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Boulcott, Almon

Almon Boulcott
b: 1815
d: 15 FEB 1880
Christ Church''s Web Site
33 BOULCOTT Augusta
33 BOULCOTT Charles
33 BOULCOTT Eliza Lavinia
33 BOULCOTT Henrietta
33 BOULCOTT Herman Charles Sumner

Almon Boulcott came to NZ with his brother Joseph on the Mary Ann in 1842. Their father John Boulcott was a member of the NZ Company and the property known as Boulcott''s Farm (in Military Road on the site of the former Frederic Wallis House) became an advance post of the 58th regiment of Redcoats and the site of a famous action of the land wars known as The Battle of Boulcott''s Farm (a vivid account of this action may be found in Chapter 5 p. 51 of David McGill''s book "Lower Hutt - The First Garden City.")

This action took place in May 1846 despite the interventions of Anglican Missionary Richard Taylor, and local chief Wi Tako pleading peace, apparently because the Governor Sir George Grey had his mind set on teaching the natives a lesson. Almon returned to continue his farming activity after this until his death in 1880 from sunstroke.

See also Cudby and Hopton

Listed under Taita
NZPO 1880 - 81 Boulcott A. farmer
NZPO 1885 - 86 Boulcott Almon, farmer

NZPO 1890 - 91 Boulcott Mrs. Almon, farmer

The Mary Ann sailed from Downs on 24 September 1841 and arrived in Port Nicholson 29 January 1842 and then sailed to Nelson arriving on 8 February 1842
Names as shown on passenger list
Cabin Passengers
Boulcott, Joseph, Aged: 32
Boulcott, Almon, Aged: 27

