Thomas Higgie Snr (1817 - 27 September 1884, Okoia, Number 2 Line) and his wife Ann Mary "Mary" Higgie (1818 - 15 August 1891, at Thomas Jnr's house, Okoia, Number 2 Line) sailed from London on the ship Olympus on 9 December 1840, and they arrived in New Zealand on 20 April 1841. Their eldest child Thomas Jnr was born on the trip to New Zealand on 26 January 1841. Thomas was aged 24 at the time of their voyage and Ann was 20. Thomas is described as a "Millwright".
Returning to the family Thomas and Mary raised together:
At the close of the war young Mr Thomas (our subject) settled on a farm of 400 acres on the No. 2 Line (Fordell Road). This property, known as Rosmond, is accredited with being rich in soil and well suited for grazing purposes. Having a frontage to the main road it is exceptionally planted with rows of blue gums which have shown marvellous vitality, for, though in '66 Mr Higgie took over a pocketful of seed, to-day some of the trees are three feet through. The land is divided into six paddocks, and is thoroughly watered by springs, creeks, and two dams.
Having an antipathy to over-stocking, he depastures only 1200 sheep, a few horses, and about 60 head of cattle here. A comfortable house stands at the end of a thickly planted avenue, and this is looked after by a son of his who manages this estate. When the property owned by his father came to be apportioned between himself and five brothers, MrHiggie received the 200 acres on No. 3 Line on which he now resides, in addition to the 400 acres on No. 2 Line. The 200 acres through which the railway runs is a valuable property, and Mr Higgie retaining only 60 acres as a homestead paddcok, has cut up the rest into holdings of from 5 to 30 acres and leased them for various purposes. The principal lease is that to a settler who cultivates an orchard which looks really excellent.
In 1866 Mr Higgie married a Miss Wilkinson, whose parents were fellow passengers with Mr Higgie's father and mother. The father of Mrs Higgie, who has passed his 80th year, is a resident of Wellington, where he owns considerable house and other property. Mr Higgie's family consists of four sons and three daughters, all of whom seem to resemble their parents in that genial sociability, kindness of temper, and other virtues and qualities so characteristic of tbe old settlers.
In 1880 Mr Higgie, imagining that there was a capital opening for an auctioneer's business, joined issue with Mr Barns, and after a trial of five years elected to turn his energies to some other direction. Choosing the dairying industry, he interested himself to such purpose that shortly after the factory was built at Okoia, but this venture did not prove a success. Prior to the starting of the factory, Mr Higgie had to some extent become identified with the flour mill at Fordell, which venture also was the means of his losing some money.
One action of his, if no other, deserves to cause him to be praised, and that is the very persistent manner in which he advocated a Farmers' Union and the manner in which he brought his ideas to fruition in the birth of the Farmers' Alliance. The Freezing Works have a little of his capital sunk, and in fact, no industry has yet been started in the district to which he has not given his aid and support.
Ten years ago Mr Higgie lost his father, and this bereavement was followed a year or so later by the death of his brothor James. Mr Higgie was the first who took up a run on the Mangakaretu Block, in the Upper Wangaehu. The run, which contains 1600 acres, some eight years ago was a dense bush, but has gradually commenced to wear the appearance of a moderately well cleared place. Four thousand sheep, 160 cattle, and some 20 horses at present stock the run, which is well watered and hilly but nevertheless an admirable sheep country. It is expected that Mr Higgie will ship about 100 bales of wool this season.
DEATH OF MR. THOMAS HIGGIE.
