Person Index

Welch, William

William WELCH
b: 1805
d: 29 JUN 1887
Christ Church''s Web Site
262 WELCH Ann Read
262 WELCH William

260 WELCH Annie
260 WELCH Kathleen

260 ELDER Eileen

260 JUDD Anne Elizabeth
260 JUDD James
260 JUDD James
260 JUDD Lila May

260 RALPH Jane
260 RALPH William

263 WELCH Arabella
263 WELCH Ernest Alfred
263 WELCH Sarah Arabella
263 WELCH William Read

35 WELCH Arthur Wellesley

NZPO 1880 - 81 Welch William, jun. sheepfarmer
NZPO 1880 - 81 Welch William R. farmer

NZPO 1885 - 86 Welch William, jun. sheepfarmer

Hutt City Library Online Database
Main Title: Ann Read Welch
Notes: Indexes: E14
Summary: Born 1804, died 1879. Came to N.Z. on the "Oriental" in 1840 with husband William and family.
Language: English
Subject: Portraits
Heritage resources

Hutt City Library Online Database
Main Title: William and Ann Welch
Notes: 1927
Indexes: E14
Summary: The founders of the Welch family in New Zealand, William and Ann Read Welch. They came to New Zealand with their six children on the "Oriental" in 1840 and lived in the Hutt.
Language: English
Subject: Portraits
Heritage resources

Hutt City Library Online Database
Main Title: Welch family women
Imprint: c1988
Notes: 1928
Indexes: E14
Summary: The Welch women. The date on newspaper backing the original frame was 1888. Back row: Amy Harding, Dolly Bannister, Arabella Welch, Lydia Bray, Laura Kemble, Effie Harding. Middle row: Maryann Bannister, Mary Ann (Mrs Henry Welch), Sarah (Mrs William Welch), Bella (Mrs James Welch), Lucy McLachlan, Annie (Mrs Richard Welch), Minnie Fuller. Front row: Beatrice Redmond, Ada Lauchlan, Maud Murphy, Florence Owen, Alice Perry.
Language: English
Subject: Portraits
Heritage resources

Note other files at Hutt City Library but do not have the pictures online.

Oriental Sailed 15th Sept 1839 arrived Port Nicholson 31st Jan 1840
Names as on Passenger List
Welch William, 33
Welch Ann, 32
Welch Mary, 12
Welch Annie Maria, 10
Welch William, 8
Welch Henry, 6
Welch Elizabeth, 5
Welch Jane, 2
Welch James, 3 months

Wellington Independent 1 January 1859
The Property of W. WELCH and SONS, Taita.
BOLIVAR is a rich Dark Chestnut, rising four years old, stands nearly sixteen hands high, with great muscular power, good action, and fine temper. "BOLIVAR" was got by "Young Charlie," out of an imported Draught Mare from Van Diemen''s Land. Sire, the celebrated old "Bolivar," the property of Mr. Neil, of Tasmanian.
Will stand at Whitewood''s Hotel every Tuesday and Friday, and the intervening days at his own Stable.
Terms, 3 guineas; payable on the first day of January, 1859.
Paddocks provided if required at 2s. per week, but no guarantee.
October 22, 1858

Death Details
1887/2475, William Welch, Aged: 82Y - Date of Death 29/6/1887 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record William Welch, Date: 29/6/1887, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Burial & Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 90

Evening Post 30 June 1887
The Friends of the late Mr. Wm. Welch are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, to leave the residence of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Welch, Taita, on Friday, the 1st day of July, 1887, at 3 o''clock in the afternoon.
Lower Hutt, 29th June

Evening Post 2 July 1887
It is with regret that we have to chronicle the death of another of the pioneers of the Wellington Provincial District, in the person of Mr. William Welch, who died at Taita, Lower Hutt District, on Wednesday last, at the residence of his daughter-in-law, at the ripe age of 82. Mr. Welch arrived in Port Nicholson in the ship Oriental in January, 1840, and opened at once a small store on Petone beach. He afterwards added to his store an accommodation hotel. In 1845 he removed to the Hutt, where he started a hotel, known as the Rose of the Valley. Here he saw exciting times during the Maori war. Deceased was one of the promoters of the Rose of the Valley Lodge, I.0.0.F., opened at the Lower Hutt in 1849. In the year 1850, Mr. William Welch removed to the Taita, and started farming operations, which proved very successful. In addition to his farm he commenced the business of carrier, which he continued to conduct till about seven years ago, when he lost his wife. He then went to reside with his daughter-in-law (Mrs. William Welch). Mr. Welch, personally, was of a retiring disposition, but would, when called upon, express his opinion freely. He was an honost, straightforward man, and greatly respected by all who knew him. The deceased leaves behind him 106 children, grandchildron, and great grandchildren. The remains of deceased were buried at Christ Church churchyard, Taita, yesterday. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. Jones, the Incumbent of the Parish. The funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr. Joseph Hall, of the Lower Hutt.

