Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gregor McGregor and family

Gregor McGregor (1818 - 19 May 1876) of Smithfield, Wanganui married Catherine Fraser (4 January 1914) (daughter of Duncan and Marjorie Fraser) on 6 November 1841.  According to his obituary, he had eight sons and six daughters at the time of his death.  As best as I can ascertain at this point, they were as follows:

1. Helen McGregor (1842 - 10 March 1876) married Isaac Sargeant (variously spelled Sargeant or Sarjeant) (1838 - 1907) of Fernie lea in 1865.  Isaac was a widower with two daughters:
   A. Louisa Sargeant married John James Tylee (son of John James and Mary Rickett Tylee nee Bowman) (1854 - 1937)  in 1881
   B. Rosa Marion "Marion" Sargeant (1859 - 1957) married Arthur James Stewart Seaton (1853 - 1918) in 1880 
Isaac and Helen had six children, including:
   1.1 Isaac William Henry Sargeant (1867)
   1.2 Annie Victoria Sargeant (1870)
   1.3 Edgar Munro Sarjeant (1872 - 1942) married Jessie McLeod (1875 - 1957) in 1896.  The family lived at Denlair, Fordell.
      1.3.1 Eric Keith Sarjeant (1897 - 1963).  Eric served in WWI, enlisting in July 1917.
      1.3.2 Evan Sarjeant (1898 - 1922)
      1.3.3 Henry Lyall Sargeant (1899 - 1966) married Myrtle Richardson in 1925. Henry Lyall Jennings Sarjeant (1927 - 1950)
      1.3.4 Edgar Sarjeant (11 December 1903 - 1985) married Gertrude Smith in 1926.
      1.3.5 Isaac Sarjeant (28 March 1906 - 1982)
      1.3.6 Archibald  Stuart Sargeant (2 September 1908 - 1974)
      1.3.7 Roderick Leslie Sargeant (1910 - 27 June 1942).  Killed during WWII
Following Helen's death Isaac eventually married Eliza Mary Ellis (second daughter of Thomas Ellis, Primrose Farm, Kai Iwi) (1857 - 3 August 1918,  Dunedin) on 5 March 1884, at her father's residence.  They didn't have any children.    Coincidentally, Alister's relative Archibald Sutherland sued Isaac Sargeant for 110 pounds, and it was reported in the Wanganui Herald on 14 October 1902.  Archibald's brother Nathaniel and Isaac had been married to sisters - Catherine and Helen respectively.

2. John McGregor (1843 - 1916) married Christian/a McDonald McGregor (adopted daughter of a different John McGregor of Cherry Bank) (1850 - 1893) on 15 February 1871 by Rev. Hogg at her father's residence.
   2.1 John Boyd McGregor (1872) married Grace Mary Crespin in 1907
      2.1.1 Gordon Paterson McGregor (1908 - 1908).  Died as a two day old infant.
      2.1.2 Christina Rahwinia Boyd McGregor (1909)
   2.2 Rob Roy McGregor (1873 - 1893, Thames)
   2.3 Charles James McGregor (1875)
   2.4 Christian McDonald "Girlie" McGregor (1877) married David Fleming on 19 December 1906 at St Paul's Church, Wanganui by Rev. Ryburn.
   2.5 NR McGregor (1878)
   2.6 Ada Mary McGregor (1882 - 1957) married Adam Wilkie (4th son of Daniel Wilkie of Waitotara) in July 1901
   2.7 Flora Catherine McGregor (1887) married Frank Oswald Victor Acheson (son of Robert and Annie Sinclair Acheson nee Allan) (27 June 1887 - 25 March 1948) in 1910.  Frank became a well known Land Court Judge.
   2.8 Kenneth Alexander McGregor (1890 - 1918)
   2.9 Eliza Lennetta McGregor (7 July 1892 - 1977).  Probably brought up outside her immediate family given her mother's death while she was merely a baby, and also noting that she is not included in the action taken by her surviving siblings against their father in 1911.  

Following Christiana's death, John then married for the second time to Florence Ann Beaver (1871 - 1958) (eldest daughter of the late Charles Beaver of Nelson) on 5 May 1896
   2.10 Harry Douglas "Douglas" McGregor (1897)
   2.11 Helen Cathrine McGregor (1903)
   2.12 Doris McGregor (1906)
   2.13 Ian McGregor (1908 - 1908).  Died aged just three days.

John McGregor's obituary was published in the Hawera & Normanby Star on 5 April 1916:

One of Wanganui's best-known personalities, a man, indeed (says the Chronicle) whose sterling qualities were known and appreciated by settlers all over the southern half of this island, passed away yesterday in the person of Mr John McGregor.
The deceased gentleman, who was in his 73rd year, came of that good pioneer stock of which New Zealand has reason to be so proud. His father, the late Mr Gregor McGregor, came to New Zealand in the ship Blenheim, and had the honor of being one of the first colonists to land in Wellington, in which city his son John, now deceased, was born. Except for a few years in his childhood's days, Mr John McGregor has spent his life in this district, and became intimately associated with the well-known Cherry Bank property.
At the outbreak of the native trouble in the Taranaki district, Mr McGregor, though at that time only a lad of sixteen, went up to "do his bit," and he remained in close touch with the stirring times until the war was ended. Today two of his sons are serving with the Colors, one, Kenneth, having gone to the front with the Sixth Reinforcements, and his youngest son, Douglas, having just sailed with the Eleventh Reinforcements.
The deceased, whose passing makes another gap in the dwindling ranks of our oldest and most esteemed settlers, was noted for his strict integrity, and his death will be sincerely regretted by all who had the privilege of his acquaintance. He was twice married, and is survived by a grown-up family of three sons and four daughters by his first wife, and by one son and two daughters of his second marriage.

