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Williams, Thomas Coldham

Thomas Coldham Williams
b: 1825
d: 19 MAY 1912
Evening Post 12 May 1899
Death has been busy recently among the ranks of the first settlers of our colony, and a gap has now been caused in one of our well-known families by the passing away of Mrs. Wm Beetham, who died yesterday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. T. C. Williams. Mrs. Beetham, who was predeceased by her husband 11 years, came out to the colony with her family of seven boys and three girls in the ship William and Jane, landing in Port Nicholson on 1st December, 1855. Mr. Beetham settled in the Hutt Valley, where he and his family dwelt until some 13 years ago, when he took up his residence in Wellington. Throughout her life Mrs. Beetham devoted herself to her family, is remembered as a good mother, a firm friend, and one of the best women. Exceeding the allotted span, she bore her years with energy until last year, when she gradually began to decline, and eventually passed away quietly in her 86th year. The whole of Mrs. Beetham''s family are living, the sons being well and honourably known in the different parts of the colony where they have settled. Mr. George Beetham was at one time a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Richmond Beetham is well known in Canterbury, and the Beetham family is also known throughout the Waiarapa. Of the daughters, besides Mrs. Williams, the other two are settled in the Hastings district. Twenty-seven children greeted the deceased as grandmother, and four great-grandmother. Troops of friends throughout the country will offer them sincere condolences.

Listed under Taita
NZPO 1880 - 81 Williams T. C. settler

Intention to Marry Microfilm No. 6906 at the National Library Wellington shows
Date of Notice: October 16th 1858 (hard to read), Thomas Coldham Williams, Condition: Bachelor, Calling or Profession: Settler, Age: Full Age: Dwelling Place: Hutt, Length of Residence: About 8 months (hard to read), Anne Palmer Beetham, Condition: Spinster, Calling or Profession: -, Age: About 20 years, Dwelling Place: Hutt, Length of Residence: About 8 years, Church, Building or Place where Marriage to be solemnized: Episcopalian (sic) Church known as "St James" Hutt, Wm Beetham, Father [gave permission], Date of Certificate: October 18th 1858, Name of Officiating Minister (or Registry) to whom Certificate was addressed: The Rev H. W. St Hill, & Oth?

Wellington Independent 6 April 1867
WILLIAMS.- On April 3, at the Taita, Hutt, Mrs J. C. (sic) Williams, of a daughter.
Daily Southern Cross 2 May 1867
On April 3, at the Taita, Hutt, Wellington, Mrs. T. C. Williams, of a daughter.

Wellington Independent 29 June 1869
Taita Common School.— On Wednesday, the 23rd instant, the children of this school were examined by the Rev. J. E. Herring, assisted by T. C. Williams, Esq, and George Beetham, Esq., in the presence of a good assembly of the parents and friends of the pupils. The examiners expressed themselves as well pleased and satisfied with the ready manner in which their questions were answered, especially praising the "Fourth Book," and "Fourth Supplement" classes. A carefully and thoroughly conducted "paper" examination had been carried through previously by Mr Nickless (sic), the master, the highly satisfactory results of which were tabulated, and offered for inspection; indeed, examiners, committee, and visitors testified to the fact, that the manner in which the children had acquitted themselves was very creditable to teachers and scholars. On the following day, the young folks were regaled with a "tea," after which they separated to enjoy their midwinter holidays.

Evening Post 3 August 1869
TENDERS will be received on or before Wednesday, the 11th inst., for the erection of a Cottage at the Taita.
For plans and specifications apply to
2nd August

Wellington Independent 7 August 1869
Sir, I beg through you to call the attention of the bakers in town and Lower Hutt, to the fact that while they are only charging sixpence and eightpence the 41b loaf we have to pay tenpence. Mr T. C. Williams, of the Taita, has the honor of bringing meat down to a reasonable rate, and I trust some baker will follow his example with regard to bread. I am, &c, Cash. Upper Hutt, August 5, 1869.

Wellington Independent 2 June 1870
WILLIAMS.- On May 15, at the Taita, Wellington, Mrs. T. C. Williams, of a son

Evening Post 24 September 1881
WANTED, a young Woman as upper Nurse; must be a good needlewoman. Apply to Mrs. T. C. Williams, Hobson-street.

Evening Post 10 January 1883
WANTED, a Good Servant; housemaid kept; reference required. Apply to Mrs Swainson, at Mrs. T. C. Williams'', Hobson-street.
WANTED, a respectable young Woman as Childrens'' Nurse; an under-nurse kept; must be a good needlewoman; wages 40 pounds a year. Mrs. T. C. Williams, Hobson-street.

Evening Post 30 August 1894
LOST, on the Football Ground, Petone, yesterday, a Waterbury Watch, with heavy gold chain (two threepenny pieces attached). One pound reward will be paid to anyone returning the same to Mr. Algar Williams, at Mr. T. C. Williams'', Hobson-street.

