|Burial register ID:||8842|
|Cause of death:||Unknown|
|Date of death:||25-Aug-1901|
|Date of burial:||27-Aug-1901|
The site includes four plots (10, 11, 15 and 16) in Block 8. There is one large monument, now damaged, with inscriptions on each side (1–4). Also a shield (5), now lying on the ground in several pieces, but perhaps originally attached to a smaller headstone still standing beside the main monument.
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Also his son
In loving memory of
Margaret Hepburn (1839–1901)
According to the Record of Early Settlers compiled at the 1889 Jubilee Industrial Exhibition, Margaret Dunbar Marshall was born on 6 August 1840. However, Old Parish Records have her birth as 6 July in Falkirk, Scotland, and christening as 28 July, both in 1839.
Margaret spent the first nine years of her life in Falkirk. She emigrated from Scotland to Otago with her parents and brothers James and Lewis on the Cornwall in 1849, arriving in Dunedin on 23 September. The family settled at Halfway Bush and resided opposite the home of George and Rachel Hepburn on the corner of today’s Taieri and Helensburgh Roads. Her father James Marshall was a storekeeper at that address.
Margaret was first married to George Ross by Rev. Thomas Burns, and the witnesses were James Smith of Wakari and John M. Williamson of Kaikorai. Ross died in 1860, aged 39. Margaret was only 21 and had two small children.
She married for a second time in 1863 to William Hepburn. The marriage of Margaret and William was celebrated at Margaret’s house, Wakari, by Reverend D.M. Stuart. Witnesses were Andrew Low, Manuherikia, and Jessie Hepburn, Waikari. A Marriage Settlement was involved by which she received a one-quarter share in her own right of a property at the corner of Rattray and George Streets, Dunedin. At one stage the annual rents received from the whole property were £2,000. Therefore her share of £500 per year meant in those days that she was a wealthy woman of independent means. This income was to stand her in good stead after William’s business collapsed, and following his death in 1887.
As she got older Margaret became increasingly hard of hearing. Her father-in-law George Hepburn noted her use of a hearing trumpet in one of his letters.
In 1901 Margaret died of cancer. At the time of her death she had been living at Leven Street, Roslyn. She had resided there since at least 1896 (Wise’s Directory).
The Monumental Inscription on her grave in the Northern Cemetery, Dunedin, reads: “And with the morn those angel faces smile, That I have loved long since and lost a while.”
— Other burials recorded at the same site (Plots 10, 11, 15 and 16 in Block 8 form a single grave):
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