3. James McGregor

4. Duncan McGregor (24 October 1845, NSW - August 1923) married Annie Norah Smith (1846 - 1924) in 1869 by Rev Hogg.
   4.1 Marjory McGregor (1870 - 1943) married William Stobie (1872 - 1935) in 1892.  Lived in Takaka.
      4.1.1 Cecil William Stobie (23 November 1892 - 28 August 1960)  married Charlotte Hunter (daughter of James and Charlotte Hunter) (1895 - 1959) on 23 April 1925 at the Presbyterian Church in Reefton Charlotte Rona Stobie (19 October 1926, Takaka)
      4.1.2 Gerald Leslie McGregor Stobie (1894 - 26 August 1918, France)  Gerald was killed in WWI.
      4.1.3 Duncan Geoffrey John "Geoffrey" Stobie (1897 - 1930) married Eliza Annie Stent in 1922.  Geoffrey Stobie was known for cartoons he drew while he was away at war.  These can be viewed here
      4.1.4 Errol Roy Stobie (1901 -1952) married Daisy Coral Barnett (daughter of Frank Burleigh and Emma Barnett nee Moulder, who had married in 1888) (1902 - 1971) in 1923
   4.2 Gregor McGregor (14 July 1872 - 27 May 1944, Wellington) married Emily Eleanor Chubbin (1868 - 1935) on 21 April 1897
      4.2.1 Eric Watkins McGregor (4 December 1898 - 1979) married Ada Ramsbottom (elder daughter of Thomas and Bertha Ramsbottom nee Mudd in 1900 - poor Bertha Mudd went from one not so glorious name to another one!!!!) (1902) in 1929
      4.2.2 Douglas Stewart McGregor (7 February 1900 - 1982)
      4.2.3 Annie Emily Margaret McGregor (12 November 1903 - 22 May 1994) married Gifford Milne Hughes (third son of Joseph Daniel and Margaret Ann Hughes nee Milne, who had married in 1889) (7 September 1898 - 18 Decmber 1976) in 1931.   They lived around Patea/Hawera.  Gifford and Annie are buried at the Patea Presbyterian Cemetery. Stillborn Baby Hughes (1932) Buried in Patea.   Joseph Gifford Hughes (1932 - 28 January 1956).  Joseph is also buried in Patea.
      4.2.4 Jean Fraser McGregor (12 January 1910 - 1977).  Never married.
   4.3 Roy McGregor (1875) married Emma Louisa Davy (1875 - 1927) in 1908
      4.3.1 Theodora Annie McGregor (1909 - 1970) Never married.
      4.3.2 Ellen Mysie McGregor (22 August 1911 - 21 September 2009) married Robert William Lewis (elder son of Norman John and Beryl Florence Lewis nee Kitney) (25 March 1910 - 12 July1982) on 30 November 1938

5. Catherine McGregor (12 April 1853 - 12 April 1920) (3rd daughter) married Nathaniel Sutherland (17 April 1847 - 15 September 1931) on 8 January 1874.  For their family, see here.

6. Gregor McGregor (1856 - April 1942) married Te Pura Manihera in 1879.  Lived at Te Mawae, 129 Harrison Street, Wanganui
   6.1 Gregor Duncan McGregor (1880) married Mary Elisabeth Bremnan in 1908
   6.2 Mary Jane Rawinia "Lena" McGregor (1884 - 17 December 1910)

7. Marjory McGregor married Hugh Calders (1848 - 1904) on 18 December 1873 at her father's residence by Rev. John Elmslie.
   7.1 Mabel Venus Calders (1875) married Ernest Lovell Soundy (1874 - 1929) in 1901
   7.2 Helen Blanche Calders (1876) married John Morrison in 1900
   7.3 Hugh McGregor Calders (1879 - 1906) 
   7.4 William Fox Hampson "Hampson" Calders (1883 - 1924)
   7.5 Kathleen Hilda Marjory Calders (22 June 1885 - 1973) married Stephen Barker Williams (1879 - 1947) in 1913
   7.6 Marion Rita Calders (10 February 1892 - 1980) married Harold Varnham Halse (1884 - 1935) on 26 June 1909 in Greymouth
      7.6.1 Marjorie Varnham Halse (10 November 1910 - 1999) married Mr Wilson.  Marjorie graduated from Otago University in 1933 with an M.A.

8. Jane McGregor (1849) married Gregor McLeod (1836 - 1896) in April 1871
   8.1 Jessie McLeod (1875 - 1957) married her first cousin Edgar Munro Sarjeant (1872 - 1942) in 1896.  See 1.3 above for details of their family.
   8.2 Catherine Helen McLeod (1881) 
   8.3 Georgina Cowan McLeod (1884 - 1946) married Charles James Burr (1880 - 1959) in 1912
   8.4 Nathaniel Archibald McLeod (1885 - 1967) married Clytie Anderson Bambler (17 August 1888 - 1974) in 1913
   8.5 Margery Matilda McLeod (1888 - 1957)

9. Alexander McGregor married Alice Handley (eldest daughter of William Handley of Nukumaru) on 20 October 1890. or married Mary ? (1847 - 7 March 1910)

10. Matilda McGregor (1864 - 20 October 1894) married Angus Macintosh of Mars Hill in 1891.

11. Mary McGregor (1865)

12. Donald McGregor (1869)

Two more sons??

