David Milne

David Milne

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    Born 13 November 1813  Forfar, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Joan's Notes DAVID MILNE had three wives:
    1. Agnes NICOLSON
    2. Janet WATSON
    3. Margaret MC MILLAN

    (1) Agnes Nicolson bore three children, the third child dying 22 May 1845, less than a month before his mother.
    (2) Janet Watson, the mother of 2 daughters, died giving birth to Jessie
    (3) Margaret McMillan already had a dau., Jane when she & David were md.

    Family history has it that after Margaret's death David proposed marriage to another lady he knew in Scotland by letter. However his eldest son James was not in favour of this and told his father that if he remarried he would have to find somewhere else to live. At that time he was living with James, Rebecca and their young family. The proposal was withdrawn and David remained where he was until he died. Excerpt from "Coast, Road and River" (a history of Taieri Beach, Taieri Mouth etc). Mr. & Mrs. David Milne and three daughters came to Otago by the "Stormcloud", reaching Dunedin in December 1862. David was a Scottish weaver by trade, but had been a clerk at a colliery and also a bookseller. The last Mrs. Milne died after coming to NZ in December 1868 and was the first person to be buried in the Taieri Beach cemetery. The coffin was made and the grave dug by Thomas Agnew and the service was conducted by Rev. J. Allan,( the Waihola minister at the time). After spending two years in Dunedin where he had a painting and paperhanging business in George St???( Mum said that he had a book shop), and James his son was a builder, from Joseph Butcher they bought a farm (sic.) at Taieri Beach - sections 4 and 5, Block 6, Clarendon SD. The whole formed a compact property, along with section 1 of 45, Block 6, Clarendon S.D. Sections 41, 42 and 43 were added later, and the farm was handed down to son and grandson, finally belonging to David Milne Junior.

    On the property were two ferntree cottages, one of which was occupied by a ploughman, Peter McBean, whose services were retained by David Milne for some years. The Milnes shifted out their wooden house from Leith Street, Dunedin. and re-erected it in 1865 at the top of a gully above the sea. It was of the two storied, gable windowed type so common in Otago 100 years ago. It was replaced about 1903 by a house built by James Milne himself, partly of timber from the old house (bluegum and Baltic pine flooring) and partly of new timber, totara and rimu, pitsawn by his sons in the adjacent bush, or bought from Pearson's sawmill at Glenledi. When the Milnes inhabited their 1864 purchase Thomas and John Hughan were working on a contract to pitsaw timber and erect farm buildings for Joseph Butcher. They were sawing in a gully which was later cleared for orchards and Milnes made arrangements for them to complete the job.

    The buildings were put up near the coast at the foot of the main ridge, but after the house itself was finished it was considered advisable to bring all the steading to the more central sit. The ferntree huts were demolished and the other buildings taken down, and the material used in the construction of barn, stable, fowl house and implement shed, For years it was a source of interest to visitors to investigate their punga walls and thatched roofs (sic). The Milnes were keen gardeners and planted a series of orchards in the cleared gullies before the house, For many years these supplied quantities of delicious fruit. David Milne was a man of considerable literary and musical tastes. Although a Baptist by persuasion he and his family ably assisted in the work of the Taieri Beach church and for over ten years, between 1867 and the failure of his health in 1878, as a lay preacher. He took regular services there when theWaihola minister was occupied with other services and he was always listened to with interest and pleasure. David Milne suffered a stroke in October 1878, and died in October 1884. He was survived by his son, James, and 3 daughters, Jane (Mrs. Charles Bowie), Helen (Mrs. Finlay McKay) and Jessie (Mrs. Wm. Frazer).  [1
    Died 3 October 1884  Taieri Beach, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried after 3 October 1884  Taieri Beach, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Last Modified 27 March 2008 

    Father Ancestors James Milne,   b. 25 November 1776, Forfar, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown 
    Mother Ancestors Helen Halkney or Hackney,   b. before 13 August 1786, Forfar, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown 
    Family ID F2146  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Agnes Nicolson,   b. about 1810, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 October 1845, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 25 November 1839  Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +  1. Male James Proctor Milne,   b. 14 September 1840, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 October 1918, Taieri Beach, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +  2. Female Jane Paxton Milne,   b. 25 February 1842, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 July 1906, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
       3. Male David Milne,   b. 16 March 1845, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1845, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 6 February 2003 
    Family ID F2143  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Janet Watson,   b. 1815, Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 April 1846  Cupar, Fife, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +  1. Female Ellen or Helen Milne,   b. 1849, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 July 1922, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +  2. Female Jessie Milne,   b. 1851, of, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 November 1912, of, Kaitangata, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 6 February 2003 
    Family ID F2144  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 3 Margaret McMillan,   b. about 1815, Callander, Perthshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. December 1868, Taieri Beach, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Family ID F2145  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S15] GEDCOM File “Joan.ged”, from Joan van’t Wout.


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