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William Moffat

William Moffat

Male 1829 - 1895


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  • Name  William Moffat  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Born  25 May 1829  Blackerstone, Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alternate Birth  25 May 1830  Blackerstone, Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    • Year is in error - should be 1829
    Census  6 June 1841  Renton Cottage, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Parish of Houndwood Quoad Sacra (formerly Coldingham) Page 5-6
      Renton Cottage
      George Moffat 45 Ag Lab Born in Berwickshire
      Isabel Moffat 45 Born in Berwickshire
      Alexander Moffat 20 Ag Lab Born in Berwickshire
      Margaret Moffat 15 Ag Lab Born in Berwickshire
      Eliza Moffat 15 Ag Lab Born in Berwickshire
      William Moffat 10 Born in Berwickshire
      George Moffat 8 Born in Berwickshire
      Catherine Moffat 5 Born in Berwickshire
    Census  30 March 1851  Greenwood, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Book 4 Page 10. Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland

      Greenwood
      Isabella Moffat (Clark) Head Widow 58 Retired Berwick, Fogo
      Alexr. Moffat Son Unmarried 31 Railway Labourer Berwick, Bunkle
      Wm Moffat Son Unmarried 21 Farm Servant Berwick, Longformacus
      George Moffat Son Unmarried 19 Farm Labourer Berwick, Longformacus
      Catherine Moffat Daughter Unmarried 17 House Servant Berwick, Bunkle
    Emigration  August 1857  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Left Scotland soon after being married and went to Australia to the Victoria Goldfields
    Immigration  1862  Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arrived in New Zealand in 1862 from Australia
    Emigration  They sailed almost immediately for Australia. [Source 3]

    William (Wm) and Ellen Moffat emigrated to Australia in Aug 1857 onboard the ship “Titan”. They are listed as 2 of 664 passengers on that voyage. [Source 53]

    The “Titan” sailed from LIverpool on 22 May 1857. William’s occupation listed as Farmer. Age given as 27. [Source 465]

    They were at Smeaton for 5 years, William carting supplies to the Victorian gold fields. It has been suggested that he may have been employed at Anderson’s Flour Mill at Smeaton and supplying the mining settlements with flour. 3 children were born in Australia. [Source 313]

    At the beginning of 1862 the Moffat family sailed for New Zealand where the Houliston family were already planning to buy land. They came first to East Taieri where William worked on Mr Todd's farm for a year or two. [Source 3] 
    From Here A Name  On May 25th, 1830, to George Moffat and Isabella (nee Clark) at Blakerstone, Berwickshire, Scotland, was born a son, William. [Source 3]

    William died while still in his prime. He contracted a foot injury which necessitated the amputation of his leg. This was done in the Ellenslea home by the local Dr Smith, assisted by Dr Fitzgerald, of Kaitangata. One room was emptied of its furniture and here on the kitchen table, the operation was performed. Although he survived the operation, gangrene set in and he died soon afterwards. [Source 3]  [1
    Alt Death  30 August 1895  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Obituary  FREE PRESS September 1895

    Another old identity of the Clutha passed away on Sunday morning in the person of Mr William Moffat of Te Houka. Mr Moffat had been confined to the house for the last three months with a bad foot, but no serious consequence was thought of until his medical advisor, Dr Smith, considered the patient's foot would have to amputated about three weeks ago. The operation was successfully performed by Drs Smith and Fitzgerald and all went well until about ten days ago when Mr Moffat's spirits went down and he gradually got weaker, until he quietly passed away surrounded by members of his family. Mr Moffat was a native of Berwickshire, Scotland and was a well known resident of the Clutha, to which district he came over 30 years ago. His intimate friends have noticed him failing ever since the shock of his son Alick's death, which took place on the way to Sydney several years ago. Though of a retiring disposition he took an interest in all the doings of the welfare of the district. He is survived by a widow and four sons and three daughters (two sons and a daughter married). Mrs Moffat and family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The funeral on Tuesday was a large one, followed by no less than 34 vehicles, 37 horsemen and a number on foot. [Source 319]

