Henry WILLIAMS1

(1792 - 1867)
Henry WILLIAMS was born on 11 February 1792 at Kingston in Portsea near Gosport, Hampshire.2

He was a missionary, and later rose to be an Archdeacon.1

He married Marianne COLDHAM in New Zealand on 20 January 1818.2,1,3

He died on 16 July 1867 in Pakaraka at age 75.4,1,5 He was buried at the Pakaraka Church Cemetery.4,1

Family

Marianne COLDHAM (1793 - 1879)
Children

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p74.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZSG Collection entry #17637 and 3630.
  4. [S304] Cemetery Marker - , Pakaraka Church cemetery.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1867/2579.

Herbert WILLIAMS1

(1896 - 1994)
Father*William (Bill, also Samuel) WILLIAMS1 b. 1856, d. 1936
Mother*Sarah Ann SHIMPLETON1 b. 1862, d. 1939
Herbert WILLIAMS was born on 6 October 1896 in Kumara, Westland.1,2,3

He married Ruby Marion FISHER at Holy Trinity Church in Ngaruawahia on 8 August 1926.3,4

He died on 29 December 1994 in Hamilton at age 98.5,3,6 He was buried at the Newstead Cemetery in Hamilton.3,6

Family

Ruby Marion FISHER (1906 - 1989)

Citations

  1. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1896/12151, son to William and Sarah.
  2. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1995/57180 gives this birthdate.
  3. [S580] Book - Nola Towgood, Samuel Williams.
  4. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1926/5566.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1995/57180.
  6. [S763] Hamilton City Cemeteries database, at http://www.hamilton.govt.nz/our-services/cemetery-services/…, Newstead Cemetery, plot GOM-M-345, aged 98.

Janet Margaret WILLIAMS1

(1920 - 2012)
Father*Ernest Edward WILLIAMS1 b. 1866, d. 1953
Mother*Margaret Lucy FORSAITH1 b. 1880, d. 1977
Janet Margaret WILLIAMS was born on 19 January 1920 in Saskatchewan.2

She died on 20 January 2012 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, at age 92.2 She was buried in January 2012 at the Gulf Lake Cemetery in Gull Lake.2
ChartsSamuel Forsaith (c1702-1751) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S166] J W Forsaith, "Forsaith Family tree 1715-1942."
  2. [S1015] Gulf Lake Cemetery graves, at http://www.findagrave.com, Block 1, section 52, plot 3A.

John Dow WILLIAMS1

(1902 - 1975)
Father*Kenneth Stuart WILLIAMS1 b. 1870, d. 1935
Mother*Lilian Mary LUDBROOK1 b. 1870, d. 1963
John Dow WILLIAMS was born on 14 April 1902 in Matahiia.2,1,3

He married Catherine Annie (Nancy) MACLAURIN in New Zealand on 30 March 1932.2,1,4,5

He died on 26 July 1975 in New Zealand at age 73.2,1,6

Family

Catherine Annie (Nancy) MACLAURIN (1906 - 1987)
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p308.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1902/17950, and Death Reg. No. 1975/40030 gives this birthdate.
  4. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 1434.
  5. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1932/2174.
  6. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1975/40030.

John Morris (Moss) WILLIAMS1

(1929 - 1997)
Father*Charles Kenneth WILLIAMS1 b. 1899, d. 1978
Mother*Phyllis Constance MORRIS1 b. 1905, d. 1993
John Morris (Moss) WILLIAMS was born on 24 January 1929 in Gisborne.2,1

He married Diana Margaret HOLDEN in Waipawa on 5 May 1955.2,1,3

He died on 27 May 1997 at age 68.2,1

Family

Diana Margaret HOLDEN (1930 - 2005)
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p302.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 4335.