Mrs Gregor McGregor Snr died on 4 January 1914, and the Wanganui Chronicle reported the following day:

Another of our sterling pioneers passed away yesterday in the person, of Mrs Gregor McGregor, senior. The deceased lady was born in Invernessshire in 1823, and came out to New Zealand in the ship Blenheim, landing at Wellington on December 27th, 1840. Mr. Gregor McGregor, to whom she was married in Wellington two years later, accompanied her on the voyage out. When the Maori war broke out in 1845 Mr Gregor McGregor took his wife and then two children to New South Wales for safety, returning to Wellington in 1849 when the country became more settled.
In 1851 Mr McGregor, with the late Mr Wilson and Captain Daniels, left Wellington on foot. The two latter held scrip from the New Zealand Company, and selected suitable areas at Bulls and at Turakina respectively. Mr McGregor remained some years with Mr Wilson at Turakina and then came on to the Matarawa Valley, where he purchased a farm and settled with his wife and family, subsequently adding to the Matarawa property and acquiring other properties in the Wanganui district. Mr McGregor, who was also a native of Invernessshire, where he was born in 1818, predeceased his wife, passing away in 1876.
For some years past the late Mrs McGregor had resided in Wanganui, spending in peace and quietude the latter years of a strenuous and useful life. A family of five sons and four daughters survive.

Monday, May 14, 2012

McKelvie Family

The McKelvie family were pioneers and farmers in the Lower Rangitikei area, and are also interlinked with families such as the Higgie family, the Bull family and the Hammond family, among many others.

John McKelvie (18 November 1813 - 12 March 1892) married Selina Elizabeth Amon (1845 - 18 November 1905) in 1862.  
John McKelvie courtesy www.nzetc.org
According to New Zealand Cyclopedia (Wellington Province) John came to Australia on the ship Raglan in 1836 and then arrived in New Zealand from Australia in 1853.  His station was known as "Flock House" (that name and that property are still well known in the Rangitikei/Manawatu area).  His farm was very well respected and boasted some of the best sheep and cattle farmed in the area.  Following his death, son James managed the property.  John died in March 1892 and his obituary was republished in the Feilding Star on 15 March 1892:

Death of Mr John McKelvie
The death is recorded to-day of one who was widely known throughout this district, in which he was one of the earliest settlers, Mr John McKelvie, of Rangitikei. Mr McKelvie was attacked by his fatal illness some weeks ago. His advanced age precluded the prospect of recovery, and the end took place on Saturday morning at his residence, Arlington street, Wellington.
Deceased, who prided himself on the simplicity of his mode of life, was a very wealthy man, remarkably intelligent and keen of perception, and kept himself thoroughly well-informed on all subjects of general interest. He had experience of the Victorian diggings in the early days, where he amassed a competency, and then came to New Zealand settling in Eangitikei, in which district he has resided for about 30 years. He leaves a wife and a large family, two of the daughters being married to Mr John Hammond and Mr James Bull, of Rangitikei.
About two years ago he built a large residence in Wellington, and his family removed there, but he himself spent the greater part of his time on his farm in Eangitikei. He was buried this morning in the Karori Cemetery, Wellington Manawatu Times.

Following John's death, Selina married Roland D'Anvers (1844 - 1928) in 1893.  Roland was the fifth son of Frederick Samuel D'Anvers, who was apparently connected with the East India company.  Roland was born in 1844 in Middlesex, England and was educated at Canterbury before coming to New Zealand in 1864.  Initially he farmed in the Hawkes Bay area before settling in Rangitikei, where he obviously met Selina.  

Roland D'Anvers courtesy of www.nzetc.org

Roland's claim to fame was the nailless horseshoe, which was patented by him in October 1893.  There is more interesting information about Roland D'Anvers here.

Roland and Selina did not have children, however, she still had her own large family from her marriage to John - they were:

1. Edith McKelvie (17 April 1863 - 21 July 1919) married John Hammond (son of Richard Hammond of York Farm) (11 June 1857 - 31 March 1921) on 12 May 1886.  

Edith & John McKelvie courtesy of www.nzetc.org

They lived on John's farm, which was land adjacent to the Hunterville railway, and had the following children:
  1.1 John Richard Lloyd Hammond (1887 -1964) married Beryl Stevens (11 November 1894 - 1983) in 1916.
  1.2 Doris Leslie Hammond (1890 - 1939).  Doris never married.
  1.3 Gillon Rutherford Hammond (1892 - 1960) married Orton John Keith "Keith" Stevens (1890 - 1968) in 1915.
  1.4 Kelvin McKelvie Hammond (1892 - 1964) married Dorothy Mary Calman (27 October 1893 - 1981) in 1919.

Upon Edith's death an obituary was published:

It is with deep regret that we record the death of the eldest daughter of one of the pioneer settlers of the Rangitikei district, a lady who has spent the whole of her life in Rangitikei. We refer to Mrs John Hammond, of Merchiston, Rata, who died at her husband's residence last evening. The late Mrs Hammond was well known in the district, her kindly disposition endearing her to all who had the privilege of her acquaintanceship. Born at Parewanui on April 17, 1863, she resided with her parents, the late Mr and Mrs John McKclvie, at Parewanui till her marriage with Mr John Hammond in 1887, when they made their home at Merchiston, and have resided there ever since. The late Mrs Hammond leaves a husband and four children, Mrs Keith Stevens, of Waitotara, and Miss Doris Hammond, and Messrs Lloyd and Keith Hammond, of Rata, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother. There are only two brothers, Mr J. F. McKelvie of Carnarvan, and Mr Lynn McKelvie, of Parewanui, and four sisters — Mrs James Bull and Mrs T. A. Duncan, of Hunlerville, and Mrs Owen and Mrs Innes, who reside in England.
The interment will take place privately at the Karori Cemetery, Wellington.—Advocate.