1.1.1 Andrew James McNeill Loudon (1900 - 1969)
1.1.2 Elizabeth Jane Loudon (8 July 1903 - 1993) married her first cousin John Alexander Higgie (1895 - 1957) in 1929.
1.2 William Norman Higgie (1868 - 1944) married Johanna Sophia Patterson (1883 - 1950) in 1922. Norman had an accident when, in March 1897, he was thrown from a horse he was training for the Mangamahu races, and broke his collarbone. They had at least one daughter:
1.2.1 Helen Casey Higgie
1.3 Thomas Morris "Morris" Higgie (1870 - 1946) married Flora Annie Gibson (daughter of James and Harriet Gibson nee Shalders) (17 May 1870, Port Chalmers - 29 October 1954, Wanganui) in 1896. Their marriage was recorded in the 6 and 7 March 1896 editions of the Wanganui Chronicle:
1.4 Helen Higgie (1874)
1.5 James Leonard Higgie (1876 - 12 May 1951) married Jean Lewis (daughter of Edgar Arundel and Florence Jean Lewis nee Brown who had married in 1881) (1886 - 1948) in 1912
1.6 David Albert Higgie (1878 - March 1958) married his first cousin Annie Christina Scott (daughter of David and Christina Scott nee Higgie who had married in 1867) (1888 - 1 December 1908) in 1908. She died soon after they married. They were living at Aramaho, Kaikopu at the time of Annie's death and she was buried at Bulls cemetery. David then married Mollie Campion (1888 - December 1965)(daughter of Duncan and Marjorie Campion nee McKenzie, who had married in 1877) in 1912. Mollie was the sister of David's cousin Adrian's wife Margaret Campion. Mollie and David are buried at the Feilding Cemetery.
2.1. Annie Maude Higgie (1869 - 1929) married William Reid Kellick (1864 - 1942) in 1894. The Kellicks lived in Mangamahu. Details of their wedding were relayed to the public in the 27 April 1894 edition of the Wanganui Chronicle:
2.1.1 Acton Higgie Kellick (6 April 1895 - 1950) married Eileen Mary Morton (daughter of Charles Robert and Agnes Morton nee Pratt, who had married in 1889)(16 June 1890 - 1988) in 1918.
220.127.116.11 Jean Annie Kellick (6 August 1919 - 2004) married Maurice Bevan Mitchell (3 June 1919 - 1976) on November 1939.
18.104.22.168 Mollie Kellick
Details of Jean and Maurice's wedding were published in the Evening post, under "Wanganui Notes" on 13 November 1939:
Christ Church was beautifully decorated recently for the wedding of Jean, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Acton Kellick, of Mangamahu, and Maurice, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell, of Wanganui. Both bride and groom are descendants of early settlers in the Mangamahu Valley. The bride, who entered the church with her father, wore a frock of ivory Viennese silk. with Empire bodice corded on to a straight skirt with bustle back and wide train and hand-made net veil. Her flowers were lilies. Miss Mollie Kellick was bridesmaid, wearing white broderie Anglaise with black lace, coatee, and carrying deep red roses. Mr. Alan Mitchell was best man. A reception was held at Foster's Hotel, attended only by close relations and intimate friends of the young couple. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell will live at Mangamahu.
2.1.2 Leslie Alexander Kellick (1901 - 1947) married Christina Muriel Bull (daughter of James and Ester Bull) (16 July 1900 - 1981) in 1924.
22.214.171.124 Alexander Reid Kellick (26 September 1929 - 2001)
In 1912, Leslie had suffered a serious injury, as the Wanganui Chronicle reported on 15 June of that year:
2.1.3 William Reid Kellick (1905 - 1958)
2.1.4 Mabel Annie Kellick (25 August 1909 - 1989) married Walter Richmond Harding (6 November 1905 - 1987) in 1932.
2.2 Amy Hilda Higgie (1872 - 1938). Never married.
2.3 Adeline Jane Higgie (26 August 1873 - 13 July 1922) married Henry Petersen Harrison (son of Henry Nevison and Louisa Maria Harrison nee Ross, who had married on 23 January 1867) (1872 - 26 June 1942) on 12 June 1907 at St John's Church, Matarawa, Wanganui
2.3.1 Rae Alexandria Nevison Harrison (1910)
More information on the Harrison family here.
2.4 Alexa Emmeline Higgie (1876 - 1941) married David Orren Hales (24 December 1873 - 30 June 1964) (son of William Henry and Ellen Hales) on 16 February 1911. A longer article, closely reporting everything the ladies wore to the wedding, appeared on 18 February 1911 in the Wanganui Chronicle:
2.5 Adrian Wilson Clark Higgie (1880 - 1915) married Margaret Helen Evillina Campion (daughter of Duncan and Marjorie Campion) (1886 - ) in 1907. Adrian died in 1915 at the age of only 35. Subsequent to his death, his widow Margaret married Octavius George Garlick (son of Richard Knight and Ellen Green Garlick)(23 October 1886 - 5 February 1945) on 10 September 1918
2.5.1 Alexander Duncan Higgie (1908 - 1961)
2.6 Acton Alexander Lindsay Higgie (1888 - 10 April 1891) Died aged just three years.
Annie Scott Higgie died on 31 March 1913 at her residence. The Wanganui Chronicle published the following obituary on 1 April 1913:
3.2 Jessie Florence Scott (1870 - 20 May 1932) married James Flockhart McKelvie (son of Joseph and McKelvie) (1870 - 1935) in 1893.
