PECK of TAITA
a messaged from John:
Subject: "Sevilla" Glasgow to Bluff 1864
Date: 2014-01-15 03:03:56
My particular interest is my wife's great-grandmother, Elizabeth Miller Anderson who married Andrew Glendinning, in 1874 at the house of Thomas Cumming at Harrisville (Avenal), Invercargill. Elizabeth was (according to family lore) born in Scotland (possibly Burntisland, Fife) and came to NZ with her family. She died in 1897 and is buried in Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill in a Plot also containing David Stewart and his wife, Ann. Apart from that I've hit a brick wall.
I found a Thomas Cumming buried at Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, and found that he married a Mary Jane Law Anderson. They are buried in a family Plot which also contains a William Anderson, formerly of Kinross-shire, Scotland and Jane Stewart Morrison Wilson (nee Anderson). A 1881 Southland Times newspaper report on Jane's wedding to Alexander Wilson confirms that she was the youngest daughter of William Anderson and that the wedding was at her brother-in-law's house.
I strongly suspect that my Elizabeth Miller Anderson is another daughter of William Anderson (both Elizabeth and Jane married at the house of their bro-in-law i.e. Thomas Cumming).
However for some unexplained reason Elizabeth wasn't buried in the family Plot even though there was clearly sufficient space for her when she died in 1897 (Mary and Jane where buried there a number of years later).
I had already found an Anderson family which arrived at Bluff in 1864 aboard the Sevilla (Mr Anderson, Mrs Anderson and 5 children). Interestingly also aboard were a Mr and Mrs Stewart and 2 children. (Jane's middle name is Stewart, so perhaps there's a family connection, which may explain why Elizabeth is buried with Mr & Mrs Stewart).
However when I read a Southland Times item (4 August 1863) hand-loom weavers, discussing whether the Government should assist in bringing hand-loom weavers from Girvan, Ayreshire, to Southland, I now wonder if all those aboard the Sevilla were from the Ayreshire region (i.e. therefore not my Anderson family from Kinross-shire/Fife area). Do you think there's a possibility that more detail of the Sevilla passengers exists at the Scotland end? i.e. was the 1864 Sevilla trip a special sailing only for emigrants from the Ayreshire area. I see that the Sevilla's passenger list shows Assisted and Un-assisted passengers (the Anderson and Stewart families were both Un-assisted). Perhaps in doing your research concerning the Sevilla, you already discovered further info which you didn't include in your Journal?
Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
regards (name & address supplied)
I will be looking into John's request
If you are able to help him please leave a comment below
It appears that the two families named "Donnegan" on the 1864 Sevilla passenger list, were actually "Domigan".
(William Domigan is named as a signatory to the Girvan colonists address to NZ Governor per Southland Times,21 Jan 1874; Death Notice of Richard Domigan in Southland Times of 7 Jan 1897)
The full name of the "W.J.Harvey" on the 1864 Sevilla passenger list, is "William John Harvey".
See the following newspaper article:
SOUTHLAND TIMES 27 February 1874, page 2:
GIRVAN COLONISTS - A meeting of Girvan colonists was held in Rodie's Appleby Hotel on the evening of Monday last, Mr William Stead in the chair. The following resolution was proposed by Mr Domigan, seconded by Mr William John Harvey, and passed unanimously That the overplus of £3 7s of subscriptions by the Girvan colonists, after defraying all expenses in getting up an address to His Excellency the Governor on his recent visit here, be handed over to the Treaurer of the Invercargill Hospital for the benefit of that institution." ...
It appears that the family of Richard Domigan/Donnigan spelt their surname as "Dummigan"(despite Richard's newspaper Death Notice and his Death Registration being spelt "Domigan"). The family's Headstone at Eastern Cemetery, Invercarill reads:
"In loving memory of Richard Dummigan who died Jany 6th 1897 aged 75 years. The Lord is my shepherd.
Also Agnes, beloved wife of John Wilson, who died Oct 31st 1898 aged 44 years.
Also Agnes Dummigan, wife and mother of the above, who died April 14th 1918 aged 85 years
Also their son Richard Dummigan who died Aug 18th 1928. At rest.
He giveth his beloved sleep"
The Death Registrations of mother Agnes and son Richard, and the Marriage Registration of daughter Agnes to John Wilson, are all in the name of Dummigan.
The Muyz family on the Passenger List would be Thomas & Isabelle Mayze (nee Allison), who were married at Girvan, Ayrshire in 1852, both buried at Eastern Cemtetery, Invercargill. In the same Plot is a daughter "Sevilla Mayze" who died on 10 October 1865 aged 15 months. She was therefore born about 10 July 1864, which was during the voyage - which would no doubt be the reason for her given name.
The Hugh Derby on the Passenger List would be Hugh Derbie.
[Family Tree on http://www.tribalpages.com/family-tree/whd2 notes that Hugh came to New Zealand about the 1864 voyage of the Sevilla.]
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