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John Colthart (1833-1937) of Crawfordjohn, Scotland and Tasmania, Australia
John Colthart was born on April 25, 1833 in Crawfordjohn, Lanark County Scotland. He was the only son of James Colthart (1788-1862), a master shoemaker from Crawfordjohn and Janet Somerville (1796-1833). His mother died when he was 6 months old and he was rasied by his father's brother Thomas Colthart (1784) and his wife Alison Watson. Thomas and Alison had eight children of their own.
At age 22 John emigrated to Tasmania, Australia arriving in Hobart in the vessel "John Bell" on December 4, 1855. In the ship registry he was listed as a shepard. From Hobart he traveled on to Launceston in the vessel named the "Duncan Hoyle". He married Ann McMillan on December 31, 1857 in the Presbyterian Church in Launceston. John and Ann had two children: James Samuel (1860) and a baby (1862) that died at birth. Ann also died during the birth of their second child on March 15, 1862. Shortly after Ann's death, John left Australia for New Zealand and did not return. His two year old son James was left behind in Tasmania to be raised by another family.
John married his second wife Elizabeth in New Zealand in 1876 and they had two daughters. He died there in 1937 at the age of 104.
The Children of John Colthart
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