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William BALLANTYNE [Wallace BARRINGTON]

Male 1874 - 1921  (47 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William BALLANTYNE 
    Known As Wallace BARRINGTON 
    Born 15 May 1874  Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 27 Oct 1876  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Emigration From 27 Oct 1876 to 20 Jan 1877  ship Marlborough Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Immigration 20 Jan 1877  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Convicted 19 Feb 1894  Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Sentence 19 Feb 1894  [4
    6 months probation for forgery and uttering 
    Convicted 31 May 1894  Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Sentence 31 May 1894  [5
    6 months imprisonment for breach of the Probation Act 
    Buried 1921  Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Died 16 Jun 1921  Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Person ID I19694  NZ Genealogy Project
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2022 

    Father John BALLANTYNE,   b. 22 Apr 1845, Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1937, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Jane McCLYMONT,   b. Abt 1847, Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1922, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 29 Aug 1872  Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F7311  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jeannie Wilhelmina Kincaid GRAHAM [Peggy],   b. 09 Jan 1876, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Aug 1959, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 16 Jan 1901  Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
    +1. Frederick BARRINGTON [Clarice Kolln BARRINGTON],   b. 06 Jan 1905, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1968, Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F6754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 May 1874 - Kirkmaiden, Wigtownshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 27 Oct 1876 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 20 Jan 1877 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConvicted - 19 Feb 1894 - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsConvicted - 31 May 1894 - Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jan 1901 - Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1921 - Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jun 1921 - Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • NAME.

      Jeannie Wilhelmina Kincaid GRAHAM married Wallace BARRINGTON in 1901, but it appears this was an assumed name. Jeannie's father's will 1903 states: "And after the death of my Wife I give and bequeath all my said property to my children (namely my Sons Archibald James Mason Graham, John Boon Graham and Alfred Robert Graham and my daughter Jane Wilhelmina Kincaid Ballantyne, wife of William Ballantyne of Invercargill Taylor and my adopted son Norman Graham) ...."

      Source: Will of Archibald Johnstone Graham, Tea Dealer, Dunedin. Archives NZ, Probate Files.

      BIOGRAPHY.

      William Ballantyne, aka William Gregory Ballantyne (1894) and Wallace Barrington (1901), was born in Scotland and migrated to New Zealand with his parents in 1876 when he was two years old. His parents, John and Jane Ballantyne, settled in Invercargill where two sisters and a brother were born (Mary (1882-1882), David (1885-1953) and Agnes Jane (1887-1953). William appears to have got into trouble in Christchurch in 1893 when aged 19 as reported below, resulting in six months imprisonment. When he married Jeannie GRAHAM in 1901 he had adopted the name Wallace Barrington, but appears to have reverted to William Ballantyne by 1903 while working as a tailor in Invercargill. The marriage did not last long and Jeannie had moved to Christchurch by 1905 where she had a son. William died in 1921 and was buried in Invercargill in the same grave as his parents and sister.

      TROUBLE

      Alleged Forgery and Uttering.

      William Gregory Ballantyne was charged on remand with having, on November 4th, forged the name of J. Ballantyne to a cheque on the Bank of New Zealand for £6 10s, and having uttered the same to Henry Oakey. Inspector Broham prosecuted. Accused, who was undefended, pleaded 'Guilty.' Henry B. Oakey, son of Henry Oakey, deposed to the accused purchasing a pipe for £1 from their tobacconist's shop in Colombo street, tendering a cheque for £6 10s in paying, and receiving £5 10s change. When presented at the Bank it was marked "signature unknown," and upon application to Messrs Ballantyne aud Co. witness found that it was not the cheque of that firm. Josiah Ballantyne deposed that the cheque produced was not that of the firm; nor was the signature that of his father, who formerly banked with the Bank of New Zealand. Arthur H. Bosworth, ledger keeper, Bank of New Zealand, Christchurch, deposed to the presentation of the cheque, and that there was an account at the Bank in the name of John Ballautyne and Co. which had not been operated on for many years. The signature of the cheque was not that of John Ballantyne of the account in question. Constable McCormick, of Lyttelton, arrested the accused at Lyttelton at the Canterbury Hotel. When searching his room witness found the pipe produced, and upon showing it to accused he admitted the charge, and offered to write and get the money. Accused, in answer to the usual caution, said he had nothing to say, and was committed for trial.

      Source: Press (Christchurch), 8 December 1893, Page 3.

      PROBATION

      William Gregory Ballantyne, who pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of forgery and uttering, was brought up for sentence.

      Mr Stringer said that the brother of the accused (who had previously offered to take him under his care if admitted to probation) now wrote that he withdrew that offer, as he could not receive his brother. His Honor said that, having said yesterday he should admit the prisoner to probation, he would not withdraw it, although then it had been mentioned that the brother would take him. However, the prisoner's previous good character would be taken into consideration, and the provisions of the Probation Act would be applied. The probationer had to remember that, if he disregarded the leniency shown and committed any other crime, the present conviction would add considerably to the severity of any future sentence. His Honor had a great disinclination to grant probation after a conviction for forgery and uttering - in fact he thought this was the first time he had done so - but, as he had made the promise, and accused had passed some time in prison awaiting trial, he would admit him to probation. Had the prisoner started under favourable auspices with a prospect of help, his Honor would have felt bound to add to the conditions of probation the repayment of the money received for the forged cheque. But, as he was without any means or assistance, his Honor did not feel justified in loading his liberty with such restrictions.

      Mr Stringer spoke of the repayment of the money, and his Honor said that this was another case of money being given in exchange for a cheque without the slightest inquiry, and he thought that the loss should be borne by those who had accepted the cheque. Surely it was not an unreasonable thing to inquire into the validity of a cheque presented by a perfect stranger.

      The prisoner was admitted to probation for six months, within which time his Honor ordered him to pay £5 towards the cost of the prosecution.

      Source: Star (Christchurch), 8 December 1893, Page 3.

      PRISON

      William Gregory Ballantyne, charged with a breach of the Probation Act, was sentenced to six months imprisonment. The judge said that under the new act imprisonment carried with it hard labour, unless otherwise ordered.

      Source: Otago Daily Times, 1 June 1894, Page 2.


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