2. Esther McKelvie (1866 - 30 March 1943) married James Bull (1866 - 4 September 1946) on 23 September 1891.

3. Grace Elizabeth McKelvie (1869 - 23 March 1896) married Harry Arthur Ewen (third son of Charles and Isabella Ewen nee Lewis of Tamahere, Waikato) (1862 - 1942) on 12 October 1892 at St John's Presbyterian Church, Wellington by Rev. J Paterson.   Harry was listed as being a banker at the time of the marriage.  Grace died on 23 March 1896.  She is memorialised on her father's gravestone in the Karori Cemetery.  They do not appear to have had any children, and Harry doesn't appear to have remarried.

4. James Flockhart McKelvie (1871 - 29 June 1935) married Jessie Florence Scott (daughter of David Scott) in 1893.  Following his father's death in 1893, James managed the station "Flock House".

James McKelvie courtesy of www.nzetc.org
James and wife Jessie had the following family:

  4.1 Joyce Kathleen Grace McKelvie (1894)
  4.2 Jessie Florence Merle McKelvie (1895)
  4.3 Rex Douglas James Flockhart McKelvie (1901)
  4.4. Mabel Dene Christina McKelvie (1904)
  4.5 Rawi Emily Scott McKelvie (1909)

For more information on this family see here.  (For convenience sake, I've reprinted James' obituary here, as well as on the Higgie family page:)

The death of Mr. James Flockhart McKelvie, one of the best-known and most-popular figures in the Manawatu district, occurred at his residence, "Pukemarama," Carnarvon, on Saturday evening. Mr. McKelvie was born at Lower Rangitikei, in 1870 and was the elder son of John McKelvie, of Edinburgh, Scotland. He married Jessie Florence, daughter of David Scott, a well-known sheep farmer in the Rangitikei district. His wife predeceased him by three years.
After completing his education at Wellington College, Mr.McKelvie went to his father's property, "Flockhouse" Station, Rangitikei, and on his father's death took over half of the estate, being that portion on the south bank of the Rangitikei River, which he renamed "Pukemarama." The area, states the "Manawatu Daily Times," was originally all flax and manuka scrub country, but under Mr. McKelvie's able management it was converted into one of the richest sheep and cattle stations of the West Coast.
Mr. McKelvie took a keen and active interest in public affairs. He was president of the Bulls- Sanson-Ohakea-Carnarvon Patriotic Society, a member of the Manawatu County Council, honorary life member of the committee of the Manawatu A. and P. Association, and a life member of the Returned Soldiers' Association. He was a generous palron of all classes of sport, president of the Rangitikei Racing Club, and a life member of the Foxlon Racing Club. In his younger days he was a very active sportsman, excelling in athletics. He was a splendid shot with a gun and it was a privilege to be a member of his party at the opening of the shooting season, as his well-protected lakes afforded splendid sport.
Mr. McKelvie in his time bred and raced many good horses. His interests covered a wide field. For years past he was one of the principal prizewinners for fat sheep and lambs at the agricultural and pastoral shows on this coast. The displays of vegetables and fruit exhibited at horticultural shows were a great attraction to all and thousands were delighted with the wonderful displays staged annually at the Manawatu and West Coast A. and P. Association Winter Show. Mr. McKelvie was of a generous and charitable nature, giving freely to all deserving cases. Mr. McKelvie is survived by one son, Mr. Rex McKelvie, of Carnarvon; and four daughters, Mrs. Hamilton Russell, of Bulls; Mrs. J. C. Gibbons, of Carnavon; Mrs. Donald Rowe, of Hunterville; and Miss Rawi McKelvie, of Carnarvon.

5. Jeannie Priscilla McKelvie (1873 - 1964) married Thomas Andrew Duncan (1874 - 1960) in 1896.  
  5.1 Grace Alethea Ngawai Duncan (17 September 1897 - 1983) married Ronald Stevenson Hatrick (1903 - 1964) in 1925
  5.2 John Hugh Thomas Duncan (11 October 1899 - 1988) married Arthurina Daisy Amon in 1925
  5.3 Kenneth McKelvie Duncan (1902 - 1971) married Margaret Ramson in 1930
  5.4 William Richard Duncan (14 January 1904 - 1986)
  5.5 Eric Hammond Duncan (1 January 1906 - 1982)
  5.6 Kate Selina Duncan (8 July 1907 - 1998) married Werner Paul Leuch in 1931

6. Caroline Mabel "Mabel"  McKelvie (1876) married Charles Owen (1868 - 1933) on 31 March 1897.  It was faithfully reported in the  Wanganui Herald on 1 April 1897:

