James Bruce Family Descendants

Grand parents of James Bruce who came to New Zealand in 1864 were James Bruce (b: Abt. 1757 in Kettins, Angus) Scotland and his wife Isabell Robertson They mar: 15 Aug 1782 in Kettins, Angus, Scotland  where their 4 children were born - Elizabeth Bruce b: 16 Jul 1783, Peter Bruce b: 18 Mar 1785, William Bruce b: 01 Jul 1792 in Kettins, Angus, Scotland and  James Bruce (father of James Bruce who came to New Zealand in 1858) b: 10 Jul 1790 in Kettins, Angus, Scotland

James b. 1790  was a mason and mar: 12 Nov 1812 in St Cuthberts Parish , Midlothian, Scotland to Elizabeth Stewart (b: 16 Feb 1782 - her parents: Angus Stewart Mother: Anne Robertson)  Their  family were  William Bruce b: 07 Apr 1815 in Dundee, Angus; Harriot Bruce b: 31 Mar 1818 in Kettins, Angus, Scotland  and James Fawthrop Bruce b: 21 Jan 1823

JAMES FAWTHROP BRUCE (b: 21 Jan 1823, Kettins, Angus; Bapt 26 Jan 1823  Dundee Scotland - his parents James and Elizabeth nee Stewart; His occupation Boilermaker, Glasgow, d: 3 May 1889, Waimate, bur: Waimate Cem.) mar: 28 Nov 1845, in Dundee (Friday), to ANN GARVEY CALDER (b: 10 Apr 1822, Glasgow, Scotland, died 18 Nov 1888, Waimate, bur: Waimate Cem.

(Below:) Mar. Cert: Dundee the 24th day of Nov 1845 it is hereby certified that James Bruce, boilermaker, Glasgow and Ann Calder of this parish have been three times proclaimed in order of marriage and that no objections have been offered. 28th day of November 1845 Thereby certify that I have this day married the above mentioned parties W B Borwick, Minister


The 1861 census lists James and his family living at 1 Formtanell Road, Springburn, Lanarkshire along with his mother-in-law Agnes Gilroy.

On the 6th Feb. 1864 James, Ann, Robert, Mary Robertson and William arrived at Port Chalmers, Otago New Zealand on the "SS Wellington". Euphemia was already in NZ and had married Peter Anderson and Catherine had also been there for 4 yrs with her husband Charles Robertson. The family settled in Waimate (click here for details of his life) Ann died in 1888 and James passed away  in 1899 - they are both buried in the Waimate Cem.

James and Ann Bruce's children:

A. AGNES INGLES BRUCE b: 24 Apr 1846 in Newton Parish, Ballsford,  d: 17 Mar 1913 in Gloucester City, Camden, New Jersey) She mar: 7 Nov 1870 to JOHN MOFFET in Scotland, occ: Shoemaker (b: 1826 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland). They immigrated 1870 to Camden, New Jersey. Their children:

i. ANNIE E MOFFAT (b: abt 1870 Pennsylvania. occ: court official mar:William C Moffet Their daughter

ALICE MAE MOFFAT mar: 25 Jun 1917 in Church of the Ascension, Camden to Robert G WLLIAMS (b: abt 1889)  

2. ALICE MCNEIL MOFFAT, b. 1864, New Jersey; d. 31 May 1939, Camden, New Jersey. She mar: 21 Nov 1900 in Camden, New Jersey, WALTER MUNN (b: 1875 in Gloucester City, Camden, New Jersey, son of ALBERT PRINCE MUNN (1841-) and JANE WATSON ALLEN (1844-1926). Walter d: 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA)  1875-1961

Children of ALICE MOFFAT and WALTER MUNN are:

i. MARION B MUNN, b. 1902, Camden, New Jesey.

ii. WALTER ALBERT MUNN, b. 1903; mar. ESTELLA MAE OSBORNE ( b. 1911 to parents Alfred Potter Osborne (1887-) and mother Mary Moore Pearce (1888-); d. Gloucester City, Camden, New Jersey).

iii. BRUCE WATSON MUNN, b. 1912; d. Jun 1991, Hackensack Medical Centre New Jersey. He mar: HELEN CLARK (d: 1971) Their dau. MARION MUNN.

