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Williams, Zacharias

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1835
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Slate quarryman and farmer.
Date of death 1898
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia.

Zacharias Williams was the fourth and youngest son of Thomas Williams and Honor Wallis. Zacharias Williams was born on 29 Jan 1835 and baptized on 23 Feb 1835 at Crowan in Cornwall, England. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

Zacharias, aged five years, arrived on 5 Feb 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 Wesleyan Chapel, Port Adelaide on 06/12/1856. 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) m. Esther Sibley on 23 Oct 1882 at the residence of Joseph Sibly in Willunga. Died on 18 July aged 65 years at Malvern and he is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga; Zacharias (junior) (1861-1923) m. 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) m. Amy Elizabeth Mills on 8 Oct 1896 at the residence of George Francis Mills in Ninnes. Died at Malvern aged 90 years; Henry (1867- ?) m. Eva Louisa Jones on 8 Jan 1895 at the Congregational Church in Port Adelaide. He owned section 42 in North Willunga; Arthur (1869-1872) died aged 2 years and 6 months and buried at the Uniting Church at Willunga; Augusta Mary (1873-1959) m. (1st) Oscar Albert Chenoweth ( ?-1917) and he is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga (2nd) Robert Elliott

(2nd) Married aged 43 years to (Mrs) Elizabeth Elliott, aged 29 years, (1849-1934) on 16 March 1878 at the Bible Christian Parsonage, Willunga, by the Rev. J. Raymont, She died aged 85 years and is buried at the Uniting Church Cemetery, Willunga.

Zacharias Williams, aged 5 years, arrived with his parents and six siblings on board Java on 5 Feb 1840. He is listed (aged 8 years) at Willunga in the South Australian Land Returns for 1843. Zacharias Williams 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. Zacharias Williams 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 in 1878, 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.


  • Williams John L. 1987. Family History of Zacharias Williams (1835-1898)
  • South Australian Register 7 March 1850:1
  • South Australian Register 15 Oct 1852:1
  • South Australian Register 15 Oct 1853:1
  • Express & Telegraph 20 Dec 1867:4
  • South Australian Advertiser 19 March 1878:4
  • Walleroo Times 4 April 1888:4
  • Express and Telegraph 31 Oct 1882:2
  • Advertiser 28 April 1898:6.
Zacharias Wiliams, 1835-1898.
Zacharias Wiliams, 1835-1898.
Zacharias and Elizabeth Williams headstone.
Zacharias and Elizabeth Williams headstone.

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