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Family: John Runciman / Elizabeth Mitchell (F55)

m. 13 Apr 1863


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  • Father | Male
    John Runciman

    Born  11 Oct 1837  Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  09 Jul 1918  Musselburgh?, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    North Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  13 Apr 1863  [1, 2]  Green Island, nr Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Elizabeth Carson | F56 
    Married  1884  Otago?, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Richard Runciman | F24 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Barbara Merrilees | F24 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Elizabeth Mitchell

    Born  30 Apr 1841  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  11 May 1882  Nth East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    North Dunedin, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Jacob Mitchell | F60 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mary Crosby | F60 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    Richard Charles Runciman

    Born  21 Jan 1864  Green Island?, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  24 Mar 1947  Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Agnes Bowden | F63 
    Married  1887  Otago?, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    John Jacob Runciman

    Born  Sep 1865  Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  30 Oct 1874  Nth East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 3 | Female
    Emily Jane Runciman

    Born  1868  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1878  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     

    Child 4 | Male
    George Mitchell Runciman

    Born  11 Nov 1870  Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  07 Mar 1942  Marton, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  09 Mar 1942  Marton, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Lucy Ellis | F129 
    Married  29 Oct 1896  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Male
    James Merrilees Runciman

    Born  1872  Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  1936  Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Isabella Henderson | F65 
    Married  1899  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 6 | Male
    Alexander Runciman

    Born  Abt 1875   
    Died  1957  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Annie Clifford | F94 
    Married  07 Nov 1898  Halcombe, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes  Married:
    • "At Kingston Vale, Green Island, on the 13th instant, by the Rev. J. McNaughton, Mr. John Runciman, youngest son of Mr. Richard Runciman, to Elizabeth Mitchell, second daughter of Mr. Jacob Mitchell, Longbyre, Wishaw, Scot."
      (not immediately obvious in BDM Historical indices)

    WebHighlight:
    • ... "The Shag Valley was greatly inundated, and many sheep were drowned. It is reported that many lives have been lost there, but the report requires confirmation. The flour mill, house, and all other buildings were washed away, and Mr Runciman, the owner, his wife, tliree children, and three servants were rescued from the water wheel of the mill after having been there for eight hours" (assumed to be this family given that Elizabeth's MITCHELL brother John lived in Shag Valley at least around Aug 1884, although back in NE Valley by 1886)
      .. "The enterprising proprietor of the Shag valley flour mill, Mr Runciman, has sustained, we regret to say, a most severe loss ; the mill, house and stables having been swept away himself, wife, three children, two men and a, female servant, at tne imminent risk of their lives, having with heroic fortitude remained from twelve o'clock m the evening till seven m the morning on the waterwheel of the mill until they were rescued from their perilous position by the praisworthy conduct of a man named William Gray, who swam across to their assistance with a rope, a temporary boat having been made by the inhabitants, when they were safely brought over. Mr Rich, we may mention, who witnessed the sad calamity, offered with commendable Christian sympathy, 25 to anyone volunteering to fetch a boat from Waikouaiti to relieve the sufferers. Mr J. Duncan, a livery stable keeper at Palmerston, at once accepted the offer, and without delay started on his errand ; but on reaching Pleasant River he was, much to regret, compelled to retrace his steps, the river being so flooded that he could not effect a crossing, the bridge, as before stated, havig been washed away. Glover's store at Palmerston, has also sustained injury from the flood."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2927] Family of John & Elizabeth (MITCHELL) RUNCIMAN, Irene MITCHELL, Marr. 13 Apr 1863 John youngest s/o Richard RUNCIMAN; Elizabeth 2nd d/o Jacob MITCHELL, Kingston Vale, Green Island (Otago NZ, from their marriage notice in: The Daily Telegraph, April 13, 1863), extracted Jun 2010.

    2. [S2927] Family of John & Elizabeth (MITCHELL) RUNCIMAN, Irene MITCHELL, Marr. 1863 John RUNCIMAN & Elizabeth d/o Jacob MITCHELL & Mary CROSBY"a few short weeks after Elizabeth's arrival , from "The Story of Jacob MITCHELL" online at http://users.uniserve.com/~imitchel/story.htm, Aug 2010.