B. EUPHEMIA BRUCE (b: 29 Aug 1847, Greenock Parish, Ardrosan, Scotland d: 26 Dec 1939 bur: Port Chalmers Cem) mar: 18 Apr 1873 to PETER LARS ANDERSON (b: c1842 Denmark, immig: 1870; occ: fisherman; d: 19 Ju1 1912, Port Chalmers, bur: Port Chalmers Cem.) Their children:

1 Pauline Anderson b: 1873 d: 1965

2 Annie Anderson (b: 1875 d: 1967 in Owaka, Clutha, Otago; Bur. Balclutha Lawn Cem.)  mar: 1899 to John Forsyth (b: 1870 to parents John Forsyth Snr (1823-1899) and  mother Mary Forsyth (1824-1889); he d: 1924 in Katea, Clutha )

Their family;

a Winifred Forsyth (b: 1900 in Owaka, Clutha, Otago; d: 1980 Crem Andersons Bay Cem)

b William Alexander Forsyth (b: 1901 in Owaka, Clutha, Otago; Bur; Balclutha Lawn Cem)

c John Otto Forsyth (b: 1906 in Owaka, Clutha, Otago; d: 1977 in Balclutha, Otago, Bur. Balclutha Lawn Cem.)

d Annie Isabel Forsyth (b: 1907; d: 1982; Crem. Andersons Bay Cem.)  Mar: 1933 to George Edward Walter (b: 1904; d: 1984; Crem. Andersons Bay Cem.)

e Mary Hunter Forsyth (b: 1912; d: 1974 in Nelson)

3 Bruce Anderson (b: 15 May 1877, occ: Civil Servant; d: 24 May 1954 bur. Andersons Bay Cem.) Mar: 1902 to Annie Amelia Cheel (b: Abt. 1876 d: Feb 1968)

Their children

a Sibyl Anderson (b: 1904 d: 1958) Mar: 1946 to David Munro

b Myrtle Cicely Anderson (b: 1905; d: 1984)

c Ethel Enid Anderson (b: 24 Aug 1906; d: 1985)

d Gerald Bruce Cheel Anderson (b: 19 Nov 1909; d: 1986) Mar: 1936  to Gwendoline Lydia Shanks (b: 6 March 1911; d: 2011)

e Clive Leslie Anderson (b: 1914; d: 1945)

4 Andreas (Andy) Carlson Anderson b: 1879 d: 14 Jan 1907 in Omakau Clutha Leader,  18 January 1907 Mr Andreas Carlson (Andy) Anderson, a railway guard, was drowned on Monday while bathing in a waterhole at Omakau. Deceased was well known in Balclutha where he served four years of his time as signalman on tne local railway staff. About nine months age he was promoted to relieving signalman and guard and was transferred to various stations, and he was here for a week or two before Christmas. He was well liked and was very popular with his fellow-employees, besides having been a promising member of the local football team. Mr Anderson was 27 years of age and had been in the railway service for 10 years. His parents reside at Mansford, town Port Chalmers. The local railway staff sent a very nice wreath for the grave of their departed comrade.

