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Looking for anyone with info of two sisters who immigrated from Scotland to New Zealand. Margaret b1847 Kilmarnock AYR SCT, arrived NZ 1863 married Alexander Barclay 1866. Also Mary, b1845 AYR SCT, arrived NZ 1891 married James Heinz 1893.

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on 2010-02-02 19:50:11

Law has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2010. is researching the following names: OLIVER, HERBERT, CALDWELL and 7 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2010-02-03 03:49:36

Hi Law,
As you said, Margaret McCall married Alexander Barclay in 1866
- they settled in Malborough

In 1874 Alexander gave evidence in the INQUEST at AWATERE

In 1875 Mrs Templeton transfered her license for the Awatere Accommodateion House to him - see more on her below ..

In 1866 he renewed his license for the Awatere Accommodation House

In 1877 he again renewed his license for the Awatere Hotel

In 1877 the tragic loss of 2 of his children SAD ACCIDENT

In 1878 he again renewed the license for the Awatere Accomodation House

In 1898 he was in trouble at the Junction Hotel

- Alexander's & Margaret's known children were:
1868 - Ann (or possibly Margaret Ann) was born in Blenheim

1870 - 1959 George McCall Barclay
- he married Elizabeth Amelia Reid on 28th September 1892 in Marlborough
- Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of James Reid of Koromiko
- they had:
1893 - Sydney George
1894 - Doras Ingram
1896 - Daisy Amelia
1899 - Mabel Ellen
1900 - Stanley Reid
1907 - Cyril Valentine
1908 - Elsie May

1873 - 1877 Gilbert Templeton Barclay
- read the notes above re his tragic death

1875 - Helen Barclay

1876 - 1877 Ellen Hall Barclay
- read the notes above re her tragic death

OF INTEREST on the names of the 2 children who died in 1877 - there was a Gilbert Templeton in Awatere who died on 2nd March 1875 aged 52 (birth year of 1823) his wife [url=]
Helen Hall Templeton [/url] died in March 1896 aged 66 (birth year of 1830)

They had the publican's license in Awatere Crossing. Gilbert was also the pound-keeper at the Awatere Pound

I believe that the Templetons were VERY good friends of Alexander and Margaret, based on their children being named after them, that they lived in Awatere and that Mrs Templeton transferred the Awatere license to Alexander in December 1875, 6 months after Gilbert's death
- their son Gilbert Templeton was born in 1873 so they knew the Templetons well before this

1878 - 1938 David Barclay

1879 - 1964 Cecilia Barclay
- Cecilia married Thomas David Jones in 1900
- he was a son of David Jones and Effie McLeod
- they had:
1901 - Alexander Thomas
1902 - Leonard William
1904 - Arthur Davies
1906 - Gilbert (after her brother ??)
(possibly more)

1881 - 1958 Mary Barclay
- Mary married James Henry Brooks in 1903
- they had:
1904 - Leonard George
1905 - Florence May
1907 - Percy James
1908 - Catherine Margaret
(possibly more)

Alexander died on the 10th August 1880 aged 43
- he had been living at Grove Rd, Blenheim previously lived in [url=]Awatere

Margaret died in 1915 aged 78
- burial places not found at this time
(I think it is likely to be Omaka cemetery)

Mary McCall married James Heinz on 26th November 1892 and nothing else found at this time on children, death etc ..

by ngairedith on 2010-02-03 03:59:06

Correction for the above link under OF INTEREST

Helen Hall Templeton

Correction for the link st Alexander's death:
- he had been living at Grove Rd Blenheim
- previously lived at Awatere

by Jaysell on 2012-04-17 07:20:25


Alexander Barclay was my gt gt grandfather and Mary my gt gt grandmother.
I knew I was going to be in the Blenheim area in March 2012 and did a lot of research before I went.
I could not find either of my Alexander Barclay's burial places. The third Alexander rests in Wanganui. But I knew that the first Alex had the Awatere Accommodation House and that Taylor Pass Cemetery was nearby.
I visited the cemetery but there was no readable headstone with Barclay on it. Gilbert Templeton is definitely there and the enclosure is a lot bigger than one burial. I estimate 4 lots.
I took photos and paid my respects.
Since returning home I have found an article in Papers Past about the funeral of Alexander Barclay. He is resting at Taylor Pass Cemetery, according to the paper. There are no council records and this is all I have to go on. I found the article by searching for Gilbert Templeton.It did not turn up with Alexander Barclay search.
Anyway I am very happy to know that that is where he lies. Now I have just one Alexander to find. Onwards!

