|ROBERT HENRY KING|
|Christening||08 OCT 1848, Nobber, Meath, Ireland|
Seabee was the daughter of Samuel Tennant and Elizabeth (Giers or Ciers) of Scotland. See the Tennant Family History for more details.
Robert and Seabee had 7 children.
|Robert William King||(1876 to 1946)|
|Elizabeth Amelia King||(1878 to 1971)|
|Margaret "Daisy" King||([*] to aft 1940)|
|Eva King||([*] to ?)|
|Wiinifred King||([*] to 1919)|
|Violet "Lillian" King||(1 10 1883 to 18 02 1951)|
|Ethel Adelaide "Pat" King||(abt 1888 to 1968)|
Robert worked as a guard on the Railways and was a member of the Greymouth Fire Brigade when the following photo was taken in 1884.
One family story regarding his death is that he was quite an athlete and that he was murdered by being hit on the head and robbed of money held in his possession after an athletics meeting.
Another version researched by Annette Kerr is that he may have been a bookmaker with a lot of money on him as the Reefton races were the next day. The bookmakers who went to Reefton and were returning from the Westport races had an accident when a wheel came off the cart they were on, and one was killed (This was a few days after Robert died).
Rewa Stericker heard the scuffle happened in a hotel.
A newspaper article in the Grey River Argus 27 December 1892 says "Mr Robert King, formerly a guard on the railway, died somewhat suddenly yesterday morning. It appears that while out on Saturday evening, he fell on a stone and hurt himself about the small of the back or the region of the kidneys. He attached no importance to the matter, but the next day he felt very ill and took to his bed. A doctor was called and he prescribed what was necessary but the condition of the patient became suddenly worse and he ceased to know people and gradually faded away, dying about 10am yesterday morning. The deceased leaves a wife and six children (the paper is wrong - there were seven) to mourn his loss and unfortunately they are in very poor circumstances. He had been a resident of Greymouth for many years past. It is supposed that he injured himself internally when he fell."
Robert is buried in an unmarked grave (plot 386 in the Anglican section) at Karoro Cemetery in Greymouth.
|Ruby Stillman||(abt 1902 to abt 1975)|
|Rewa Stillman||(abt 1904 to ?)|