5 Euphemia Anderson (b: 1882 d: 1972)

6 Peter Johan Anderson (b: 12 Jul 1884 d: 1976 in Dunedin; Crem. Andersons Bay Cem.)

7 Otto Alfred Anderson (b: 1887 d: 07 Jun 1902 in Port Chalmers where he is buried)

8 Olive Anderson (b: 20 Aug 1890 in Port Chalmers d: 04 May 1972)

C. CATHERINE BRUCE (b: 22 0ct 1849, Ardrossan, Occ: mill wkr; d: in childbirth on 9 Dec 1892 Stewart Island; bur; Horseshoe Bay Cem.) she mar: 16 Dec 1873, at 1 Hutton Plce, Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland to CHARLES ROBERTSON (b: c1851 son of Rev John Robinson, a Unitarian minister in Glasgow Scotland and Mary nee Robinson; The five Robertson brothers had a grammar school education and Charlie and Bill learnt engineering from their uncle. George served his time as a draughtsman and went in for books and learnt about publishing and printing and brother William went in for accountancy. Charlie and Catherine, newly married came to NZ with his brothers Bill, George and Walter Roberson on the ship "City of Glasgow" sailing on 23 Dec 1873 and arrived 21 Mar 1874 to Waimate to operate a sawmill. When 7 years later the mill burnt down leaving 40 hands out of work, George went to Melbourne, Australia and became a book salesman (the source of a fine libary at Horse Shoe Bay)and Charles, Bill and Walter left for Stewart Island where they settled in Horse Shoe Bay. Their first job was to put in a steam sawmill at North Arm for Mr Hayes, a Nova Scotian. In 1884 the Robertson brothers started a fish cannery at Horse Shoe Bay, 

Charles d: 1 Jan 1945, Invercargill aged 95 and was bur: at Horseshoe Bay, Stewart Island - he was described as a genial man with the Robinson twinkle in the eyes and a very important looking nose, tall and spare of body with a good beard. He wore a Tan O'Shanter, tartan blue and green. He had a prodigous memory and expressed himself in lucid English. A man of upright character and a man of his word - he could speak on any subject expecially science. Charles and Catherine's 7 children:
1. Annie Robinson (b: 1874 Waimate; d: 11 Feb 1877 on the day sister Mary was born)
2. Mary Robinson (b: 11 Feb 1877 in Timaru; d: 3 Apr 1967; bur: 5 Feb 1967 at Bluff Cem.) She mar: at Invercargill on 9 Jul 1901 to  William Robert Johnson (b: 1880 son of Edward (Ned) and Bridget Jean Johnson; William was a boat builder; he d: 31 Mar 1950 Lorneville,Invercargill, bur: 3 Apr 1950 Bluff Cem.) Their headstone reads: William Johnston (Stewart Island) husband of Mary Johnston d: 31.3.1950 in his 70th yr and the above Mary d: 3 Apr 1967 in her 91st yr Bur: Bluff Cem.) Their family:

i William Edward (Bill) Johnson( b: 27 Dec 1901; d: 21 May 1980 in Bluff Bur: 23 May 1980 Bluff Cem) Mar: 1924 Catherine Maud Thomas (b: 1901; d: 23 Jan 1960 in Bluff; Bur: 03 Feb 1960 Bluff Cem)

ii Margorie Ann Johnson (b: Abt. 1931 d: 10 Jun 1983 Bur: Bluff Cem) mar: 1951 to Ernest Lewis (Nobby) Calder (b: 24 Sep 1921;  d: 2001)

iii Archibald Douglas (Archie) Johnson (b: 11 Aug 1904; d: 01 Jan 1991 Bur: Halfmoon Bay Cem, Stewart Island)

iv Catherine Marjorie Johnson (b: 1906 in Stewart Island; d: 11 Jan 1908 Bur: Horseshoe Bay Cem, Stewart Island)

v Maisie Evelyn Johnson (b: 31 Jan 1909; d: 03 Apr 1985 Bur: Halfmoon Bay Cem, Stewart Island) Mar: 1932 to William Dunlop

vi Mona Alexa Johnson (b: 18 May 1910; d: 2004) Mar: 1937 to Eric Rewa Edwin Gibb (b: 1910 Father: Willam Gibb Mother: Catherine; d: 1948)

vii Winifred Doris (Winnie) Johnson (b: 1913)

viii Gordon Herbert (Bert) Johnson (b: 17 Apr 1915; d: 17 May 1998)

ix Kenneth Alastair (Ken) Johnson (b: 12 Jul 1916; d: 19 Oct 2000)