Probate William Welch, Place: Taita, Occ: Farmer, Date of Death: 29/6/1887, AAOM 6029 2830, Filed: 8/7/1887, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington

also see Welch''s Hall

Evening Post 1 December 1909
TENDERS are invited for the purchase of 60 Acres (more or less), with large residence of 13 rooms, known as Laurel Hall, situate at Taita, 12 miles from Wellington. This fine property has been in the possession of the late Mr. W. R. Welch and family for over 50 years, and is only now being offered for Sale for the purpose of winding up the estate. No tender necessarily accepted. Full information can be obtained from Mr. M. W. Welch, on the property, or from the undersigned.- F. P. WELCH, Estate Agent, Masterton

Evening Post 8 February 1919
On TUESDAY, 11th FEBRUARY, 1919,
At 2.30 p.m.
MESSRS. S. GEORGE NATHAN AND CO. are instructed by the Trustees in the Estate of the late William Welch to sell by Public Auction, as above —
ALL that parcel of land contained in Part Section 9, Block 9, Belmont S.D., comprising 57 1/4 acres (about).
This splendid property, known as Laurel Hall, is situate at Taita, under 12 miles from Wellington by main through road to Wairarapa. Taken up when in its native state about 1850 by the late Mr. W. R. Welch, and has been in the possession of the family ever since.
Ten acres of this land would keep a family in affluence. A very big revenue is taken off the property from the sale of green feed (cowgrass, red clover, etc.) sold to city customers — about £10 per week from this source alone. Magnificent growth now to be seen on the farm. Potatoes and vegetables do remarkably well, as can be seen by present corps. To a dairyman there is a fortune awaiting here. City Council''s motor milk lorries pass daily, so no expense need be incurred in delivery.
A large 13-roomed House, well appointed, and outbuildings, barn, cowshed, etc., are situated on the farm. This has in the past been one of the model homes in the district, and with a little attention could be brought back to its former beauty. A native bush gully, with creek, on the eastern boundary would stock a nursery with ferns and native shrubs.
Anglican Church close by, School 3/4 (?) mile, Store, Post Office, and Telephone 1 mile.
Do not let your chance slip by. Here''s a clean run for you. Further particulars and card to view from the Auctioneers,
S. GEORGE NATHAN AND CO., 105, Customhouse-quay.

Evening Post 17 June 1919
Mr. F. P. Welch, Masterton, advertises for sale the Laurel Hall estate, at Taita.

Evening Post 18 June 1919
57 ACRES Freehold. This is the well-known Welch Family Estate, known as LAUREL HALL, situate Taita. An exceedingly fine property of great prospective value. Fortunes have been made off areas not half the extent in the Hutt Valley. See the fine crops now growing for winter feed. Large house with 11 (sic) good rooms, hall, wardrobes, anteroom, scullery, etc. Large granary, 4-stall stable, concreted cowshed, fowlhouse, etc.; city milk lorries pass daily. Mr. M. W. Welch, who is on the property, will show intending buyers over same. Price only £5150, Terms. Apply
F. P. WELCH, Estate Agent, Masterton.

Evening Post 26 September 1919
57 1/4 ACRES. This splendid property, which has been in possession of present owners since the first settlers landed in Wellington and took up bush sections in the Hutt Valley, is being offered for sale to wind up the estate. There is a large 11-roomed Residence, large granary, stables, concreted 6-bail cowshed, and other buildings on the property. This is one of the few remaining farms in the Valley off which a splendid living can be made. For dairying, cropping, fruit, vegetables, and poultry farming this is an ideal property. Worth £7000 Will sell for £1500 below value, mentioned. Mr. M. W. Welch, on the farm, will show purchasers over. Apply F. P. WELCH, Land Agent, Masterton.

Evening Post 8 March 1920
£6150 WILL Buy that splendid property situate Taita, and known as Laurel Hall, and now in the occupation of M. W. Welch. Esq., one of the estate beneficiaries. This, property has been in the family''s possession since the early fifties, never having changed hands since it was in bush. Main Wellington- Wairarapa road passes this property, 11 miles from Wellington. City Council''s milk lorries pass the property daily. Large 11-roomed house, large granary, cowshed, stable, etc Get in early before the rise. Property selling about one mile distant at over £500 per acre. Good cutting up proposition. Apply F. P. WELCH, Land Agent, Masterton, or Wellington Agents.

