Alexander Moffat

Alexander Moffat

Male 1864 - 1888  (24 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Male 
    Born 20 March 1864  Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Moffat Descendant Number
    From Here A Name ....“All the sons except Alexander were farmers. Alexander worked in Ryrie’s store in Balclutha and boarded with his uncle and aunt, the Robert Houlistons , Junr. He contracted tuberculosis and in 1888 his father arranged to take him, on the doctor’s advice, to Australia. It was thought that a sea voyage might arrest the disease. They embarked on the S. S. Tarawera; but, when one day out from Auckland, Alexander died. The captain put in to Russell and landed the father and his dead son. Here in the cemetery at Russell lies the 24 year old Alexander.”....  [3
    Died 5 September 1888  S.S. Tarawera At Sea, Russell, Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Buried after 5 September 1888  Russell Cemetery, Russell, Northland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
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    Notes 
    • Was Secretary of the Clutha County Ploughing Match [7]
    Person ID I522  Roger
    Last Modified 24 August 2015 

    Father William Moffat,   b. 25 May 1829, Blackerstone, Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 September 1895, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother 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) 
    Family ID F9  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 March 1864 - Ellenslea, Te Houka, Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - after 5 September 1888 - Russell Cemetery, Russell, Northland, 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 Moffat
    Alexander Moffat
    From Ewan Caldwell
    Alexander Moffat
    Alexander Moffat
    picture from Peter Moffat's albums

    Documents
    Notice of death of Alexander Moffat
    Notice of death of Alexander Moffat
    In Memory of
    Alexander Moffat
    Who died on the 5th September, 1888, on board the S. S Tarawera at Russell, Auckland.
    The angel of death has come again
    And taken away one.
    Just in the very bloom of youth,
    A brother and much loved son.
    Far away from home, far away from friends.
    Out upon the lonely sea,
    Where the billows roar as in anger wild,
    Thou dids't call him, Oh Lord, to Thee.
    No mother was there with tender care,
    To solace or shed a tear;
    But a father was there to breathe a prayer,
    And the last fond words to hear.
    Yonder, now, in that home, once so full of mirth,
    Father and mother for a son doth mourn;
    Brothers and sisters grieve for a brother dear,
    But to them he shall ne'er return.
    Was he only a brother! Was he only a son!
    Was he only a friend so true!
    Ah! methinks I know a maiden who
    Mourns this day - lov'd dead - for you.
    Oh ! Father of Love, look down from above,
    Now comfort such sorrowing one;
    Say to them he's not lost - only gone on before!
    My will, not thine, must be done.

    Written by - M M
    Kaihiku, Sept 9, 1888
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 2
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 2
    Scanned from William Moffat - Ellen Houliston Family Bible in posession by Ewan Caldwell. Bible now in posession of Roger Moffat.
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 4
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Family Register Page 4
    Scanned from William Moffat - Ellen Houliston Family Bible in posession by Ewan Caldwell. Bible now in posession of Roger Moffat.
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Frontispiece
    William Moffat Ellen Houliston Bible - Frontispiece
    Scanned from William Moffat - Ellen Houliston Family Bible in posession by Ewan Caldwell. Bible now in posession of Roger Moffat.

    Headstones
    Alexander Moffat Headstone
    Alexander Moffat Headstone
    Early photo of Alexander Moffat headstone. Scanned from photo by Ewan Caldwell.
    Alexander Moffat
    Alexander Moffat
    Headstone of Alexander Moffat, buried in Russell after dying at sea on voyage to Australia

    Histories
    Article about Alexander Moffat
    Article about Alexander Moffat
    Transcribed from a photocopy obtained from Peter Moffat
    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
    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.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P., page 3.
    2. [S219] The Holy Bible of William Moffat and Ellen Shiels Houliston, (published by William Collins, Sons & Co.).
    3. [S1] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P., page 4.
    4. [S3] Booklet titled “Here a Name - A History of the Houliston Family in New Zealand”, written by Caldwell, P., page 4.
    5. [S19] Tombstone Photograph, scanned by Roger Moffat.
    6. [S221] The Holy Bible of William Moffat and Ellen Shiels Houliston, (published by William Collins, Sons & Co.).
    7. [S354] Written note titled “Alexander 1864 - 1888”, unknown author - possibly Peter Moffat or William Ernest Moffat - copy obtained from Peter Moffat.


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