PETER JNR and his wife SUSANNAH HENDRY BOYD (1818-1879) had 6 children.
Peter's wife Susannah was born in Paisley the daughter of James Boyd Jnr, a soldier and Marion Galloway, whose father James Galloway was a farmer of Hamilton. In 1853 Peter and Susannah, together with their three young children, moved to Victoria, Australia, following the Bendigo gold rush.
They returned to New Zealand in 1856. Peter's occupation was listed as a gunsmith in the family Bible, however on both the Birth and Death certificates his occupation is given as a sawyer.
The year 1857 saw a move from Wellington to Queen Charlotte Sound and later to Dunedin on 12 February 1863, arriving in Hampden five days later. Here they finally settled and made their home
A family legend suggests that Peter had been a wealthy man and had made a small fortune in the gold fields. However, he tended to squander his money on, amongst other things, banquets. After the tables had been set up he would find something wrong and in a fit of temperament overturn them, demanding that the caterers start all over again. Like his ancestors, the Celts of old he must have been fond of banqueting.