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MCKILLOP: Ballycastle to New Zealand

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Great-grandmother Fanny MCKILLOP was born in abt 1860 in Ballycastle, Antrim, Ireland. Her father was probably Archibald MCKILLOP. In 1876 her brother Charles, a settler in Wairarapa, NZ, organised for her to join him and his family. In 1879 she married John MONTGOMERY, a Masterton based building contractor originally from Melbourne (though he had been born in Portadoun, Ireland.

Surnames: MCKILLOP MONTGOMERY
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on 2010-05-27 23:56:33

Decimus has been a Family Tree Circles member since May 2010. is researching the following names: COAST, MCKILLOP, KELLY and 8 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2010-05-28 08:25:27

Hi Decimus,
Don't know if you are asking for info or just sharing some with us but here is some information on John & Fanny Montgomery:

In September 1893 John got the contract to build additions to the Taratahi Hotel (in Carterton)

In January 1884 The Wairarapa Star stated that Father HALBWACHS was not to be allowed to leave the Wairarapa without a testimonial. Subscriptions were to be sent to Mr D. F. Maccarthy or John Montgomery
- Father Halbwachs was an Irish Catholic immigrant living in 463 High Street South Carterton (now known as Zillwood Cottage, an Historics Place)

On the 20th September 1895 a man named H. Jones who worked for John Montgomery, carpenter, tripped on some bricks abd broke his leg in two places

In February 1896 John had 10 acres of oats washed away in the floods

On the 11th August 1898 John and Fanny's 15 roomed home in Masterton was totally destroyed by fire

In September 1903 Maurice Thompson sold his interest in the Makuri Hotel to John Montgomery, builder, late of Masterton
- Makuri is 90km north of Masterton near Pahiatua

The children of John & Fanny were:
1880 - William John Montgomery
- married Catherine Richards TOMAN in 1903
- married Agnes Steele ROBINSON in 1928
1881 - Jane Mary Maria Gertrude Vena Leone Montgomery
- she married Albert Alexander NARBEY in 1924
1883 - Alice Montgomery
- married James BOYLE in 1915
1889 - Archie Montgomery
1891 - Annie Montgomery
1894 - Henry Montgomery
1897 - Harold Charles Montgomery
- Harold died on 18th November 1967 in Masterton and is buried in Archer St Cemetery

- Fanny (born 1860) died on the 14th November 1927 and is buried in Plot FM, Row 10, Plan IV at Archer St Cemetery Masterton
- John (born 1849) died on the 8th August 1930 and is buried in Plot JM, Row 10, Plan IV at Archer St Cemetery Masterton

Fanny's brother Charles was born in 1841 and died aged 72 in 1913
- this is according to this journal:
Wairarapa residents 1800s

The other Montgomerys buried in Masterton are:
Archibald Montgomery 1890-1950
Basil Montgomery ?-1908 (age not recorded but buried in the 'Old Ground')
Kathleen Annie Montgomery 1892-1911 aged 19
Ronald John Montgomery 1832-1981

The Montgomerys buried in Pahiatua are:
Gladys Dorothy Montgomery 1920-1998
- lived in Ormondville Rd, Norsewood, Dannevirke
- married William Victor Anzac Montgomery
Thomas Charles Montgomery 1883-1953
- lived in Weber, Dannevirke
- buried in the WWI section
William Victor Anzac Montgomery 1919-2003
- a farmer, lived in Ormondville Rd, Norsewood, Dannevirke
- buried Mangatera cemetery
William Montgomery 1919-1925 aged 5
- his headstone at Mangatera reads:
Accidentally drowned at the Coronation Baths
Arthur Ephraim Urquhart (aged 35) drowned attempting to rescue William Montgomery

The Montgomery buried in Carterton is:
Jean Kennedy Montgomery 1910-1978

by Decimus on 2010-05-28 23:37:02

Hullo ngairedith
Thank you very much. Yes I was looking for information and you have given me quite a bit to follow up on John and Fanny Montgomery and their family. Thanks again. Decimus

by Decimus on 2010-05-28 23:44:50

Hullo ngairedith
Thank you very much. Yes I was looking for information and you have given me quite a bit to follow up on John and Fanny Montgomery and their family. Thanks again. Decimus

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