McIvor - family particulars

Isabella Ruby McIvor (Grandmother)

Grandma (right) with Janet McIvor, Ginny, Doddy and Angus at Eaton's Cottage (Hempsted Road)

Born: 17 Jun 1911, Gore, South Island, New Zealand

Married: Richard Sowdon, 24 Apr 1936, at St Luke’s Church Oamaru, New Zealand. (See Sowdon page)

Died: 22 Aug 1987

Children: Living, Living, and Living

Occupation: Farmer's wife, mother and housewife

Notes: Two diaries were written by ‘Ruby’ from 1936 to 1948, covering her journey from New Zealand to England after her marriage and her impressions and thoughts as a farmer’s wife in Essex during WWII. Both diaries are in the possession of Paul I Marshall. (A link to the diaries will be available later).

Samuel Noel McIvor (Great uncle)

Born: 20 Dec 1916

Married: 10 Nov 1948

Died: 03 Apr 1986

Children: Living McIvor, Living McIvor, Living McIvor & Living McIvor.

Occupation: Former Royal Navy officer during WWII. Became deputy Director of the World Bank. Usher at Elizabeth II wedding in 1947.


Ella McIvor (Great Aunt)

Born: 10 Aug 1901, Palmerston North, NZ.

Married: 10 Nov 1948

Died: 21 Dec 1980

Children: James Frederick Taylor, Bruce Gordon Taylor and Living Taylor.

Occupation: Housewife.


William Leslie McIvor (Great Uncle)

Born: 02 Jan 1903, Palmerston North, NZ.


Died: 30 Apr 1987, Nelson, NZ. Buried Marsden Valley RSA Cem, Stoke, Nelson


Occupation: New Zealand Army QSM, Mason


Charles Donald McIvor (Great Uncle)

Born: 18 Mar 1904, Dannevirke

Married: 17 Apr 1929, Winnie May Howell at Oamaru, NZ

Died: 15 Jun 1950, Ewart Hosp, Wellington, NZ. Buried plot 504 Mem Lwn, Taita Cem Lower Hutt

Children: Living McIvor, Living McIvor, Baby McIvor

Occupation: Telephone technician NZ post office


Reginald McIvor (Great Uncle)

Born: 08 Oct 1905, Dannevirke, New Zealand

Married: Never married

Died: 01 Aug 1949, Dunedin, New Zealand

Occupation: Postman


Helen McIvor (Great Aunt)

Born: 04 Jul 1907, Hawera, New Zealand

Married: 24 Oct 1927, Fred Johnston, Oamaru, New Zealand

Died: 26 Apr 1977, Oamaru, New Zealand

Children: Freida Caird Johnston, Noel Johnston



Ira David McIvor (Great Uncle)

Born: 13 Feb 1909, Gore, New Zealand

Married: 1933, Esther Edna Kennedy, Invercargill, New Zealand

Died: 18 Apr 1982, 228a Herbert St., Invercargill, New Zealand

Children: Living McIvor, Living McIvor

Occupation: Director


Rita Mary McIvor (Great Aunt)

Born: 23 July 1914, Dunedin, New Zealand

Married: 1950, Herbert l Strang, Christchurch, New Zealand

Died: 25 August 2005, Christchurch, New Zealand

Children: Geoffrey Strang



William McIvor (Great Grandfather)

Born: 01 Sep 1863, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Married: Nellie Caird 22 Aug 1900, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Died: 14 Nov 1941, Oamaru, New Zealand.


Occupation:  Tailor

William McIvor (2nd Great Grandfather)

Born: Abt. 1834, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Married:  21 Aug 1861, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Died:  07 Nov 1912, 19 Begg Street, St Kilda, New Zealand.

Children:  Joseph McIvor, 16 Sep 1862; William McIvor, 01 Sep 1863; Samuel McIvor, 17 Apr 1866; Frederick Parker McIvor, 06 Mar 1868; Charles Craig McIvor, 15 Jun 1870; Elizabeth McIvor, 09 Oct 1873; Priscilla McIvor, Abt. 1877; Georgina McIvor, 1880; Ebenezer Adolphus McIvor, 1882; Mary Prentice McIvor, 04 Jun 1886;

Occupation:  Carpenter

James McIver (McIvor) (3rd Great Grandfather)

Born: 1780, Parish of Oldrick, nr Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

Married: Elizabeth Glendining


Children: James McIvor 22 Sep 1819, Samuel McIvor 31 Mar 1821, Elizabeth McIvor 20 Mar 1828, Alexander McIvor Abt. Jan 1833, William McIver Abt. 1834, Mary McIvor 1835.

Occupation: Soldier 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, Black Watch C/Sgt.  Served under General Sir John Moore at Corunna in 1809 where he was reported to be one of Moore’s stretcher bearers.  Also Pyrennes, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes and Toulouse. Also served with Wellington at Waterloo, receiving the Waterloo medal.  Served in Capt. Thomas Wade's Company.  Discharge Wounds received in left ankle at Quatre Bras in 16 June 1815 (1816 according to Thomas B Smyth archivist to The Black Watch).

Notes: C/Sgt James McIver received the Military General Service Medal (MGSM) and Waterloo Medal. Last known whereabouts was in 1925 when in the collection of a Capt. John Stewart.


Samuel McIver (4th Great Grandfather)


Married: Anne Stephen (Stivens).






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