Halbert (James?) Edgar (I) 1823-1869

FatherJohn (II)
MotherIsabella Aitchison
Date of Birth30th. May 1823
Place of BirthMoffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (map)
Date of Death29th. November 1869
Place of DeathPortland, Victoria, Australia (map)
SpouseMargaret Burgess
Date of Marriage30th. December 1844
Place of MarriageMoffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (map)
First ChildJohn
Second ChildWilliam
Third ChildArchibald
Forth ChildRobert
Sixth ChildMary
Seventh ChildIsabella
Eighth ChildDavid
Ninth ChildMargaret Tredwell
Tenth ChildElizabeth
Eleventh Childand Christina


Relationship to me:  Great Great Grandfather (Maternal)

This fine looking gentleman, with wife Margaret, was the beginning of the Australian branch of the Edgar family.  Halbert would have been about 31 when he emigrated to Victoria around 1854 with this 5 young children, including my Great Grandfather, one year old Halbert James (II).


Although the name Halbert is definite there is some conjecture regarding the James.  Halbert James (II) death certificate lists his fathers name as Albert Rennick and according to his own death certificate he was only Halbert.  Again it appears that either the informant was incorrect or the writing on some previous document was illegible (not unusual).  As it was also a usual practice to name the fifth son for the father and as Halbert James (II) (verified) was the fifth son—-?

The six younger children were all born at Harrow in Victoria and again I know very little about any of the childrens lives with the following exceptions:

John:  Born at Moffat on 21st. April 1845 and passed away at Condobolin, New South Wales in 1916 aged 70.

Archibald:  Born at Moffat on 8th. October 1848 and died in Victoria.

Robert:  Born at Moffat on 13th. February 1850 and died at Moffat in 1866 aged 15 years. There is no information available as to why Robert remained in, or possibly returned to Scotland.

Mary and Isabella.

David:  The third child born at Harrow on 24th. December 1857.  There is some evidence that he relocated to Perth, Western Australia and passed away there.  He married Miss Annie Mary Taplin on 8th. February 1888 at Euabalong, New South Wales.

Margaret Tredwell

Elizabeth:  Born on 29th. September 1861.  The only other information I have at this time is a marriage to Mr. Robert McLean at Euabalong, New South Wales.

Christina:  Born on 29th. June 1863 at Harrow and married Mr. William Fredrick Orr at Euabalong, New South Wales and passed away at Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales.

For further information on the remaining children, click on their name.