Evening Post 18 March 1921
THURSDAY, 24th MARCH, 1921,
At 12.30 p.m.
MESSRS. J. H. BETHUNE AND CO. (in conjunction with Mr. F. P. WELCH) will sell by auction at Laurel Hall, Taita, on behalf of M. W. Welch, Esq., as above—
TINE HARROWS (3-leaf), combined banker and scarifier, Hornsby plough, Planet Junior cultivator with set of blades and seed-box, tip-dray, 2 sledges, sundries, Domo separator, and dairy utensils
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, piano, organ, large telescope, drawing room suite, bookcase, mirrors, carpets, linoleums, lamps, blankets, bedsteads, chairs, dining, kitchen, and occasional tables.
0n View on Morning of Sale.
J. H. BETHUNE AND CO., Auctioneers.

Evening Post 19 February 1923
The old Welch homestead, a large two-storied dwelling — an old and familiar landmark to Hutt Valley residents — situated on the main Hutt Road, Taita, opposite the Anglican Church, was totally destroyed by fire between 4.30 and 5 a.m. on Sunday morning. The property was sold by Mr. M. W. Welch some time ago to Mr. David Dickie, of Wellington, and it was in the occupation of Mr. A. C. Clegg.
About 4 a.m., two men who work on the place went through the kitchen on their way to work and noticed no sign of fire. About 4.20 one of them returned to call Mr. Clegg, and still noticed nothing amiss; but when Mr. Clegg came down at 4.30 the fire had reached the ceiling near the fireplace.
Mr. Clegg''s two children were hurriedly removed, and Mrs. Clegg want upstairs to rouse her father, Mr. Win. Taylor; and by the time this was accomplished the only exit was through an upstairs window and on to a lean to roof.
In jumping down to the ground, about twelve feet, Mrs. Clegg fell and injured her face. She was removed to the Wellington Hospital. Mr. Taylor escaped without injury. The children got out in their night-clothes, and the others with very scanty clothing. The house and contents were totally destroyed.
The dairy, which stood some distance away, was also destroyed.
No fire had been lit in the range from the previous day.

Hawera & Normanby Star 19 February 1923
An exciting incident occurred at Taita at 4.30 on Sunday morning, when a two-storied residence, occupied by Arthur Charles Clegg, was destroyed by fire. The building, which was nearly 50 years old, was discovered to be on fire by Mrs Clegg, who rushed up the stairs to warn her father. She succeeded in getting him down and then found her own escape cut off. She got through a window on to a shed and fell to the ground, striking her head and face as she came down. She was brought to the Wellington Hospital, where she was found to be suffering from severe cuts and shock, but she is now progressing fairly well.

Death Details
1879/1523, Ann Read Welch, Aged: 75Y

Hutt Valley Cemetery Record Ann Read Welch, Date: 14 Mar 1879, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Burial Records and Monumental Inscription, Reference: 90

