Sinclair, Elizabeth McHutcheson (1800–1892)

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Sinclair, Elizabeth McHutcheson (1800–1892)

Scottish-born farmer and plantation owner. Name variations: Often misspelled McHutchison; Eliza or Elizabeth McHutcheson. Born Elizabeth McHutcheson, probably April 26, 1800, in Glasgow, Scotland; died Oct 16, 1892, in Makaweli, Kauai, Hawaii; dau. of James McHutcheson (merchant) and Jean (Robertson) McHutcheson; probably aunt of Isabella McHutcheson Sinclair (nature artist and illustrator); m. Francis Sinclair (ship's captain), 1824 (died 1846); children: George, Jane, James, Helen, Francis and Anne.

Immigrated with family to New Zealand (1840), settling on South Island; after death of husband at sea, established farm at Pigeon Bay (1849); left New Zealand for Vancouver Island, Canada, finally settling in Hawaii (1863); bought the Hawaiian Island of Niihau with her sons (1864), became its matriarch, and cultivated sugar cane.

See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 1) and Notable Women of Hawaii.

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