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John Jacob Runciman

Male 1865 - 1874  (~ 9 years)


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  • Name John Jacob Runciman  [1, 2
    Born Sep 1865  Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • "And I am glad to state that Mrs. Runciman got a fine son last week and they are both doing well. Mrs. Muir was out and seen it. She says it is a fine baby." (however the letter was dated Sep 1866, and there are no RUNCIMAN births reg. 1866 online bdms, John Jacob 1865. I have assumed a letter date error)
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 63683 
    Died 30 Oct 1874  Nth East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • aged 9, born Dunedin
    Person ID I63683  Runciman Lineage 1b - "Wiliam of Crail"
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2012 

    Father John Runciman,   b. 11 Oct 1837, Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jul 1918, Musselburgh?, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Mitchell,   b. 30 Apr 1841, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1882, Nth East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1863  Green Island, nr Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • "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 Feb 1868  [8, 9
    • ... "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."
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Sep 1865 - Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Oct 1874 - Nth East Valley, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2342] Miscellaneous RUNCIMAN web searches and correspondence, 17 Sep 1866 (poss misdated) Letter from Janet MITCHELL, Dunedin, to her MITCHELL in-laws, online at http://users.uniserve.com/~imitchel/johnlet.htm, extracted Aug 2010.

    2. [S57] BDM: NZ historical indexes, Birth 1865 John Jacob RUNCIMAN, ref.1865/6310, extracted Aug 2010.

    3. [S2342] Miscellaneous RUNCIMAN web searches and correspondence, 17 Sep 1866 Letter from Janet MITCHELL, Dunedin, to her MITCHELL in-laws, online at http://users.uniserve.com/~imitchel/johnlet.htm, extracted Aug 2010.

    4. [S3029] Dunedin: Cemeteries Search, Dunedin City Council, RUNCIMAN family, Block 29. Plot 10, Northern Cem., extracted Jan 2012.

    5. [S57] BDM: NZ historical indexes, Dth 1874 John Jacob RUNCIMAN, reg. 1874/3226 (age "nr"), extracted Jan 2012.

    6. [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.

    7. [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.

    8. [S2640] Papers Past (NZ National Library), Flood, flour mill ?Shag Valley? Mr RUNCIMAN & family, from "Dunedin and the South", in the Timaru Herald, Volume VIII Issue 282, 8 Feb 1868, Page 3, extracted Aug 2010.

    9. [S2640] Papers Past (NZ National Library), Flood, flour mill Mr RUNCIMAN & family, Shag Valley, from "THE FLOOD AT WAIKOUAITI", in the Timaru Herald, Volume VIII, Issue 286, 22 February 1868, Page 3, extracted Aug 2010.