Betsy McDonald

#618, (1 Jul 1854 - 2 Dec 1905)
     Betsy McDonald was born on 1 Jul 1854 at St Andrews-Lhanbryde, Moray, Scotland ,

MacDonald & Grigor
Betsy, lawful daughter of Robert MacDonald and Betsy Grigor in Bogs of Linkwood was born July 1854, and baptised before these witnesses.
Betsy and John Duff, the former in Lossiemouth the latter in Mortlach.1,2,3

She was the daughter of Robert McDonald and Elizabeth Grigor.

Betsy appeared on the 1861 Scottish Census of 7 Apr 1861 in the household of Robert McDonald at Bogs of Linkwood, St Andrews-Lhanbryde, Moray, Scotland ;
MacDONALD Robert, Head, Mar, 60, Farmer of 100 acres, employing 3 Men & 2 Boys, Aberlour Banff
MacDONALD Elizabeth, Wife, Mar, 41, Dallas Moray
GRIGOR William, Brother in Law, Unm, 29, Shepherd, Dallas Moray
SMITH Thomas Hitchins, Boarder, Unm, 23, Assistant Civil Engineer, England
ROSS William, Servant, Unm, 21, Ploughman, Urquhart Moray
MAVER James, Servant, Unm, 16, Ploughman, Boharm Banff
LAURENCE John, Servant, Unm, 14, Herd boy, Polliswood Moray
YOUNG John, Servant, Unm, 12, Herd boy, Montrose Forfar
GRANT Isabella, Servant, Unm, 23, Dairy maid, Aberlour Banff
McLEOD Christina, Servant, Unm, 28, Cook, Inverness Inverness
MacDONALD Ellen, Dau, Unm, 10, Scholar, St Andrews Lhanbryde Moray
MacDONALD Elizabeth, Dau, Unm, 6, Scholar, St Andrews Lhanbryde Moray
MacDONALD Margaret, Dau, 4, St Andrews Lhanbryde, Moray
MacDONALD Isabella, Dau, 4, St Andrews Lhanbryde Moray
MacDONALD Alexander, Son, 2, St Andrews Lhanbryde Moray.4

Betsy appeared on the 1871 Scottish Census of 2 Apr 1871 in the household of Betsy McDonald at 34 South Guildry Street, Elgin, Moray, Scotland ;
McDONALD Betsy, Head, Widow, 47, Retired Farmer, Dallas Elginshire, 5 rooms with windows and 2 children at school
McDONALD Hellen, Dau, Unm, 20, Dressmaker, St Andrews Lhanbryde
McDONALD Betsy, Dau, Unm 16, General Servant, St Andrews Lhanbryde
McDONALD Isabella, Dau, Unm 14, At School, St Andrews Lhanbryde
McDONALD Margaret, Dau, Unm 14, At School, St Andrews Lhanbryde
McDONALD Alexander, Dau (sic), Unm 12, At School, St Andrews Lhanbryde
McDONALD Mary Ann, Dau, Unm 8, At School, St Andrews Lhanbryde
CHISHOLM Betsy, Grand Child, 5 months, Elgin, Elgin.5

Betsy immigrated on 25 Mar 1876 from Glasgow Scotland via "City of Dunedin" to Canterbury, New Zealand , with Betsy McDonald

"City of Dunedin"

Ship 1085 Tons, sailed Glasgow 25th March 1876 and arrived Lyttelton 1st July 1876
This fine vessel, prior to the amalgamation with the Shaw Savill Co, was owned by the Albion Co. She was a typical emigrant ship of 1085 tons register, and was built specifically to carry passengers from the Clyde to Dunedin. The accomodation was in the 'tween decks, the space being divided into three by bulkheads, single women being in the after compartment, married amidships, and single men in the forward compartment. The City of Dunedin completed ten voyages to Port Chalmers, direct from Scotland.
White Wings - Sir Henry Brett

This voyage had No Sickness on board and took only 97 days, and on board were 276 souls, equal to 237 adults.

