I would like some information about Marion Mckay and her husband Robert Oliphant Stewart ( my great grandfather) who resided in Whakatane in the late 1980"s :: FamilyTreeCircles.com Genealogy
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I would like some information about Marion Mckay and her husband Robert Oliphant Stewart ( my great grandfather) who resided in Whakatane in the late 1980"s

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Whoops, I said 1980's instead of 1890's. A BIG difference !!!

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on 2010-07-03 22:12:16

Popey has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2010. is researching the following names: OLIPHANTSTEWART, BLUETT, OLIPHANT and 4 other(s).

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by beano on 2010-07-17 05:19:24

Hi Popey - have only just started on my family genealogy. At present cannot tell you much about Marion apart from a note I found in my file stating that she was the grand daughter of Sir John Greening, an englishman who came to NZ in early 1800s. I think that my grandmother was brought up by Albert Oliphant Stewart & Adeline [McKay]. Her mother's name was Te Rangi Kaitia BLUETT. I believe she died at child birth. If you have any information I would love to hear from you. My grandmother's name was ELLEN OLIPHANT STEWART [Putahi Te Rangi Kiatia Tuati] and she married John Henry Clarke.

by Desiree on 2011-06-09 04:55:27

Hi, my name is Desiree Oliphant Stewart-Moeke and I am a grand-daughter of Albert and Adeline Stewart of Whakatane. I do not know much information re: Marion, however I will have a chat with my father Leslie, and see if I can find any information for you. All the best Desiree.

by Popey on 2011-06-10 22:54:06

Hi Desiree,
Lovely to hear from you.
I have the Oliphant Stewart family history from the reunion ( the one thatyour Aunty Pauline put together ).At that time I had not started my research, so did't know about the reunion, or our wonderfully interesting Whanau either.
Guess what.I actually talked to your Dad a couple of years ago when I was staying in Whakatane. We were going to get together, but there was some family illness at the time, and I have not been back.
I am going to try to get down later in the year, as I have a friend in Opotiki.
It would be great to catch up with you both then, so do keep in touch.
I already have Les's address and phone number.I would also love to visit Pauline as well.
I've been told I look like a "Stewart". I don't know how, as I have blonde hair, pale skin,and green eyes.So much for my heritage !!
Thanks once more,
Regards, Jenny

by jrobin1313 on 2011-11-23 12:43:52

Popey- My mother (a Stewart) is in contact with a Pauline Stewart S_ _ _ _ r in NZ whose ancestors include Oliphant Stewarts... descended from John Stewart and Agnes Oliphant of Isle of Bute.

My mother's (and mine for that matter!) Stewarts also came from Isle of Bute and my mother and this Pauline are curious about finding the common ancestor.

I've found John and Agnes in Rothesay in the 1851 Scotland census. I'm wondering if you have any further information about them.



by Popey on 2011-11-26 17:47:10

by Popey on 2011-11-26 17:48:48

by jrobin1313 on 2011-11-27 09:48:50

Yes, I knew Pauline's name- am new to this site and thought it prudent no to identify her further.
Appreciate the birthdate for John (1785)... had the sons except George from 1851 Scotland census record. There's another ship listed- the "Swift"- as a vessel of which he was also the commander. It's in The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography- and article about his son, John Tiffin Stewart. The census record concurs with the "Princess Royal"- so more than one ship in his career... not at all unlikely.
Was hoping that perhaps I could tie that John into our family tree- no luck yet- but perhaps one of these ancestors of his will tie in. You mention his grandfather and G grandfather- do you know his father?
I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Don't know that we do tie in to your Stewarts. My mother and your Pauline have been corresponding for some time (it was info from Pauline that got me started on this)and I'm really not sure how they came to know of one another.
The only thing I know we have in common so far is our descent from Stewarts of Rothesay- don't know that I'll find a connection.

by Popey on 2011-11-28 05:06:22

Hi Robin,
Great to hear back from you.
Yes,there are conflicting articles about my Gt Gt Grandfather's ship's name.The
"Swift" features in the info I have too.I'm sure they both fit in somewhere in his lifetime.
John Tiffin was the most well known of the boys in NZ History.(as was my Uncle Gordon,whom Pauline also remembers).Guess you have a run-down of their many achievements.
My own Gt Grandfather was interesting in his own right.
He did,in effect start our Maori heritage,of which I am very proud,even though I am blond, pale, and look much more like my Scottish and Swedish ancestors.
My Maori Gt Grandmother also left a mark on society,as she was the 1st Maori woman interpreter in our NZ parliament.
Sadly she died at the age of 44 yrs.
What I know about our Whanau is mostly from Pauline's research.
I'm sure that if there were more than 1 or 2 Stewart families in Rothesay, they would have been connected.
I know that our strongest link here in NZ is the name of Oliphant Stewart.
I may be able to find some more info on the Scottish brothers to pass on.
I think one may have been an Ambassador overseas somewhere. Will step up my research.
Do keep in touch.
Every little piece of new info adds to the magic of the past !!
Talk soon,

by Popey on 2012-03-23 05:24:17

by Popey on 2012-05-11 18:08:36

I have just written 1/2 a page, and now lost it!
What a waste!
Will return and write again later,

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