An interesting and pretty wedding was celebrated at the Upokongaro Church yesterday, when Miss Mabel McKelvie, fifth daughter of the late Mr John McKelvie, of Parawanui, was married by the Rev Mr Herman to Mr Charles Owen, of Upokongaro. Long before the time appointed for the ceremony the building was crowded with interested spectators and friends of the bridegroom. The church had been tastefully decorated,and a pretty floral arch had been erected over the church gates by the residents as a gift to the bride. The bride was conducted to the altar by her brother, Mr Lynn MoKelvie, and was attended by her sister Miss M McKelvie as bridesmaid. The bride, who was given away by her mother, Mrs D'Anvers, was handsomely dressed in a charming costume of whita lustre, trimmed with lace with the orthodox veil and orange blossoms. She carried a lovely shower bouquet, and wore a diamond pin, gifts of the bridegroom, who also presented an amethyst brooch to the bridesmaid. The latter was attired in a becoming costume of white serge, trimmed with white ribbons and white straw hat to match. The bride's mother was stylishly dressed in grey Irish poplin, with jet trimmings and jet bonnet to match. Mr Gilbert Robertson acted as best man, and was the recipient of a silver matchbox from tbe bride.
As the nevlywedded pair walked down the aisle, the air was thick with fragrant rose leaves, and the joyful strains of Mendelsshon's Wedding March pealed from the organ, whioh was presided over by Miss Gribben. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party and guests were entertained at Calworth, and en route were greeted with three hearty cheers from the workmen assembled on top of Mr Owen's new residence. The usual toast of the health and future happiness of the bride and bridegroom was proposed by the clergyman who officiated at the marriage ceremony. Mr and Mrs Owen left by the mail train after receiving the best wishes of the guests assembled. The numerous and costly presents received by the bride attracted generally admiration. 

Mabel and Charles had the following family, and appear to have relocated with their family to Melbourne, Victoria, where they both died:
  6.1 William Thomas Owen (1898 - 1979) married Edith Kirrage and had one child.
  6.2 Kate Elizabeth Owen (1899 - 1983)
  6.3 John Elgar Owen (1902)
  6.4 James McKelvie Owen (1906 - 1974) married Alice Amy Rann and had two children.
  6.5 Charles Ernest Owen (1911)
  6.6 Arthur Haywood Owen (1915 - 1989)

7. Lynn Rutherford McKelvie (1880 - December 1945) married Olive Rebecca Burns (second daughter of James and Annie Burns of Abel Smith Street, Wellington) (1882 - December 1937) in February 1905 at St Andrew's Church in Wellington.  An account of the wedding was published in the New Zealand Free Lance on 25 February 1905:


The brightest sunshine and prettv surroundings were a feature of an exceedingly picturesque wedding on Tuesday afternoon, when the marriage was celebrated of Olive, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Bums, of Abel Smith-street the bridegroom being Mr. Lynn McKelvie, youngest son of Mrs. D'Anver, of Wanganui. St. Andrew's Church was the scene of the occasion, which was performed by the Rev Gibson Smith.
The bride looked very girlish and pretty as she enteied the church on her father's arm. Her lovely bridal gown was of white mousseline-de-soir over glace silk. Deep vandyked flounces were inlet and headed with insertions of delicate lace, and the bodice was most becoming, softly swathed, and finished with the same soft lace. The veil and orange blossom were of peculiar interest, having been wom by each bride of the McKelvie family. The only ornament worn was a necklet and very handsome pearl pendant which with the shower bouquet, were gifts of the bridegroom. A charming bevy of maids followed the bride Miss Pearl Burns and Miss Rita McKelvie wore picturesque white gowns with many insertions of lace and quaint lace-edged fichus. Their hats were of geranium red, with chiffon bows, tied loosely at one side. They carried bright led bouquets, and wore gold bangles, the gift of the bridegroom.
The three daintily frocked little flower girls were Misses Kate Owen, Merle McKelvie (nieces of the bridegroom), and Mavis Meadowcroft who wore white muslin frocks, white hats, red shoes and socks, and carried crimson flowers tied with crimson streamers in artistic baskets. Each one also wore a cable bangle, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Alec Amon (Rangitikei) was best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony, witnessed by a large congregation, the Wedding March was played by the organist of St. Andrew's. Subsequently a large reception was held at the residence of the bride's parents, where the pretty garden was en fete, being decked with flags. A large marquee was erected, and in this afteinoon tea was served. The table was decorated with silver bowls of Marguerite daisies and white heather and laden with every variety of dainty sweets. Conspicuous was the handsome wedding-cake, which was adorned with wide satin ribbons and white heather.
The health of the bude was propoed by the Rev. Gibson Smith, and was enthusiastically toasted. The bridegroom responded, and appropriate speeches were made by Mr. D. M. Luckie, Mr Martin Luckie, Mr. Amon and Mr. Newtown. Another interesting feature of the wedding was the number of country visitors who had come down to Wellington to be present. The bridegroom's family has been very long resident in Rangitikei, where none are more respected than the clan McKelvie.
Mrs Burns, who was wearing a very graceful gown of pale blue voile, and large black hat, received her guests at the entrance and in the large hall the bride and bridegroom received the congratulations of their friends. Mrs. D'Anvers (mother of the bridegroom) wore a handsome gown of russet brown eolinne, softened with lace, a bonnet of brown and gold shade, and carried a large bouquet of yellow flowers amd tinted leaves. Mrs. Owen (sister of the bridegroom) wore a pretty pale grey voile dress, and large hat. Mrs J McKelvie, a gown of black crepe-de-chine and picture hat.
Mrs. J. Bull wore black voile white lace collar, and black hat. Mrs. T.Duncan, in turquoise blue voile lace insertion, and black hat. Miss Burns wore a stylish costume of dove-grey voile, and large picture hat. Mrs Lyon wore a very pretty gown of pale blue voile. with lace yoke, and beautiful necklace of emeralds. Mrs. D. M. Luckie wore black, with handsome coat, and black and white bonnet. Miss Luckie wore a white cloth costume, smartly strapped with black and white embroidery. Mrs. Thompson was in black, with lace vest. Miss Newton wore a pale pink gown. Mrs. Saunders, in black, and black hat; the Misses Rutherford, in dark cloth gowns, relieved with lace; Mrs. Sievwright, in black, and black and white hat.
Mrs. Gibson Smith wore black and white, Mrs. Meadowcroft, a lovely dress of embroidered grass lawn, and hat prettily trimmed with lace and sable. Mrs. Forrest wore grey cloth, Mrs Matthews, blue costume, Miss Barber in stylish blue cloth gown, Miss E. Barber, cream voile, Miss Warren, pretty cream costume, Miss Wiggins, in white cloth dress, pink hat. Miss Gibson wore a very becoming gown of pale green voile, with deep lace yoke, threaded with moss-green velvet. Miss Dora Alexander was in white. Miss R. Scott also wore white muslin. Miss Tabuteau wore a pretty gown of royal blue voile, lace yoke, and blue hat. Mrs. Sully wore all black; Mrs. Dix, black and white; Mrs. C. Bull, in black.
During the afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn McKelvie left en route for Napier. On their return they will stay a few days in Wellington, then leave for Sydney. where they catch the P. and O. liner "Marmora," and commence a round-the-world trip. The bride's travelling gown was a grey tailor-made costume, white silk blouse, and large black velvet hat, with ostrich tips. In the evening a number of young guests were entertained at a very enjoyable dance. The dining-room was converted into a ball-room and supper was served in the large marquee. 

