Alexander Moffat

Alexander Moffat

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  • Gender Male 
    Born 18 December 1818  Coppermine, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptism after 18 December 1818  Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Occupation Railway Labourer  [4
    Census 6 June 1841  Renton Cottage, Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 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  [4
    • 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
    Died 30 August 1885  Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 4 September 1885  Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
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    Notes 
    • Alexander Moffat - the older brother of William, but has been confused with William’s son Alexander who died while at sea (seeking a cure for TB) and was buried at Russell in 1888.

      Alexander Snr, is buried in Balclutha in the same grave as William and Ellen. Information from his death certificate shows that he died, unmarried, in 1885 on August 30th. He had been in New Zealand for 23 years, and had been a farmer in Te Houka.

      This shows that he arrived in New Zealand at the same time as William and Ellen but we have no proof that he came with them from Victoria. However he may have been in Australia for some time as there is a photo taken in Melbourne of a man originally thought to be William; this was a mistake, but there could be a family likeness.

      In the Victorian Shipping Lists “Alexander Moffat” arrived in Melbourne aboard the “Samuel Locke” in August 1857, the same time as William and Ellen, but a different ship.

      The “Rates Book” of 1872 – 76 records his property in Te Houka and the 1882 Freeholders Returns show Alex. Moffat owned 137 acres in Clutha County, value £528 and some property in Balclutha with £105. The farmland is now part of “Ellenslea”. There is also mention of Alex. Moffat organising and being a judge in published accounts of Ploughing Matches. [6]
    Person ID I512  Roger
    Last Modified 25 March 2016 

    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  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    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  (Age > 66 years) 
    Family ID F16  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 December 1818 - Coppermine, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - after 18 December 1818 - Bunkle & Preston, 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 MapsDied - 30 August 1885 - Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 September 1885 - Balclutha Cemetery, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Hoardweel Farm, Berwickshire, Scotland
    Hoardweel Farm, Berwickshire, Scotland
    The sign at the entrance to Hoardweel Farm on the A6112 road.
    Agnes Moffat (513, 1819) and Margaret Moffat (514, born 1821) were born here to George Moffat (32) and Isabella Clark (33), so it is presumed that George and Isabella and their first son Alexander (born 1818 at Coppermine) lived here during this time. Their 4th child Elisabeth was born at Blakerstone in 1825.
    Roger Moffat and Lisa Christensen visited this farm 22 June 2000.
    Sandy  Bain with the sign to Hoardweel Farm - August 2005
    Sandy Bain with the sign to Hoardweel Farm - August 2005
    View of Hoardweel Farm taken from very near the sign on the road.
    View of Hoardweel Farm taken from very near the sign on the road.
    George Moffat and Isabel Clark presumably lived here from about 1819 to 1825 when two of their children (Agnes, born 1819) and Margaret (born 1821) were born here.
    Hoardweel Farm, Berwickshire, Scotland
    Hoardweel Farm, Berwickshire, Scotland
    Some of the buildings and the farm house of present day Hoardweel Farm. George Moffat presumably worked here in the 1820 - 1825 time period where two of his children Agnes (1819) and Margaret (1821) were born.
    Visited by Roger Moffat and Lisa Christensen 21 June 2000.

    Documents
    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.

    Histories
    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.
    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

  • Sources 
    1. [S216] Vital Record from Old Parish Registers of Scotland, published by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
    2. [S69] Old Parish Register from New Register House, Edinburgh, Scotland, indexed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    3. [S256] Old Parish Register Search Results from Scotland's People, General Register Office for Scotland.
    4. [S466] eMail message titled “1851 Census”, from Olive Hooton.
    5. [S759] British Census of 1841 for Houndwood quoad sacra, Berwickshire, Scotland.
    6. [S314] Written note titled “Alexander Moffat”, unknown author - copy obtained from Peter Moffat.
    7. [S2276] Notice for Alexander Moffat published in newspaper Otago Witness, author Unknown.


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