Bethia Bringans

Bethia Bringans

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  • Gender Female 
    Born 30 October 1859  Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Immigration 20 August 1860  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    • arrived aboard the “Pladda” with her parents.
    Alternate Name Bringans  [1
    Obituary Obituary
    The death has occurred of Mrs Dewar, widow of Mr John Dewar. The deceased came to the Alexandra district in 1880 as a school teacher. Immediately following her marriage she left Alexandra, but returned in 1899, continuing to give a full measure of service to the community until she was reluctantly compelled to give up her various activities a few months ago. Since then she had lived with her daughter, Mrs Moffat, at Te Houka. She took an active interest in all matters for the advancement of the town, and in social services she was always in. the forefront, especially assisting those in distress. During the period 1914-1918 she organised and assisted in all patriotic movements, in which she was an indefatigable worker. Mrs Dewar devoted much of her time to work for St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, her service covering a period of 35 years. First and foremost was her work in training the young members of the community. For her services in this connection she was presented in 1923 by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church with a long-service certificate. For the P.W.M.U Mrs Dewar was also an indefatigable worker, commencing in 1903. She became the first president holding this office at various times, and continuously for the last 12 years. In the Ladies Guild and the Young Worshippers League she was also an active worker, and her service and advice were always freely given, It can truly be said of Mrs Dewar that she lived a very long and useful life, setting an example to the community. The members of her church, to perpetuate her name, decided that some form of memorial should be obtained, and on September 6, 1936, the congregation dedicated a communion table, chairs, and service in her honour. Mrs Dewar is survived by one daughter Mrs Moffat of Te Houka and a son, Mr John Dewar Surveyor-general in the Malay States. Testimony to the respect in which in which she was held was afforded by the large numbers of residents who attended her funeral. The services at the church and at the graveside were conducted by the Rev. K. Larsen. A large congregation also attended a memorial service in St. Enoch’s Presbyterian Church Sunday evening when an eloquent tribute to the life and work of Mrs Dewar was paid by the preacher, Mr O. B. Fawcett. [Source 253]

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    OBITUARY

    MRS JOHN DEWAR

    On Friday, September 17th there passed to her rest a well-known and well-beloved woman in the person of Mrs Dewar, relict of Mr John Dewar, of Alexandra. Coming to the district in 1880 as a public school teacher, she continued in that vocation until married to the late John Dewar after which, for a period, they left Alexandra to reside in other parts of Central, returning in the later part of 1899, when they established their home, residing there until the death of Mr Dewar in 1928. After this Mrs Dewar continued her residence here until some 12 months ago when, on account of failing health, she left the district to live with her daughter at Te Houka. There she resided, with periodical visits to Alexandra. Until her death the deceased took an active part in all matters for the advancement of the town, and in social services she was ever to the fore, especially in helping those in distress, and many in the hour of distress or breavement were helped and comforted by her kindly actions. No appeals were in vain and no one was ever turned away empty-handed. During the dark years from 1914 to 1918, Mrs Dewar was a tower of strength in organising and assisting in all patriotic movements in connection with the Great War and very many soldiers both here and at the several fronts received many par- eels of both food and clothing that she had spent very many hours in preparing and dispatching for their comfort. With all these public activities and with her home always to attend to, the deceased lady still found time -and it was here her greatest efforts were put forth - to devote all her energies to furthering the cause of her Church (St. Enoch's Presbyterian). Ever a devoted follower of. her Divine Master, she was active in all the work in connection with the furthering of His Kingdom. First and foremost was her work among the very young children in the Sunday School. Taking part in this work when first coming to the, town, she again joined up in 1900 when she returned to the district and worked continuously since, until failing health some eighteen months ago compelled her to relinquish this. In 1928 she was presented with a long service certificate by the church in acknowledgment of this great work.
    In connection with the P.W.M.U. work established here in 1903, she became the first president, holding this office at different times, and for the last 12 years continuously. Ladies' Guild and Young Worshippers' League laid claim to her services as also for many years, the floral decorations of the church. In fact, in all things whether great or small, there she was to lend a helping hand. On September 6th, 1936, at the close of this great work there was a dedication of a Communion table, chairs and service in her honour at the morning service in the church, messages of goodwill and contributions coming from near and far towards this. A family of one son, Mr John Dewar, Surveyor-General in the Malay States, and one daughter, Mrs Moffatt, survive her, Mr Bert Dewar, the second son, having succumbed after his return from the War.
    The cortege left the Sunday School Hall (where a short service was held) on Sunday for the Alexandra Cemetery, the large following to the graveside testifying to the esteem in which she was held by the community. A memorial service was held in St. Enoch's church the same evening. [Source 254]  [7, 8
    Died 17 September 1937  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9
    Buried 19 September 1937  Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
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    Person ID I11  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 5 March 2014 

    Father Alexander Bringans,   b. 18 October 1828, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 September 1908, Dunstan, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Janet Mitchell,   b. 29 January 1842, of, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 December 1894  (Age 52 years) 
    Family ID F12  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse John Dewar,   b. 4 October 1834, Culross, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 April 1927, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 15 February 1883  Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10, 11
    Notes 
    • Inscription in Bible says:
      From Mr and Mrs Bringans
      To
      Mr and Mrs Dewar
      on their
      Marriage Day
      with the earnest desire that
      The Book
      May be daily read and studied.
      The Bush Mosgiel
      Fifteenth February 1883
    Children 
    +1. John Robert Dewar, CBE,   b. 1883, Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 1964, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Janet “Nettie” Bethia Dewar,   b. 14 May 1889, Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 December 1973, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     3. Maurice Dewar,   b. 1889-1894,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +4. Robert Alexander Dewar,   b. 1892, Dumbarton, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 August 1924, Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Family ID F6  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 20 August 1860 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 September 1937 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 September 1937 - Alexandra, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    Alexander Bringans and Janet Mitchell
    Alexander Bringans and Janet Mitchell
    Alexander Bringans (Breingan) and his wife Janet Mitchell. The children are probably Bethia Bringans (who married John Dewar) and William. If this is correct, then the picture was taken sometime before 1865 based on the age of Bethia who was born in 1859 in Scotland.
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    John and Bethia Dewar and Family
    Scanned from original photo held by Bob Moffat.
    Left to Right: John (Jack) Dewar, Janet (Nettie) Dewar, John Dewar, Bethia (Bringans) Dewar, Robert (Bert) Dewar

