer. Mother Sarah
Lovelock nee Leach. Length of time in New Zealand 30 yrs. C 1893.
Wife Ivy Evelyn (nee Harper) Lovelock 39 years.
Also his first marriage in NZ:
12.9.1904 Christ Church - Trafalgar St, Nelson John Edward Jones
Lovelock aged 34 Battery Supintendant Bachelor Born Gloucester Eng.
Usual Residence Reefton - South Island. Father: John Edward Jones
Lovelock - miner Mother: Sarah Lovelock nee Leach. Married Olive
Griffiths aged 19
And 2nd Marriage:
21 December 1907 Trinity Church Greymouth NZ. 39 yrs. Widower. Mill
Superintendant. Born Gloucester England. Residence Reefton. Bride
Ivy Evelyn Harper 24 yrs Spinster born Christchurch NZ"
Robert also states: "It's a little unclear, however, as to what is
from the certificate and what is Gwen's own notation."
It seems that Gwen also searched the Gloucestershire county archives
for the birth/baptism record of JEJ Lovelock, without success.
According to Robert (same message of 28-Mar-05) the PRs of the
parish of St Mary, Gloucester, appear to have commenced about 1847
but have not been filmed by the Mormons.
Finally, we also have on the Web site a collection of New
Zealand BMD records provided by Mary Pipe, which
includes the following:
1904 LOVELOCK, John Edward
Jones ref 4437 Marriage
1907 LOVELOCK, John Edward
Jones ref 7255 Marriage
(no details of spouse, parents or place where the marriages took
June 1923 LOVELOCK, John Edward Jones ref 1617
Death Mount Cook
(Note that Mount Cook is a district in the South Island of NZ,which
includes Mt Cook, NZ's highest mountain. Fairlie is the nearest
small town to Mt Cook - information provided by Jack Lovelock)
These records do provide independent confirmation of the given names
of John Edward Jones Lovelock.
There matters rested until early 2015, when Ancestry added to their
UK website some data from a number of Gloucestershire parishes which
included the following baptism:
Churchdown - 1868
Sep 6 Edward John Jones son of Elizabeth Lovelock of
Whoever Elizabeth was, and no further information on her has been
forthcoming, she apparently failed to register the birth of her son
under any variation of his names. However, the remarkable
coincidences of the baptismal record of an Edward John Jones
Lovelock and the 1891 Census entry for John E J Lovelock being the
only direct UK-based evidence for the existence of the respective
individuals may be thought to suggest that they are one and the same