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Sheet No: 241

Biography contributed by Colyn Storer, Sydney, Australia

Jane Niven was born Jean Brodie, daughter of James Brodie and Clementina nee MacDonald in 1820 was baptised 13 August 1820 at Kettins, Angus, Scotland. Her name was variously recorded as Jane or Jean. She had seven other siblings.

She married David Niven on 28 November 1841 at Glenisla, Angus, Scotland

They had one daughter Jessie born in Blairgowrie Perthshire in 1842.

They were living at Row of Balmain, Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, Scotland when the 1851 census was taken, where David was recorded as a Blacksmith, with one apprentice, his younger brother Thomas born in 1828.

Jessie married Thomas Keir in 1863. Their first son David was born in Scotland before Thomas emigrated to New Zealand in 1864. Jessie also signed the Petition.

David and Jane/Jean, along with Jessie and David emigrated to New Zealand to join Thomas, on the Victory, leaving on 17 Dec 1865 and arriving 24 March 1866.

They all settled at Rangiora where David was recorded as a blacksmith in Electoral Rolls, where his name was sometimes recorded as Nevin.

David died on 22 March 1900 at their home at Ivory Street, Rangiora and was buried at the Presbyterian section of Rangiora Cemetery.  Jane died on 28 August 1912, also at Ivory Street and was buried beside her husband.


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Jean/Jane’s Baptism

Name: Jean Brodie 
Gender: Female Christening 
Date: 13 Aug 1820
Christening Place: KETTINS, ANGUS, SCOTLAND 
Father's Name: James Brodie 
Mother's Name: Clementina Macdonald

Citing this Record  "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Jean Brodie, 13 Aug 1820; citing KETTINS,ANGUS,SCOTLAND, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 993,439.

Emigration: on Victory, with daughter Jessie Keir and her young son David. From England 17 Dec 1865, arrived Lyttleton 24 March 1866.

Death and Burial:                 

PapersPast New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 for David Niven Canterbury, North, Central

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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