Hampton William Watts

Hampton William Watts

Male 1850 - 1893

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  • Born  1850  Farley, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Jan 1893  Calcutta, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I404  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  4 Sep 2013 

    Father  Hampton Abel,   b. 8 Jan 1823, Great Cheverell, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, Edmonton London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Barnes Sarah Baker,   b. 1825, Dinton, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1884, Market Harborough, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1847  Wilton, Wilts. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F156  Group Sheet

    Family  Sheppard Emma Jane,   b. 1854, Stepney, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906, Marrickville, New South Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Oct 1880  St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Hampton Marguerite Louise,   b. 7 Jul 1881, Mile End, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Tonbridge, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  30 Jan 2013 
    Family ID  F154  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1850 - Farley, Wiltshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Oct 1880 - St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jan 1893 - Calcutta, India Link to Google Earth
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    511 Commercial rd in East London, still there
    511 Commercial rd in East London, still there
    The central blue door is No. 511
    marriage banns record of William Watts Hampton and Emma Jane Sheppard
    marriage banns record of William Watts Hampton and Emma Jane Sheppard
    18th June 1891, William Hampton, master of the 'Warrego', 1552 tons arrives at sydney from Melbourne, Passenger List
    18th June 1891, William Hampton, master of the 'Warrego', 1552 tons arrives at sydney from Melbourne, Passenger List
    23rd July, 1891, W Hampton, Master of the 'Warrego', arrives Sydney from Cooktown, Passenger list
    23rd July, 1891, W Hampton, Master of the 'Warrego', arrives Sydney from Cooktown, Passenger list
    24th Oct 1892, W W Hampton is Master of the 'Cintra', arriving at Sydney from Cooktown
    24th Oct 1892, W W Hampton is Master of the 'Cintra', arriving at Sydney from Cooktown
    27th Nov 1887, W W Watts is Master of the 'Barcoo' steamship, 1500 tons, arriving Sydney from Cooktown
    27th Nov 1887, W W Watts is Master of the 'Barcoo' steamship, 1500 tons, arriving Sydney from Cooktown
    1st Aug 1886, W W Hampton is Master of the 'Barcoo', arriving sydney from Cooktown
    1st Aug 1886, W W Hampton is Master of the 'Barcoo', arriving sydney from Cooktown
    'Maranoa'
    'Maranoa'
    One of the ships William Hampton captained in Australia
    'Maranoa'
    'Maranoa'
    a second photo of the 'Maranoa'
    from the state library of Victoria

  • Notes 
    • William was a merchant sailor who was brought up in the East End of London just a few streets away from the Thames which would have been crowded with shipping from the Empire, and probably gave him his love of boats. By the age of 25 he was a Mate in the Merchant Service, and by the end of his relatively short life he was the Master of various steam driven passenger and cargo ships on the East coast of Australia, making regular runs.
      He died at Calcutta in India, the cause of death and why he was there have yet to be revealed.

      From 1887 to 1892 William is recorded as the Master (essentially the Captain since there wasn't one) of various steamers arriving in Sydney from Australian ports. Some records have been attached above.

      There is a good description of one voyage he took from Britain to Australia as Captain of the "Maranoa", the last of 3 ships built to order for the Queensland Steamship Company to carry 60 first class and 80 second class passengers. the beginning of the article praises the luxury fittings in the saloon etc, and tells us she used on average 27 tons of coal per day and filled up with 1000 tonnes for the votage to Australia when she left on 19th Oct at 1:53pm from London...

