Blyth family of Temuka and Whanganui

Welcome to my Family Tree Website. My name is David Blyth and I have spent some years researching my Family History. Some of the Surnames included here are Carroll, Williams,Maclean (Lean),Robertson,Currie,Hunter,Stewart,Dunn among others.

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My inspiration for doing this was twofold. As a child I used to enjoy talking to my paternal grandfather, Harry Blyth, who would regale me with stories of the Blyths of Cupar, Fifeshire and the names in the family bible. I would also listen to my maternal grandmother, Carrol Austin-Smith who would show documents and tell stories of her anscestors, amoung others, the Blyths, also of Fifeshire. I thought there might be a link so started looking. I employed standard genealogical methods, as well as some oral traditions, and have tryed to get at least two independently verified sources per direct ancestor. I am happy to share this information

Why Me

Because I chose to. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do.

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The Bones of My Bones

The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before. "It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943.

Spotlight on Ancestors

James Blyth of Temuka

B: 1837 Logie, Fife, Scotland

D: 1928, Temuka, New Zealand

Mums Side. Emigrated to NZ 1858

James Blyth of Whanganui

B: 1801 Cupar, Fife,Scotland

D: 1862 Whanganui, New Zealand

Fathers side. Emigrated to NZ 1841

Famous Quotes
  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    ~ Mark Twain
  • People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
    ~ A. A. Milne
  • Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that who cares?... He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes
    ~ Billy Connelly
  • At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.
    ~ Ann Landers
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
    ~ Abraham Lincoln

My Ancestors

Jeanie Hunter

B:1875 D: 1946

My Great Grandmother on my fathers side

Dorothy Carroll

B:1894 D:1943

My Great Grandmother on my mothers side

Blyths of Temuka

The Family of James and Alice Blyth of Temuka

Thomas Carroll

B: 1848 Ireland D:1928 Dunedin,NZ

My great great grandfather on mothers side. My sons middle name is named after him

Harrison Blyth

My Paternal Grandfather, at whose feet I learnt his family storys



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