by Jaysell on 2012-04-17 07:21:33

Sorry, so many Branches. I meant Margaret when I typed Mary

by Law on 2012-04-20 16:28:53

Many thanks to you both above that have replied to my initial request. Sorry I did not see the 2010 entry sooner. There is lots in there that I already know but lots of additional stuff I can also add. But I will get it all sorted and do that some other time soon.
I would really like to know how you are both related to Alexander. My interest comes from the fact that my husband is descended from Alex and Margaret's son George McCall and then Stanley Reid Barclay. I have done extensive research into this Barclay family and have also visited Blenheim and Awatere, and have collected lots of photos and information along the way. I have also researched the McCall family and have been in touch with the Blick family (Margaret McCall/Barclay married James Blick after Alex died in 1880 and she had 5 more children to James).
Cheers for now, will post again soon.

by lgboyce on 2017-03-30 04:29:36

I am related to Elizabeth Amelia Reid who married George McCall Barclay, so can give you further information about her family, for those who are descended from this couple.
Her father, James Reid, married Julia Cecelia James in 1874 at the Holy Trinity church, Picton (she was born in 1844 in Wellington died 15 August 1922).
James parents were James and Anne.
Julia Cecelia was the youngest daughter of John Charles James (born 1 August 1788, Bristol, died 7 October 1872 at Tua Marina, Marlborough)and Eliza Tyler (born 1805 - no death info available for her, family rumour has it she took off with a Yanky sailor). John Charles and Eliza were married 6 June 1822 at St Michaels in Bristol. John Charles first came to NZ in 1836 to the Bay of Islands, returned home in about 1838, then brought his family to Wellington in 1842 on the 'London'. John lied about his age when they came here, saying he was born in 1802, which would have made him 40 when he was actually 54 - Presumably he looked young for his age!!
I am descended from John Edward James, sister of Julia Cecelia - he is my 3xgreat grandfather (my mother was a James).
Two of Julia Cecelia's sisters married two prominent Marlborough settlers - Clara Elizabeth married Captain George Covell Jackson, and Amelia married Captain Samuel Bowler, both were initially whalers at Port Underwood. Jackson's settled at Robin Hood bay as farmers, Samuel Bowler owned the Chaytor property at Marshlands (before Chaytors had it) and had a store at the Bolder Bank prior to that as well as captaining ships down the Marlborough coast and to Wellington and up the Opawa river to Beavertown (Blenheim) after the earthquake made it navigable for larger ships.
My grandfather and great grandfather's middle name's are Bowler, named after Samuel Bowler, and I know the name continued down other lines of the family, including Lewis Eustace Bowler Jackson, so he was obviously highly thoughtof. (I've only recently found out this info on them, so fascinating what can be in our family history that we have no knowledge of unless it is recorded and passed down!)

by Law on 2017-05-31 19:22:11

Thanks for the above info about the Reid and James families, much appreciated. I have John Charles' parents as John James and Mary Garrett, married in Bristol 13 Aug 1786.Haven't done any recent research on this side of the family so good to add your info, thank you.

by ChrissyT on 2018-04-07 20:59:49

Margaret Anne McCall was my great-grandmother from her 2nd marriage to James Blick in Nov 1881. Margaret had 7 surviving children when she married James Blick and went on to have 5 more children ( Arthur Edward Blick the 4th born was my Grandfather)Margaret died in 1927, not in 1915 as stated in an earlier post. She is buried at Kaituna Cemetery just out of Renwick, in Blenheim, I visit her often!I have done some research on Margaret Anne McCall and have traced her family tree back to 1776, starting with her Grandfather Hamilton McCall

by Law on 2018-04-07 23:05:40

Thankyou Chrissie, I too have visited her grave at Kaituna, and also tried to find her sister Mary's grave at Picton, but there doesn't appear to be any headston. I would love to correspond with you on the McCall family if you are keen?

by ChrissyT on 2018-06-28 10:33:36

Hi Law? Yes, very keen to explore the McCall family more. I have been trying for years to establish the resting place of the 2 children that Margaret and Alexander lost due to scalding when they were living at the Accomodation House in the Awatere Valley. I have also discovered thru that Margaret McCall knew of the Templeton family in Scotland prior to her coming to NZ. It appears she worked as a housemaid for Templeton's in Scotland, possibly following the death of her father, a sea captain. Look forward to communicating with you. Regards, Chrissy

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