3. John  Robinson(b: 13 Feb 1879; d: 6 May 1917 - died of wounds WW1); 3rd Battn D Company, 25/672 rifleman, occ; fisherman, NOK Charles Robertson, Horseshoe Bay
4 Catherine Robinson (b: 1881Waimate, d: 21 Mar 1882 at Bluff on the way to Stewart Island (drowned in a bucket of water)
5 Charlie Robinson (b: 1 Sep 1883 Horse Shoe Bay, Stewart Island - died young);
6. James Robinson (b: 1886 Horse Shoe Bay; 1953);
7. Nell Robinson (b: 1892 Stewart Island. Mother Catherine died at Nell's birth and sister Mary aged 13 brought her up; d: 9 Jan 1974 bur Stewart Island) In 1916 Nell mar: Lance Tolson, a carpenter (b: in Finland; d: 21 Mar 1961 at Bluff) Their children:

i John Robertson Tolson (b: 21 Sep 1916 in Stewart Island; Served WW2; d: 2007) Mar: 1946 to Henrietta Ruth Little (b: 23 Aug 1915; d: 1990)

ii Lancelot Bruce* Tolson (b: 27 May 1920 in Stewart Island d: 2000)   Mar: 1944 to Mary Margaret O'Sullivan (b: 05 May 1922; d: 2001)

iii Catherine Lena Tolson (b: 29 Oct 1922 in Stewart Island d: 1986)  Mar: 1947  to David John Verdun Henry (b: 05 Feb 1916; d: 1984)

D. JAMES BRUCE (b: 12 Jan 1851, Ardrossan - remained Scotland)
1873 Marriages in the District of Springburn in the County of Lanark: ( Entry 88) 1873 on the sixteenth day of December at No. 1 Thalton Place, Fountain Well Road, Springburn after banns according to the forms of the Presbyterian Church, James Bruce, Engine Fitter, Bachelor, age 22 years, of 91 Canning Street, Calton and Jane Horsburgh, Warehouse Worker, Spinster, age 23 years of 60 Tobago Street, Calton. His parents James F. Bruce, Engine Fitter and Ann Bruce M.S. Calder and her parents Andrew Horsburgh, Joiner and Ann Horsburgh M.S. Notman. Officiated by T. Heatey Waddell, Offing. Minr. and witnessed by George Bruce and Mary Jane Glass. Registered 1873 December 19th at Springburn by Walter McKillop, Interim Registrar.
E. GEORGE BRUCE (b: 19 May 1853, Ardrossan, Ayr. He immig: abt. 1875 to NSW; occ: engine fitter; d: 15 Jan 1939 Owen St, Lindfield, NSW age 75. Crem. Rookwood Cem. NSW) He mar: 2 Jan 1878 at Goulburn, NSW. to ANNIE BYRNE (b: 1859 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia to parents John Hamilton Byrne and Mother: Eliza nee Minchin; she d: 1952 in Reid ACT)Their family:

1 John Laing Bruce (b: 1878 in Enmore, NSW, Australia; d: 17 Jun 1951 in Newtown, New South Wales) Mar: 26 Jun 1901 in Congregational Church, Newton, NSW to Katie Elizabeth Platt (b: 1881 in Camperdown, New South Wales; d: 1951 in Quenbeyan, ACT) Their children: 

i George Hamilton Bruce (b: Abt. 1902; d: 04 Oct 1960 in Panbula, NSW Burial: Canberra) Mar: 1923 in Canterbury, NSW to Gladys McKayFamily are:

a Helen Joan Bruce mar: Queanbeyan, NSW to Leslie Grieg Eaton

b Miriam Clare Bruce mar: Geoffrey Charles Daley

c Nancy Gladys Bruce mar Cyril Ohlston

d Nea Joyce Bruce (b: 08 Aug 1932 d: 1964) Mar: 17 Apr 1954 to Francis Colin Johnston

