"Alve Road" Online & Revised - Introductory & Historical Pages
"Alve Road" is the title of a book that was written and published in 1994. It summarises then current research about the Alve Family in New Zealand and recorded what we knew of the genealogical and historical background of the family in Germany.
These online pages provide revised and edited historical, genealogical, biographical and pictorial content, including many new pictures. The biographical pages are password protected because they contain sensitive and personal information. There are full biographies (password protected) of all 1st and 2nd generation descendants of Carl & Maria Alve.
The "Alve Road" book included brief biographies of all (90+) 3rd generation descendants. From the 3rd generation onwards we are publishing online the biographies only of those who have died, in order to protect the privacy of living relatives.
"Alve Road" Book Print Edition (1994)
Inside Front Cover
desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better
than silver or gold."
Carl & Maria Alve
New Zealand 1875-1995
How Do You Spell That?
Terence V. Alve
The Alve Family Trust
Palmerston North N.Z.
First Published in 1994 by The Alve Family Trust
C/- 23 Shelley Street, Palmerston North, N.Z.
© Terence V. Alve, 1994
ISBN 0 473 02924 3
and to all those others
who have married,
and helped nurture,
Carl and Maria Alve
FOREWORD by Bill Busch
I lived with the Alve’s on two or three occasions as a boy between 1906 and 1914. I was more or less brought up with them and I finished my schooling there at Rangiotu. I was the oldest grandchild and my mother was Mary.
I knew all the family particularly well before they were married. Lena was the first one to marry I think. Anna died of goitre while I was there. There was Theresia and Elizabeth and Charlie who unfortunately passed away very suddenly later. Alfred married an Alsop and Henry married a Tasmanian girl. Eddie married an English woman and Clara was married later to a Purdom. Dolfy, he was the youngest of the family and he had two boys.
My memories of the Alve’s are very much alive. The old man Alve - Carl Wilhelm - he was a hot-headed old boy who used to fly into a rage very often and go crook at the family. But he had his sense of humour. He was a good singer and he used to love sitting on the chair playing the accordion singing, all in German of course - sprechen sie Deutsch? Grannie Theresia, she was a dear old lady; a wonderful woman. She did a great job looking after all the family and I thought a lot of her.
The Alve’s were a fine old family.
25 October, 1994
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PREFACE TO THE 1994 PRINT EDITION
"How do you spell that?" is a question that anyone bearing the Alve name will have been asked countless times. If the question is not asked the name is usually spelt wrong. If it is asked, they often do not believe it! The range of spellings is extensive - Alvy, Alvie, Alvee, Elvy, Alive, Alvey - to name some from my experience. Our German forbears experienced the same confusion, as we shall see. Alfer and Alfe appear in the records, and Alves was the name on the emigrant ship passenger list.
I offer this record, as incomplete as it is, as a prompt to further discussion and possible research about this family and its history. It includes information about 495 direct descendants of Carl & Maria Alve, and their partners and others they have encountered. It also considers some of their German ancestors, and relatives.There is more work to be done researching available ancestral records, particularly Maria’s forbears. Profitable contact might be made with German cousins, possibly descendants of Carl’s brother Ewald or others of his family. Visits to the Huckeswagen locality where Carl was born, and to the Catholic Church in Gelsenkirchen where Maria lived in a Church orphanage, could also provide interesting information for New Zealand descendants.
I am most indebted to family members who provided information for the biograhical and genealogical sections. Without exception details were given graciously and with encouragement for me in this work. I pray that I have done justice to the trust that has been extended to me. I have sought for accuracy and completeness in both sections. I hope to extend the database of names and dates as further descendants are born, but I am reliant on you to provide the information.
My interest in genealogy grew from being a member of a family that was proud, albeit uninformed, of its heritage. I have been impressed by the integrity and industriousness of relatives I have known. As I dabbled in finding out more about my family, I have been prompted by my uncle Ivan Alve especially, to go further. The family response to my paper, "Alve Family Before 1910" led me to dig deeper. My parents, Val and Joyce Alve, and cousins of dad’s generation have been most helpful. Gordon, my brother, has been my technical companion giving generously of his time and talents and his computer equipment. My wife Margaret and children have been very understanding in graciously releasing me to give the time necessary to research and write - I especially thank them.
The appendices include further acknowledgements of other people and organisations who have contributed to the compilation of this record.
Palmerston North, N.Z.
All Soul's Day - 2 November 1994