|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1850|
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1927|
Christchurch, New Zealand
James was born in Clackmannan, Scotland and was the child of Thomas Bachop and Catherine Anderson. He was a ploughman. The following is the story of how my grand-aunt in Philadelphia and a descendant of James pieced together the story of James and his family:
In 1994 my grand-aunt Marion Bauchop told me that her father Robert had three brothers that went to New Zealand. She said they took up the occupation of butcher, sheepherder and railroad worker. Marion's father was James' brother. Their mother had died when Robert was young. Robert wanted to go to New Zealand but was too young. He was raised by a red-headed step-mother that he he disliked. Robert went to America after the step-mother and father died.
I wrote to James Bachop's great grandson Elwyn Bachop in New Zealand. He said that James arrived in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1872 with his sister Bethia. His brothers Alexander, William and Thomas preceded them, but their arrival dates are unknown. They were preceded by their Uncle William and his daughter Mary after his wife died.
Elwyn gave me a copy of a January 22, 1977 letter from Irene McKay (nee Johnston) of Wellington, New Zealand. At the time she was 85 years old. She was the great grand-daughter of James' brother William and wrote the following:
"Well over a hundred years ago, a Mr Bachop and his young daughter arrived in Dunedin - the first of that name to come to N.Z. - to Dunedin, I mean. He became my great grandfather, and according to family legend this is the story. He had owned a farm in Scotland and he and his wife had just one child - a daughter. His wife died when the child was about fifteen and he was so heart broken that he sold his farm and came to Dunedin. He chose Dunedin, because a life-long friend and his wife had left Scotland and settled in Dunedin a year or two before. He did not marry again - he just devoted his life to his daughter. It would appear that he had a fair amount of money, for he later sent for two nephews whose parents had died and set them up in a business in Dunedin. They later married and had sons and daughters... my grandmother (his daughter - who died before I was born) had her fathers family bible and I well remember seeing it and the name was then written "Beauchamp". Also, in my mother's old home, there used to be a sword and a plumed hat such as officers wore in Napoleon's Army and my mother told me they had belonged to a Bachop ancestor."
April 20, 1977 letter from Irene McKay:
"My mother had often told me of her Bachop grandfather and of his broad Scottish accent. It was he who brought out his nephews who had the Bachop butchery - there were either two or three brothers. I have a dim memory of my mother buying meat from their shop when I was a child and I also remember three Bachop sisters - Annie, Flora, and Ivy - and I think there was another also but forget her name. She, also Flora and Ivy were married - but not Annie. I don't know if they were the children of one of the butcher Bachops as I do not remember ever meeting their mother, but I was just a very young child then."
Tuapeka Times, Volume 5, Issue 246, 17 October 1872, Page 5 reported that the ship May Queen left London for Otago on July 29, 1872 with James Bachop, 22 and Bethea Bauchop, 20 as passengers.
On March 24, 1987 Elwyn Bachop copied the following information in Great Britian:
"May Queen Passenger List
Sailed July 25, 1872
Arrived October 25, 1872
Beauchop J. 17 berth no.
B. 23 berth no.
Beauchop, James 22 yrs. Clackmannan. Ploughman.
Paid L26 to Govt. for himself and Bethan L5 in cash L5 in Promissory Notes.
Present Cost to Govt L21 Ultimate cost L16
L5 paid on Colony No 123
May Queen Sailed 29th July 1872. 102 passengers aboard. All passengers arrived well. No births or deaths. Immigrants arrived in afternoon of 24th October.
In 1995, I found a photograph of James and his family in the my grand-aunt Marion Bauchop's house. It was made in a studio in Dunedin. On the back it contains the note,
From Emily, sister-in-law, and family
with love and best wishes
Marion Bachop remembered that her father corresponded with James for awhile and then it fell off. I showed the photo to Elwyn. His side of the family had the same photograph.
Thomas Bachop (1818 - 1892)
Catherine Anderson Bachop (1822 - 1860)
Oliver Stanley Bachop (1899 - 1977)*
Anderson's Bay Cemetery
Otago, New Zealand
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Aug 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29359480