Now that I have toured South New Zealand where many of the Robertson family farmed and settled ; I can visualize more about the families who must have been very connected not just in kin but also a family who cares deeply about each other
George Robertson was born May 1798 in Comrie, Perth, Scotland and married Barbara Sharp about 1825 in Perth, Scotland. George was the son of Peter Robertson born about 1770 and Janet Ferguson and married December 12, 1795 Perth, Scotland. Seven daughters were born to George and Barbara and a son Peter. George and Barbara left Scotland probably around 1845 and made their way to Waterford, Ireland with daughter Jane; Barbara and Helena were said to be born in Ireland. November 17, 1856 they arrived in New York arriving on the De Witt Clinton Ship which departed from Liverpool, England. Their origin was Ireland?
Thanks to a Find A Grave enthusiast I have found the Robertson sisters all buried together in the Comrie Plot at Springvale Cemetery at E. Providence, Rhode Island. It is nice to know they are all together in eternity. I am also full of questions about why Barbara went off to Scotland to live for several years and then made the journey to Balclutha, New Zealand for 8 years?
It was in Manhattan, New York that daughter Barbara married to Thomas Warden who had immigrated from Birmingham, England to New York. Jane Robertson was her sister's attendant. Thomas Humphery served as best man. At the time of their marriage Thomas was living on Greenwich Street and Barbara was living on Bleeker Street ; the two streets are separated by the Hudson Street
A recent find was Jane and Helena living next door to each other a little farther away in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. Now I wonder if George Robertson was living somewhere near them in 1870?
Between 1873 and 1875 we find the family living on Richardson Street in East Providence, Rhode Island. Sometime between 1876 and 1880 Barbara takes the boys (I believe Barbara was pregnant with George) and goes to Scotland then in the fall of 1882 Barbara and the boys are off to Balclutha, New Zealand but who went with them? Aunt Jane and Uncle Bill Russell?
Two sons were born to Thomas and Barbara around 1871 and 1872-76 but no birth records are to be found in New York State for George the younger son. I did find recently baptismal record for Charles September 1871, born July 1870. Recent information from the Archives of Rhode Island have a death for Thomas Warden died November 23, 1875 on Richardson St. East Providence, Rhode Island. His occupation was jeweler age 33 years and two months. He died of an aneurism of the aorta. Next of kin for Thomas was Samuel and Jerushia Warden ; Barbara died June 24, 1899 in Brooklyn, New York and was transported by Geo Weaver undertaker to Providence, RI June 29, 1899. George Robertson had kin to migrate to New Zealand in 1856. James Robertson born about 1805 settled in Balclutha, New Zealand with his wife Margaret Ayson and children ; Barbara Robertson Warden was living in Balclutha where her boys receive eight years of education. We know Barbara was in Scotland before going to the south island of New Zealand ; So now what prompted Barbara to take her boys and go to Balclutha, New Zealand. Bet cha' she was into genealogy and wanted to trek to see the family. I wonder if Jane may have gone too but not Helena? When Thomas Warden died in 1875 Barbara is left with one small boy and another on the way, so she makes the move to Scotland to live raise the boys there with Robertson kin. I did find Charles Warden obituary that says he spent several years in Scotland before moving to the south island of New Zealand. So now Barbara must have gone to Scotland about 1876 and in August 1882 she leaves Glasgow for New Zealand. I believe her dad died in New York abt 1870? Still uncertain as to where grandpa George R Warden was born...either New York or possibly Scotland
Sometime around 1892 Barbara and George Robertson Warden return to New York but Charles Howard Warden remains in New Zealand where he received his college education from Dunedin College of Education in 1891 and became a teacher and head master. Did Barbara and George stay for Charles graduation and then return to New York about 1892? Our family says George attended night school. Sometime after returning to New York, George meets Orison Swett Marsden and beomes secretary-treasurer of Marsden's "Success Magazine" Charles and George never saw each other for the rest of their lives. No computers back then just old fashioned letter writings which we have found today thanks to cousins George Robertson Warden and Tom Warden Hastings Brooking. Barbara dies in June 1899 in Brooklyn, New York and is buried in Providence, Rhode Island. Her sister Jane Robertson had married and was living in New York in 1905. Helena was living in E. Providence, Rhode Island
ANN ROBERTSON sister to George married to JOHN GRAHAM and had one known daughter JANET GRAHAM who married to PETER GOW ; Janet had three sons and a daughter to emigrate to New Zealand about the same time that Barbara Robertson Warden emigrated to New Zealand
Some history of Scotland found on Google books; "Capture of Perth
Mid September Mar had marched south from Braemar,
passing through the spittal of Glenshee before
reaching village of Kirkmichael in Strathardle
where he halted for a day or two....reinforced by
300 cavalry under the joint command of the Earl of
Linlithgow and Lord Drummond together 500 foot
soldiers from Atholl (mostly MURRAYS, STEWARTS &
ROBERTSONS) commanded by William Murray,
marquis of Tullibardine....younger brothers
Charles and George Murray supported the Jacobites.
On September 22, 1715 Jacobite forces in the city
were strengthened by a party of Robertsons under
their chief Alexander Robertson of Struan"(STROWAN)