Single Women:
McDonald Mrs Betsy, 43, Lanark, Housekeeper
McDonald Betsy, 22, Domestic Servant
McDonald Bella, 20, Domestic Servant
McDonald Margaret,20 Domestic Servant
McDonald Mary A, 14
Total cost to the Government for passage £80 (£16 each)
Single Men:
McDonald Alexander, 18, Lanark, Brassmoulder
Cost of £16
Families & Children: - to Rangiora
Brown John, 26, Lanark, Joiner
Brown Helen, 25
Brown Isabella, 2
Brown Maggie, 2 months
Total cost to the Government for passenge £41.6,7,8,9

Betsy McDonald married James Grubb on 21 Jun 1877 at Canterbury, New Zealand .10

As of 21 Jun 1877,her married name was Grubb.

Betsy was present on the 1905 Electoral Roll Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand , in the household of James Grubb.

GRUBB Bessie, London Street, Lyttelton, domestic duties
GRUBB Betsy, London Street, Lyttelton, housewife
GRUBB James, London Street, Lyttelton, shipwright
GRUBB Mary, London Street, Lyttelton, machinist.11

Betsy died on 2 Dec 1905 at Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand , at age 51 years, 5 months and 1 day.12

Betsy's death notice appeared on 4 Dec 1905 in the "The Press", New Zealand ,

The Friends of Mr James Grubb are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral of his late wife, to leave his Residence, London Street, Lyttelton, on Tuesday, at 8.15PM for the English Cemetery.


Very keen regret was expressed in Lyttelton on Saturday afternoon, when it became known that Mrs Grubb, wife of Mr James Grubb, an ex-Mayor of the borough, had passed away. The deceased lady, who was in her fifty-second year, was a native of Elgin, Scotland, and came out to Lyttelton twenty-nine years ago, in the ship City of Dunedin. she was married in the following year, and has resided in Lyttelton ever since.
Mrs Grubb, who had been in failing health for a considerable time past, leaves a family of five daughters and two sons. The flags on public and private buildings throught Lyttelton were hoisted at half-mast as a mark of respect for the deceased lady. The funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon.13

Betsy and James had 7 Children.

Father*Robert McDonald (c 1801 - 20 Jan 1863)
Mother*Elizabeth Grigor (26 Nov 1819 - 31 Dec 1893)

Children of Betsy McDonald and James Grubb


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S32] GROS, Scottish OPR's ( pre 1855), 1854 St Andrew Llanbryd, Moray, 142/00 0020 0158. Hereinafter cited as Scottish OPR's.
  3. [S22] Birth and Marriage Entries, International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Genealogical Society of Qld, 1988 Version), C111424/0914.
  4. [S79] 1861 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 7 April 1861), 1861 St Andrew-Lhanbryde, Moray 142/00 003/00 002. Hereinafter cited as 1861 Scottish Census.
  5. [S76] 1871 Scottish Census ( New Register House Edinburgh, 2 April 1871), 1871 Elgin Moray, 135/00 011/00 019. Hereinafter cited as 1871 Scottish Census.
  6. [S50] Records Housed at National Archives NZ, Archives, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand "New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 March 2015), Betsy Mcdonald, 01 Jul 1876; citing City of Dunedin, Ship, Arrival Port Canterbury, National Archives, Wellington; FHL microfilm 004412234.; Housed at National Archives New Zealand. Hereinafter cited as National Archives Records.
  7. [S10] Newspaper, Various Papers, Christchurch "Star" Saturday 1st July 1876 page 2 and Monday 3rd July 1876, page 2. Hereinafter cited as Newspaper Article.
  8. [S10] Newspaper Article, Details as per "Wairarapa Daily Times" of Mary Ann Pauling Obituary - 17 April 1939, held on file (information on ship name is incorrect).
  9. [S61] Passenger Lists, Shipping Records ),…. Hereinafter cited as Shipping Records.
  10. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Folio No 2099
    1877 NZ Online Database: 1877/2134. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  11. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), 1905/06 NZ Electoral Roll, Lyttelton Canterbury. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  12. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes: 1905 NZ Online Database: 1905/7139 aged 51yrs.
  13. [S10] Newspaper Article, The Press, Vol LXII, Issue 12366, 4 Dec 1905 Page 9 & Page 11.