    Documents
    Birth Certificate for Bethia Breingans
    Birth Certificate for Bethia Breingans
    Scanned from copy of original birth certificate for Bethia Breingans. Original held by Peter Moffat. Copy made and held by Roger Moffat.
    Birth Record for Bethia Breingans 30 October 1859
    Birth Record for Bethia Breingans 30 October 1859
    Copy from the Parish Register for District of Holytown, Parish of Bothwell showing the birth of Bethia Breingans on 30 October 1859. Copy obtained from http://ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
    Marriage Entry for John Dewar and Bethia Bringans
    Marriage Entry for John Dewar and Bethia Bringans
    Copy of Register from Marriages in the District of North Taieri, dated 15 Feb 1883. Contains signatures of John Dewar and Bethia Bringans. Witnessed by (probably) Mary Bringans, Bethia's sister of Mosgiel, and Robert Mitchell, Carpenter of Dunedin.
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860
    Article from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860
    The article talks about the arrival of the "Pladda" with John Bringans, Janet Mitchell and Bethia Breingans as passengers, the conditions in Otago at the time and concerns about the rapidly growing immigration to Otago.

    See also this history page for a transcript of this article.
    Clipping from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860.
    Clipping from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860.
    This clipping lists a number of items for sale that were brought to Dunedin on the Pladda - blankets, cloth, floorboards, wheels paper. Items of interest to all new settlers probably.
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 21 July 1860
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 21 July 1860
    Announcement from Otago Witness Newspaper of future sailing of the ship "Pladda" from Glasgow to New Zealand. Passengers listed include A Bringin, wife and child. This list was compiled in advance of the sailing and sent to New Zealand by mail. It was published in the Otago Witness on Saturday July 21 1860.

    The article also includes reference to upcoming sailings to New Zealand, including the Robert Henderson on which Robert and Alice Houliston and 9 children arrived in New Zealand a few weeks after the "Pladda" arrived on 20 August 1860.

    From http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/bin/papers?name=OW&year=1860&month=07&day=21&action=view
    Shipping News from Otago Witness of 25 August 1860.
    Shipping News from Otago Witness of 25 August 1860.
    This excerpt shows the arrival listing of the "Pladda" with "Alexander Bringin, wife and daughter" listed as passengers. The ship arrived on 20 August 1860 after leaving Glasgow.

    From http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/bin/papers?name=OW&year=1860&month=08&day=25&action=view

    Histories
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' about Pioneer Gold Miners in Alexandra
    Article from the "Otago Witness" about Pioneer Gold Miners in Alexandra
    The article is about the opening of the Pioneer Gates in Alexandra to commemorate the Pioneer Gold Miners of the Early [18]Sixties. Article mentions W Bringans, along with John Dewar, Pioneer Gold Miner and his wife Mrs J Dewar (Bethia Breingans).
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' about the Alexandra District High School Celebrations
    Article from the "Otago Witness" about the Alexandra District High School Celebrations
    This article is from the Otago Witness of 16 March 1926, describing the celebrations that took place over several days for the Jubilee Celebrations. This article is in addition to the main article featured elsewhere in the same newspaper. Both Bethia Breingans and William Bringans are mentioned (with the name spelled as Brignans).
    Article from the 'Otago Witness' of Saturday 25 August 1860
    Article from the "Otago Witness" of Saturday 25 August 1860
    The article talks about the arrival of the "Pladda" with John Bringans, Janet Mitchell and Bethia Breingans as passengers, the conditions in Otago at the time and concerns about the rapidly growing immigration to Otago.
    Introduction to Bringans Family Tree document
    Introduction to Bringans Family Tree document
    Written by Stuart Bringans in July 1979 to accompany a Bringans Family Tree produced on typewriter showing the descendants of Alexander Breingan and Janet Mitchell. Note it contains at least one error - the ship was called Pladda and arrived in New Zealand in 1860 with A Bringin, wife and child as passengers as listed in the Otago Witness of July 21 1860.
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    John Dewar — Otago Pioneer: Notes about John Dewar
    Written by his daughter, Janet Bethia Dewar, probably in 1973, prior to her death (the third to last paragraph mentions "a grandson (1973)".

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Hand Drawn Pedigree Chart, hand drawn by Ashley Moffat.
    2. [S251] Certificate of entry of Birth, William Richard, Registrar.
    3. [S269] Entry in Register of Births in the District of Holytown, Parish of Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, William Richard - Registrar.
    4. [S286] Website of NZ Bound - Dedicated to identifying genealogical resources to assist in locating which New Zealand bound ship an immigrant ancestor was aboard., published by Olwyn Whitehouse.
    5. [S295] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    6. [S288] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    7. [S253] Obituary published in newspaper.
    8. [S254] Obituary published in newspaper.
    9. [S301] Death Notice Listing from newspaper - The Clutha Leader and another paper - possibly a paper on the Central Otago area?.
    10. [S198] Family Bible presented to Mr and Mrs Dewar by Mr and Mrs Bringans.
    11. [S310] Copy of Register of Marriage for John Dewar and Bethia Bringans.


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