Forbes, Margaret (c. 1807–1877)

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Forbes, Margaret (c. 1807–1877)

New Zealand innkeeper. Name variations: Margaret Cooper. Born Margaret Cooper, c. 1807, at Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; died Jan 13, 1877, at Onehunga, New Zealand; dau. of Robert (farmer) and Elizabeth (Ross) Cooper; m. Robert Forbes, 1830 (died 1849); children: 8.

Immigrated to New Zealand with husband and 6 of her children (1841); relocated to Onehunga, where she helped husband operate inn (1844); after husband died before issuance of title deeds and despite much protest, lost most of land to government and was forced to sell liquor license (1857).

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1).

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