    THE CLUTHA LEADER September 13, 1895 page 5

    THE LATE MR WM. MOFFAT.
    It is with sincere regret that we have this week to record the death of Mr William Moffat, of Te Houka, which took place on Sunday last. Till about 3 months ago Mr Moffat enjoyed the best of health, but an operation on one of his legs requiring its amputation between the knee and the ankle was found necessary. From the effects of this he never recovered, though as far as the operation itself was concerned the recovery was satisfactory. But he became very low spirited, and almost from the first fully made up his mind that he would never recover. Mr Moffat was born in Blackerston, Berwickshire. He left home in 1857 for Australia, just previously getting married to one of the Houliston’s, but came on to New Zealand in 1862. For a year or so he worked in the East Taieri, and in 1863 he came to a farm he had acquired at Te Houka, on which he resided till the the time of his death. During his 32 years residence in the Clutha Mr Moffat made many friends and became widely known and respected. He was of a kindly disposition, and was an obliging and agreable neighbour, In addition to his wife a family of four sond and three daughters survive him. His funeral took place on Tuesday, and the cortege was one of the largest seen in the district.
    As will be seen in our obituary notices a sister of Mr Moffat’s died in New South Wales in July last.[Source 2500]  [11, 12
    Will  Dated 16 Jany 1890
    “A”
    This is the last Will and Testament
    of me
    William Moffat of Te Houka in the Provincial District of Otago New Zealand Farmer. I give and bequeath the following legacies chargeable on my farm of “Allenslea” hereinafter described that is to say to my son Robert Moffat the sum of one hundred pounds, and to my daughter Elizabeth Jane Moffat the sum of one hundred pounds. I give and bequeath the following legacies chargeable on my son Adam Houliston Moffat’s half share or interest in the farm of “Blinkbonny” hereinafter described that is to say to my daughter Alice Wilson wife of James Wilson of Te Houka aforesaid farmer the sum of one hundred pounds and to my daughter Ellen Isabella Moffat the sum of one hundred pounds. I give and bequeath all my household furniture and personal effects and all live and dead stock and farming implements which shall be on my said farm of “Allenslea” at te date of my death to my wife Ellen Moffat during her life, and after her death to my son Samuel William Moffat absolutely. I give and bequeath to my sons George Moffat and Adam Houliston Moffat all my live and dead stock and farming implements which shall be on my said farm of “Blinkbonny” at the time of my death. I give and devise my said farm of “Allenslea” being part of section one and section two Block 42 Clutha district parts of sections seven and nine Block forty one Clutha District and section four hundred and eighty nine R in the same District to my said wife Ellen Moffat for her life and after her death to my said son Samuel William Moffat absolutely subject however to the said legacies to the said Robert Moffat and Elizabeth Jane Moffat which shall be payable one year after my wife’s death. I give and devise my said farm of “Blinkbonny” being sections six seven eight nine ten eleven and part of sections five and twelve Block fifty three section eleven and parts of sections five seven and nine Block Sixty and section five hundred and eighty five R all in Clutha District to my said sons George Moffat and Adam Houliston Moffat in equal shares as tenants in common subject however to the payment of the whole principal and interest secured by a memorandum of Mortgage by me of both the said farms in favor of the late Adam Laudels and subject also as regards my said son Adam Houliston Moffat’s half share or interest in the said farm to the payment of the said legacies to my said daughter Alice Wilson and Ellen Isabella Moffat. I appoint my said wife Ellen Moffat and my said son George Moffat executors of this my will. In witness whereof I the said William Moffat have hereunder set my hand this sixteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and ninety.
    Signed and acknowledged by the said William Moffat as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same tie who at his request in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

