Robert William Botting:
....... Robert Williams last years of life
Robert William was chairman of the Livingstone Cemetery Trust over the period 1878-1888. The Livingstone Cemetery Committee Minute Book provides interesting information.
Robert William Botting died in Naseby on 23 February 1890 aged 72 years.
Robert William’s Death Certificate recorded his occupation as ‘Butcher’ although in his lifetime not only did he have a number of other skills and occupations that included: Carpenter and Joiner, farmer, and gold miner, but he was also a good and well respected businessman.
He was also a man with vision and imagination. On one occasion he took some drawings to a blacksmith with instructions for them to be translated into steel. The blacksmith did so, and realising the value of the Robert William’s invention, patented what is now known as the revolving coulter of every plough.
Robert William also had a reputation for being clever at carving, and modeling toys in wood and metal. He made toys for his grandchildren and one in particular they threw through the air ........ and it carried some distance before falling to the ground. He said that some day it would go through the air by itself – perhaps he had built the model of an aeroplane many years ahead of its time?
 "In 1878 there was a subscription list for a project to enclose the cemetery. Frederick, Francis, Peter, John and James Botting all gave £1. On 13 May 1882, Francis Botting was paid £1/10/- for thistle cutting in the cemetery. In 1885 the Cemetery Trust held a concert and charged 3/- for a double ticket and 2/- for a single. Proceeds were £4/15/6. Robert William Botting gave a donation of 10/-......... ( and down a little further) ...... he was refunded 5/-“
........... their greatest legacy
Not only should Robert William and Jane be acknowledged as the pioneers of a New Zealand Botting Family but must also be recognised for their steadfast family-making ... and accorded the greatest respect and admiration for establishing a family of very good stock: a family of healthy, resourceful, independent, God-fearing and upright individuals.
The children of Robert William and Jane appeared in general to exercise more moderation than
their parents in their family-making. The following are the statistics of their progeny:
The New Zealand Botting family line has descended to the eighth generation of Robert William and Jane Botting and the youngest children of the family are their g.g.g.g.g. grand sons and grand daughters. It is believed the pedigree of the youngest children of the Robert William (New Zealand) Botting Family can at this point in time be traced back fourteen generations to William Botting (born 1597 in Slaugham, Sussex, England) and his wife Mary.
The ‘senior line’ from Robert William Botting at present comes down through Robert Peter
Botting, as follows:
Katherine Adair Botting married her third cousin Russell Edward (Russ) Botting. They ‘share’ the same great-grandfather Robert Peter Botting and this detail has slightly complicated the NZ Botting Family Tree (as they, their children and grand children get to appear twice!).
BOTTING Family Reunions in New Zealand
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