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William ADAMS 41

  • Born: 6 Feb 1825, Coleraine, , Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Marriage: Emma DIXON on 1 Aug 1854 in Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand 40
  • Died: 2 May 1906, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand at age 81
  • Buried: 4 May 1906, Row 5, Plot WA, Plan IX Pioneer, Archer St Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand

bullet   Cause of his death was Heart Disease, Dropsy.


bullet  General Notes:

William Adams on Dec 15th 1845 joined the 65th Regiment ( Private 2512), known as the "Royal Tigers" and to the Maori as the "Hickety Pips". The 65th sailed to New South Wales from Woolwich, England on the vessel "Java" on May 18th 1846, with Headquarters and 513 other ranks. The "Java took 138 days sailing via Hobart then to Sydney where it arrived on Oct 14th 1846. It then sailed to Kororareka in the Bay of Islands arriving on Nov 19th and then on to Auckland arriving Nov 27th 1846, Detachments were stationed in Auckland. Some were sent on the vessel "Driver" to Wellington arriving on Dec 15th 1846. By 1847 the whole Regiment had been moved to Wellington, a detachment of which took part in a skirmish at Horokiri. Companies of the 65th relieved the garrison of the 58th Regiment in Wanganui and took part in the fighting there. William served in various locations until he took his discharge by reduction in Wellington on Aug 31st,1850. He walked over the Rimituka's and began work as a boundary shepherd at the Tuhitarata station in the lower Wairarapa Valley. William was the first white man to live on the site of Masterton, his residency stemming from his occupation as a shepherd for Richard Collins' Te Ore Ore Station.He then moved to his town acre and built a bark whare near the current Trustee St in Masterton township. As the first Pakeha he hosted several of the new settlers including Joseph Masters and the surveyor William Mein Smith, whilst negotiations were held with Retimana Te Korou to buy the land, and for them to build their houses.
His bride, Emma, was the daughter of Michael Dixon, the pair being part of the first party of white settlers to arrive in Masterton, on 21 May 1854. They were clearly quickly attracted to each other as the Rev T.B. Hutton married them in a simple ceremony on 1st August 1854. The marriage was the first Pakeha wedding to be held in Masterton and was performed by the Rev T.B. Hutton of Lower Hutt. It took place at Richard Collins residence.
William and Emma lived in the bark whare until their house was built on the 80 acres of land William had purchased, which stretched from the Opaki Rd, across the bed of the Waipoua River, and down to Wrigley's Bush. Although it would prove to be good agricultural and pastoral land later, when William made the purchase it was covered in flax and scrub. William first built a two roomed house up on the terrace above the town near where the original road left Masterton, approximately near the present site of Terrace End. The old whare in the town burnt down shortly afterwards. According to rumour this was the result of a revenge attack. It was believed that William had been the cause of the burning down of the Kaikokirikiri Pa, further along the terrace, on the current site ofthe Mahunga Golf Course. He was said to have been burning off old grasses to encourage new growth for the stock when the fire got away and in doing so completely destroyed the kainga of Retimana Te Korou and his family. Emma and William continued to live in their house overlooking the Waipoua River and the growing Masterton township. Joseph Masters was a frequent visitor and it was he who gave the Adams family home the name "Mt.Pleasant". Their family grew until they had a total of eight sons and eight daughters born. The house grew with the family eventually becoming a large homestead. The family lived at the homestead, until at 81 years of age, William's continuing poor health, forced him to sell the block. The developers who bought the block advertised it for sale as"Adamsville", the area now known as Oxford St. having long been known by this name. Unfortunately the name was not kept and now there is no trace of the names of the first pakeha inhabitants in Masterton, the Adams family. William, being of a retiring nature, took little part in the public affairs of the new community and as a result he rarely is mentioned in the official records of that period of Mastertons development.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District] 1905
Adams, William, Produce Farmer, Mount Pleasant, Masterton. Born in the north of Ireland in 1825, this old settler came to Auckland in 1846, per ship "Jerva," having enlisted in the Imperial service the previous year. He took his discharge at Wellington in 1850, and settled in the Wairarapa, having resided in Masterton district for forty-six years. Mr. Adams's farm\emdash over eighty acres in extent\emdash which was originally covered with flax, titree and bush, is now good agricultural and grazing ground. During the period of native disturbance, the subject of this notice served in the Masterton Rifles for three years, and was afterwards in the militia. He is of a retiring disposition, and has not taken part in public life. In 1864 Mr. Adams was married to a daughter of the late Mr. M. Dixon, of Masterton, and his eight son; and eight daughters, of whom three sons and five daughters are married, the grandchildren numbering twenty-five.

Adams, William fl 1902
Record 1 of 1.
Record Title [Lowes & Iorns Ltd] Adams' Estate, Landsdowne [map with ms annotations]. To be sold in lots by public auction on Saturday 25th October, 1902 at 2 o'clock by Messrs. Lowes & Iorns Ltd., 1902
Reference Number :MapColl-832.4595gbbd/1902/Acc.36614
Physical Description :Ink and pencil on paper, linen backed. scale not given, 54.9 x 45.1 cm. Quantity :1 map(s)
Scope and Contents Cadastral map of numbered sections in lots, in 1/2 and one acre and larger blocks, some of which are marked as sold. Topographic markings indicate a cliff, marked as the top of a terrace. Pencilled annotations include an area adjacent to the terrace named Adams Flat. Opaki main road is named, as is The Terrace, King Edward Street and Alexandra Road. Some lots include handwritten amounts in pounds sterling. Names include J. Welch, Arnot, Jones, Bennett, Chalmers, Heyhoe, Swan, W. Macey, S. Harding, Bruce, Price, E. H. Richards, Townsley, Ridgway, Chesterman, Austin, Hollings, McMillen, A. H. Johnston.
Other Notes :This map appears to have been trimmed. Part of the title of this published map may have been removed in the trimming Mounted on the reverse is another published map entitled Lockerbie Estate, which is in the vicinity of the town of Morrinsville. Reference MapColl 832.14gbbd/[19-?]/Acc.40796. See National Library Catalogue for bibliographic details Landsdowne is currently known as Lansdowne and is a suburb of Masterton


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Cemetery. Record 001278
Row: 5
Plot: WA
Date of death: 2/05/1906
Date of burial: 4/05/1906


William married Emma DIXON, daughter of Michael DIXON and Sarah SHEPHERD, on 1 Aug 1854 in Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand.40 (Emma DIXON was born on 4 Sep 1840 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England., christened on 7 Sep 1840 in St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England, died on 6 May 1918 in Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand and was buried on 9 May 1918 in Row 5, Plot Ea, Plan IX Pioneer, Archer St Cemetery, Masterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand.)

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