Alice Wright

Alice Wright

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  • Gender Female 
    Alternate Birth 1814  Lochtour, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Alternate Birth 10 February 1814  Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • 1841 Census indicates Alison was “born in county where dwelling”.
    Born 13 May 1814  Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Alternate Name Alison  [6
    Baptism 6 June 1814  Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Census 6 June 1841  Easter Softlaw, Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Parish of Sprouston Page 6
      Easter Softlaw
      Robert Houliston 25 Ag Lab Born in Roxburghshire
      Alison Houliston 25 Born in Roxburghshire
      Helen Houliston 4 Born in Roxburghshire
      Agnes Houliston 2 Born in Roxburghshire
      Margaret Houliston 4 months Born in Roxburghshire
      Margaret Knox 15 H. S Born in Roxburghshire
    Emigration In 1860, Robert, his wife Alison and all his family except Ellen Shiels, who was already married and in Australia, set out for New Zealand. It was a big decision, but with so large a family there was no chance of advancement in the homeland. The fact that Ellen, their first-born, was in Australia and would join them in New Zealand, probably influenced their decision. They sailed on June 2nd from Glasgow in the 'Robert Henderson' (552 tons) which, under the command of Captain Logan, reached Port Chalmers on Monday, September 3rd, 1860. Their voyage had an unfortunate beginning as on June 7th the nine-months-old infant, Helen, died of consumption and was buried at sea. Scarlet fever later broke out on board and resulted in four deaths. On arrival at Port Chalmers the vessel was quarantined. 'Temporary accommodation was arranged at Deborah Bay, for the passengers to wash their clothes and bedding. Good weather favoured this task. On June 13th the vessel was freed and most of the passengers proceeded to Dunedin on the harbour steamer "Victoria". During the voyage there were eleven deaths and four births, one still-born. The ship carried 284 passengers, 1 case ploughs, 1 case boots and shoes, 20 boxes of tobacco pipes, 3 packages paper, and 40 packages merchandise. [Source 2]

    “Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters” arrived 3 September 1860 on the Robert Henderson. [Source 57]  [6, 7
    Joan's Notes First Name given as “Alison Or Alice Or Agnes Wright”  [8
    Obituary OBITUARY.
    MRS HOULISTON , We have this week to record the death of another of the early residents of the district; we refer to Mrs Robert Houliston, of Te Houka, who died on Saturday morning at the ripe age of 87 years. The deceased was born at Lochtour, Roxburghshire, Scotland, and came to the colony in company with her husband, the late Mr Robert Houliston and nine of a family, by the ship Robert Henderson in the year 1860. In 1864 Mr Houliston took np the farm of Aleybank. Te Houka, where he took up his residence and where Mrs Houliston oontinued to reside till about six months ago when she went to live with her daughter, Mrs Moffat. The deceased had always enjoyed good health till about six weeks ago when she was laid aside, her illness terminating fatally on Saturday. Mrs Houliston leaves two sons and five daughters, all married, 48 grand-children, and 54 great-grand children, the greater number being resident in this neighborhood, although a few have gone to the North Island, and all being good oolonists and nearly all engaged in agricultural pursuits. The deceased was a most industrious kindly woman, and always took a great interest in her family and their numerous descendants. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at the Balclutha cemetery, and was largely attended by settlers and others of the surrounding districts.

    OBITUARY.,Clutha Leader, Volume XXVIII, Issue 1538, 30 July 1901  [9
    Died 27 July 1901  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Died of Senile Decay. Confined to bed 2 years
    Buried 29 July 1901  Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Notes 
    • Died 27 July at the residence of her daughter Mrs W Moffat at Te Houka.
    Person ID I35  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 24 April 2017 