John William WILLIAMS1

(1827 - 1904)
Father*Henry WILLIAMS1 b. 1792, d. 1867
Mother*Marianne COLDHAM1 b. 1793, d. 1879
John William WILLIAMS was born on 6 April 1827 in Paihia.2,1

He married Sarah BUSBY in New Zealand on 3 May 1854.1,3

He died on 27 April 1904 in Napier at age 77.2,1,4

Family

Sarah BUSBY (1835 - 1913)
Child

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p277.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZSG Collection, entries 17644-5.
  4. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1904/3039, aged 77.

June WILLIAMS1

Family

Thomas Rutherford CLARKE (1927 - )
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.

Kenneth Stuart WILLIAMS1

(1870 - 1935)
Father*John William WILLIAMS1 b. 1827, d. 1904
Mother*Sarah BUSBY1 b. 1835, d. 1913
Kenneth Stuart WILLIAMS was born on 13 September 1870 in Pakaraka.2,1,3

The NZ Dictionary of Biography gives a view of his career: -
"He was the youngest of a remarkable quartet of second-generation descendants of the missionary brothers Henry and William Williams. Kenneth, his first cousin Thomas Sydney Williams, and his second cousins, brothers Heathcote Beetham and Arnold Beetham Williams, (known as KS, TS, HB and AB) developed farming on the East Coast north of Gisborne, where they consolidated the family's reputation as responsible land-holders, men of public affairs and noted benefactors of the region.

Kenneth was born eighth in a family of eight sons and three daughters. He was educated at Heretaunga School, Hastings, and at Christ's College, Christchurch, from 1884 to 1888. He excelled at sport, being a member of the First XI and the First XV, and was a prefect.

When Kenneth was in his early 20s his uncle Samuel Williams sought help for his extensive farming enterprises in the Waiapu district. In response, Kenneth left Pakaraka in 1894 for Tuparoa, a coastal station near East Cape, to gain experience while assisting T. S. Williams to develop a viable farm there. Samuel offered both cousins the chance of their own land if they could clear the debts on the property. After Kenneth married, Samuel placed in his charge the inland station of Matahiia on the Mata River, south-west of Ruatoria; it was to be his home for the rest of his life. The station had been managed and administered by experienced Williams employees. There was a large woolshed with 20 shearing stands, used by surrounding farms, shearing up to 60,000 sheep in peak years. In 1897 10 machine stands were installed. With this sound start, Kenneth proceeded to farm the block wisely and the station prospered in spite of difficulties of access and its distance from commercial centres. Until 1932 the homestead was often isolated by flooded rivers. Stores were shipped in bulk from Auckland to Tuparoa, and those living at the station learnt to be resourceful and self-reliant.

His ability to speak to Ngati Porou in fluent Maori earned him great respect and was a tremendous asset to him in local affairs. He joined the Waiapu County Council, serving as chairman from 1909 until 1920. He was a founding member of the Waiapu Hospital and Charitable Aid Board in 1903 and served as first chairman of the Tokomaru Harbour Board from 1910 to 1919. A founder of the Waiapu Racing Club, Williams owned several successful racehorses and represented Hawke's Bay clubs on the New Zealand Racing Conference.

In 1916, when land settlement schemes for soldiers returning from the First World War were mooted, the four Williams cousins set up the Waiapu Returned Soldiers Trust as a private scheme to benefit local men. Each subscribed £10,000 to purchase the 4,000-acre Whakaangiangi estate. Six farms were established. In 1920 the farms were balloted for and taken up by local returned soldiers, with advances for fencing, buildings and stock. Kenneth Williams was particularly involved in establishing this scheme. The Waiapu Trust encapsulated the Williams philosophy of service to the community and was one of the most successful private efforts at resettlement in New Zealand.

The Williamses' philanthropy continued in the depression of the early 1930s. Many farmers, including a number who had trained on Williams properties, were close to financial ruin. The family repeatedly stood guarantor with the banks, notwithstanding their own resultant hardship. They thereby ensured that the East Coast continued as the same farming country they had pioneered.

