Williams, Zacharias

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Zacharias Williams was the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Williams and Honor Wallis. Zacharias Williams was born on 29 January 1835 and baptised on 23 February 1835 at Crowan, Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. Zacharias, aged five years, arrived on 5 February 1840 on board Java with his parents Thomas and Honor Williams and six siblings. Zacharias, aged 27 years, married (1st) Mary Jane Watters (1840-1876) at the Wesleyan Chapel, Port Adelaide on 6 December1856. Her parents were William Watters and Lenora Holman. Zacharias and Mary Jane Williams had eight children (6 sons and 2 daughters):

  • William John (1857-1923) married Esther Sibley on 23 October 1882 at the residence of Joseph Sibly in Willunga. He died on 18 July aged 65 years at Malvern and is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga
  • Zacharias (junior) (1861-1923) married Rachel Robinson (1859-1948) on 19 March 1885 at the residence of William Robinson, Noarlunga. He is buried at Payneham
  • Sarah Jane (1859-1888) of Clinton died aged 28 years
  • Henry (1863-1867) died aged 3 years buried at the Uniting Church in Willunga
  • Stephen Thomas (1865-1955) married Amy Elizabeth Mills on 8 October 1896 at the residence of George Francis Mills in Ninnes. Died at Malvern aged 90 years
  • Henry (1867- 1924) married Eva Louisa Jones (1869-1963) on 8 January 1895 at the Congregational Church in Port Adelaide. He owned section 42 in North Willunga. Henry and his wife moved to Western Australia where their four children were born from 1899 to 1906. Henry died in Subiaco and Eva at Mount Lawley, Perth
  • Arthur (1869-1872) died aged 2 years and 6 months and buried at the Uniting Church at Willunga,
  • Augusta Mary (1873-1959) married (1st) Oscar Albert Chenoweth (1877-1917) on 24 July 1913 at the Methodist Church, Rosefield. Killed in action in France, he was memorialised by a tree planted in St Peters Terrace, Willunga and a memorial service was held by the Cheer-Up Society at the tree. Augusta Mary married (2nd) Robert Elliott on 25 February 1922 at Maughan Church Vestry, Adelaide – both were widowed at the time of this marriage. She survived her husband and died aged 86 years at Port Pirie and is buried in the Port Pirie Cemetery

Zacharias Williams is listed (aged 8 years) at Willunga in the South Australian Land Returns for 1843. He is said to have driven bullocks to Adelaide with a load of slate at the age of 14 years; this would have been about 1849. Zacharias Williams was listed as a farmer of Willunga in the South Australian Register newspaper on 7 March 1850 when he was a signatory on the declaration of support for Mr John Stephens. He was only 15 years old at the time. He travelled to Melbourne on board the vessel Chatham in 1852 (aged 17 years). In 1853 and again in 1856 he advertised with his brother Peter that they had: “taken the slate quarries lately worked by their father, Mr. Thomas Williams, and will supply roofing slates, flagging &c”. In 1854 Zacharias was a founding member of the Rifle Corps. With the introduction of the Real Property Act in 1867 Zacharias Williams was listed as the owner of section 744 in the Hundred of Willunga. Soon after he married Mrs Elizabeth Elliott (nee Balchen) on 16 March 1878 at the Bible Christian Parsonage, Willunga, Zacharias Williams moved to the Yorke Peninsula settling in Clinton where he lived for nearly 20 years until he retired in about 1896. He returned to Willunga purchasing and living in the National Bank building.

Zacharias Williams died in Willunga on 22 April 1898 aged 63 years and he is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) Cemetery in Willunga. Elizabeth Williams died at Willunga on 22 October 1934 age 85 years.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, https://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/research-types/passengers-in-history/

South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

Genealogy SA, https://genealogysa.org.au/

Western Australia, Online Index Search Tool, Births, Deaths and Marriages https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-justice/online-index-search-tool

Williams, Lorna and John Llewellyn, Family History of Zacharias Williams 1835-1898 and his wives Mary Jane Watters and Elizabeth Elliot also Thomas and Honor Williams,  Williams Family History, Beulah, Victoria, 1988

James Allen, South Australian Land Returns 1843, reproduced by Andrew & Sandra Twining, Kogarah, NSW, 1992.

1850 ‘DECLARATION OF CONFIDENCE IN MR JOHN STEPHENS.’, South Australian Register, 7 March, p. 1., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38447147

1852 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 8 October, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38453718

1856 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 12 July, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49756141 [Building Materials]

1867 ‘Advertising’, The Express and Telegraph, 13 December, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207674335

1878 ‘Family Notices’, The South Australian Advertiser, 19 March, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29600321[Marriage – Williams/Elliott]

1882 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 31 October, p. 2.,http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208268883 [Marriage – Williams/Sibly]

1885 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 25 March, p. 4., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208344872[Marriage – Williams/Robinson]

1888 ‘Family Notices’, Wallaroo Times, 4 April, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124797206 [Death – Sarah Williams]

1898 ‘THE COUNTRY.’, The Advertiser, 28 April, p. 6. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29404122 [Willunga]

1913 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 19 August, p. 8. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5797613 [Marriage – Williams/Chenoweth]

1917 ‘WILLUNGA.’, The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser, 4 May, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147700914 [Obituary, Oscar Chenoweth]

1924 ‘Family Notices’, The West Australian, 7 May, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article31229638 [Henry Williams]

1924 ‘OBITUARIES’, Sunday Times11 May, p. 16. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58066707 [Henry Williams, includes photograph]

1924 ‘The late Mr. Henry Williams.’, The Daily News, 14 May, p. 7. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84246227

FlickrID=33407193826 – Zacharias Wiliams, 1835-1898.

Willunga National Trust ref 40-20-24a. From Joyce Collins.

FlickrID=33291719142 – Zacharias and Elizabeth Williams headstone.

Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) cemetery, Willunga. From Mark Staniforth.

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