Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson, Baker and Confectioner, Charles Street, Kaiapoi and daughter Helen Bowie Wilson.
Robert Wilson was b: in 8 Oct 1834 at Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, and was educated at a private school in Stranraer. He was apprenticed to the bakery trade for five years, and mar: 29 Jun 1856 in Stranaer, Wigtown to Jane McKie McConnell (she was b: 18 Jun 1835 in Kirkiner, Wigtownshire, Scotland to parents Alexander McKay McConnell of Stranraer, Wigtonshire, Scotland, and mother Mary McDonald.) Robert and Jane were both aged 21Y when they emigrated to New Zealand in the ship “Joseph Fletcher” a 672 ton clipper barque (capt Pook) and sailed from London 5th Jul 1856 and arrived at Lyttelton 24 Oct 1856.
Robert and Jane joined Robert's brother, who was in business as a baker in Christchurch. Robert remained with him for about two years, when he left for Kaiapoi and started on his own account.
He was an active adherent of the Presbyterian church of Kaiapoi, of which he was an elder since it was established, and also superintendent of the Sabbath school. Mr. Wilson has always been a strong advocate of all temperance movements.

 Their children:

 i Mary McDonald Wilson (b: 18 Oct 1857) Mar: 29 Apr 1877 to Joseph Edward Garthon Bowern

ii Isabella Jane Wilson (b: 30 Jan 1859; d: 24 Oct 1897) Mar: 19 Dec 1888 to William Smith

iii Robert James Wilson (b: 15 Apr 1861 in Kaiapoi)

iv Annie Wilson (b: 07 Jan 1865; d: 27 Jul 1865)

William Barbour Wilson (b: 07 Jan 1819 in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright; d: 08 Nov 1897 in Christchurch) mar: 19 Nov 1856 in Christchurch to Elizabeth Williams (b: 1836)

vi Helen (Nellie) Bowie Wilson (b: 19 Aug 1867 in Kaiapoi; d: 28 Nov 1936 in Christchurch; Bur: 30 Nov 1936 Waimairi Cemetery Block 5, Lots 26-28) mar: 25 Apr 1888 at the Presbyterian Church, Kaiapoi to Frederick William Cone (b: 08 Jul 1866 in Ashley Bank, Rangiora; d: 15 Jun 1938 in Christchurch;

vii Colin Porteous Wilson (b: 04 Mar 1870; migrated to Australia; d; of TB  23 Jun 1904

viii Gregor McGregor Wilson (b: 19 May 1872; d: 28 Sep 1875)

1 Dec 1936: OBITUARY: MRS F. W. CONE The death occurred on Saturday, after a long illness, of Mrs Helen Bowie Cone, wife of Mr F. W. Cone, and daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Wilson, of Kaiapoi. In her earlier years Mrs Cone was a very energetic member of the Presbyterian Church, particularly at Inglewood, Taranaki. Her husband and eight daughters survive her, as well as four grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs A. E. Cree, Cashmere Hills, Mrs C. Steer. Spreydon, Mrs I. Barker, Kaituna, and Misses Leonie. Florence. Evelyn. Phyllis, and Freda Cone. The Funeral The funeral, which took place at the Waimairi cemetery, was conducted by the Rev. A. Simmonds, minister of St. Giles’ Presbyterian Church, Papanui. The pall-bearers were Messrs I. Barker, C. Steer, C. Hamilton, G. Watt, E. Humphreys, and A. Cree
WILSON: On July 19th, 1921 at Charles Street, Kaiapoi, Robert Wilson the beloved father of Mrs F.W.Cone and William Wilson, Kaiapoi; aged 87 years.
Press, 21 Jul 1921: OBITUARY: MR ROBERT WILSON. The death on Tuesday of Mr Robert Wilson, at Charles St, Kaiapoi at the age of 87 years, removes one of the oldest residents of the town. He was a native of Stranraer, Wigtonshire, Scotland, and came to Canterbury in the ship Joseph Fletcher, which arrived in October, 1856. Mr Wilson joined his brother, who was in business as a baker in Christchurch, and afterwards settled in Kaiapoi and started business on his own account. His brothers were Mr Wm. Wilson, was the first Mayor of Christchurch, and the late Mr Thos. Wilson, Christchurch. He was an active member of St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Kaiapoi, of which he had been an elder for many years. Mr Wilson leaves one daughter, Mrs F. W. Cone, of Papanui, and two sons, Messrs W. Wilson, of Kaiapoi, and R. J. Wilson, of Perth, West Australia, besides fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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