Peter Mulvay and Betty Elizabeth Oliver Family

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  • Peter MulvayFather | Male
    Peter Mulvay

    Born  1840  Haddington, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 September 1919  Greenbank, Kulikup, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  after 25 September 1919  Greenbank, Kulikup, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  4 February 1862  [1]  Tokomairiro, Otago, New Zealand  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Mary Burns | F13266 
    Married  1 January 1886  Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Henrietta Mallinder | F13268 
    Married  6 November 1891  Herberton, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Mister Mulvay | F689 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Miss [--?--] | F689 Family Group Sheet 

    Betty Elizabeth OliverMother | Female
    Betty Elizabeth Oliver

    Born  26 April 1836  Berriedale, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  13 February 1924  Dalefield, Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  14 February 1924  Clareville Cemetery, Carterton, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Mister Riddle | F13277 
    Married     
    Father  Alexander Oliver | F691 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Elspat or Elizabeth “Betty” Gordon | F691 Family Group Sheet 

    Alexander Oliver MulvayChild 1 | Male
    + Alexander Oliver Mulvay

    Born  23 April 1862  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  14 June 1934  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Annie Elizabeth Burns | F13243 
    Married  1 December 1886  Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location

    James Oliver MulvayChild 2 | Male
    James Oliver Mulvay

    Born  1863  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1863  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    George Gordon MulvayChild 3 | Male
    George Gordon Mulvay

    Born  2 February 1864  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 November 1947  Perth, Western Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Ellen Jane O’Neil | F13244 
    Married  1 January 1900   

    Robert Oliver MulvayChild 4 | Male
    Robert Oliver Mulvay

    Born  after November 1864  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  after November 1864  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Robert Sutherland MulvayChild 5 | Male
    Robert Sutherland Mulvay

    Born  25 December 1866  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  29 November 1868  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Mary Mulvay or MulveyChild 6 | Female
    + Mary Mulvay or Mulvey

    Born  30 September 1868  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  15 April 1941   
    Buried     
    Spouse  James George Scarlett | F8 
    Married  19 February 1887   

    Betsy Jane MulvayChild 7 | Female
    Betsy Jane Mulvay

    Born  17 December 1870  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes - date unknown   
    Buried     

    James Oliver MulvayChild 8 | Male
    James Oliver Mulvay

    Born  28 November 1872  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 April 1944  Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    William Gordon MulvayChild 9 | Male
    William Gordon Mulvay

    Born  18 October 1874  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  18 October 1874  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

  • Notes 
    • On the Intention to Marry Application dated 1st February 1862 in the District of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin, it shows Peter was a shepherd aged 22 and had resided in New Zealand for 2 months where as Elizabeth Oliver was aged 22 but a resident for only 3 weeks. It was a common practice for young couples in love to falsify their age to get married. I am not suggesting this is the case but as you will see form Peters Death Certificate, Peter died aged 76 in 1919 hence the birth date 1843. If Peter was married in 1862 at aged 22 he would have been born in 1840. When you examine Elizabeth Olivers records (she re married and became Riddle) her date of death was 1924 at aged 88. This would make her birth date 1836, quite a bit older than Peter Mulvay. Many would suggest both Peter possibly 19 and Elizabeth 19 increased their ages past 21 to enable them to marry. Either way as I mentioned earlier, date, ages, places and times can get mixed up or change along the way. I can only guess why!

      First marriage for Peter Mulvay
      Peter Mulvay and Elizabeth Oliver were married in the district of Tokomairiro south of Dunedin in New Zealand’s South Island on the 4th day of February 1862 and over the next 12 years produced nine (9) children. Unfortunately three (3) were stillborn.

      Sometime between 1874 and 1885 Peter and Elizabeth separated and then Divorced. If a seven (7) year separation was required before divorce as it was in Australia, this would explain the time span between Peters first and second marriage in 1886. [2]

    Alternate Wedding:
    • Death Certificate says she was 27 years old when she married Peter Mulvay in Hokitika

  • Sources 
    1. [S2477] Descendant Chart showing 3 marriages of Peter Mulvay and his children, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.
    2. [S2480] Article titled “The First Pioneer”, author Max Mulvay [mmulvay@portbouvardrealestate.com.au] and his aunt Roberta Rose née Mulvay - supplied by Siobhan Waters.


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