ii John Keith Brice Bruce (b: 1904 in Petersham, NSW; d: 1972) Mar: 1935 in Canterbury, NSW to Louisa Crawley

iii Lily Thelma Bruce (b: 1906 in Leichardt, NSW; d: 11 Sep 1980 in Belmont, New Castle, NSW) Mar: 14 Dec 1929 in Canterbury, NSW to Frank Robert Victor Younggreen

iv James Laing Bruce (b: Abt. 1908) Mar: 1934 in Canterbury, NSW to Vera Anne Millott

v Edna Jean Bruce (b: 24 Oct 1910 in Canterbury, NSW; d: 31 Mar 1992 in Woden Vammye Hosp. Canberra) Mar: 17 Apr 1943 in Canterbury, NSW to William Clive Thompson

vi Kenneth Robert Bruce (b: 1915 in Belmore, Sydney, Australia; d: 1975 in Belmore, Sydney, Australia) Mar: in Ravenshoe, Queensland to Mary Helen Maud Perkins

Son was Darryl Kenneth Bruce(b: 1945 in Atherton, Queensland, Australia; d: 1974 in Picton, New South Wales, Australia

vii Heather Joyce Bruce (b: 12 Apr 1920 in Belmore, Sydney, Australia; d: 06 Jul 1998 in Canberra) Mar: 21 Feb 1948 at the  Methodist Church, Strathfield, NSW to Richard William Herbert Hunt son of Richard John McAulay Hunt and Joahanna Curnow Bray. Their son:

a. Richard John Hunt mar:Jennifer Joy Tinkler dau. of Maxwell Bruce Tinkler and Eileen Nutt. Children are Geoffrey Richard and Ellen Lindsay Hunt

2 George Hamilton Bruce (b: 1880 in Newton, NSW; d: WW1 08 Aug 1915 in Lone Pine, Gallipoli) His son:

William H Bruce

3 Eliza Lily Bruce (b: 1882 in Waterloo, NSW; d: 07 Sep 1905 Bur: Bega Gen Cem, NSW) mar: C W Sullivan

4 James Fawthrop Bruce (b: 26 Sep 1888 in Newton, NSW; d: 1952) Mar: 04 Jan 1919 to Edna May Spokes

5 Robert Edmonton Bruce b: 1893 in Newton, NSW d: 1952

F. ELIZABETH BRUCE (b: 9 Feb 1855, Ardrossan, Scotland)  mar: GEORGE ROBERTSON - remained in Scotland.

G. ROBERT'BRUCE (b: 18 Nov 1856, Ardrossan, occ: commersial clerk) Came to NZ with parents / immig: to Australia. Mar: Evelyn

H. ANN BRUCE (b:  27 May 1859, Ardrossan - father's occ; engine smith)

I. MARY BRUCE (b:  27 Nov 1861, 1 Hutton Place Glasgow, d: 18-May-1863)

J. MARY ROBERTSON BRUCE b: 29 Nov 1863, Springburn Lanark Scotland (her birth registered 19 Dec. by Walter McKillop, Asst. Registrar as Mary Bruce); she mar: as Mary Robertson Bruce 1886, at the residence of her father James Bruce, Waimate to ALFRED PELVIN (b: 21 Apr I863, Maidstone Kent, (son of RICHARD PELVIN and ELIZABETH BEAKE) occup: Blacksmith & Taxi driver, d: 7 Apr 1921, Waimate Hospital, bur: 9 Apr 1921, Waimate)  MARY (d: 24 Mav 1926. Waimate. bur: 2 May 1926. Waimate) They had 8 children.

K. WILLIAM BRUCE (b. 19 Dec 1867, 1 Hutton Place Glasgow, Born on Thursday at 6 am.) Came to NZ with parents and attended the Ravesbourne School in 1878

A big  thankyou  to descendant Julie - she would delighted to hear from other "Bruce family" descendants originating from  Ardrossan, Scotland.