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Tannahill, William

William Tannahill
Elizabeth was born on 21st February 1821 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland. Her parents were Andrew and Elizabeth nee FREW Elizabeth died on the 10th February 1893 at Lower Hutt. She died of heart failure after an attack of bronchitis complicated by Bright’s disease and is buried in the Taita cemetery. Anyone interested in this family please contact Tony Christiansen
William was engaged to work for 18 months by Clyde Trusty. William married soon after arrival in Wellington to a fellow passenger Elizabeth DUGALD on the 5th April 1840. William and Elizabeth had 11 children, 7 girls and 4 boys. A daughter Helen (sic) Burns was born 16th May 1841. The witness to the birth from the records is given as Alex Yule and spouse. They were on the same ship as William and Elizabeth. William and Elizabeth originally lived in Petoni but later they lived in Taita. William worked as a carpenter and as a pit sawyer and a shingle splitter. Their daughter Helen was married at age 17 in their house at Taita to James William FOX who was farming in Taita. William was on the first jury list in Wellington, in 1848, and he was also a member of the "Hutt Militia" in the 1840’s. He is listed in the Electoral Roll for Hutt in 1865. William died at Wainui-o-mata on the 20th June 1876 and is buried there but the gravesite is unknown. He died of a heart attack after a bout of bronchitis. Anyone interested in this family please contact Tony Christiansen
from web site accessed 9 Dec 2011

The Begal Merchant sailed from Glasgow 30th October 1839 and arrived in Port Nicholson 20th February 1840
Names as on steerage passenger list
Dugald Elizabeth, Aged: 19, Servant
Tannahill William, Aged: 20, Occ: Labourer

New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator 20 June 1840
April 5, Mr. William Tannahill, joiner, late of Glasgow, to Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Dugold, also of Glasgow

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 7 May 1872
Swaysland, Stephen Adolphus, Waiwetu, leasehold, Parted with qualification
Tannahill, William, Taita, leasehold, Parted with qualification
Trotter, Peter, Taita, Taita, freehold, Parted with qualification
Whiteman, Francis, Taita, leasehold, Parted with qualification
Whiteman, George, Taita, leasehold, Parted with qualification
Yule, Alexander, Taita, freehold, Whiteman, Parted with qualification
Family Group Sheet - Child
MWilliam Tannahill
Marriage5 APR 1840to Elizabeth DUGALD
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) William Tannahill
Marriage5 APR 1840to Elizabeth DUGALD
Marriage5 APR 1840to William Tannahill
FHelen Burns Tannahill
Death7 NOV 1914
Marriage1859to James William Fox
MJames Tannahill
Death26 SEP 1916
Marriageto Mary Ann Partridge
FJanet T Tannahill
Death13 SEP 1919
Marriage1867to James Gresham
FElizabeth Tannahill
Death27 DEC 1906
Marriage1863to John Daysh
FMargaret Tannahill
MWilliam Tannahill
MAndrew Tannahill
Death25 JAN 1930
FAgnes Tannahill
MRobert Tannahill
Death5 JUL 1933
Descendancy Chart
Helen Burns Tannahill b: 1841 d: 7 NOV 1914
James William Fox b: 1835 d: 30 AUG 1884
Janet Ann Fox b: 1866 d: 27 JUL 1942
Edwin Douglas Seldon Buck b: 23 MAR 1860 d: 17 JUN 1932
Ida Mary Buck b: 1889 d: 7 APR 1965
Leonard David Balls b: 1892 d: 3 AUG 1943
Thelma Balls b: 1919 d: 1999
Cecil Maude Herbert b: 1903 d: 21 OCT 1990
Maurice Edwin David Balls b: 1921 d: 2004
Nancy Eileen McNicol b: 1926 d: 2008
Noel Lloyd Balls b: 1924 d: 14 AUG 1991
Evelyn June McNabb b: 1924 d: 2008
Mary Ann Fox b: 1872 d: 20 JUL 1960
Henry George Brooks b: 1866 d: 10 DEC 1948
Dororthy Brooks b: 1892 d: 8 SEP 1977
Charles Fox b: 1879 d: 18 OCT 1942
Helen Liddle Eade b: 1889 d: 16 NOV 1956
George William Fox b: 30 APR 1910 d: 6 JUL 1975
Edna Lilian Park Oliver b: 1919 d: 13 JUL 2008
Alan Charles James Fox b: 3 NOV 1911 d: 19 APR 1980
Janet Mary Trembath b: 1915 d: 10 APR 1992
John Fox b: 1876 d: 4 JUL 1888
Lydia Mary Fox b: 1866 d: 1867
George Alexander Fox b: 1864 d: 8 DEC 1909
Elizabeth Pope b: 1863 d: 2 FEB 1930
Matidla Fox b: 1882
Emily Agnes Fox b: 1873 d: 28 DEC 1936
William John Blows b: 1869 d: 5 AUG 1946
Elizabeth Priscilla Fox b: 1859 d: 28 JUL 1925
James COLLETT b: 1846 d: 25 JUL 1930
Ethel Ellen COLLETT b: 1882 d: 19 MAY 1932
George Bull b: 1882 d: 28 APR 1949
Ernest James COLLETT b: 1884 d: 24 MAY 1969
Daisy Elise Walton b: 1885 d: 20 JUL 1964
Elsie Tui Collett b: 1909 d: 1 APR 1982
Fergus Kenneth MacFARLANE b: 1908 d: 19 SEP 1981
Velda Elizabeth COLLETT b: 1913 d: 14 MAY 1998
Ida Vera COLLETT b: 1916 d: 20 NOV 2004
Maxwell Harry Turvey b: 1914 d: 22 AUG 2004
Elsie Jane COLLETT b: 1893 d: 1969
Arthur Paul Anders Hansen b: 1887 d: 1973
James William FOX b: 1861 d: 21 FEB 1916
Hannah Jane COTTLE b: 1866 d: 11 NOV 1942
Alfred William FOX b: 1898 d: 22 JAN 1899
James Tannahill b: 1850 d: 26 SEP 1916
Mary Ann Partridge b: 1858 d: 30 SEP 1900
William Tannahill b: 1878 d: 30 DEC 1886
Janet T Tannahill b: 1848 d: 13 SEP 1919
James Gresham b: 1872 d: 8 FEB 1953
Harriett Mitchell b: 1886 d: 16 JAN 1962
Janet Tannahill Gresham b: 1917 d: 29 JUN 1917
James Bernard Gresham b: 1910 d: 27 AUG 1995
Teresa Mary Thurston b: 1918 d: 2 MAR 1976
Patrick Gresham b: 1912 d: 25 SEP 1975
Margaret Mary Cosgrove b: 1912 d: 8 AUG 1997
Elizabeth Tannahill b: 1842 d: 27 DEC 1906
John Daysh b: 1841 d: 1 SEP 1932
John Daysh b: 1863
Andrew Tannahill b: 1854 d: 25 JAN 1930
Agnes Tannahill b: 1857
Robert Tannahill b: 1860 d: 5 JUL 1933
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