    Danl Stewart
    Solicitor Balclutha

    W A Grant
    Can, Clerk
    Balclutha



    This is the paper writing marked “A” produced and shewn to Ellen Moffat and George Moffat at the time of swearing their affidavit this fourteenth day of September 1895
    Before me

    A Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand [Source 316]  [13
    Died  8 September 1895  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Buried  10 September 1895  Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    • From death notice in Clutha Leader paper Friday 13 September 1895 “His funeral took place on Tuesday, and the cortege was one of the largest seen in the district”
    Person ID  I16  Roger
    Last Modified  5 July 2009 

    Father  George Moffat,   b. about 1792, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 January 1844, Harelawside Farm, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Isabel Clark,   b. before 8 January 1792, Fogo, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 January 1858, Penmanshiel, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F16  Family Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Ellen Shiels Houliston,   b. 19 July 1837, Ednam, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1919, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 April 1857  Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 16
    • married by Rev Wm Paterson
    Alternate Wedding  21 April 1857  Oldhamstocks, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Vital Record Extract  Copy of marriage record from Scottish OPR:

    Record No 1 on Page 1 of Register:
    1 When, where, and how married: On the twenty first day of April 1857 at Dovcothall Cockburnspath. Marriage after banns read solemnized between us according to the form of the Established Church of Scotland

    2 Signatures of Parties - 3 Age - 4 Residence - 5 Rank or Profession and Condition (whether Bachelor or Widower, Spinster or Widow) Relationship of Parties (if any). - 6 Name, Surname and Rank or Profession of Father. Name, and Maiden Surname of Mother - 7 If a regular Marriage, Signatures of Officiating Minister and Witnesses.

    2 Signed William Moffat
    3 17
    4 Grants House
    5 Labourer Bachelor
    6 George Moffat Deceased and Isabella Moffat M.S. Clark

    2 Signed Hellen Houliston
    3 20
    4 Dovcothall
    5 Servant Spinster
    6 Robert Houliston Shepherd. Alison Houliston Maiden name Wright

    7 Signed William Paterson Minister of Cockburnspath Signed George Moffat (ID 516) Witness Thomas Carr (ID 534) Witness.

    The above Marriage was Registered by me at Cockburnspath, on the 25th day of Apriil 1857 John McGregor Registrar  [16
    From Here a Name  “.... the officiating minister being Rev Wm. Paterson....”  [1
    Children 
    >1. George Moffat,   b. 10 January 1858, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1937, Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Alison Wright Moffat,   b. 28 May 1859, Smeaton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 February 1901, Annfield, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Robert Moffat,   b. 24 December 1860, Smeaton, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 July 1933, Rosebank, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Isabella Moffat,   b. 16 August 1862, East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 June 1863, East Taieri, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Alexander Moffat,   b. 20 March 1864, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 September 1888, S.S. Tarawera At Sea, Russell, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Ellen Isabella Moffat,   b. 13 March 1866, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Adam Houliston Moffat,   b. 4 December 1869, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 April 1947, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Samuel William Moffat,   b. 3 October 1875, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Elizabeth Jane Moffat,   b. 15 April 1879, Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 July 1908, Breadalbane, Kakapuaka, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F9  Family Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 May 1829 - Blackerstone, Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Birth - 25 May 1830 - Blackerstone, Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 June 1841 - Renton Cottage, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 30 March 1851 - Greenwood, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 April 1857 - Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - August 1857 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - 30 August 1895 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 September 1895 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - < - 10 September 1895 - Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    Sign at one entrance to Blakerston Farm.
    Sign at one entrance to Blakerston Farm.
    Blakerston Farm is part of St Bathans Estates - a 6000 acre farm originally owned by the Turnbull Family. Now it is a "game farm" raising about 80,000 pheasants each year for release in Britain and Europe for game hunting.
    William (1825), Elisabeth (1829) and George (1831) Moffat were born here to George Moffat and Isabella Clark, presumably while George and/or Isabella worked on Blakerston Farm.
    Visited by Roger Moffat and Lisa Christensen 21 June 2000.
    Descriptive sign at Abbey St Bathans
    Descriptive sign at Abbey St Bathans
    This sign shows the locations of the Blakerston Farm, the Retreat House, and Abbey St Bathans church. George Moffat and Isabella Clark had 3 children - William, Elisabeth and George, born at Blakerston Farm.
    View of Blakerston Farm on the way to the Game Keeper's Cottage.
    View of Blakerston Farm on the way to the Game Keeper's Cottage.
    Photo taken on the drive in from the road to the farm buildings and game keeper's cottage.
    Visited by Roger Moffat and Lisa Christensen 21 June 2000.
    Blakerston Farm Gamekeeper Cottage
    Blakerston Farm Gamekeeper Cottage
    This cottage on Blakerston Farm is used by the head game keeper. He is the one responsible for raising 100,000 pheasants from 150,000 pheasant eggs each year.
    Visited by Roger Moffat and Lisa Christensen 21 June 2000.
    St Bathans Church.
    St Bathans Church.
    This church on the St Bathans properties may have been the church attended by George Moffat and his family in the 1820s. The house visible in the distance was "the Laird's House".
    Dovecothall - the house at Cockburnspath
    Dovecothall - the house at Cockburnspath
    Dovecothall is the house that Robert Houliston his wife Alice Wright, and their children lived in before leaving for New Zealand in 1860.