Wellington Independent 4 March 1846
In our last, we furnished the movement of the troops up to six o''clock on Tuesday evening. That evening a picket was thrown across the potatoe ground, the Maories being encamped on a plot of land across a creek, at the foot of a high hill thickly covered with bush. The natives followed the military custom by likewise having a line of pickets across the field. During the night the artillery under the command of Capt. Henderson, arrived on the ground, and by dint of great labour and perseverance, some field pieces and howitzers were conveyed to the camp. We cannot refrain from mentioning the characteristic zeal of the officers and blue jackets of the men of war, while assisting in dragging up the guns and ammunition.
On the following morning, Wednesday, affairs seemed approaching to a crisis. The natives refused to leave, demanding payment for their crops. His Excellency stated that quit they must, and as for compensation, he could not listen to it there, but they must bring it forward at their own place, Wanganui. His Excellency then gave the Maories till twelve o''clock, to consider whether they would depart, and if not, he informed them that they would be attacked immediately. By persuasion of Mr. Taylor, a Church Missionary, the natives made a semblance of departing, and marched into the bush. In consequence the artillery was brought down to the stockade near the bridge.
His Excellency, with Major Richmond, returned to town, and many were sanguine that affairs were settled in a peaceable and friendly manner. The military, when they left this place for the Hutt, expected to return the same evening, and did not therefore carry with them the necessary articles for a protracted stay. Owing also to the supposed settlement of the question, Captain Eyton was ordered over to Wellington, on Thursday morning, with the Grenadier company of the 96th, and Capt. Hardy with 76 men of the 58th.
Early on Thursday morning, Major Last discovered eight or nine armed natives on the ground which the main body of their countrymen occupied the proceeding day: who made an excuse that they were searching far trinkets. It is more than probable that they were acting as a look-out, upon the military. Major Last, ordered some men who had been employed by the authorities, to commence a road from Mr. Boulcott''s house to the camp. There is now an excellent road for carts up to the camp, thanks to Col. Hulme, and Major Last By the directions of the last officer, the ground has been cleared for the space of about 300 square feet, tents erected, logs thrown up for a breastwork, and preparations commenced for erecting a block-house, in which, we believe, it is intended to station 150 men. In the evening a party of the natives carried off a fine pig the property of a man named Sennox, striking the owner of the animal on the leg with the back part of a towahawk, and snapping a gun in his face. A second party entered the house of a man named Leverton (sic), and carried off a gun, whilst a third party robbed the warre (sic) of a man named Giles. In consequence of these outrages, a party of settlers remained up armed during the night to protect their property.
During Friday, the natives threatened the life of every settler in the district, in case one of their party was shot. They also threatened to pillage the houses of the settlers.
On Saturday, Captain Eyton returned to the Hutt, with 42 of the 96th; and Major Arney, with 94 of the 58th, and 73 of the 99th. Major Arney of the 58th relieving the commanding officer, Major Last.
On Sunday, March 1, the natives carried out their threats by pillaging the unfortunate settlers on a most extensive scale. The robberies on the Waiwatu were perpetrated in the earlier part of the day by from fifty to one hundred men of the Taupo tribe, whilst those on the Hutt were the acts of about one hundred of the Ngatirangatahi. F. Pare, the chief and subservient tool of Rangihaeata, is notonous for having butchered five of the unfortunates who fell at Wairau. One of the settlers, irritated at the loss of his property drew a sword upon a native who merely imitated the notes of the kaka, when he was joined by numbers who came from the bush, and the white man was compelled to fly for his life.
The following is a correct list of the Europeans who have been robbed of all they possessed:-
Francis Whiteman, and three adults.
John Russell, wife, and one child.
James Swan and brother.
William Leckie, and William Parker, and one child.
John Dounie, wife, and four children.
William Ebden, mother, brother, and servant, and three children.
John Jackson, and wife.
James Holmes, wife, and five children.
William Thomas, wife, and five children.
James McEwen, wife, and three children.
David Galloway, wife, and three children.
David McEwen, wife, mother, and three children.
William Tannahill, wife, and three children.
Charles Collis, wife, and two children.
Robert Fairweather, wife, and five children.
Thomas Hughes, wife, and four children.
Samuel Burnett, wife, brother, and five children.
John Sutherland, wife, and three children.
Thomas Reid, wife, and one child.
Total forty-four adults, and fifty-one children,
Thus ninety-six individuals, men, women, and children, were stripped of all they possessed on Sunday.
About 12 o''clock at night a deputation from the unfortunate men waited upon His Excellency Captain Grey in Wellington, and laid before him their grievances. His Excellency promised to see into the case as early as possible, and took the depositions of the men with his own hands. Monday, March 2. Various rumours of a conflicting nature were were rife in town. The out-settler, who had not been robbed, terrified at the idea of losing their property, began to remove their most valuable articles to a place of safety. About 80 more troops were ordered for the Hutt, and it was generally understood that martial law was to be proclaimed. In the afternoon a detachment of the troops were sent up the Waiwatu. A native threw a spear at one of the 96th, ripping up the sleeve of his jacket, and tearing the flesh on his arm. In the afternoon, another body of military departed from town for the Hutt.
Tuesday, March 3. At daybreak, the natives commenced firing on the grenadier company of the 96th, under the command of Capt. Eyton, who were stationed some distance from the camp. Capt. Eyton''s party returned the fire in a most spirited manner, and compelled the natives after some time to retire, with what loss cannot be ascertained. At the same time, a party of natives in the bush commenced firing on the encampment, but without inflicting any injury.
A despatch arrived in town about 11 o''clock, when his Excellency ordered H.M. Steamer DRIVER to prepare to receive bodies of troops to take over to the Hutt. 50 of the 58th, 20 of the 96th, and 30 of the 99th, under the command of Lieutenant Barclay, were conveyed on board by half-past one, and at 2 o''clock the DRIVER weighed anchor, and steamed over to Petoni. In the afternoon, his Excellency Captain Grey, following Up that energetic line of policy which has characterized his proceedings to the present time, proclaimed the district lying to the south of Wainui in Cook''s Straits, to Castle Point on the East Coast, under Martial Law. Toward the afternoon, a party of natives drove a man name Cole from his land on the Waiwatu, and took possession of his goods. Fifty Volunteers were embodied, under the command of Mr. Watt, and in conjunction with thirty military, were thrown out to endeavour to cut off the plunderers from the main body. Between four and five o''clock yesterday evening, a heavy firing, as if of continuous volleys of musketry, was heard by parties at the Kora Kora, who were returning to Wellington.
The Commandant, Colonel Hulme, and Brigade Major McLerie, both returned to the Hutt yesterday afternoon. Major Last, of the 99th regt., with two hundred men under him, has been left in command at Wellington. Captain Graham, of H.M.S. Castor, likewise placed the blue jackets, small arm men, and marines, at his disposal if necessary. Major Last took the most effective and vigorous measures, last night, to ensure the safety of the town. A party of thirty men were stationed at the brick barracks at the brick barracks at Tiakiwai, with orders to protect the road, and keep up a constant communication with the barracks on Thorndon Flat. A second party was ordered to carry on the communication to the barracks on Lambton Quay, whilst other parties received orders to peramulate from Te Aro Pah to the same place. Strict injunctions were likewise given to all the pickets to prevent any native crossing their lines after dark.
So far, every measure of precaution was carried out, and acted upon.
A guard was likewise stationed at the residence of his Excellency.
The settlers along the Porirua road, generally, are described as being in a state of great anxiety and fear, owing to the fact of Ranghiaeata having threatened to destroy every white man within his reach, provided a Maori was killed. Many of the Porirua settlers have sent their wives and families into Wellington. Yesterday, C. Clifford, Esq., J P., departed for that district, taking with him a quantity of arms and ammunition for the use of the settlers, and with the intention of remaining on the spot to cheer them with his presence.
Evening Post 13 June 1933
Sergeant Ingram''s Memorial.
Some years ago there came into the possession of the Lower Hutt Borough Council the headstone originally placed on the grave of Sergeant Ingram, who died of wounds in the Boulcott Farm raid during the Maori troubles in the Hutt Valley. This stone has been handed over to the St. James Church authorities, and last evening the council gave the Mayor (Mr. J. W. Andrews) authority to accept an invitation by the Rev. H. E. K. Fry to arrange a ceremony for the placing of the stone in the St. James churchyard.