Olive and Lynn are both buried at the Karori Cemetery.  They left two sons:
  7.1 Lynn John Burns McKelvie (1906 - 1969)
  7.2 Hunia James Max McKelvie (8 June 1909 - 1990)

Lynn Snr's death was published in the 18 December 1944 edition of the Evening Post:

The death occurred suddenly on Saturday of Mr Lynn Rutherford McKelvie, at the age of 63. A retired sheep farmer, Mr. McKelvie was well known in Wellington and was a prominent member of the Wellington Bowling Club. He was born at the "Flock House" Station, Rangitikei, in 1881, his father, Mr. John McKelvie, having taken up tlie property about the middle of last century. "Flock House" was subdivided after the last war, half being sold in small farms, and the remainder going to the trustees of the New Zealand Sheep Owners' Debt to British Seamen Fund.
Mr. McKelvie was married in 1904 to Miss Olive Burns, daughter of the then Government Printer, Mr. James Burns. His wife predeceased him, but he is survived by his two sons, Messrs. John and Max McKelxie.

8. Harold McKelvie (1882) Probably died as an infant.

9 Margarite "Rita" May McKelvie (22 October 1884 - 17 May 1960, Auckland) married Dudley Innes (21 March 1873 - 4 December 1969) on 3 January 1906 at the Anglican Church in Rongotea.

  9.1 Freda Elizabeth Innes (24 November 1906 - 23 January 2001).  Never married.
  9.2 Ruth Mary Innes (22 June 1908 - 2007) married Arthur Herbert Coyle (7 June 1906 - 1983) in 1932.
  9.3 Hugh McKelvie Innes (5 November 1910 - 2005).  Married.
  9.4 Marjorie Innes (21 April 1912, Wellington - 25 October 2002) married Noel Stanley Crombie (10 June 1912 - 1989) on 19 July 1950. 
  9.5 Geoffrey James Innes (8 October 1913 -19 September 1944) married Joyce E.G. Hammond around 1939.  Geoffrey was killed during WWII.
  9.6 Betty Primrose Innes (19 April 1916, England - 5 December 2003) married George Neville Brown (26 December 1913 - 21 February 1979) on 3 January 1939 in Auckland.

Matriarch, Selina D'anvers died suddenly on 18 November 1905, at her husband's home, "Culworth" Makirikiri.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Wilkinson family

Another family who is interlinked with the families in Wanganui, through daughter Christina, is the daughter of David Norman Wilkinson, Nurseryman of Oriental Bay, Wellington.  Christina is an Aunt of Constance Mary Latto's husband David Norman Wilkinson III - and a great aunt of his daughter, my grandfather's cousin Judith.  

David Norman Wilkinson I (January 1810 - 17 December 1902) of Roseneath, Oriental Bay.  From Ayr, Scotland.  On 24 December 1842 David advertised that he was opening a Wellington Nursery.  David and his wife Elizabeth/Isabella came to New Zealand from London on the ship Olympus arriving in Port Nicholson on 20 April 1841 with their eldest child, daughter  Christina, who was 14 months old at the time of arrival.  David was listed as being aged 28 at the time of their arrival and Elizabeth was listed as being 23.  I believe that Elizabeth may have been Isabella Mary Dunlop Wilkinson (1809 - 1867) buried at Bolton Street Cemetery.  This  is confirmed by a newspaper report in the Wellington Independent, Volume XIX, Issue 2172, 25 February 1865, Page 3, where a report about an infanticide case refers to Isabella Wilkinson being the wife of David Wilkinson of the Wilkinson Tea Gardens in Oriental Bay.  It also explains the use of "Dunlop" in family names.  Isabella and Elizabeth were names which were often interchanged.  

