Pattersons of Geraldine New Zealand:Information about Robert Bell
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Robert Bell (b. 1847, d. 13 Feb 1902)Robert Bell (son of Henry Bell and Sarah McClean) was born 1847 in Londonderry Northern Ireland, and died 13 Feb 1902 in Waimate New Zealand.He married Robina McKay on 1879 in Waimate, daughter of Robert McKay and Isabella McKay.
Notes for Robert Bell:
Mr Robert Bell somtime of minniemore (or Manymore) Farm Hook, Waimate, was born Londonderry Ireland in 1847and came to NZ in the ship "Star of England" in 1864.After a successtul time on the goldfields Mr Bell went to Temuka where he was engaged cropping for 8 years.He then went to Makikihi and was engaged int he construction of the main line of railway, and was present when the Otago and Canterbury serction met and were joing on the Waitake Plains. Mr Bell bought 200 acres of Gernment land at the Hook and started farming.His farm was afterwards increased to 450 acres of freehold and 820 acres of leasheold.When he first settled in the district no roads had been formed in it or trees planted and the contry was so rought that it was a great feat to get to Makikihi in one day. Mr Bell kept about 2000 sheep and hi wheat crops averaged thirty bushels per acre. In 1807 he took a trip home to visit his native place and was present at the Julibee celebrations in London.In 1880 he married Miss Robina McKay of Sutherlandshire, Scotland who was a child passenger on the ship "Strathallan" which came out in 1859 and hey had five sons and two daughters.Mr Bell died on 13th February 1902.
More About Robert Bell:
Immigration: 1864, Arrived on ship Star of England.
More About Robert Bell and Robina McKay:
Marriage: 1879, Waimate.
Children of Robert Bell and Robina McKay are:
- William Henry (Robert) Bell, b. 18 Aug 1880, d. 03 Aug 1961, Waimate New Zealand.
- Sarah (Kitty) Bell, b. 10 May 1882, d. 09 Apr 1950, Geraldine New Zealand.
- Alfred Nalhanell (Robert Alfred) Bell, b. 22 Feb 1884, d. 21 Jan 1959, Waimate New Zealand.
- Allan Dawson Bell, b. 14 Feb 1886, d. 08 Nov 1956, Waimate New Zealand.
- +Annie Christina Bell, b. 12 Sep 1888, d. 10 Feb 1954, Geraldine New Zealand.
- Irwin (Mac) McKay Bell, b. 26 Oct 1890, d. 19 Jul 1952, Geraldine New Zealand.
- Stanley Fergusson Bell, b. 26 Oct 1892, d. 07 Jun 1917, Belgium (Killed in Action).
- Baby Robina Bell, b. 07 Aug 1895, d. 11 Aug 1895, Waimate New Zealand.