Marriage Details
1856/1970, Bride: Eliza Lavinia Hopton, Groom: Almon Boulcott

Wellington Independent 18 August 1868
FIRE AT THE LOWER HUTT.- On Thursday last, at about four o''clock in the morning, a fire broke out in the house at the Lower Hutt, occupied by Mr Boulcott, and unfortunately neither house nor furniture could be saved. We hear that the house belonged to Mr Ellerm.

Death Details
1880/4463, Almon Boulcott, Aged: 64Y - Date of Death 15/2/1880 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record Almon Boulcott, Date: 1880, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 116
Burial Record Date: 15/2/1880

Evening Post 16 February 1880
BOULCOTT.- On the 15th February at his late residence, Taita, Mr Boulcott, aged 64 years; deeply lamented.
THE Friends of the late Mr BOULCOTT are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave his late residence, Taita, on WEDNESDAY, the 18th February, at half-past 2 o''clock.

Probate Almon Boulcott, Place: Taita, Occ: None listed, Date of Death: 15/2/1880, AAOM 6029 1425, Filed: 27/2/1880, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington


1920/3486 Boulcott Eliza Lavinia 86Y - Date of Death 26/8/1920 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record Eliza Lavinia Boulcott, Date: 1920, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 116

Evening Post 26 August 1920
BOULCOTT.- At her residence, Daniel-street, Eliza Lavinia widow of the late Almon Boulcott. I.N (Private interment).

Evening Post 27 July 1881
The report of the exmination (Mr. R. Lee and Mr. C. C. Howard) upon the result of the recent examination of pupil teachers was laid before the Education Board this morning. Following is the class-list:-
Second Year (age over 14).-
Nita Johnston, Taita;
Fourth Year (age over 16).-
Alice Frethey, Lower Hutt;
Fifth Year (age over 17).- Anna Boulcott, Taita;
End of Fifth Year (age over 18).- Annie Milne, Taita;

Christ Church Cemetery Headstone Reads
BORN 1815 - DIED 1880.
HIS WIFE 1834 - 1920
DIED 1873. (sic)
  • 1815 - Birth -
  • 15 FEB 1880 - Death -
Almon Boulcott
1815 - 15 FEB 1880
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) John Ellerker Boulcott
Marriageto Mary Hill
PARENT (F) Mary Hill
Marriageto John Ellerker Boulcott
MJoseph Boulcott
Death30 APR 1849
MAlmon Boulcott
Death15 FEB 1880
Marriage1856to Eliza Lavinia Hopton
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Almon Boulcott
Death15 FEB 1880
Marriage1856to Eliza Lavinia Hopton
FatherJohn Ellerker Boulcott
MotherMary Hill
PARENT (F) Eliza Lavinia Hopton
Death26 AUG 1920
Marriage1856to Almon Boulcott
FatherRobert Hopton
MotherCharlotte Unknown
FAugusta Boulcott
Death4 FEB 1874
MCharles Boulcott
Death17 FEB 1874
FMargaret Boulcott
Death14 NOV 1934
Marriage22 SEP 1916to Harry Jerome Howard at Wellington
MCharles Herman Sumner Boulcott
Death10 APR 1951
FLavinia Boulcott
Death22 MAY 1929
Marriage23 JUN 1883to George Arthur Cridland
FHenrietta Boulcott
Death13 JAN 1927
FAnnie Maria Boulcott
Death14 JUL 1886
FHebe Boulcott
Death16 FEB 1874
FMary Boulcott
Death26 MAY 1949
MAlmon Boulcott
Death26 OCT 1933
Marriage28 MAR 1900to Mary Ethel Harding
Descendancy Chart
Almon Boulcott b: 1815 d: 15 FEB 1880
Eliza Lavinia Hopton b: 1834 d: 26 AUG 1920
Augusta Boulcott b: 1861 d: 4 FEB 1874
Charles Boulcott b: 1870 d: 17 FEB 1874
Margaret Boulcott b: 1863 d: 14 NOV 1934
Harry Jerome Howard b: 1870 d: 12 NOV 1926
Charles Herman Sumner Boulcott b: 1877 d: 10 APR 1951
Lavinia Boulcott b: 1858 d: 22 MAY 1929
George Arthur Cridland b: 1855 d: 25 JUL 1939
Arthur George Almon Cridland b: 1884 d: 26 AUG 1953
Henrietta Boulcott b: 1859 d: 13 JAN 1927
Annie Maria Boulcott b: 1860 d: 14 JUL 1886
Hebe Boulcott b: 1867 d: 16 FEB 1874
Mary Boulcott b: 1872 d: 26 MAY 1949
Almon Boulcott b: 1865 d: 26 OCT 1933
Mary Ethel Harding b: 1879 d: 29 NOV 1963
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