HISTORY OF THE WILLIAMS NAME:
The origins of the ancient name WILLIAMS belong to that rich Celtic
tradition that comes from
The Welch WILLIAMS family claims descent from Brychan Brecheiniog who
was Lord of Brecknock at the time of King Arthur. The first member of the Welch
WILLIAMS family to adopt the surname was Sir Roger Williams of
A number of people bearing the name Williams
Our Williams family including
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg PAUL 2 WILLIAMS ~ see 2
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ JOHN WILLIAMS was born about 1795 in England. He married MARY JOBE on 14 April 1822 in
Children of JOHN WILLIAMS and MARY JOBE included:
JOHN 2 WILLIAMS, born
1823 in Perranarworthal,
3 WILLIAMS, born
1824 in Perranarworthal,
ELIZABETH JANE 4 WILLIAMS, born 1828 in
In 1851 and 1861 John and Mary are recorded as living at Greenwith Common in Perranarworthal, and John is a Miner and Copper Miner.
~ ~ ~ JOHN WILLIAMS (JOHN) was born
on 19 December 1824 in Perranarworthal,
Children of JOHN WILLIAMS and CAROLINE PAULL were:
JOHN HENRY 5 WILLIAMS,
around 1848 in Perranarworthal,
WILLIAM PAUL WILLIAMS,
baptized 4 February 1849 in Perranarworthal,
WILLIAMS, born around 1851 in Perranarworthal,
LOUISA ELLEN WILLIAMS, born around 1853.
MAY GRACE WILLIAMS, born around 1867.
baptized 11 September 1859 in Perranarworthal,
baptized 16 September 1860 in Perranarworthal,
PAUL 6 WILLIAMS,
baptized 11 May 1862 in Perranarworthal,
FREDERICK WILLIAMS, born around 1866.
3. ~ ~ ~ PAUL WILLIAMS (JOHN) was
born on 19 December 1824 in Perranarworthal,
Paul worked as a miner in
Paul returned to
> Refer to the MAY family of Cornwall for more information about the family of Lavinia.
Children of PAUL WILLIAMS and LAVINIA MAY were:
JOHN PAUL 7
WILLIAMS, 1849 in
WILLIAMS, born 26 October 1852 in St Ives,
CHARLES 9 WILLIAMS, born around 1855 in
JANE 10 WILLIAMS, born around 1866.
ELLEN 11 WILLIAMS, born around 1869.
EMILY 12 WILLIAMS, born around 1871.
Paul died on 9 February 1891 in
~ ~ ~ ELIZABETH JANE WILLIAMS (JOHN) was born
on 19 December 1824 in Perranarworthal,
> Refer to the PAULL family for more information about the family of Moses.
Children of ELIZABETH WILLIAMS and MOSES PAULL were:
MARY ANN PAULL, born
1848 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall,
MOSES PAULL, born 31 March
1850 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall,
5. ~ ~ ~ JOHN HENRY WILLIAMS (JOHN > JOHN), was born around 1848 in Perranarworthal,
Children of JOHN WILLIAMS and EMILY JENKINS were:
ADA ELLEN WILLIAMS,
baptized 23 November 1873 in St Gluvias,
baptized 25 April 1877 in Perranarworthal,
EMILY GERTURDE WILLIAMS, born around 1881.
WILLIAMS, baptized 13 August 1885 in Perranarworthal,
EDGAR BICE WILLIAMS,
born around 1889. Edgar married OLIVIA MARION PHILP in 1917
WILLIAMS, baptized 5 August 1893 in Perranarworthal,
6. ~ ~ ~ PAUL WILLIAMS (JOHN
> JOHN), was baptized on 11 May 1862 in
Children of PAUL and CAROLINE WILLIAMS were:
LILLIAN WILLIAMS, born around 1888.