Evening Post 15 March 1879
WELCH.- On the 14th March, at Taita, Ann Read Welch, aged 75 years
The Friends of the late Mrs. WELCH are respectfully invited to attend her Funeral which will leave her husband''s residence, Taita, Hutt, on Monday, the 17th instant, at 3 o''clock.
  • 1805 - Birth -
  • 29 JUN 1887 - Death -
William WELCH
1805 - 29 JUN 1887
Family Group Sheet - Child
MWilliam WELCH
Death29 JUN 1887
Marriageto Ann Read
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
Death29 JUN 1887
Marriageto Ann Read
PARENT (F) Ann Read
Marriageto William WELCH
FJane Susannah Welch
Death2 AUG 1918
Marriage1857to Alfred Keys
FEleanor WELCH
Death22 JUN 1929
Marriage1865to John Buckridge
Death25 DEC 1861
Marriage10 DEC 1846to Thomas Gillian Wrigley at Wesleyan Church, Bridge Town, River Hutt
Death7 DEC 1884
Marriage10 JAN 1856to Mary Ann Poad at St James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt
MJames Read WELCH
Death8 JUN 1933
Marriage1866to Isabella Harper
MRichard Read WELCH
Death31 MAR 1888
Marriage1866to Ann Winteringham
FHarriet WELCH
Death12 JUL 1899
Marriage8 SEP 1875to James Jnr Harvey
MWilliam Read WELCH
Birth5 SEP 1831
Death28 JAN 1881
Marriage9 OCT 1856to Sarah Arabella Hedley at Christ Church, Taita
FElizabeth Eliza WELCH
Death30 MAY 1903
Marriage1857to Henry MEAGER
FAnnie Maria Welch
Death1 NOV 1901
Marriage1848to Joseph PERCY
Descendancy Chart
William WELCH b: 1805 d: 29 JUN 1887
Jane Susannah Welch b: 1837 d: 2 AUG 1918
Alfred Keys b: 1829 d: 8 AUG 1904
James Henry Keys b: 1862 d: 15 APR 1905
Sarah Annie Till b: 1867 d: 25 AUG 1931
Francis Percy Keys b: 1894 d: 23 DEC 1968
Agnes Edith Hill b: 1898 d: 20 AUG 1980
Alfred Keys b: 1858 d: 26 NOV 1930
Jessie Thomson b: 1862 d: 15 APR 1930
Nellie Buchanan Keys b: 1880 d: 21 JUL 1961
William Gorrie b: 1880 d: 10 AUG 1951
Mary Keys b: 1882 d: 12 OCT 1882
Alice Annie Keys b: 1886
Walter James Keys b: 1890 d: 5 DEC 1948
George Ernest Keys b: 1892 d: 4 OCT 1917
Jessie Ansley Keys b: 1898 d: 1 OCT 1961
Henry Alexander b: 1893 d: 17 SEP 1972
Violet Cornwall Keys b: 1901 d: 19 SEP 1950
Jane Eleanor Keys b: 1874 d: 26 NOV 1959
Frederick Clark b: 1873 d: 29 JUL 1936
Ivan Noel Clark b: 1906 d: 1906
George Clark b: 1910
William Richard Keys b: 1864 d: 13 NOV 1929
Elizabeth Blake b: 1867 d: 23 OCT 1935
Ethel Grace Keys b: 1890 d: 28 OCT 1963
William James Goodwin b: 1885 d: 20 JUN 1961
Hilda Riwah Keys b: 1898 d: 9 MAR 1934
Ida Alice Keys b: 1903 d: 29 JAN 2002
Lionel Herbert Stroud b: 1903 d: 5 APR 1997
Dorothy Elizabeth Keys b: 1906 d: 7 JUN 1958
Joseph Edgar Keys b: 1869 d: 1947
Isabel Keys b: 1900
Alan Edwin Keys b: 1872 d: 4 SEP 1954
Sarah Jones b: 1882 d: 5 JUL 1961
Doris Keys b: 1903 d: 7 JUL 1993
Hughie Reid Keys b: 1906 d: 19 MAY 1993
John Meager Keys b: 1860 d: 1865
Lydia Keys b: 1868 d: 1868
Alice Annie Keys b: 1866
Eleanor WELCH b: 1847 d: 22 JUN 1929
John Buckridge b: 1842 d: 17 AUG 1918
Amy Ansley Buckridge b: 1867 d: 26 DEC 1926
Isaac Pike b: 1850 d: 3 SEP 1921
Mary WELCH b: 1828 d: 25 DEC 1861
Thomas Gillian Wrigley b: 1825 d: 21 SEP 1867
Thomas Gillian Wrigley b: 1849 d: 10 NOV 1864
Ellen Wrigley b: 1850
Lucy Jane Wrigley b: 1854 d: 20 SEP 1868
Fanny Ursula Wrigley b: 1857 d: 4 AUG 1879
Frederick Henry Wrigley b: 1859 d: 19 SEP 1900
Catherine McLeod b: 1864 d: 26 JAN 1924
Henry WELCH b: 1834 d: 7 DEC 1884
Mary Ann Poad b: 20 AUG 1836 d: 12 JUL 1915
Beatrice Mary WELCH b: 1877 d: 20 OCT 1944
