Kathryn (Smith) Mooney nee Smith

Kathryn (Smith) Mooney nee Smith

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Kathryn D. Mooney nee Smith formerly Smith
Born 1950s.
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Mother of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)], [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private daughter (1980s - unknown)]
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I was born in 1955 in Gisborne, New Zealand. As an adult I've lived in many regions of New Zealand, so know the geography of the country well.

I started collecting family history in the 1960's. Those early notes made very little sense, but now some of the wording in extremely valuable.

During the 1960's two special trips were made from Gisborne to Maungatoroto, Northland, New Zealand to visit my grandmother Florence Smith (nee Fletcher). She knew everyone and shared generations of facts and tales. She spent many long hours giving detailed information about each family branch and notes were taken. No money or emotions were exchanged - that's a huge life lesson. If she didn't know something then she sent you to someone who did know. Her information has been verified as correct.

Other sources for Information were Cemeteries, Churches and Court houses. This was done before computer technology and family history groups had formed. My family trees are well understood, however mistakes do happen.

I'm a family historian for the KILGOUR family who settled in Huia, West Auckland, New Zealand in 1842.

There are NO spare copies of the published book. Try your local library or join WIKITREE and help the family tree to grow.

Please add your DNA for comparison and see if you match!

In 2002, Mary DUES & William KILGOUR had OVER ten thousand descendants.

I am using Wikitee to preserve over 200 years of this family tree. Be proud of OUR family tree! (please copy it)

Understandably some people feel uneasy seeing an ancestor shared by someone you don't know. Please remember your ancestor has left thousands of descendants, who all think it's their special grandparent.

When you were born an excited person published your birth or wrote to a relative about your new arrival. One of those sources has been given it to me. You're someone's treasure so therefore many people know about you. Whether you like it or not we share genes.

If you see a mistake... please let me know... some information may have been given with a mistake... proud grannies do that!

Notes for KILGOUR descendants... Our gt-gt-gt-grandmother Mary Kilgour (nee Dues) asked the family and descendants to leave flowers on her grave.

We cannot leave flowers for Mary, as her grave is now the soil on a farm and part of a housing development. You can sit in the Huia Domain, West Auckland, New Zealand, look out across the water, then turn round (180 degrees) and look at the man-made cave across the road - William and Mary are are buried on top of this knoll. When you sit anywhere on the Huia Domain, you're sitting on their original farm. Many/most in the family get an "overwhelming feeling" as they sit there. It is a special place.

Have fun... Kathryn Mooney

2018 - Now retired; in my spare time filing over fifty years of notes onto Wikitree. I am about half way through and think I'll compete the skeleton over the next five years! Then... I'll start to add tales to the bones, photos, etc.


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John Colledge, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, Eng. Fencible family to New Zealand in 1849. Onehunga, Auckland.
Thomas DUES, Merchant Tailor, Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. Dau. Mary DUES (Mrs Kilgour) came to Auckland, New Zealand on board the "Jane Gifford" in 1842. Her sister Mrs Martha McBride, also had children settle in New Zealand.
Isaac Fletcher, Kent, England. 58th Reg. and discharged New Zealand, Dec 1849. Master Marriner. Lived in Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand.
Scotland to Auckland, on board the Jane Gifford in 1842, with family. Lived Te Huia, Manukau Harbour, Auckland. Saw miller and farmer. Thousands of descendants.
KILLGOUR families of New Zealand - you're all part of KILGOUR of Huia.
Lace makers....Living France from before 1790. French was first language. Brothers James, Alfred, Louis Edward SMITH settled New Zealand. James lived in Ararua, Northland, New Zealand. The family claim to be natives of Nottingham, England.
Looking for family links with Walders of Rudgwick, Sussex, England
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Hi Kathryn,

I recently found a small trove of family photos which belong mostly to my grandmother's side of the family (Venice Fletcher, that is), mostly in regards to her Hill side and not Fletcher. However, given that you've done some research, I thought I'd come to you.