Their eldest daughter Ellen Shiels Houliston married William Moffat in this house.
    Helen Houliston was born here in August 1859.
    Ellen and William Moffat
    Ellen and William Moffat
    Ellen Shiels Houliston and William Moffat
    (Scanned from a photo of the original photo)
    Ellen and William Moffat
    Ellen and William Moffat
    Ellen Shiels Houliston and William Moffat.
    (Scanned from a photo of the original photo)
    Ellen Houliston and Family
    Ellen Houliston and Family
    Picture taken after 1895 when William Moffat was deceased.
    Back Row L to R: George, Alison Wright, Adam Houliston, Elizabeth Jane
    Middle at right end: Samuel William, Ellen Isabella
    Front Row L to R: Robert, Ellen (Houliston)
    Photo: William Moffat (deceased)

    Documents

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    1841 Census for Parish of Houndwood Quoad Sacra (formerly known as Coldingham), Berwickshire, Scotland
    1841 Census for Parish of Houndwood Quoad Sacra (formerly known as Coldingham), Berwickshire, Scotland
    Shows George Moffat and his wife Isabella (Clark) and their children Alexander, Margaret, Eliza(beth), William, George and Catherine living at Renton Cottage, Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland
    1851 British Census for Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland
    1851 British Census for Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland
    Transcript shows Isabel Moffat (nee Clark), with 4 of her children, Alexander, William, George and Catherine. Copy provided by Olive Hooton.
    Death Notices for William Moffat and Catherine Moffat
    Death Notices for William Moffat and Catherine Moffat
    Death Notices from page 4 of the Clutha Leader 13 September 1895 for William Moffat and his sister in Australia, Catherine Moffat.
    From: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CL18950913.1.4
    Obituary from 'The Clutha Leader' for William Moffat
    Obituary from "The Clutha Leader" for William Moffat
    From The Clutha Leader, published 13 September 1895. Article from Page 5. http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CL18950913.1.5
    Marriage Record for William Moffat and Ellen Houliston 21 April 1857
    Marriage Record for William Moffat and Ellen Houliston 21 April 1857
    Copy from the Parish Register for Cockburnspath showing the marriage of William Moffat and Ellen Houliston. Copy obtained from http://ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 1
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 1
    Scanned from William Moffat - Ellen Houliston Family Bible in posession by Ewan Caldwell. Bible now in posession of Roger Moffat.
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Frontispiece
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Frontispiece
    Scanned from William Moffat - Ellen Houliston Family Bible in posession by Ewan Caldwell. Bible now in posession of Roger Moffat.
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Cover Page
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Cover Page
    The cover page of Will of William Moffat dated 16 Jany 1890.
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Page 2
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Signature Page
    The last page of the Last Will and Testament of William Moffat - includes the note that this was the paper marked A produced to Ellen Moffat and George Moffat at the time of swearing their affidavit the 14th day of September 1895. William had died on the 8th of September 1895.
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Signature Page
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament Page 2
    This page contains most of the Last Will and Testament of me William Moffat.

