NickyMac , from Christchurch, New Zealand (formally from Bay of Plenty), has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2010. is researching the following names: MCKAY, MACKAY, LEAMING and 4 other(s).
As i said in my last reply I do a timeline on people I am researching so I have purchased the death certificate as well as obtained the will of your Alexander.
There are some things that do not add up.When you first wrote to me you named 9 children for Alice and Alexander there are only10 on the death certificate that includes Hannahs children. you also mentioned you had found the death of an Alice MacKay could you please tell me when and where that was as I would like to look into it.Pretty sure it isn't the one but best to be sure.
I spent last weekend at the museum in Waihi and there is very little on Alexander there. Lots on the NZ Governments Alexander!!
Do you have any photos that you would be willing to share.
Thanks for your reply. My dad still hasn't mailed me the copy of the death cert so i got my number of children wrong. It was indeed 10. The last 4 are my Hannah's. Their ages in the death cert are 23, 20, 19 and 13 all fit into our ancestors. Constance was 13, My great grandad Alexander was 19, mabel was 20 and Blanche was 23, when Alexander Died. Alexander and Hannah had 2 other children that died in infancy, Annie Bredalbane MacKay b 1898 d 1898 and another Constance, Constance Olivia Breadlbane Mackay (leaming) b 1900 d 1901, both babies buried in Pukerimu cemetery in Paeroa. Alexander and Hannah lived at 17 Junction Rd, Paeroa ... there was a land purchase in past papers. Hannah was only his housekeeper, but obviously became more. She was a divorcee, previously married to William Henry (or harry) Leaming in 1880. They had a baby, but he died and then they divorced. I can't find birth records for my blanche or mabel, but all 4 were registered at birth under Leaming (I guess because Alexander was away in the goldfields when the babies were born. One of my dad's uncles, recalls my great grandad telling him he never really knew his dad as Alexander was away alot. In Alexanders will, he bequeaths ownership of 1/3 of Waikino township, so there may be records of him more in the Gorge area and paeroa maybe, than in waihi. There is a photo of some miners in front of the Talisman and we think that the old grey haired miner is our Alexander, not sure if there is a record of names for the people in the photo. Our Alexander was one of the oldest miners in the gorge, so adds up but not confirmed. The Alice MacKay death entry was a stab in the dark, i think it was 1930, so i wondered if it was the ex wife Alice or maybe a daughter, probably neither, i haven't pursued that one. I'll try and figure out the best way to put the photo up. Chat soon. Nicky
The amount of children (9) I wrote to you earlier about was incorrect, I missed one. So in total there were 10 Children (the names of the older children to Alice, were shared by BELINDY), but the last four belong to My Great Great Granny Hannah, the other 6 to Alice. We never knew there was another family or a former wife until we got the death certificate, so we are still trying to put pieces together for the piece of the puzzle. Our Alexander was a private man too and that is why little is known about him through the family. My great grandad remebers Hannah taking him to visit his father in the Gorge and staying in a wee tent. What I know is Our Alexander was not a mine worker persay, but he always a stakes/partners in claims ... he was a Mining Agent. He owned 200 acres of gold mining property adjacent to the Talisman, so he was a bit more than a mine worker.
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