Born parish of Dollar Clackmannanshire County Scotland about 1851 - father John Paton a Carpenter and Jane Gibson his mother.
On 30th May 1874 Henry was entered into the Freemason Lodge St Andrew No 465 Glasgow Scotland. The 4th June 1874 Henry sailed from Greenock (Glasgow) to Lyttelton New Zealand on the ship ‘Canterbury’. It was her maiden voyage and he was age 24 occupation ploughman from the district of Clackmannan.
He was an engineer & bachelor residing Dunedin prior to marriage 23 February 1880 to Mary McKinlay spinster of Ferry Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. They were married by Rev. Charles Fraser Vicar of St Andrew's Presbyterian at The Manse with John Newlands, Engineer and Elizabeth McKinlay her sister as witnesses.
Henry was 29 years of age & Mary 24.
Henry and Mary had 6 children - Henry born 12 February 1881 , Edward John born 24 November 1882, Mary known as Minnie born 27 October 1884, Robert James born 18 September 1886, Grace Gibson born 12 February 1889, Elsie born 1895.
Henry's employment with the New Zealand Railways took them to Oamaru where the family lived at France & Reed Street with the children attending Oamaru North & South schools.
Edward John (Marks grand-father) commenced school at 7years of age in 1889 at Oamaru North, 14yrs of age in 1896 Macandrews Road Dunedin, then age 16 yrs in 1898 Oamaru South and in July 1898 attended Waitaki Boys High School briefly prior to leaving for employment. The family returned to Dunedin where Grace attended the High Street School.
Over the years Henry progressed from Engineman to Engine Driver until his retirement after 35yrs of employment. In 1898 as Engineman Sub-class 5 Grade 2 his salary was 11 S with length of service 19 years and 7 months. In 1910 after 31 years 7 months employment his salary was 12s 6 d. Position Engine driver Sub-class 8 Grade 1.
Henry died Thursday 18th March 1920 age 69 at home - 59 Maitland Street Dunedin of cardiac failure after a 2 year illness. Mary was a widow at 64 with 6 surviving adult children.
Henry is buried Southern Cemetery Dunedin along with his wife Mary and daughter Elsie.
K88 Henry Mark at the Paton Family Plot