Death Details
1912/4062, Thomas Coldham Williams, Aged: 86Y - Date of Death 19/5/1912 from Death Regristration

Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium Records
First Names Thomas Coldham
Age 86 Years
Gender Male
Date of Death 19 May 1912
Serial No 4789
Date of Service and/or Interment 21 May 1912
Funeral Director C Little & Sons, P O Box 26-003, Epsom, AUCKLAND
What Buried? Body
Casket Size
Casket Depth
Cemetery Purewa Cemetery
Location Block A Row 11 Plot 064

Evening Post 20 May 1912
A Press Association telegram from Auckland announces the death of Mr. Thomas Coldham Williams, aged 86, on Sunday morning, after a somewhat protracted illness.
Deceased is one of the oldest New Zealand-born settlers. He was a son of the late Rev. Henry Williams, Archdeacon of Waimate, Bay of Islands. Born at Paihia in 1825, he was educated at Waimate. Mr. Williams was brought up to country life, and for some years resided in Auckland. In 1865 he removed to Wellington. He took up the Brancepeth land in the Wairarapa, the Anne dale (sic) station on the East Coast, and the Lansdowne station near Masterton. Messrs W. and H. H. Beetham were his partners in these ventures. In 1858 he married a daughter of the late Mr. Wm. Beetham, by whom he had thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters. Their names are Hugh George (of Masterton), Ethel Alice (Mrs. Arthur Russell, of Palmerston North), Maud Mary Anne, Hilda Temple, Guy Coldham, Wyvern Henry, Elfie Clare, Thomas Gwynne Horsley, Eila Mabel, Algar Temple (of Wellington), Una Mildred, Enid Githa Fergusson, and Erl Temple.

Evening Post 20 May 1912
The death of Mr. T. C. Williams, a resident of Wellington for many years, recalls a stirring incident of the trouble between England and America in the early part of the century. The father of Mr. T. C. Williams, the Rev. H. Williams, was at one time an officer in the Royal Navy, and held the rank of lieutenant on H.M.S. Shannon under Captain Broke when she challenged and defeated the American frigate Chesapeake, Captain Lawrence, on 1st June 1813, in Boston Bay. The Chesapeake struck about fifteen minutes after the fight began, and she was towed to Halifax by the British ship.

Feilding Star 20 May 1912
The other old New Zealander who passed away, Mr. T. C. Williams, was not so well known for many years outside Wellington, where for many years he was known as the Recluse of Hobson Street. Mr Williams was a member of the wealthy East Coast family of early missionaries. Some 15 or 18 years ago he used (sic) occasionally to publish columns of hymns in the New Zealand Times - and paid for them at full advertising rates.

Wairarapa Daily Times 20 May 1912
Mr W. H. Beetham, of Masterton, left for Auckland to-day, to attend the funeral of the late Mr T. C. Williams.
The death occurred at Auckland yesterday morning, after a somewhat protracted illness, of Mr T. C. Williams, formerly of Masterton. The late Mr Williams was one of the oldest New Zealand born settlers in the Dominion. He was a son of Archdeacon Henry Williams, who arrived at the Bay of Islands as far back as 1823 on behalf of the Church Missionary Society The deceased was born at Paihia in 1825. In 1865 Mr Williams and two of his brothers came to Wellington, and took up a holding in the Wairarapa, which he named "Brancepeth" Estate. He also secured the Annedale station, on the East Coast, and the Lansdowne station, near Masterton. His partners in these properties were Messrs W. and H. H. Beetham (sons of the late Mr Wm. Beetham, of Hutt), whose sister he married in 1858. After retiring from active station life in the Wairarapa, Mr Williams took up his residence in Wellington, and for many years resided in Hobson-street. Of late years he has resided in Auckland city.
Of deceased''s ten brothers and sisters, only two are now living — Mrs Davies, of Napier, who is 92 years of age. and Mrs Ludbrook, of Gisborne, now 80 years of age. Mrs Davies and the late Judge Edward Williams and Archdeacon Samuel Williams, formerly of Te Aute, were the only members of the family born in England. Deceased''s other brothers and sisters were the Hon. H. Williams, M.L.C., Mr John Williams, Mrs Hutton, Mrs Hadfield, Mrs Hugh Carlton, and Mr John Williams.
Deceased leaves a widow and thirteen children. The following are the names of the family in the order in which they were born:- George, of Masterton; Ethel Alice (Mrs Arthur Russell), of Palmerston North; Maud Mary Anne, Hilda Temple, Guy Coldham, Wyvern Henry, Elfie Clare, Thomas Gwynne Horsley, Eila Mabel, Algar Temple, of Wellington; Una Mildred, Enid Githa, and Erl Temple. Of these, one, (sic) Mr Wyvern Williams, died some time ago in Auckland.

