I am seeking a connection with dexendents of Kenneth John MacLeod - details below.
Details of his life are very few and far between, and probably the most important item I would like to find is a photo.
Full Name: MacLEOD, Kenneth John
Parents: Donald MacLeod (b. abt 1793), Anne MacLean (b. abt 1821).
Donald MacLeod was married twice – to Anne MacLean, and also to Kirsty MacAuley.
Parents Address: 11, Callanish
Date of Birth: 20th November 1860 , 2pm
At first the year of birth was surmised from the birth certificate of McLeod, Kenneth John (his son) - which gives the age of the father as 26 years. Therefor 1892 -26 = 1866. However, documentation gives the birthdate as 1860. It is apparent that his declared age was less than his actual age.
Place of Birth: Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Stornoway is given as the place of his birth, on the birth certificate of his son, also named Kenneth John McLeod. However, it is now established that his place of birth was Callanish, on the western side of the Isle of Lewis. It is thought that Stornoway would be appropriate as the place would be better known, whereas few people would recognise Callanish.
After a search through the birth records of Lewis, there was only one Kenneth MacLeod who fitted the basic data reasonably well. Callanish falls within the parish of Uig, and it was in the register there that the birth is recorded of Kenneth MacLeod.
Entry #90 in Scottish Register Book of Births, for District of Carloway County of Ross?.
Father listed as Donald McLeod, Tenant
Mother listed as Anne McLeod, maiden name MacLean
Informant, Donald McLeod, Tenant, Callanish
Birth registered Dec 5th 1860
Spouse: KEITH, Marie Duncan.
Born 1864 in Dunedin. The year of birth is surmised from 1892 - 28 = 1864
Married: Winton, Southland 17/6/1892
The marriage is recorded in the District of Winton, as #74 in the Register of Marriage. The copy I have has a hand-written number “92/1931” in the top right corner. This marriage entry gives Kenneth MacLeod’s profession as “Manager”.
The marriage ended in divorce, and a decree absolute issued in the Supreme Court of Otago & Southland District on 7th January 1907. In this document Kenneth John McLeod is noted as residing in Elderslie, with the occupation of labourer.
The decree absolute has the number “256” on the front, and the case was handled by Ethel R Benjamin, Solicitor, Christchurch.
1. McLeod, Kenneth John, b. 4/12/1892 at Halfway Bush, Dunedin. Married Hazel Violet Bell 15/1/1924 at Hanover Street Baptist Church in Dunedin. Hazel’s parents were James Nesbit Bell and Charlotte Burgess.
The BELL family came from Glasgow to Dunedin on the ss “Oamaru”, departing 30th Nov 1874 and arriving in NZ 17th Feb 1875
The BURGESS family came from London on the ss “Dover Castle” departing 30th June 1873 and arriving at Port Chalmers on 9th Oct 1873.
Kenneth was a marine engineer with Union Steam Ship Company. Had one son Kenneth James McLeod born 17/9/1925.
2. McLeod, Ida. Born 1895. Lived with her husband Frank Sargeant at Wanganui, then shifted to Tawa. Frank was possibly a Wool Classifier.
3 McLeod, William. Born 1896. Wounded during WW1. Never married. Worked as a ships greaser for Union Steam Ship Company.
Date of Death: 4th April 1935
Place of Death: The Buchanan Home, (part of the Greytown Hospital)
Greytown, North Island, New Zealand
Buried At: Greytown Cemetery
Death Citation : Folio #1439 in 1935 Death Register
Undertaker: H Trotman
Kenneth John MacLeod went to Glasgow at about the age of 19 years. It is understood that he left home after a bitter dispute with his parents about joining the Scottish Police, an action that his parents opposed. He left home and never returned. This story has come down through three different family branches, and again from a non family lady who remembered the story from her granny.
Kenneth MacLeod came to New Zealand sometime before 1892, however he does not appear on any shipping list up to 1888. It is understood that when he left Scotland he could only speak Gaelic, but to have worked and married in New Zealand he must have had some proficiency in English.
He was farming at Halfway Bush, Dunedin, but is not known if he was a farm worker or manager.
After the birth of his three children, he left the farm at Half Way Bush, sometime after 1892. It may be that when his marriage failed he worked at Elderslie (inland from Oamaru) for some time. From there he made his way to Greytown, in the North Island of New Zealand.
After their divorce, his wife Marie remarried Thomas Henry King (full-back for the Kaikourai football club). Marie remarried as Mary Duncan Keith.
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