Thomas McGavin (Milligen) (c.1834 - 1901) MP

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Birthplace: Irvine, North Ayrshire, UK
Death: Died in Nelson, New Zealand
Managed by: Peter McGavin
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About Thomas McGavin (Milligen)

Probably born as Thomas Milligen or Thomas Milligan.

In 1851 census as Thomas Milligen.

Thomas' "death printout" names his parents as David McGavin and Annie McGavin, formerly Milligan. However there is a rumour in the family that Thomas changed his surname from Milligan to McGavin when he arrived in New Zealand. Elizabeth Wilkinson found a Scottish record of a marriage between David Milligan and Ann McGavin in Irvine in 1833, with son David born in 1835 (only son registered). 1851 census lists Ann Milligen b.c1813 with children Thomas Milligen b.c1834 and David Milligen b.c1835, all in Irvine, Ayrshire. Jean McGavin b.c1775, almost certainly Ann's mother, is at the Milligen family's address in 1841 census. There is an 1812 birth record for Ann McGaven with parents David McGaven and Jean Paton. David Milligen's occupation is mariner in 1871 census and in his death record, matching his occupation on Thomas McGavin's death printout. It seems likely that Thomas McGavin lied about his age, hence NZ certificates suggest he was born about 1837.

Little education.

Went to sea about 1852.

Shipwrecked twice?

Settled in Nelson 1863?

May have take mother's Protestant name McGavin in preference to Father's Irish name Milligan.

Worked as a labourer.

Lived in Collingwood Street, Nelson, in 1890.

He was Anglican.

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Thomas McGavin's Timeline

November 10, 1834
Irvine, North Ayrshire, UK
May 24, 1875
Age 40
Nelson, New Zealand
April 30, 1876
Age 41
New Zealand
July 8, 1877
Age 42
Nelson, New Zealand
February 19, 1879
Age 44
Nelson, New Zealand
February 10, 1880
Age 45
Nelson, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand
March 10, 1890
Age 55
Nelson, New Zealand
September 19, 1901
Age 66
Nelson, New Zealand