I am currently working on the family of John Ballenden b. c 1756 Stromness. He had two families during the period 1790 to 1813, one in Canada and one in Stromness. During some recent research to update my file I came across two death notices in the Nor'Wester newspaper published in the Red River Settlement during the 1850s and 1860s as follows:
From the Nor'Wester 21 Nov 1864 "Died. At New Zealand, on the 9th of May, John Ballenden, son of Chief Factor Ballenden, formerly in charge of Red River District"
From the Nor'Wester 30 Nov 1861 "Drowned in the Tweed, at Peebles, (Scotland) on the 12th, Sept., while endeavoring to rescue a companion, Alexander Roderick McLeod Ballenden, second son of the late John Ballenden, Esq., of the Hon. Hudson's Bay Company's service, aged 14."
I have added Alexander to my list of children for John Ballenden born 26 May 1811 Stromness (son of John Ballenden and Elizabeth Gray) and Sarah McLeod but the death of John Ballenden in New Zealand on 9 May 1864 has me stumped. The John b. 1811, according to all my references died at Edinburgh on 7 Dec 1856. This John had a son John but he died at St Paul, Manitoba on 29 Jan 1880.
Are there any Ballenden researchers who have any record of a John Ballenden in New Zealand in 1864?