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Christina McTavish
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Christina McTavish

Carolyn says "This is a photo of my Great Grandmother Christina McTavish born to John McTavish and Ann McKenzie in 1853 in Cromarty. Christina married John Urquhart (picture #2336) and they emigrated to New Zealand where Christina died in 1938. Does anyone have any information on this branch of the McTavish family tree?"
Picture added on 09 April 2009
Comments:
John Urquhart was my mother's uncle, and my mother remembers one of John's sons visiting her family in Duke St during WW1. However, he spent most of his time with the MacTavish family, who were living at Cromarty Mains. The children of the Mactavish family included Ann (later Slader), Chrissie (Clements), Bessie (Henderson) and Hugh. There were other siblings too, but these four are all buried in Cromarty cemetery. Iain and I found all four graves during a recent visit, though Ann's and Chrissie's were completely obscured by ivy (now removed!). It was only thanks to Sue Florence's excellent memory that we found Ann's stone. There's a lot of ivy-bashing needed up there!

Ann spent many years as a lady's maid in London, then she returned to Cromarty, lived in Forsyth House and ran it as a boarding-house.
Added by Ruth on 17 April 2009
Christina's oldest sister Catherine was the mother of Alexander Bonny who also emigrated to New Zealand but a generation later, in 1909. At least two of his daughters (Annie and Jean Christina) showed a remarkable likeness to Christina at a similar age. Many thanks from my Mum for the picture - Catherine was her Great Grandmother. We believe Christina got her name from her paternal grandmother.
Added by Philip on 13 August 2009
Philip would you please contact me.

Kind regards

Carolyn Sheehan ( nee Urquhart)
Added by Carolyn Sheehan on 14 August 2009
I am Johanna Clements, daughter of John Clements. i have a 5 year old daughter who is called Ishbel Christina, named for my great aunt Anne Slader's daughter and my grandmother, Christina.
Added by Johanna Clements on 25 June 2011
To Carolyn Sheehan
Iam Robert (aka Bruce) McTavish, who lives in Woburn Sands Bucks UK. Iam a New Zealander (DOB 06/03/60) who has been in the UK since 1992 . Son of Jack McTavish (DOB 07/03/15), who served with the NZ 2nd Division 8th Army WWII Western Desert Africa & Italy . Grandson of Sam McTavish who served in the NZ Army in the Boer War in Sth Africa . My Great Grandfather came from Cromarty & Iam sure he was Roderick McTavish & could be John McTavish's brother or cousin as he came out to New Zealand we think around the 1860's??
Added by Bruce McTavish on 27 December 2011
Roderick McTavish was killed in action in 1918 see link

John McTavish is listed as his next of kin
Added by Gordon McTavish on 07 January 2012
I have more information on John McTavish. He is also listed as my Grandfather, Sam McTavish's army record as next of kin, so Roderick and Sam were brothers. John McTavish was their father and may well have been an emigrant to New Zealand, definitely the son of an emigrant. His Grandson, my cousin, is John McTavish who lives in Tauranga NZ and is Married to Mary McTavish (also a cousin).
Added by Gordon McTavish on 09 January 2012
Johanna Clements, Hi there.My family knew your grandfather, James Clements, after he was wounded in WW2 and was sent to South Africa for recuperation. Please could you contact me. Thanx David Kressig
Added by David Kressig on 13 November 2012
Hi David,so sorry for long delay. Any information about James would be fantastic,my dad was 6 when James died so we know nothing about him other than he was irish and lost his leg in ww2. Looking forward to hearing from you. Johanna Clements
Added by Johanna Clements on 03 May 2013
Hi Johanna, many thanks for making contact Your grandfather, James Clements, lived with my mother's family during his rehabilitation in Johannesburg during WW2. Can you get my e-mail address from the web site info. desk and contact me to discuss further? Thanks again, David Kressig
Added by David Kressig on 04 May 2013
Hi Carolyn. John McTavish married my grandfather's sister Jane Elliott. Jane was b 23 July 1863 in Scotland. Her father, Samuel Elliott emigrated to New Zealand with his family on the SS Napier in 1879. John and Jane married on 11 Nov. 1881 at Caversham, Dunedin.
Added by Bruce Elliott on 26 January 2016
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