Amongst these items I found a birthday card addressed to her for her fourth birthday, signed by Superintendant M. Potter, of the Grand Orange Lodge. With a bit of online sleuthing, I've found that this most likely refers to the Orange Lodge of New Zealand, the NZ branch of the Orange Order, an Irish Protestant fraternity from Northern Ireland with branches throughout the world and Commonwealth. It makes sense to me that my research is accurate, given that my grandmother's maternal grandmother Matilda Daisley was from Dromore in Tyrone, in what is now (yet wasn't then) Northern Ireland, however given that its a fraternal society it's most likely that her father, Thomas Stephen Richard Fletcher, was a member. If not, it would be her maternal grandfather Alfred Hill (Matilda's husband who, strangely enough, was English). In order to narrow down which is more likely, I was curious whether you've come across any references to any of this among your own research of the Fletchers, possibly (and this is a very wild theory) some sort of Kilgour connection?

I hope you're staying happy and healthy over this Easter and this lockdown period, Amy :-)

posted by Amy Utting
Many thanks to Kathryn,

Final (After 30 Years) Managed to Track doem My Grandmothers Family (Bryce) To Find I Have a 2nd Cousin In Scotland and Her Mother Living In Auckland.

Totally Wrapped Many Thanks

posted by Peter Lockwood
As a side note, the fact that we matched and we know which ancestors we matched through means that you are able to confirm your paternal relationships as well!
posted by Amy Utting
Hi Kathryn,

As you've probably noticed, I've gotten my DNA tested and congratulations! We're confirmed cousins now :) Due to WikiTree protocol, in order to mark my ancestral relationships as confirmed I need to add source citations, so please do not be too concerned when you see edits being made to the Fletcher/Kilgour profiles. I promise I have not damaged any of them!

posted by Amy Utting
Kathryn, thank you for each of your more than 1000 contributions to our Shared Tree for the month of August 2019. All of your work makes our Tree all that much better.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Helping me through my first multi-manager merge. :)
posted by Martin Brabander
Hi Kathryn! I'm not sure whether you know, but I have just started a Kilgour Name Study and, as a prominent researcher of the family, I thought that you might be interested :)

Regards, Amy

posted by Amy Utting
I am very pleased that you have taken such an interest in my G.Great Grandfather Edward Roe. Edward and Amelia (nee, Lawrance) Roe came out to New Zealand on the HMS Gertrude with their seven children . They left Gravesend London in June 1841 and sailed into Port Nicolson on the 3rd of November1841 Edward was 39 years old and Amelia was 37 years. Edward's age at their marriage was 19 years and Amelia was between 17 and 18 years.

His age recorded on the shipping list was recorded at 39 yrs and hers 37yrs ... so therefore Edwards birth date is 1801-2 and Amelia about 1803-4

posted by Erl Roe
Thank you Kathryn for adding Hannah and John Veale, I placed a note on ancestry.com on a tree she is in so hopefully her family will come along soon, thank you so much.
posted by C. (Rodgers) Bake
Thank you Kathryn for the wonderful work you have done and continue to do. I found wikitree last year but like you have been collecting info for a long time. I still work full time though so my time is limited but am slowly adding my sourced information as I can.

Kind regards Lesley Auckland NZ

Hi Kathryn, thanks for fixing my errors on William Pilkington Yates. I had gone by the approximate date of birth given on FindAGrave, which was silly of me as the other sources I added clearly indicated he was much older. I should have been paying more attention.

I have cleaned up his page and removed the incorrect info and sources I added and integrated the extra info.

Thanks! Paula

Hi Kathryn, Note we both come from the first city in the world to see the sun!

I am unsure regarding an addition you added to Albert Mount Newman [1840-1919] in November 2017. I am interested to see you have his "Nickname" as Herbert and am keen to know the source of that please. look forward to hearing from you, Janice

posted by Janice Newman

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