1. Christina Wilkinson (January 1840 - 1908) married Thomas Higgie Jr on 1 September 1866 by Rev. J.S. Muir.  Thomas was from Wanganui.  For more details on their family see here.

Of interest, is an unfortunate court case, which Christina brought against her husband and her brother David Norman Wilkinson II as executors of her father's will.  Following are reports of the court case:

First, a report published in the Evening Post 16 June 1903 edition:

When the case of Higgle v.Wilkinson and another, in connection with the estate of the late D. N. Wilkinson was returned before the Chief Justice this morning, Mr. Bell, for the defendant Wilkinson, said there was apparently a will mado by the deceased between 1874 and 1884. There was, however, no trace of it except a reference to it in young Wilkinson's diary, which indicated that his father had seen Mr. Meason, a solicitor, then residing in the same locality. That was apparently after the execution of one of the deeds by the daughters, by which they re-conveyed to him lands he had provioudly conveyed to them. Efforts had been made without avail to trace the will and to find Mr. Meason. His Honour said he knew Mr. Meason personally, and believod he was still living in England. He was a man of some means, and at one time was headmaster of a large college near Melbourne. He practised as a solicitor in Dunedin, and still had property at Merivale, near Christchurch. It was decided to at once send telegrams to Christchurch and Dunedin with the view of tracing the will if possible.
The witnesses called for the defence included the defendant David Norman Wilkinson. In reply to Mr. Izard, he stated that it was some time after the property was given to Mrs. Higgie that witnesess heard of it.
Mr. Izurd: What did your father tell you about that?
Mr. Jellicoe objected to the question, which he presumed was intended to support the suggestion of a trust. His Honour said such evidence would surely be what was known as "self-serving evidence," and he could not see how the defence could bring in statements by the father on this head.
After some discussion His Honour said the question could not be admitted, and it was not pressed.
Mr. Izard said he assumed that ruled out all conversations between the father and the son about the daughters. His Honour remarked that there was the suggestion of the daughters that they were refused access te their father.
Examination continued: Witness knew nothing of the circumstancca under which his sisters gave back their sections. An entry in his diary of 14th March 1882, showed that Mr. Meason drew a will for his father on that day. Witness never read the will, but Mr. Meason remarked to him "The will is very favourable to you."
Witness denied that Mrs. Higgie was never allowed to see her father alone. Her statement to that effect was untrue. He never gave any instructions that any person was noy to see his father alone. Could remember one occasion of two and a half years ago when Mrs. Higgie had an interview alone with the testator in his bedroom.
To Mr. Jellicoe: Witness was married twenty-eight years ago, hod a family of eight, who had lived on the property with his father all the time witness was working there. His father was a widower thirty-seven years, and witness, his wife, and family looked after him. It would not do to interfere with him at all; he wanted his own way.
Witness and his wife repaid the old man £500 of the £1000 he had had to pay as a bondsman on the Rimataka Tunnol contract, in which witness was concerned.
Up till two year ago testator bad a good memory.
During the last ten years was he not entirely in the hands of you and your wife? - Not at all.
Can you suggest any other person who had any influence over him during that time? - No. Witness was being questioned in regard to the treatment of his sister Isabella, who was admittedly not physically strong, when his Honour asked what bearing this could have on the matter he had to decide.
The plaintiff did not set up undue influence in regard to the will.
Mr. Izard: This daughter has brought an action herself.
Mr. Jellicoe: We set up undue influence to induce the testator to break the contract.
His Honour ruled the questions inadmissible.
Mr. Jellicoe (to witness): Is this the first account you have sent to your sister in regard to the small life-estate proparty left her? — Witness: Yes.
Mr. Jcllicoe: Well, it allows what your sister has to expect. She gets about £40 a year, and in the first account you deduct 3d for stamps!
Mr. Izard said his learned friend knew perfectly well why all the details had been set forth. The account was rendered by the witness as an executor, and he (Mr. Izard) had advised him to be very careful.
The Rev. J. Paterson, of St. John's Church, was called in regard to the testator's mental capacity. He thought testator was capable of transacting his business affairs up to within twelve months, or two years at most, of his death. He rcgarded him as a very intelligent old man, and very communicative.
To Mr. Jellicoe: He always spoke kindly of his daughters, and witness never heard him say anything that would indicate any unkindly feeling towards them.
No further witnesses were called, and counsel addressed the Court. Mr. Jellicoe, in moving for judgment submitted that the gift of the land to Mrs. Higgie, originally was absolute and unconditional. There was no evidence that there was any trust, and it was clear that the land was reconveyed to the testator on him undertaking to equally divide his estate among his children.
Mr. Bell emphasised that the words of the testator in the letter to Mrs. Higgie, "You all share alike," were quite capable of meaning "all the daughters." The testator's intention at the time might be called fraudulent – it was to pass away part of his property for the time being in view of possible bankruptcy. There was no contract between testator and Mrs. Higgie in express terms which could be enforced a contract relating to land must be in writing. If it was a representation to make a will in plaintiff's favour it could not be enforced, and the action therefore failed.
His Honour said he would await the result of the enquiries as to the will drawn up by Mr. Meason before giving his judgment.

2. David Norman Wilkinson II (1843 - 12 May 1919) of "Glen-Lea", Grass Street, Oriental Bay.  David married Annie Honor O'Meara (1852, Victoria, Australia - 29 May 1926, Wellington, NZ) in 1873.  They lived at 13 Grass Street, Oriental Bay.  Together they had eight children:

2.1 David Norman Wilkinson III (1874 - 1957) married Constance Amy Timperley nee Latto (1892 - 1960) in 1929.  David carried on his father's business in the Nursery at Oriental Bay and although he married late, to widow Constance, they had one child: 
   2.1.1 Judith Wilkinson (1930+?)

