John Robertson

(circa 1845 - 6 April 1880)
FatherJohn Robertson1 (cir. 1815 - )
MotherMargaret Wood1 (cir. 1819 - )

BMDB data

     John Robertson was born cir. 1845 Abernethy, PER, SCT.2,3,4,5,1
     John Robertson married Mary Henderson, daughter of James Henderson and Amelia Millar, on 27 Jan 1871 Res. of James Henderson, Arum St, Oamaru, OTG, NZ, (Folio #858) I transcribed the intention to marry entry as 24 Jan 1871 but the actual cert. has 27th. There was 'no relative in colony' to give consent for minor even though the marriage was held at Mary's brother's house. John given as 26, in NZ 5 mths, Mary 19 in country 2 yrs. The actual cert. shows the witnesses as Alexdr Blyth, shepherd, Waimate and Mary Thomson, Kakaunui, and the Minister was the Rev Alexander B Todd (of Maxton, who also officiated at the marriages of a number of other Henderson relations. The Presbyterian archives confirm the 27th date.)6,7,2,8
     John Robertson died on 6 Apr 1880 Oamaru, OTG, NZ, leaving behind his wife with an unborn child; (Folio #9069). He died after falling from horse after it bolted. His death notice reads: On the 6th April, at Oamaru, through a fall from his horse. John Robertson of Mount Pleasant, Oamaru, and late of Bridge of Earn, Perthshire, Scotland, aged 35. Scotch papers please copy"
     Obit: " of the most popular and most respected settlers of this district and lessee of the Mt Pleasant Farm, about a mile south of Oamaru ... proceeding home at about ten o'clock, having called at Dr Garland's for some medicine for one of his little girls.. his mare rushed along Tees St at such a rate as to attract general attention... bolted.. maintained his seat until he came near Mr McLaren's in Sth Oamaru, where the road takes a turn so sharp as rendered it impossible for the mare to travel round it... severe concussion of the brain...showed some slightly favorable symptoms from two to seven o'clock this morning... leaves a wife and, we believe, six children to mourn the loss of a good husband and father... It is deemed unnecessary to hold an inquest."9,10,4


     John Robertson immigrated to NZ arriving cir. 1870; (no entries in the assisted immigration index at the Nat. Archives for this period for John Robertson, earliest was 1874, but the index reportedly starts in 1871, even though I think I did note at least on 1870 entry in passing.)2,11

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     The census of 1851 showed John in the household of his parents John and Margaret Robertson at the Old Schoolhouse, Dron, Par. of Dron, PER, SCT, enumerated as ROBERTSON: John 36 farm labourer b. Kilrenny, FIF; wife Margaret 32 b. Dunbog, FIF; Children: John 7, Andrew 5 both scholars, William 3, Agnes 10 Mos, all b. Abernethy, PER;
Where John ROBISON and Margaret WOOD married at Kettle in 1841.1,12 Cir. 1871 John Robertson was a farmer6 with a milk run13.13,6


     His estate was probated on 7 May 1880 Dunedin, OTG, NZ; being indexed as John Robertson, Dairyman, Mt Pleasant, will filed Dn, held Dn Arch (probate ref # OU62.)14


     John Robertson has also been shown (incorrectly) in records as James Robertson in the privately published history of the family of James and Amelia Henderson. Subsequent research has shown Mary's first husband to be John instead.13

External links

     Click here to see John's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.15


Mary Henderson (Aug 1852 - Feb 1929)
  • John Robertson (Jan 1872 - Apr 1943)
  • Amelia Robertson (Mar 1873 - Jan 1947)
  • James Robertson16 (Mar 1874 - Mar 1955)
  • Margaret Robertson (Nov 1875 - Apr 1962)
  • Mary Jane Robertson (Oct 1877 - Jun 1940)
  • Janet Robertson (Aug 1879 - Jan 1952)
  • Elizabeth Grace Robertson+17 (Nov 1880 - Oct 1957)
Descendants of William McEWAN and Margaret GRAY
Last Edited15 Jan 2018


  1. 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Dron, PER; Par. 345 ED: 3; Page: 2; hsehold of John & Margaret ROBERTSON, extracted Oct 2016, image subsequently rcvd from Gordon McL, Nov 2016.
  2. Intention to Marry, Mary HENDERSON (1310) and John ROBERTSON (1311) of 24 Jan 1871 BDM 20/16 p 540/242Transcribed L McIntosh, c. 1991 (provided occupation, immigration year and derived year for birth date).
  3. Janine Morris (13264), "EM/LTR ROBERTSON, Mary ex Janine M, Chch," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd May 1995 (Place given as Perth, SCT only).
  4. Newspaper clippings, P/copy of both the death notice, and obituary from The Oamaru Mail, Wed Apr 7th 1880, rcvd Aug 2003 from Shirley W, In'gill (a ROBERTSON researcher, but a different Oamaru family).
  5. BDM: NZ Certificates, Birth 1880 Elizabeth Grace ROBERTSON, inspection copy dated May 1994 rcvd from NZSG cert. collection, Jul 2005.
  6. Certificate, Mary HENDERSON (1310) and John ROBERTSON (1311) marriage of 27 Jan 1871 Inspection p/copy 858/1871 Dated Feb 1995.
  7. Registrations at Knox College, Marriage.
  8. Presbyterian Archives, NZ online at, Marr. 1871 John ROBERTSON & Mary HENDERSON, from St Pauls Parish, Oamaru Marriages 1869 to 1920, extracted Aug 2007.
  9. NZ births deaths marriages (index on fiche), ROBERTSON deaths 1880.
  10. N'PAPER: Oamaru Mail, p339 index (erroneously states 1st April but dth notice actually published 7th).
  11. Various names, various ships Ships passenger index: assisted immigration, Searched Jan 2006.
  12. Various, "Corres. re HENDERSON/ROBERTSON/MILBURN DNA," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 10 Dec 1841 John ROBISON (Par. of Abernethy) & Margaret WOOD (Kettle), Kettle, (FIF) 435 60 pg 185, copy rcvd from Gordon McL, Nov 2016.
  13. Isabella Chittock nee Howden, James Henderson and his family, P7 "Mary came with her sister Elizabeth and married James Robertson. They made their home at Mount Pleasant, Oamaru. He was a farmer and also had a milk run. He, also, died at an early age."
  14. Assorted indexes, NZ Soc. Gen. Index, Probate 7 May 1880 John ROBERTSON, Dairyman, Mt Pleasant, filed Dunedin, Agency DAAC Series 9081 Accession D239 Box 881 Record Number 62, from Archives Dunedin Probate Index, extracted c 2000.
  15. WikiTree online at, Oct 2011.
  16. Janine Morris (13264), "EM/LTR ROBERTSON, Mary ex Janine M, Chch," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, May 1995.
  17. BDM: NZ Certificates, Birth 1880 Elizabeth Grace ROBERTSON, inspection copy dated May 1994, Folio 4236/1880, rcvd from NZSG cert. collection, Jul 2005.

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