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BOULCOTT OF STRATFORD HOUSE, STRATFORD (STRETFORD), WEST HAM, ESSEX, ENGLAND TO WELLINGTON AND THE HUTT VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND
(Updated 22 April 2006)


The BOULCOTT family is one I am very interested in even though it does not appear in either my own or my husband’s family lines. The surname is quite rare so to enable the various BOULCOTT researchers to coordinate, I am the Mail List manager for the BOULCOTT surname on Rootsweb. In Britain the surname is pronounced, and often spelt BOWLCOTT as in Bowl-cott. In New Zealand the surname is pronouned BOULCOTT as in Ball-cott.

John Ellerker BOULCOTT was a financier of the New Zealand Company and Boulcott Street in central Wellington is named for him. As far as it is known, he never came to New Zealand.

However two of his sons, Joseph aged 32 and Almon aged 27 arrived in Wellington in February 1842 on the MARY ANN. In the 1847 Port Nicholson Jurors Lists, Joseph is listed as a merchant, and Almon as a settler, both of Te Aro Flat. By the 1848 Jurors Lists, Almon is an agriculturist of River Hutt, while Joseph is still a merchant of Te Aro Flat. TE ARO FLAT is the area bounded by Willis Street and Cambridge Terrace in present day Wellington.

In 1846 a skirmish with local Maori occurred on the Boulcott's farm in the River Hutt valley. This became known as the BATTLE OF BOULCOTT’S FARM. This area is now known as Boulcott and is opposite the Lower Hutt Hospital. A large cairn on High Street marks the battle.

Almon married Eliza Lavinia HOPTON. Eliza was the daughter of Robert and Charlotte HOPTON nee FAGAN of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Eliza's sister, Sarah Augusta HOPTON married John CLEMENT and these are my husband’s g-g-grandparents. In usual New Zealand fashion we found that friends here in Te Puke are descended from Almon and Eliza BOULCOTT.

Joseph was a widower when he came to New Zealand and did not remarry.

John Ellerker BOULCOTT was born in 1785, the son of John BOULCOTT (died 1832 at Stratford House, Essex) and Mary CREW. He died on the 9 June 1855 at Ewell, Epsom, Surrey. He was married to Mary HILL who was born around 1786 and died on the 8 December 1858 at Brunswick House, Southampton.

John Ellerker and Mary had the following children, all born at Stratford House, Stratford, West Ham, Essex.

John Almon 1808 1840 Emmeline HARRISON 1867 Isle of Wight, HAM, ENG
Joseph 1809 1839 Hebe Tregeare BUTTEMER 1849 Wellington, NZL
Mary 1811 1837 Rev Robert Durrant BUTTEMER 1896 South Stoneham, HAM, ENG
Almon 1814 1856 Eliza Lavinia HOPTON 1880 Hutt Valley, Wellington, NZL
James 1815 1839 Louisa Caroline HARRISON 1879 Belford, NBL, ENG
Henrietta 1817 - - 1843 Paddington, MDX, ENG
Ann 1818 - - 1819 Stratford, West Ham, ESS, ENG
Maria 1820 - - 1823 Stratford, West Ham, ESS, ENG
Margaret 1821 1842 Charles SUMNER 1897 Eastbourne, SSX, ENG
Charles Gardiner 1824 1848 Mary TAYLOR 1852 Madras, IND
Anna Maria 1827 - - 1909 Hurstmead, Chislehurst, Bromley, KEN, ENG

John Ellerker BOULCOTT was a very wealthy man when he died. He had land in New Zealand valued at £25, 991 in 1881, twenty seven years after his death.

By searching The Times online index I found the following;

Dated 15 May 1851 Page 1
NEW ZEALAND COMPANY – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that the ANNUAL GENERAL COURT of Proprietors of the New Zealand Company will be holden at this house on FRIDAY the 30th day of May inst, at 1 o’clock precisely. At which Court will be laid before the Proprietors particulars of an arrangement proposed to be made with her Majesty’s government for a re-adjustment of the claims of the Company upon the crown, under the provisions of the act of the 10 & 11 Vict., chap 112, with a view to obtaining from the Proprietors their authority to conclude such arrangement and to take the necessary steps for carrying the same into effect. And at the same Court the Proprietors will be invited to elect Directors in the room of the following gentlemen, who will then go out of office, namely;

All of whom, being re-eligible, hereby offer themselves to be reelected accordingly – By order of the Court of Directors,
THOMAS CUDBERT-HARRINGTON, Secretary
New Zealand House
9 Broad street-buildings,
London
May 13, 1851

and from The Times of 3rd January 1856;

WEST RIDING of YORKSHIRE Adjoining Lancashire
The FREEHOLD MANOR of WITHGILL, otherwise Crook, FIVE CAPITAL FARMS, with all suitable FARMING BUILDINGS, together about 600 acres, bounded by the rivers Hodder and Ribble, and about two miles from Clitheroe (land tax redeemed); also Segarford and Brieryforth Farms.
MESSRS. FAREBROTHER, CLARK and LYE
Are instructed by the Executors of the late John E Boulcott Esq. To SELL by AUCTION at the Swan Inn, Clitheroe on Tuesday Jan. 15 at 2 for 3 (unless an acceptable offer is previously made by private contract), very valuable
FREEHOLD ESTATES
Consisting of the
MANOR, or REPUTED MANOR of WITHGILL
otherwise Crook, with
FIVE CAPITAL FARMS
Called Withgill, East Shawbridge, Bank Farm, with well-accustomed public-house, and Scots House Farm, lying compact and containing together nearly SIX HUNDRED ACRES
Of productive meadow, pasture and arable land, in the occupation of Messrs. Bailey, Rhodes, Illingworth and Brogden, highly respectable tenants. The estates are situate in the parish of Mitton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on the borders of Lancashire, about two miles from Clitheroe, eight from Blackburn, 13 from Preston, 24 from Lancaster, in the angle between two rivers, skirted in part on the east by the river Ribble, and on the west by the river Hodder, about two miles from their confluence.
Descriptive particulars with plans, may be had at the Swan, Clitheroe; Rose and Crown, Tadcaster; Black Bull, Blackburn and Preston; King’s Arms, Lancaster; Adelphi, Liverpool; Albion, Manchester; of Ralph Lodge Esq,. Newhouses near Bedale, Yorkshire; of Messrs Trappes and Eastham, solicitors, Clitheroe; and in London of Fredk. Farrar Esq, solicitor, Doctors-commons; at Garraway’s; and of Messrs. FAREBROTHER, CLARK and LYE, Lancaster-place, Strand.

The meaning of the surname Boulcott is - 'Cott' means the place where you lay your head to sleep hence Cottage. The word 'Boul' comes from a very old French word meaning a Birch Tree. Hence John Boulcott means John from Birch Tree Cottage.


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BOULCOTT and BOWLCOTT - from the 1881 census index for the British Isles.



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