    Father Samuel Wright,   b. before 6 April 1783, Gordon, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 August 1863, Suckleridge, Makerston, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years) 
    Mother Helen Shiel,   b. before 13 August 1782, Ednam, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 June 1829, Ednam, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Family ID F28  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Robert Houliston,   b. 1814, Lochtower, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 November 1879, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1835  Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. 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  (Age 81 years)
    +2. Agnes Houliston,   b. 29 July 1839, Kennetsideheads, Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 July 1921, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Margaret Houliston,   b. 16 February 1841, Kennetsideheads, Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 December 1913, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Jane Houliston,   b. 16 June 1844, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 December 1913, Taieri Beach, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +5. Adam Houliston,   b. 19 August 1846, Castle Mains, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 April 1921, Kakapuaka, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Samuel Houliston,   b. 1849, Castle Mains, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    +7. George Houliston,   b. 1851, Spott, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1899, Stony Creek, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    +8. Robert Houliston,   b. 28 February 1854, Spott, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 November 1936, Koiterangi, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     9. Alison Wright Houliston,   b. 28 December 1857, Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 August 1934, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F17  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Birth - 10 February 1814 - Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 May 1814 - Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 6 June 1814 - Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1835 - Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 June 1841 - Easter Softlaw, Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 July 1901 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 July 1901 - Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    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.
    Alice Wright, and her daughter Alison Wright Houliston
    Alice Wright, and her daughter Alison Wright Houliston
    Scanned from photo by Ewan Caldwell
    Alison 'Alice' Wright
    Alison "Alice" Wright
    Picture photographed with digital camera from a photocopy of a picture held by Eunice H. Photographed by Roger 24 June 2003.
    Probably taken before 1879 as this picture was "attached" to a picture of Robert Houliston, her husband. He died in 1879.
    Alice 'Allison' Wright
    Alice "Allison" Wright
    Four Generations of Houliston Women
    Four Generations of Houliston Women
    Left to right: Alice Wright, Ellen Houliston, Ellen Wilson and Alison Wright Moffat. Alice Wright is Ellen Houliston's mother. She died in 1901 aged 87. Alison Wright Moffat is Ellen's daughter. The child Ellen is Alison Wright Moffat's daughter.

    Documents
    1841 Census for Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    1841 Census for Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Shows family of Robert Houliston with wife Alison, and their children Helen (Ellen), Agnes and Margaret, plus Margaret Knox (no idea who she is), living on Easter Softlaw
    Birth Entry for Alice Wright in 1814
    Birth Record for Alice Wright - 13 May 1814
    Copy of record from Old Parish Register of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland shows: "1814
    June 6th Samuel Wright & his spouse Nellie Shiell had a daughter born 13th May 1814 baptized named Alice". Scanned from microfilm at LDS Library, Salt Lake City in August 2003
    Death Entry for Alice Wright
    Death Entry for Alice Wright
    Record shows death of Alice Houliston on 27 July 1901. Father Samuel Wright, born in Roxburghshire. Died of Senile Decay, confined to bed for 2 years. Survived by 2 sons and 5 daughters. Informant was son Adam Houliston.
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 8 September 1860.
    Shipping News from Otago Daily Witness of 8 September 1860.
    Bottom corner of page 4 lists passengers arriving on Robert Henderson at Port Chalmers.
    Shows the following families:
    "Donald Campbell, wife, son and 2 daughters";
    "Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons, 4 daughters";
    "Alexander King, wife, son and daughter";
    "Adam King, 3 sons and 5 daughters";
    and records the death of Ellen Houliston on 7 June and Jane King (wife of Adam) on 14 June.
    From http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/bin/papers?name=OW&year=1860&month=09&day=08&action=view
    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
    Kennetsideheads, Stichell and Hume, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Kennetsideheads, Stichell and Hume, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    1863 Map showing the location of Kennetsideheads - a farm about mid-way between Stichell and Hume.
    It is thought that this might be the place that is referred to in "Here a Name" for the birth of Agnes Houliston and Margaret Houliston at "Kennilheads", and in the 1932 "Tree of Descendants" as "Kennitheads".
    Lochtower, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Lochtower, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    1863 Map showing Lochtower - a long established farm owned by the Wauchope family, on the north east shore of Yetholm Loch.
    According to "Here a Name", Robert Houliston and Alison Wright were born in "Lochtour, Berwickshire". Lochtower is in Roxburghshire, near the town of Yetholm.
    Obituary of Alice Wright Houliston in Clutha Leader 30 July 1901
    Alice Wright Obituary in the Clutha Leader 30 July 1901

    Histories
    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 describing the wedding of George Moffat and Ann Susan Fahey
    Article describing the wedding of George Moffat and Ann Susan Fahey
    Article probably transcribed by Peter Moffat, but it doesn't contain a reference for where it came from. A newspaper most likely, but it's not known for sure.
    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 '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.
    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
    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. [S2] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P., page 1.
    2. [S61] Hand Drawn Pedigree Chart, hand drawn by Ashley Moffat.
    3. [S757] British Census of 1841 for Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
    4. [S593] Information submitted by Member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    5. [S828] Old Parish Register for Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
    6. [S2] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    7. [S57] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    8. [S15] GEDCOM File “Joan.ged”, from Joan van’t Wout.
    9. [S2562] Obituary of Alice Wright Houliston, author unknown.
    10. [S754] Copy of Death Entry for Alice Houliston.


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