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Alexander, Robert

Alexander, Robert

Male 1896 - 1972  (75 years)

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  • Name Alexander, Robert 
    Born 25 Jun 1896  Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jan 1972  Palmerston North NZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I202  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2004 

    Father Alexander, Robert,   b. 17 Oct 1855, North Sunside Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1931, Baldyquash Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Jaffray, Isabel,   b. 9 Dec 1861, Hatton of Ardoyne Oyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1951, Baldyquash Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1891  Hatton Ch of Garioch Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Rin 219 - 101 Grandparents
    Rin 219 - 101 Grandparents
    Documents At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Family ID F33  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rettie, Nora 
    Married NOT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Alexander, Isabel Jean,   b. 4 Dec 1921, Moss Side Pardis Daviot Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1996, Woodville N Z Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F68  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emslie, Mary Ann,   b. 13 Feb 1895, Ythan Wells Forgue Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1977, Palmerston North NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1922  Insch Public Hall Aberdeenshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander, George,   b. 25 Mar 1921, Gooseknowes Oyne Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1996, Palmerston North NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Documents
    Marriage - Alexander, Robert / Emslie, Mary Ann
    Marriage - Alexander, Robert / Emslie, Mary Ann
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F69  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Rin 202 Robert Alexander
    Rin 202 Robert Alexander
    Robert & Mary Alexander
    Robert & Mary Alexander
    Rin 202 441 Rob Mary Alexander
    Rin 202 441 Rob Mary Alexander
    1st WW Photo of Robert Alexander (5th from right front row)
    1st WW Photo of Robert Alexander (5th from right front row)
    WW I Robert Alexander (middle front row)
    WW I Robert Alexander (middle front row)
    Robert & Mary Alexander at Hacketts Road
    Robert & Mary Alexander at Hacketts Road
    Robert Alexander
    Robert Alexander
    Robert Alexander
    Robert Alexander
    Robert and Mary Alexander
    Robert and Mary Alexander

    Documents
    The Family Bibles
    The Family Bibles
    Jeff Gray's recollections of his Grandmother, Isabel Alexander (m/s Jaffrey), disposing of the family bibles and how the front pages containing the family tree gave him a head start into this research.

    Histories
    McIntosh Family
    McIntosh Family

  • Notes 
    • Robbie worked on the family croft at Wartle and served with the Gordon Highlanders during the Great War His first posting on mobilisation was to Keith A number of post cards sent to his mother from there have survived also one or two from France. Correspondence was not his strong suit at that time
      He was badly gassed in the trenches and after the war his health was not good He was advised to seek a better climate and this may have played a part in his decision to emigrate

      He emigrated to N Z in 1924 taking his daughter Isabel, born of Nora Rettie, and his wife Mary (ms Emslie) with her offspring George.Alexander
      The marriage to Mary Ann Emslie in 1922 took place at Insch Public Hall Robert is given as a farm servant age 25 usual residence Baldyquash Cottages Mary Ann is 26 of East Cranloch Ythan Wells Her father is described as farmer (deceased ) The Minister is Daniel Alex Forrest and the witnesses are Alexander Lyon of Meikle Wartle and Helen Dyce from Bogs of Raich Forgue
      They therefore sailed as a complete family unit although the composition was unusual in that both had a child before marriage but both children bore the surname Alexander They sailed on the SS Ionic in 1924. (John and Margaret Burr also sailed with them but under a different arrangement)
      On reaching NZ they travelled to Palmerston North to join "auld Granny"--Isabel Alexander
      Robbies first job was in Hawkes Bay working as a farm labourer They moved from there to Hacketts Road Ashurst and later to Kopane west of Palmerston North Between jobs they lived in Palmerston North at the Esplanade entrance in a property leased from the City Council and whilst there, daughter Isobel had her first son William Robbie and his wife brought him up when Isobel left to marry Walter Mortenson
      Eventually they bought their own farm at Ashurst just over the bridge on the main road before the Manawatu Gorge. Robbie milked cows for the town milk supply and Mary kept a large flock of hens selling eggs to the Egg Floor She loaded her bicycle with them and pedalled the 9 miles into town
      When Robbies health deteriorated due to the onset of arthritis, he was compelled to give up farming. They moved to the town of Palmerston North buying a house in College Street He and Mary had no children together