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Watters, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1800
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall
Date of arrival 1848
Principal occupation Miner in Cornwall, Farmer in Willunga
Date of death 1872
Place of decease Willunga

William Watters senior was a miner in Cornwall who was born on 1 May 1800 and baptized on 18 May at Crowan, Cornwall. His parents were Thomas Watters (1763- ) and Joan (née Williams). Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

William married Lenora (or Leonora) Holman on 14 May 1822 at Crowan, Cornwall. She was the daughter of Stephen Holman (1759-1825) and Nora (nee Moyle) (1757-1833). They had 7 children:

  • Samuel (1822-1890) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. 1st Elizabeth Thomas (1824-1853) on 21 Sep 1845 at Lizard, Cornwall, 2nd Kezia Williams (1822-1888) on 1 Jul 1854 at Willunga, d. at Willunga
  • William junior (1824-1865) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Mary Thomas (née Holman) (1820-) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, at the Pirie Street Chapel, Adelaide on 12 July 1855, farmer at Willunga, d. in Victoria
  • Stephen (1824-1871) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. (1st) Sarah Holman (1825-1847) on 27 May 1845. 2nd Mary Ann Davies (1826-1907) on 30 Dec 1847 in Crowan, Cornwall, d. at Willunga, SA & buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery, Willunga
  • John (1831-1895) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, d. in Western Australia
  • Johanna (1834-1927) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Peter Williams (1832-1914) on 12 Apl 1856 at the WMC, Willunga, d. at Willunga & buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery, Willunga
  • Eliza Ann (1836-1843) b. & d. at Crowan, Cornwall
  • Mary Jane (1837-1876) b. at Crowan, Cornwall, m. Zacharias Williams (1835-1898) on 6 Dec 1856 at Adelaide, SA, d. at Willunga

William Watters (48) and Lenora (nee Holman) (47) and eight members of their family arrived in South Australia on 14 April 1848 on board Bolton:

  • their 3 younger children: John (17), Joanna (14), Mary Jane (10)
  • their three older sons: widower Samuel (25), bachelor William (23) and Stephen (22) with his new wife, Mary Ann (née Davies) (22) and his daughter by his first marriage, Sarah (4)

William Watters was a farmer. He and his son William junior paid £178 for section 743 near Willunga in May 1855. Then on 5 Jan 1857, William senior bought Section 745, adjoining Section 743, in his own name for £454. William and Lenora lived on the corner of Aldinga Road and Delabole Road (on section 252 and 253) on the western outskirts of Willunga in a house with a thatched roof. He and Lenora Watters lived in the Willunga District for more than 20 years (1848-1870s). He was elected as “Guardian” when the Rechabite Tent ‘The Aurora Australia’ (No. 25 of Albert District) was established in June 1867.

William, aged nearly 72 years, died of Pithisis (Tuberculosis) on 31 March 1872 and Lenora (née Holman), aged 75 years, died on 20 Oct 1874. They are both buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery in Willunga.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 4
  • Adelaide Observer 1 Oct 1853:8
  • Adelaide Observer 21 Jul 1855:4 South Australian Register 25 Apl 1856:2
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 8 Dec 1866:8
  • Southern Argus 22 Jun 1867:3
  • South Australian Register 6 Apl 1872:4
Peter and Johanna Williams (nee Watters)
Peter and Johanna Williams (nee Watters)

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