|The Wyllie Story - (From the Family Bible)|
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|The Start of the Known New Zealand Wyllie Family Tree. (Please note that there are other New Zealand Wyllie Lines for which we have no present story)|
We start with Robert Wyllie in 1740 who we know had
parents and had brothers and sisters. We know little of them,
so clearly this is an area which opens up new lines of family
(The history from this point is almost exclusively produced from the family bible record and while we are concious of other New Zealand Wyllie(Wylie) names we have yet to establish solid links.)
Time moves on to Roberts four known children and we find that one died in battle and the other three all died before their time in accidents or of illness. The oldest John Wyllie did live to be 68 years before his accident and was the only son to produce an ongoing line. John also appears to be the only son not to have gone into the military as the 3 younger children all were commissioned officers. (Probally purchased as was the norm at the time.)
John Wyllie had 15 children although a sign of the times was the very high mortality rate which saw 4 die before adulthood. Of note is the fact that this Wyllie family was not heavily into marriage with 5 never marrying although 3 did die at relatively young ages. Two of his sons did however both marry and produce heirs resulting in the United Kingdom based line from George Ord Wyllie and the known Australian and New Zealand lines from Alexander Walker Wyllie.
Alexander Walker Wyllie born 24.10.1833 and married to Jane Birkmyre Neill.
He emigrated to Queensland Australia around 1860, marrying Jane
in Queensland and lived in Marybough (150 miles north of Brisbane)
until Alexanders death. Jane then went to live in Auckland New
Zealand to be with her younger son who was at that time running
a Bullock team in the south of the North Island from Wellington
There were two sons John Carlise
Wyllie and Alexander Wyllie with John being the eldest and therefore
inheiriting the family farm by right.
The younger son (also Alexander
Walker Wyllie) was required to leave the small farm in Queensland
as it was not able to support 2 families. He travelled to New
Zealand around the turn of the century arriving in Wellington
and commencing his business as a Bullock team owner/driver and
running freight to Marton.
On his return to Marton (then his home) he set about arranging to ship his Bullock team to Warkworth and sell up his property their. He was supposed to travel with his Bullock team on the same freighter but heard of his mothers ill health in Auckland and he rushed to her side by train, reaching her just before her death in 1910.
Alexander then went north to Warkworth building his homestead and using his bullock team constructed the orginal Woodcocks Road under contract to the County. The road was essencial for his access to his new property on Wyllies road which he also constructed. (It was not named Wyllies Road until the 1960's when the County renamed it to avoid confussion with another road of the same name)
In 1914 Alexander met Eudoras
Trotter, a third generation New Zealander. Both were top horse
people and it was this that brought them together.
Alexander and Eudoras (pictured) had 3 children with oldest being Francis Carlise Wyllie (Carl to everybody who knew him) born 4.1.1916. Eudoras did not bear another child until 1928 at the age of 36.
Carl married late at the age
of 36 to Jean Estelle Mcleod (her history is more direct to both
Scotland and England and is an interesting tale in its self.
When the second world war
came Carl like many of his age was called up. He never fortunately
saw the horrors of war, coming down with a bone disease just
weeks before shipping out and finally being invalided out of
the army after months in hospital and several operations.
Of Carl's children Stuart, Eunice,
Faith, Gloria and Ingrid have children. Garth (the publisher
of this page) has no children but his partner does have two.
Edythe who now lives in Queenland has none.
There is still one Wyllie living
on Wyllies road and that is Robert Alexander Wyllie with just
50 acres remaining of the original farm.
The middle child was Annie Jane Dorreen (Doreen to all those who know her) who at the age of 17 was given the weighty burden of running the household following her mothers death.
She married Stanley Harvey and for a time farmed jointly with her brothers the Wyllies road farm.
Doreen and Stan (as he prefered to be called) had 4 children Alexander,(Alex) Douglas, Caroline (Carol) and Judith. Alex, Douglas and Caroline all have children. Alex has 3 and both Douglas and Caroline have 1.
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