    Headstones


    Histories

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    Article about Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron from Stan Dunn's 'Please meet.... Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron'
    Article about Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron from Stan Dunn's "Please meet.... Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron"
    The first 7 pages from the booklet made available by Stan Dunn that lists the descendants of Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron. Photocopy obtained by Roger Moffat in August 2004
    Article from 'The Clutha Leader' of Monday August 26 1929 describing the Diamond Jubliee of Te Houka School
    Article from "The Clutha Leader" of Monday August 26 1929 describing the Diamond Jubliee of Te Houka School
    This article reports on the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for the Te Houka School celebrating 60 years from 1869 to 1929. Includes mention of a number of Moffats and Houlistons in various capacities at the school or on the school committee during the 60 years.
    Article from 'The Cyclopedia of Otago & Southland' published 1999.
    Article from "The Cyclopedia of Otago & Southland" published 1999.
    This article was written by Peter Moffat for inclusion in the The Cyclopedia of Otago & Southland. Publication details are:
    Sorrell, Paul, ed., The Cyclopedia of Otago & Southland, "Te Houka", (Dunedin City Council:Dunedin, New Zealand, 1999) pp. 706-707.
    Obituary from 'The Clutha Leader' for Ellen Houliston
    Obituary from "The Clutha Leader" for Ellen Houliston
    This obituary is transcribed from "The Clutha Leader" of sometime in May (after the 15th obviously) - possibly by Peter Moffat.
    Travels of the Moffats - by Peter Moffat
    Travels of the Moffats - by Peter Moffat
    This article written by Peter Moffat describes his travels in the footsteps of his ancestors in Berwickshire as he visited the farms and places where several generations of Moffat and Houliston ancestors lived and worked
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament
    William Moffat's Last Will and Testament
    Transcription of William's Moffat's Will, made by Roger Moffat from photocopy of William Moffat's Will.
    Document about Houliston and Lawson Families' Early History
    Document about Houliston and Lawson Families' Early History
    Document supplied by Michelle Fitzsimons Scott, who prefaced it saying it was told to her by her grandmother - Catherine Jane Higgins - in 1977.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P..

    2. [S218] The Holy Bible of William Moffat and Ellen Shiels Houliston, (published by William Collins, Sons & Co.).

    3. [S61] Hand Drawn Pedigree Chart, hand drawn by Ashley Moffat.

    4. [S1690] Old Parish Birth Register - Search Results from Scotland's People.

    5. [S2] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P..

    6. [S759] British Census of 1841 for Houndwood quoad sacra, Berwickshire, Scotland.

    7. [S53] Website of Public Record Office Victoria, Australia, Public Record Office Victoria.

    8. [S465] eMail message titled “Re: Public Record Office”, from Alistair Moffat.

    9. [S313] Written note titled “The Facts as we know them”, unknown author - copy obtained from Peter Moffat.

    10. [S466] eMail message titled “1851 Census”, from Olive Hooton.

    11. [S319] Article from the “Free Press”, author unknown.

    12. [S2500] Obituary of William Moffat, author unknown.

    13. [S316] Will of William Moffat.

    14. [S169] Death Notice for William Moffat published in newspaper Clutha Leader, author Unknown.

    15. [S246] Death Notice for Wm Moffat published in newspaper Clutha Leader, author Unknown.

    16. [S209] Copy of entry in Marriage Register for Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland, entered by John McGregor - Registrar.


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