John Francis Redmond b: 1875 d: 19 FEB 1946
Lucy Jane WELCH b: 1857 d: 1922
Hugh Percy McLachlan b: 1879 d: 1880
Ruby Mary Alberta McLachlan b: 1888 d: 28 MAY 1975
William Kemble Welch b: 1886 d: 1964
Unknown McLachlan b: 1891 d: 1891
Lydia Maud WELCH b: 1869 d: 1959
Doris Errol Bray b: 1894
Edward WELCH b: 1868
Albert John WELCH b: 1862 d: 16 AUG 1944
Lavinia Susannah Hunt b: 1861 d: 15 JAN 1946
Lewis WELCH b: 1886 d: 1963
Rupert WELCH b: 1887 d: 2 MAR 1963
Louise Life Thompson b: 1889 d: 30 MAR 1940
Albert WELCH b: 1889
Cyril WELCH b: 1892 d: 5 NOV 1957
Mary Falkner b: 1887 d: 22 APR 1966
Vernon WELCH b: 1894 d: 25 SEP 1971
Owen WELCH b: 1897 d: 1984
Henry WELCH b: 1865
Alfred WELCH b: 1872
James WELCH b: 1860 d: 19 AUG 1909
Elizabeth Sarah Chandler b: 1861 d: 13 OCT 1932
Edith Maud Mary WELCH b: 1881 d: 1972
Ethelbert Joseph James WELCH b: 1883 d: 1963
Ivy Lavinia WELCH b: 1885 d: 1948
Kenneth Edward WELCH b: 1888 d: 1951
Lily Irene WELCH b: 1891
Arthur Reynolds WELCH b: 1874 d: 1922
William WELCH b: 1859
James Read WELCH b: 1839 d: 8 JUN 1933
Isabella Harper b: 1843 d: 19 AUG 1928
Hannah WELCH b: 1840 d: 1840
Richard Read WELCH b: 1842 d: 31 MAR 1888
Ann Winteringham b: 1848 d: 31 JUL 1915
Harriet WELCH b: 1844 d: 12 JUL 1899
James Jnr Harvey b: 1847 d: 22 DEC 1924
Edith Christina Harvey b: 1879 d: 7 FEB 1880
James Harvey b: 1881 d: 10 JUL 1907
William Read WELCH b: 5 SEP 1831 d: 28 JAN 1881
Sarah Arabella Hedley b: 1835 d: 16 AUG 1904
Laura Ann WELCH b: 1865 d: 18 MAY 1903
Thomas Philip Kemble b: 1866 d: 30 JUL 1918
Thelma Doreen Kemble b: 1897 d: 1897
Ailsa Laura Hedley Kemble b: 1903 d: 1998
Arabella WELCH b: 1871 d: 22 JUL 1928
George Henry Welch b: 1860 d: 16 JUN 1906
Annie Kemble b: 30 OCT 1864 d: 3 APR 1892
Eileen Welch b: 1890 d: 25 JAN 1975
William Kemble Welch b: 1886 d: 1964
Ruby Mary Alberta McLachlan b: 1888 d: 28 MAY 1975
Kathleen Welch b: 1888 d: 21 AUG 1969
Claude Llewellyn Welch b: 1892 d: 26 OCT 1957
Ina McLean b: 1894 d: 24 MAR 1988
Arthur Wellesley Welch b: 1862 d: 16 FEB 1871
Ernest Alfred WELCH b: 1868 d: 8 OCT 1935
Frederick Percy WELCH b: 1866 d: 24 JUL 1932
Bertha Catherine Diederich b: 1875 d: 1953
Leo Hedley WELCH b: 1898
Maurice Whitewood WELCH b: 1870 d: 9 OCT 1950
Ada WELCH b: 1874 d: 27 SEP 1931
George Lauchlan b: 1873 d: 6 AUG 1936
Cecil Gordon Lauchlan b: 1912 d: 1 APR 1981
George Stuart Lauchlan b: 1901 d: 23 JUN 1911
Ada Jean Wellesley Lauchlan b: 1904 d: 16 NOV 1982
Arthur Wilfred Lauchlan b: 1905 d: 23 APR 1967
Kenneth Hedley Lauchlan b: 1910 d: 24 JUL 1960
Elizabeth Eliza WELCH b: 1835 d: 30 MAY 1903
Henry MEAGER b: 1830 d: 13 JUN 1916
William MEAGER b: 1876 d: 17 DEC 1952
Winifred Bateman b: 1887 d: 5 NOV 1966
Clara Meager b: 1870 d: 10 FEB 1929
Alfred Freeman Anstis b: 1868 d: 4 OCT 1937
Jane MEAGER b: 1860 d: 7 JAN 1937
Kate MEAGER b: 1862 d: 18 JUL 1925
Horace Henry MEAGER b: 1872 d: 10 NOV 1920
Alice Harriet MEAGER b: 1866 d: 5 APR 1964
John MEAGER b: 1864 d: 25 AUG 1945
Elizabeth Mary MEAGER b: 1858 d: 12 APR 1879
Ellen Ann MEAGER b: 1867 d: 24 OCT 1946
Annie Maria Welch b: 1830 d: 1 NOV 1901
Joseph PERCY b: 1822 d: 14 MAR 1886
Adelaide Eliza Jane PERCY b: 19 MAR 1862 d: 6 MAY 1913
Arthur Welch PERCY b: 9 JAN 1865 d: 7 JAN 1939
Frederick Richard PERCY b: 1858 d: 10 SEP 1883
Walter John PERCY b: 1860 d: 2 FEB 1934
Lucy PERCY b: 1851 d: 25 FEB 1918
Joseph Henry PERCY b: 1849 d: 10 FEB 1910
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