2.2 John Dunlop "Jack" Wilkinson (1877 - 1937) married Ada Mary Moir (1898) (daughter of John Roger Harrison and Martha Ann Moir nee Bryan, who had married in 1894)  on 10 October 1921.  John worked as a metal worker and is buried at the Karori cemetery.  I'm unsure what happened to Ada after John's death, but it's not impossible to consider that she may have remarried, as she was only 39 at the time of his death.

2.3 Jannette/Janet Ellen Maud Wilkinson (1880 - 1969).  Janet never married.  She lived with her mother until her death, and then continued to live at the house at 13 Grass Street until her own death in 1969. 

2.4 William Oswell Wilkinson (1882 - 1968).  I was somewhat confused about where this gentleman fit in, but I knew that he was related to David Wilkinson II and shared in his estate (see Evening Post, Volume CIV, Issue 8, 9 July 1927, Page 16).  Thanks to Roger Wilkinson (Wilkinson descendant) I relooked at this whole family and came across the following marriage report which answered my questions and confirmed that William was David's third son - from a report in the Manawatu Standard on 21 April 1909:

"On Thursday last a quiet wedding took place, when the marriage of Miss Eva Bryant, second daughter of the later Mr T. Pascoe Bryant, and Mr William Oswell Wilkinson, third son of Mr D. N. Wilkinson, of Oriental Bay, Wellington, was solemnised at Holy Trinity Church, Ohariu Valley.  The Rev. J. Vosper conducted the service.  The bride was given away by her cousin, Mr Arthur Stone.  The bridesmaids were Misses Babs and Lorna Bryant, sisters of the bride, and Miss May Wilkinson, sister of the bridegroom.  Mr Earl Wilkinson acted as best man. "

Finally, I now know that William married Eva Ellen Bryant on 15 April 1909.  Together, they had at least two children:

   2.4.1 Vyvienne Joyce Wilkinson (1910)

   2.4.2 Kenneth William Pascoe Wilkinson (1911) 

2.5 Isabella Mary Wilkinson (1884)

2.6 George Earl Wilkinson (23 July 1886 - 9 September 1975) married Elizabeth Anne Morris (daughter of Alexander and Jane Morris) (1884 - 1 January 1958 ) in 1913.  George and Elizabeth lived in Mersey Street, Oriental Parade for at least the early part of their marriage - their first daughter Jean was born there:

   2.6.1 Jean Honor Wilkinson (11 July 1915, Mersey Street, Island Bay - 2007).  Jean married Baker

   2.6.2 David Dennis Morris Wilkinson (6 August 1917 - 21 January 2005).  David was a mechanic and married Ailsa Joan Norling (16 June 1920 - 2008) on 4 March 1942.

   2.6.3 Earl Gordon Wilkinson (12 February 1920 -  13 September 2012).  Earl worked as a bank clerk in Wellington, and later as a bank manager in the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua.  I don't believe Earl ever married.  

   2.6.4 Nancy May Wilkinson (30 March 1921 - 19 August 1986).  Nancy married Arthur Hildreth (7 July 1920 - 2001). 

   2.6.5 James Stewart Wilkinson (27 June 1923 - ?) 

2.7 James Gordon Wilkinson (1888 - 21 April 1920).  Worked as a clerk and died aged just 32, Gordon is buried at Karori Cemetery.  Gordon apparently died of the effects of influenza, which he had suffered badly from the year prior to this death.  He worked for Treasury in the City, and had been educated at the Clyde Quay School.  He was an amateur runner and boatsman.  He never married.  At the time of his death, he was listed as being his parents fifth, and youngest son, meaning that the last child listed for his parents, Arthur Wilkinson, must have already died.  

2.8 May Olive Annie Wilkinson (1898 - 1985) married Francis Kennedy Gasquoine (1898 - 28 September 1968) in 1921.  They had at least:
      2.8.1 John Wilkinson Gasquoine (22 May 1929 - 2006)
Following Frank's death in 1968, May appears to have married again late in life, this time to Guy Hanbury Masfen (5 November 1894 - 1996).  

2.9 Arthur Eric Wilkinson (1899)

Their mother Annie Honour Wilkinson died in 1926 and The Evening Post reported in its "Women in Print" section on 2 June 1926:

On Saturday afternoon last there passed away after a protracted illness one of the old pioneers, Mrs. David Norman Wilkinson of 13 Grass street, Oriental Bay at the age of 73 years. Her husband predeceased her by seven years. Mrs. Wilkinson was born in Victoria, and migrated to New Zealand fifty-five years ago, and spent her subsequent life at Oriental Bay.  Mrs. Wilkinson was one of the first residents of the Bay, and saw it grow from a wave-washed toi toi foreshore to a populous suburb. She was highly esteemed and respected in the community, as evidenced by the large number of magnificent floral tributes received.  Four sons and three daughters are left to mourn the loss. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning. 

3. Ellen Wilkinson (1846) married William H Hales (1830, New Brunswick, Canada - July 1909, Wanganui, New Zealand) in 1869.  Much more about the Hales family here

4. Isabella Mary Wilkinson (1851 - August 1923).  Isabella never married and she is buried at the Bolton Street Cemetery.