baptized 23 August 1889 in St Gluvias,
in St Gluvias,
WILLIAM PAUL WILLIAMS,
baptized 16 September 1891 in St Gluvias,
7. ~ ~ ~ JOHN PAUL WILLIAMS
(JOHN > PAUL) was born in 1849 in Gwennap,
John made an application on 7 March 1888 to the Lands
& Deeds Office in
Children of JOHN and EMILY WILLIAMS included:
LILLIAN WILLIAMS, born
LAVINIA WILLIAMS, born
ROSE WILLIAMS, born
JANET WILLIAMS, born
JOHN WILLIAMS, born on
23 February 1883 in
WILLIAMS, born 1888. Joseph married HELEN MARTHA MACREDIE in 1921 (BDM1921/5176). He died on 27 December
PAUL WILLIAMS, born
MABEL WILLIAMS, born
1896 (BDM1896/16017). Mabel
died on 13 December 1908 aged 12 years and was buried at
John died on 9 March 1918 in
8. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL) was born on 26 October 1851 in St Ives,
On 25 November 1878
Thomas applied to the Lands & Deeds Office in
> Refer to the WALKER family for more information about the family of Ellen.
Children of THOMAS WILLIAMS and ELLEN WALKER were:
ELLEN LOUISA 13 WILLIAMS,
born 5 May 1879 in
THOMAS PERCY 14 WILLIAMS, born
11 May 1882 in
WILLIAMS, born 05
HARRY 16 WILLIAMS, born 01 December 1886 in the
RUBY MAY WILLIAMS,
born 15 May 1889 in the
ETHEL VICTORIA 17 WILLIAMS, born
16 June 1897 in
JANE (Tot) 18 WILLIAMS was born
on 10 June 1894 in
Thomas & Ellen and family day of Ruby's funeral
Harry and siblings
Thomas died on 4 April 1930 in
9. ~ ~ ~ CHARLES WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL) around 1855 in
Children of CHARLES WILLIAMS and SELINA BILLING were:
VIOLET WILLIAMS, born 1881. Violet married HERBERT STRONG.
RHODA WILLIAMS, born 1885. Rhoda's married name was DARROW.
JOSEPH CHARLES WILLIAMS, born 1888
and died 27 December 1968 in
10. ~ ~ ~ JANE WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL) was born on 18 December 1864 and was the
eldest daughter of PAUL WILLIAMS and LAVINA MAY. Jane married THOMAS KNEEBONE
on 29 March 1833 in
Children of JANE WILLIAMS and THOMAS KNEEBONE were:
CLARA KNEEBONE, born 3
August 1883 in
o ETHEL KNEEBONE, born 1884, died as an infant.
o CHARLES LEONARD KNEEBONE, born 22 December 1885. Charles married NELLIE McDERMOTT on 9 April 1925. Nellie was born in 1896 and died in 1987. Charles died on 28 May 1964 in Waihi.
LAURA MAY KNEEBONE,
born 8 August 1887 in
o FRANK LESLIE KNEEBONE, born 2 September 1890 in Thames, NZ; died 27 February 1967 in Auckland, NZ.
o ETHEL (Ruby) KNEEBONE, born 1893.
o THOMAS KNEEBONE, born 1894. Thomas was Bestman at the wedding of Harry Williams and Marjorie May in 1929.
o DORIS ELLEN (Nellie) KNEEBONE, born 1897; died 1918.
o HAROLD RALPH KNEEBONE, born 1902. Harold married MAVIS KERR in 1929.
o WILLIAM CECIL KNEEBONE, born 1906; died 1906.
11. ~ ~ ~ ELLEN WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL) was born around 1870 and was the second
daughter of PAUL WILLIAMS and LAVINA MAY. Ellen married GEORGE WARNE in 1887.
George was born around 1863 and died on 18 February 1924 in Kingsland,
Children of ELLEN WILLIAMS and GEORGE WARNE were:
GEORGE WARNE, born
1888. George married HELEN MARGARET (NELLIE) DONNELLY in 1915. George died on
16 October 1864 and was buried at
o PAUL WARNE, born 1890. Paul married ISABELLA ANN McCORMICK in 1915.
o JOHN LEONARD WARNE, born 1891. John married WILLIAMINA BUCHANAN in 1917.
o WALTER GILBERT WARNE, born 1899. Walter married LAURA AGNES GRAHAM in 1927.
12. ~ ~ ~ EMILY WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL) was born around 1872 and was the third daughter of PAUL WILLIAMS and LAVINIA MAY. Emily married ALBERT CHARLES HANLEN in 1890.
