|About Flighty & Montgomerie Family [Murphy, Wood, Morriss, McIntosh]
I knew very little of my father's mother's side of my family, Dad had mentioned Granny Wood
[Jessie Flighty], Auntie Beat [McIntosh] and Auntie May [Morriss]. My grandmother, Olive
Montgomerie, nee Wood died in tragic circumstances when my father was fifteen, so not a lot was
said about her. A few years ago I started researching and found that my grandmother had half-
sisters and that her mother, Jessie Flighty had two sisters and a brother.....and so the search
began. I have now extended the search into a number of families - Bailey, Snow, Martin, Affleck,
Dew and have met some new relatives.
I am now including details of my father's father's family - the Montgomerie's. My grandfather was
Adam Montgomerie, third child of James Montgomerie and Christina McLeod. Unfortunately much of
James and Christina's early life remains a mystery but I am hopeful we will break the brick wall.
Before we visited Scotland in 2009 I restarted the research into the Montgomerie Family. I am very
grateful for the information my second cousin Peter Montgomerie shared with me. He had visited
Scotland a few years earlier and was able to point us in the right direction. We based ourselves
in Lanark [where the Montgomerie's lived] and finally discovered the grave of my great, great
grandparents, John Montgomerie and Elizabeth Harris. It was a very special moment.
Because of inter-family connections [my father's cousin married my mother's brother] I have
started to include my mother's family - Gray/Rexworthy and Harrison/Blackwell.
I try to ensure that all information is correct but sometimes a few glitches may occur. Another
pair of eyes is good to look over the information so if you find any mistakes or errors please let
And if you have more information I would love to receive it! I am keen to receive copies of
photographs as many of the older ones are un-named and are often thrown away. If you do not have a
use for old photographs I would love to receive them. I managed to name nearly all the people in
an old album I found of my father's!
Please share this site with your family, whilst they may not be interested in family history now,
I am sure that one day they will start asking questions. I am very happy to give family members
access to the site so that they can update details on their particular branch of the family.
Greg and I live in the house which my parents [Harold & Lorna Montgomerie] and grandparents [Adam
& Olive Montgomerie]lived in. If you are travelling through the Wairarapa we would love to meet
you, we are just a few minutes outside of Greytown [for directions see www.kahikateagardens.co.nz]
Arohanui, Neil Montgomerie, 2010 [updated 2013]