Williams entered national politics in 1920 when, as the Reform Party candidate, he won the Bay of Plenty seat in a by-election. In Parliament he became known as one who spoke rarely, unless he could do so with authority. His abilities became well known, however, and from 1926 to 1928 he was minister of public works under Gordon Coates, with whom he formed a close friendship. He had handed over the management of Matahiia to his eldest son, Charles, in 1924, so was able to concentrate on his busy portfolio. He worked to extend the country's network of main highways, and in 1927 was responsible for the introduction of the petrol tax. An excellent horseman, he rode to remote corners of the country to view works projects as few ministers had done before. Williams helped to advance the prospect of Gisborne becoming at last linked by rail with the rest of the country. He was returned to his seat unopposed three times.

When the coalition government was formed in 1931 Williams declined another ministerial post; because of the effects of a severe car accident some years earlier he felt he could no longer rely on good health. He continued to work hard for his constituency, but after a further setback in 1934 decided to retire at the end of the term.

A garden party in Williams's honour was held in Opotiki on 25 November 1935 just two days before the election. During speeches that paid tribute to his years of service he collapsed, and died shortly afterwards."4,5


He married Lilian Mary LUDBROOK, daughter of Samuel Blomfield LUDBROOK and Caroline Elizabeth WILLIAMS, at Pakaraka Church in Bay of Islands, Northland, on 3 August 1898. Kenneth and Lilian were actually cousins.2,6,7

He died on 25 November 1935 in Opotiki at age 65.2,1,8 He was buried in Matahiia.9

Family

Lilian Mary LUDBROOK (1870 - 1963)
Children
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p299 & 394.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Birth Reg. No. 1870/10156.
  4. [S288] Book - Dr Claudia Orange General Editor Dictionary of NZ Biography, Vol 1, 1992, updated 4 April 2003.
  5. [S598] NZ Dictionary of Biographies, at http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/
  6. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 3635.
  7. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Marriage Reg. No. 1898/4234.
  8. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1935/22106, aged 65.
  9. [S287] Book - Guy Scholefield Dictionary of NZ Biography.

Kenneth Sydney WILLIAMS1

(1927 - 1990)
Father*Charles Kenneth WILLIAMS1 b. 1899, d. 1978
Mother*Phyllis Constance MORRIS1 b. 1905, d. 1993
Kenneth Sydney WILLIAMS was born on 22 October 1927 in Gisborne.2,1

He married Elizabeth Josephine (Jose) WATKINS in Ruatoria on 30 January 1953.2,1,3

Kenneth died on 13 August 1990 in Manutuke at age 62.2,1
ChartsStephen Blomfield (c1750?-1809) descendancy

Citations

  1. [S312] Electronic Files - A Robinson, and subsequent correspondence.
  2. [S262] Book - Rex & Adriene Evans, Faith & Farming, p300.
  3. [S443] CD - NZ Marriages, CD - NZ Marriages 1836-1956 V2, NZ Registrar General's Folio 3222.

Lyall Arthur WILLIAMS1

(1917 - 1991)
Father*Arthur Henry WILLIAMS1 b. 1885, d. 1965
Mother*Mary Baird ARMSTRONG1 b. 1889, d. 1979
Lyall Arthur WILLIAMS was born on 17 April 1917 in Christchurch, Canterbury.1,2

He married Patricia Jocelyn Davis RICHARDSON.

He died on 24 September 1991 in Christchurch, Canterbury, at age 74.1,3,4 His ashes were buried on 14 December 1993 at Memorial Park, Cnr Cypress St & Ruru Rd in Christchurch.4

Family

Patricia Jocelyn Davis RICHARDSON (1920 - 1993)

Citations

  1. [S580] Book - Nola Towgood, Samuel Williams.
  2. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1991/47445 gives this birthdate.
  3. [S542] Index - New Zealand BDMs online, at http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/, Death Reg. No. 1991/47445.
  4. [S419] Christchurch City Council Cemeteries database, at http://librarydata.christchurch.org.nz/Cemeteries/, Memorial Park cemetery, block 16, plot 28, aged 74.