3.2.1 Joyce Kathleen Grace McKelvie (3 April 1894 - 1983) married James Hamilton Russell (son of Robert and Mary Russell)(1892 - 1962) in 1919. Their marriage was recorded in the 7 July 1919 edition of the Wanganui Chronicle:
3.2.2 Jessie Florence Merle McKelvie (1 September 1895 - 1991) married John Campbell Gibbons (son of Herbert Flinders and Mary Gibbons nee Bennett, who had married in 1887) (18 August 1890 - 1977) in 1916
3.2.3 Rex Douglas James Flockhart McKelvie (22 August 1901 - 1982) married Ada Agnes Jane Cameron (daughter of James and Ada Cameron nee Quarrie, who had married in 1893) (8 June 1903 - 1996) in 1927. They had at least one son:
126.96.36.199. John Flockhart McKelvie (15 August 1928 - 1990)
3.2.4 Mabel Dene Christina McKelvie (1904 - 1984) married Donald Rowe (son of Thomas and Celia Rowe nee Barr, who had married in 1889) (1900 - 1982). Mabel and Donald had three sons and are buried at Clifton Cemetery in Bulls.
3.2.5 Rawi Emily Scott McKelvie (18 June 1909 - 1996). Rawi never married.
When James McKelvie died in June 1935, the Evening Post published the following obituary:
3.3.1 James Douglas Duigan (23 November 1909 - 1976)
Details of Mary and Herbert's wedding were published in the 26 February 1909 edition of the Wanganui Chronicle:
3.4 Annie Christina Scott (1878 - 1 December 1908). Annie married her first cousin, David Albert Higgie in 1908 and died later that year. There were no children from the marriage.
3.5 James Wilson Clark Scott (1880 - 20 March 1951) married Violet Mary Murray"Mary" Hammond (daughter of Henry and Ellen Nichol Hammond nee Cockburn, who had married in 1861) (1882 - 1968) in 1903. Both James and Mary are buried at Clifton Cemetery in Bulls. They had the following children:
3.5.1 Roy Henry Clarke Scott (7 August 1905 - 1 March 1973) married Olive Eileen Price (daughter of William Alfred and Mary Jane Price nee Wyatt, who had married in 1892) (7 July 1902 - 30 August 1992) in 1930.
3.5.2 Rita Emily Beresford Scott (13 September 1906 - 19 March 1982) married Henry Francis Fuller (son of Edward Arthur and Elizabeth Christina Jane Fuller nee Lee, who had married in 1904) (1907 - 1954) in 1932.
3.5.3 Terence David "Bill" Scott (23 July 1909 - 18 May 1989) married Winifred Irene Mary Jarvis (daughter of Harold Titchner and May Jarvis nee Hill, who were married in 1907) (1909 -21 May 1996) in 1934.
3.5.4 James Hammond Scott (3 November 1911 - 30 July 1986) married Joan Ellen Thynne (daughter of Francis George and Nellie Lena Thynne nee Cadogan, who married in 1911) (18 March 1912 - 2000) in 1937.
3.5.5 Margaret Mary Scott (29 June 1918 - 2009) married Marshall Moncrieff Moffat (son of William and Elizabeth Steward Moffat nee Rickard, who had married in 1889) (24 March 1911 - 1992) in 1939
3.6 John Douglas Scott (1882)
3.7 Ruby Alexandra Scott (1884 - 1943) married Robert Edmund Clouston (son of Henry and Mary Clouston nee Rogerson, who had married in 1853)(1875 - 1961) in 1907. They had the following family:
3.7.1 Arthur Edmund Clouston (23 August 1907 - 1979)
3.7.2 Henry Austin David Clouston (19 April 1910 - 1976)
3.7.3 Elva Christina Clouston (1911)
3.7.4 Charles James Clouston (8 January 1915 - 1984)
3.8 Gladys Vera "Vera" Roberta Scott (1887 - 3 February 1920). Vera never married and is buried at the Clifton Cemetery in Bulls.
3.9 Charles Edward Nelson Scott (1890 - 1957)
4.1 William Thomas Hair (1870 - 29 July 1938)
4.2 Maud Mary Jane Hair (1874 - 1907) married George David Hunter in 1895
And four more sons...
6.4 Rina Higgie (1902) No further trace. Enjoyed horse riding (November 1917)
*Thanks to Daniel Harding for the information about Norman and Johanna Higgie's daughter.