Children of EMILY WILLIAMS and ALBERT HANLEN were:
ELLA LAVINIA HANLEN,
born 1891. Ella married DAVID HENRY GRUBB. She died on 14 August 1970 in
o WILLIAM ALEXANDER HANLEN, born 1892.
o VIOLET JANE HANLEN, born 1898.
o MAVIS EDNA HANLEN, born 1907; died 1909.
o ELVA MAY HANLEN, born 1911.
o CHARLES HANLEN
o IVY HANLEN
13. ~ ~ ~ ELLEN LOUISA WILLIAMS
(JOHN > PAUL > THOMAS)
was born on 5 May 1879 in
Ellen died on 18 August 1950 in
Children of ELLEN WILLIAMS and ALBERT THORBURN were:
THORBURN, born 1908 in Ohinemiri,
THORBURN, born 17 March 1911; died in
o SYBIL THORBURN, born 1913; died 6 April 2006. Sybil married LESLIE HANCOCK. He was born Abt. 1906 and died on 1 November 1986.
14. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS PERCY WILLIAMS (JOHN >
PAUL > THOMAS) was born on 11 May 1882 in
Thames and baptized at
Annie was born on 5 June 1883 and was the daughter of GEORGE WILLIAM WHITCOMBE and RUTH MOORE. Annie had previously married WILLIAM FRANCIS McISAAC in 1902 and had three children. William died in 1926 aged 44 years.
Percy served in the Army during World War One and
after the war ran the Post Office Hotel in
15. ~ ~ ~ MARY WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL > THOMAS)
was born on May 1879 in
Mary and Alec settled in
Child of MARY WILLIAMS and ALEC BATEMAN was:
THOMAS LEA BATEMAN, born
11 August 1920 in
16. ~ ~ ~ HARRY WILLIAMS (JOHN
> PAUL > THOMAS) was born
on 1 December 1886 at the Williams homestead in the
Harry was enrolled at the Thames School of Mines in 1906, and the Karangahake School of Mines in 1907. In 1908 his occupation was recorded as an Assayer of Gold, and between 1910 and 1912 he worked at Talisman Consolidated Ltd in Karangahake. Harry received his First-Class Engine-Driver's Certificate on 1 December 1911 and he worked as an Engineer and Engine Driver until 1950. On 15 August 1912 he received his Winding-Engine Driver's Certificate allowing him to drive and have charge of any steam engine.
In 1913 Harry was living in Rongotea in the South Island of New Zealand and received his Electric Winding-Engine Driver's Certificate on 26 August that year. Between 1914 and 1917 he was employed as a Winding-Engine Driver at Blackwater Mines Ltd in Waiuta, Reefton and attended Reefton School of Mines in 1915 coming first in NZ for Metallurgy that year.
Around 1919 Harry settled in Pukemiro, in the
Harry married MARJORIE MAY on 17 April 1929 at St Marys Anglican Church, Raetihi after a long engagement of seven years. Marjorie was born on 24 September 1902 in Raetihi and was the daughter of AUGUSTINE MAY and EMMA PICKFORD. Harry's cousin Tommy Kneebone was his best man. Marjorie's cousin Merle Harvey was bridesmaid and niece Gwen her flower girl. Harry and Marjorie settled in Pukemiro after their marriage and raised four daughters.
Around 1951 the family moved to Takanini in
Harry died on 01 April 1970 in Papakura,
> Refer to the MAY family for more information about the family of Marjorie.
17. ~ ~ ~ ETHEL VICTORIA WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL > THOMAS)
was born 16 June 1897 in
Children of ETHEL WILLIAMS and BERTRAND STRANGE were:
DESMOND EARL STRANGE,
who married MARY (surname unknown) Earl died on 18 November 1995 in
THOMAS ROY STRANGE,
born 4 September 1930 in
Bert died on 16 November 1973 in
18. ~ ~ ~ JANE (Tot) WILLIAMS (JOHN > PAUL > THOMAS)
was born on 10 June 1894 in
Child of JANE WILLIAMS and WILLIAM WATERHOUSE was:
EDITH JOY WATERHOUSE, born 30 October 1922; died 8 December 1992 in
Jane married (2) ARCHIBALD OTTO BATEMAN in 1927.
Archie was born on 5 February 1889 and worked as a Boiler man at
Children of JANE WILLIAMS and ARCHIBALD BATEMAN were:
o NORMAN NOAH BATEMAN
o KENNETH RAYMOND BATEMAN, who died 30 July 1991.
Archie died on 1 May 1988 in Coromandel,
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