Marlborough Express 22 May 1912
"I''m the ugliest man in Wellington," the late Mr T. C. Williams, whose death is announced from Auckland, is reported to have said. Well, certainly Mr Williams was not a handsome man, for he had a true bulldog head at the top of an almost gigantic body. But he was a wonderfully able man in his way, and had he chosen to adopt a political career he must have made no small name for himself. The son of the famous Bay of Islands missionary, Archdeacon Williams, he early in life took up land in the Wairarapa, and became the owuer of more than one famous and valuable pastoral property. But he did not confine his speculations to county properties, for he owned large areas in Pahiatua and other towns. In his early career he had a good deal to do with native land matters. Old Wellingtonians over your way may remember the remarkable series of letters signed "The Ex-J.P." which he wrote to the New Zealand Times in the later ''seventies and earlier ''eighties, and were such a curious compound of wit find wisdom — and eccentricity. Four or five years ago Mr Williams, who for many years lived in Hobson Street, went to reside in Auckland, and the younger generation of Wellingtonians know him not.

Wairarapa Daily Times 22 May 1912
The remains of the late Mr Thomas Coldham Williams (telegraphs the Auckland correspondent of the Dominion)) were interred yesterday morning at Purewa, whither they were carried by motor. The service in the mortuary chapel and at the graveside was read by the Warden of St. John''s College (Rev. P. T. Williams). The coffin was carried by the deceased''s five surviving sons (Messrs Hugh, Guy, Thomas, Algar, and Erl Temple Williams), and Mr Vernon Reed, M.P. (son-in-law). A number of relatives and friends of the late Mr Williams were present, including Sir Maurice O''Rourke, Sir Robert Lockhart, and Mr C. C. Kettle. The Rev. Canon MacMurray was present as the representative of Bishop Crossley, who is at present in the north.

Probate Thomas Coldham Williams, Place: Auckland, Occ: Settler, Date of Death: 19/5/1912, BBAE 1569 8519/12, Filed: 13/6/1912, Will, Archives NZ, Auckland

Death Details
1916/2949, Annie Williams, Aged: 72Y - Date of Death 19/3/1916 from Death Registration

Karori Cemetery
First Name: ANNIE
Age: 72
Deceased Date: 00-00-0000
Service Date: 21-03-1916
Service Provided: Burial
Funeral Director: WILSON
Cemetery: Karori
Section: CH ENG2
Plot Number: 189 B
Record Number: 75263

Evening Post 20 March 1916
WILLIAMS.- On the 19th March, 1916, at No. 124, Owen-street, Newtown, Annie Williams, in her 72nd year; deeply regretted. Private interment.

Probate Annie Palmer Williams, Place: Wellington, Occ: Widow, AAOM 6029 20458, Filed: 17/2/1917, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington

- unsure who Mrs Fergusson is?
New Zealand Free Lance 16 February 1907
Mrs. Fergusson has returned from Auckland, and is again staying with her mother, Mrs. T. C. Williams, Hobson Street. Miss Una Williams is still in Auckland.
  • 1825 - Birth -
  • 19 MAY 1912 - Death -
Thomas Coldham Williams
1825 - 19 MAY 1912
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Henry Archdeacon Williams
Marriage1818to Marianne Coldham
PARENT (F) Marianne Coldham
Marriage1818to Henry Archdeacon Williams
FSarah Williams
Death5 APR 1866
Marriage26 APR 1849to Thomas Biddulph Rev Hutton at Pahia, Bay Of Islands
MThomas Coldham Williams
Death19 MAY 1912
MarriageOCT 1858to Annie Palmer Beetham at St James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Thomas Coldham Williams
Death19 MAY 1912
MarriageOCT 1858to Annie Palmer Beetham at St James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt
FatherHenry Archdeacon Williams
MotherMarianne Coldham
PARENT (F) Annie Palmer Beetham
Death19 MAR 1916
MarriageOCT 1858to Thomas Coldham Williams at St James Anglican Church, Lower Hutt
FatherWilliam Beetham
MotherMary Unknown
MHugh George Williams
FEthel Alice Williams
FMaud Mary Annie Williams
FHilda Temple Williams
Birth3 APR 1867Taita
MGuy Coldham Williams
MWyvern Henry Williams
Birth15 MAY 1870Taita
MThomas Gwynne Horsley Williams
FEila Mabel Williams
MAlgar Temple Williams
FUna Mildred Williams
NR Williams
MErl Temple Williams
Marriage30 MAR 1910to Eila Mary Vallance at At The Home Of The Bride''s Parents, "Kahurangi, " Wairarapa
Descendancy Chart
Thomas Coldham Williams b: 1825 d: 19 MAY 1912
Annie Palmer Beetham b: 1838 d: 19 MAR 1916
Hilda Temple Williams b: 3 APR 1867 d: 1939
Wyvern Henry Williams b: 15 MAY 1870 d: 1910
NR Williams b: 1881
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