Agnes Houliston

Agnes Houliston

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  • Gender Female 
    Alternate Birth 1839  Kennilheads, probably Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 29 July 1839  Kennetsideheads, Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    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 “Robert Houliston, wife, 4 sons and 4 daughters” arrived 3 September 1860 on the Robert Henderson.  [4
    From Here A Name Agnes Houliston was a girl of 21 when she landed with her parents in New Zealand. Before leaving Scotland she had served as dairy maid to the Duchess of Roxburgh. There is still in the possession of the family a tiny parasol given to her at parting by the Duchess. After landing in New Zealand, she became a milliner in premises now occupied by the Elizabeth hat shop in Princes Street.  [5
    Died 26 July 1921  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    • @Belle Reekie’s home 671 Castle St, Dunedin, New Zealand.
    Buried after 26 July 1921  Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
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    Notes 
    • The child Helen, who died on the trip to New Zealand was apparently Agnes’ child. [7]
    Person ID I2594  Roger
    Last Modified 10 June 2006 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Alice Wright,   b. 13 May 1814, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 July 1901, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Family ID F17  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Mister [--?--] 
    Children 
       1. Female Helen Houliston,   b. 23 August 1859, Dovecote Hall, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 June 1860, Onboard Ship Robert Henderson Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F4273  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 James Walker,   b. 14 November 1841, Kinloss, Morayshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 June 1921, Ross Home, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 February 1863  Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8
    Alternate Wedding 17 February 1864  Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    From Here a Name “On February 17th, 1863, at Balclutha, they were married. Their home was in Dunedin, and here Lewis was born. About this time James used to ride to Gabriel's Gully with a pack horse loaded with a sack of flour. This flour he retailed at U- per pannikin. He prospered so well at this that he later took Agnes and the small Lewis to Australia where he traded with the Ballarat miners. They started a bakery business in Sturt Street, Ballarat. Robert and Isabel were born in Ballarat. Lewis's birthday had been on the 25th September, and exactly two years later, again on September 25th, Robert was born. Agnes was given a black silk dress by a generous relation because of this coincidence. When they returned to New Zealand they set up in business at Ross Corner, Andersons Bay. They had prospered greatly in Australia and bought considerable areas of land on their return and lived well. They drove a carriage and pair and Isabella had her own roan horse which she rode dressed in well tailored habit.

    From this bakery they served almost the whole of the Otago Peninsula and their clients included the Larnachs of the Castle. Lewis later assisted with the baking and Robert drove the van. Agnes and James lived in Anderson's Bay until age forced their retirement. They then lived with Isabella (Mrs Reekie) in Castle Street until they could get rooms in Ross Home. Here James quietly died in his sleep one night. Isabella then took her mother to her home, where she died some six weeks later."  [5
    Children 
    +  1. Male Lewis Walker,   b. 25 September 1864, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 June 1938, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +  2. Male Robert Walker,   b. 25 September 1866, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  3. Female Isabella Walker,   b. 8 October 1868, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  4. Male James Walker,   b. 28 November 1870, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       5. Female Margaret Walker,   b. 20 December 1872,   d. 3 January 1873  (Age 0 years)
       6. Female Agnes Walker,   b. 15 May 1874,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  7. Female Elsie Walker,   b. 28 March 1878,   d. Yes - date unknown
       8. Stillborn Walker,   b. May 1879
       9. Stillborn Walker,   b. May 1880
     10. Female Margaret May Ann Walker,   b. 13 October 1882,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +11. Male George Ross Walker,   b. 21 January 1885,   d. Yes - date unknown
    Last Modified 21 January 2004 
    Family ID F1002  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 29 July 1839 - Kennetsideheads, Hume, 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 MapsMarried - 17 February 1863 - Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlternate Wedding - 17 February 1864 - Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 July 1921 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - after 26 July 1921 - Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, 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
    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.

    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
    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".

    Histories
    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.
    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. [S1] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    2. [S359] Robert Houliston and Christina Cameron, by Stan Dunn.
    3. [S757] British Census of 1841 for Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
    4. [S57] Shipping News from newspaper “The Otago Witness”, author unknown.
    5. [S4] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P.
    6. [S205] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda Walker.
    7. [S224] eMail message titled “correction”, from Stan Dunn.
    8. [S204] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda W.
    9. [S205] eMail message titled “Houliston Genealogy”, from Brenda Walker, from Marriage Certificate.
    10. [S206] Website of Anglo-Scottish Family History Society, Anglo-Scottish Family History Society.


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