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Allan John James WILLSON

Male 1844 - 1922  (78 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 83 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Allan John James WILLSON 
    Born 1844  Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 07 Jul 1844  Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Occupation 06 Nov 1889  [5
    Storekeeper, Te Arai, Gisborne 
    Died 08 Jul 1922  Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 09 Jul 1922  Makaraka, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Person ID I19114  NZ Genealogy Project
    Last Modified 13 Jun 2020 

    Father Dr. William WILLSON,   b. 13 Jun 1813, Ellough Hall, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1868, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Emma WRIGHT,   b. 1805, Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1847, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 31 May 1834  Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F6548  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor MEYERS,   b. 07 Jan 1849, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1930, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1871  Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 7
    Children 
     1. William George WILLSON,   b. 28 Jan 1872, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1947, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. Edith Julia WILLSON,   b. 05 Jun 1875, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1954, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     3. Allan John WILLSON,   b. 07 May 1876, Riwaka, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1963, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Lilian Emma WILLSON [Lily],   b. 16 Dec 1879, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1891, Te Arai, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
     5. Eleanor Meyers WILLSON [Nellie],   b. 16 Jul 1881, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1971, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     6. Eliza Helen WILLSON [Elsa],   b. 14 Sep 1883, Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1979, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +7. Thirza Mabel WILLSON [Thurman],   b. 10 Aug 1885, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1964, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +8. Henry Edmond WILLSON,   b. 24 Jul 1887, Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1962, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     9. Ruth WILLSON,   b. 16 Jun 1889, Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1978, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     10. Florence Naomi WILLSON [Naomi],   b. 01 Aug 1891, Manutuke, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1893, Te Arai, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F6491  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1844 - Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 07 Jul 1844 - Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Nov 1871 - Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 08 Jul 1922 - Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 09 Jul 1922 - Makaraka, Gisborne, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY

      Allen J. J. Willson was a twin, born in 1844 at Gloucestershire, England, and ran away to sea when 12 years old, joining the Captain's family on a ship. His father tried to find him but communications were very difficult in those days. Then it was discovered that the ship had been wrecked and all were presumed drowned. However Allen Willson was picked up by a passing ship and went on to the East continuing his life at sea trading. He became 2nd officer. Eventually in the course of trading, Allen was in Auckland ready to sail after reloading when one of the deckhands got his arm caught in a winch and needed to see a Doctor.

      Allan rushed the deckhand off to nearest Doctor who ordered the patient to be hospitalised and told Allen he would have to sail without the deckhand. The Doctor asked Allan to sign some paperwork and was shocked to see the signature, A.J.J. Willson. The doctor checked for a birthmark on Allan's back and found his long lost son!! The Doctor was William Willson who was a Homeopathic Physician in Auckland in the 1860's. There was a great but brief reunion and Allan promised to visit again on next trip to NZ. Unfortunately Dr Willson had died by then.

      Not long after finding his father in Auckland, Allan met Eleanor Myers when dining with his Captain at Tasmania. Eleanor was daughter of the hosts. Eleanor's mother and uncle, Joseph Lazarus, were the licensees of the Waterloo Hotel in Hobart, about two blocks from the docks on the corner of Davey and Murray Streets from November 1856 until 1859. Eleanor was affianced (engaged) to a Jew by arrangement but not of her choosing. On the next visit to Hobart by Allan, the couple eloped and were married in Nelson, New Zealand on 22 November 1871. Eleanor made Allan give up his international sea life so he bought a schooner and traded down the West Coast of the South Island from Nelson. Eleanor's first three children (William 1872, Edith 1875 and Allan 1876)) were born at Riwaka where she had a little shop while Allan traded on the West Coast.

      Unfortunately the Allan's schooner was wrecked on rocks and because it was not insured, could not be replaced. The family moved to Wellington where Allan worked at R. Hannah & Co.'s Boot Shop. The couples next three children (Lilian 1879, Eleanor 1881 and Eliza 1883) were born in Wellington. Allan was selected to manage a new store for Hannah & Co. in Gisborne, on the corner of Peel Street and Gladstone Road. Thirza, the seventh child in the family was born at Gisborne in 1885. Hannah's store opened in October 1884 but was sold in 1887 after moving to smaller premises, business not being of the volume expected by the owners. Allan Willson began selling boots and shoes on his own account in Gisborne on 12 March 1887, but he closed his business in August 1887. Allan and Eleanor then took over the general store/post office at Te Arai, Manutuke, where they had the rest of their family (Henry 1887, Ruth 1889, Naomi 1891).

      In 1916 Allan and Eleanor retired and moved to Gisborne. Allan died in 1922 and Eleanor in 1930. They were buried in Makaraka Cemetery.

      OBITUARY

      The death occurred to-day of a highly respected resident of the district, Mr. Allen J. J. Willson, who arrived in Gisborne many years ago. He was born in Gloucestershire, and was 78 years of age. He had enjoyed splendid health generally, but a few weeks ago contracted a heavy cold, which at his age he could not shake off. He was a son of Dr. W. Willson, of Invercargill, and arrived in New Zealand when 22 years of age. He came to Gisborne originally as manager for Messrs. Hannah and Co., and subsequently was for a considerable period engaged in farming and storekeeping at Te Arai and later resided in Gisborne. He took a keen interest, in educational matters and was much liked by a wide circle of friends. The body will be interred privately at Makaraka cemetery. He was a twin brother of Mr. W. Willson, of Wellington, who predeceased him by three years. He leaves a widow and grown-up family - Mrs. Tom Preston (Manutuke), Mrs. C. Matthews (Mangapapa), Mrs. P. Peddle (Motu), Mrs. Jas. Campbell (Ngatapa), and Mrs. T. J. Harris, Junr. (Hangaroa), Mesrs. W. G. Willson (Westport), Allan J. Willson (Waerenga-o-kuri), and Henry E. Willson (Waikohu).

      Source: Poverty Bay Herald, 8 July 1922, Page 8
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