      "On the 19th she encountered a heavy westerly gale in the English Channel, and the engines had to be slowed in consequence. After adjusting compasses at Portland the Maranoa took her departure at 8:30am on the 20th and experienced strong easterly winds with heavy sea and fine, clear weather up to Cape Vincent; thence she had strong head winds until passing Gibralter at 6:30 pm on the 24th October. Malta was reached on the 28th at 3:30am and after a quantity of coal had been taken on board the passage was resumed at 4:23pm. Squally and insettled weather prevailed up until Port Said, where she arrived at 5:45am on the first instant and took in a further supply of fuel. The canal was navigated without incident; Suex was touched at on 3rd ultimo and Aden was reached on the 8th ultimo, after a hot passage down the Red Sea. She left again the same day, and as the weather was fine and the sea smooth, the Maranoa made a fine run of 7 days to Colombo, the engines working splendidly the whole time. On the following day she got under weigh again and had fine weather and light breezes to 5.8 whence she had to do some hard steaming against SE trades, which occassionally increased to a moderate gale, and were attended with a high head sea until the 30th parallel was reached, when the wind moderated somewhat but continued from the same direction. From 90 miles south of the Leuwin to Lonf 124 E she encountered a series of strong easterly gales accompanied by a high sea, but she behaved admirably. Light to moderate breezes with occassionaly foggy days were had after that till Adelaide was reached at 11:20am on on the 6th instant. After landing passnegers the voyage was resumed at 3:23pm same day, and she arrived at Sandridge pier Melbourne at 9am on the 8th. More passengers were landed here and the Maranoa got under weigh for Sydney at 2:30pm, passed through port Phillip Heads at 3:40pm, rounded Wilson's Promotary at 1:45 am on the 9th passed Cabo island at 4pm and entered Sydney Heads at 10:35 am yesterday, thus making the passage from Port Phillip Heads to Sydney in 40 hours 55 minutes. the Maranoa is Captained by W W Hampton, late of the British-India Steam Navigation Company, in which service he has been long and favourably known as having had large experience in their first-class passanger ships trading between England and India."

      Sydney Morning Herald, Tues 11th Dec 1883
      http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13546751

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      1851 Census:
      'Able' Hampton is recorded as living 'Under the Hill' at Alderbury in Wiltshire, aged 20. He's a servant, born in Chevrell Magna in Wiltshire, and is married to Sarah Hampton.
      Sarah is aged 26 and comes from Dinton in Wiltshire.
      There is a daughter called Sarah Ann Hampton, aged 2, born in Farley, Wiltshire, and a son called William Watts Hampton, aged 1, also born in Farley, Wiltshire.

      1861 Census:
      Abel Hampton is head of household at a Cottage in Dean, Hampshire, aged 38. He is a groom.
      His wife Sarah B Hampton is aged 36, is a Groom's wife (and another word I can't read).
      Daughter Sarah A Hampton is 12 yrs old, and William W Hampton is aged 11 and is an Under Groom.
      A Daughter called Jane D Hampton is aged 9.

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      17th feb 1875, William Watts Hampton qualifies as Only Mate in the Merchant Service, by Order of the Board of Trade.

      14th June 1878, William Watts Hampton qualifies as First Mate in the Merchant Service, by Order of the Board of Trade.

      30th Oct 1879, William Watts Hampton qualifies as Master in the Merchant Service, by Order of the Board of Trade.

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      Marriage record 12th Oct 1880:
      William Watts Hampton marriage registered in 1880 in Stepney. At his marriage he and Emma Jane are registered as living at 61 Nelson st. His father Abel Hampton is given as deceased.

      On Sept 19th 1880, William's age is given as 31 on the record of the Banns of Marriage.

      1881 Census: William W Hampton is living at 511 Commercial rd, Tower Hamlets, Mile End, London. He's agd 31 and he's a 'Mariner Merchant Service'. Emma J Hampton is his wife aged 27.

      profession given at baptism of his daughter in 1881 as 'Master Mariner'.

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      Theres a record of Hampton William, Master Mariner living at No. 12 Orwell st in Sydney, Australia
      unfortunately its undated

      Good record of a voyage he took from UK to Australia:
      http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/13546751

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      1891 Master of the Maranoa:

      Mariners & ships in Australian Waters
      'MARANOA' OF BRISBANE, WILLIAM WATTS HAMPTON, MASTER
      BURTHEN 805 TONS FROM THE PORT OF BRISBANE TO SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES 16TH OCTOBER, 1891
      source: State Records Authority of New South Wales: Shipping Master's Office; Passengers Arriving 1855 - 1922; NRS13278, [X212-X213] reel 505. Transcribed by Joan Bell.

      The Maranoa facts n figures:
      Steel steamship, passenger-cargo built by W Denny & Bros., Dumbarton for QSS Co. Of Ausn Co April 1887, working their major routes along the east coast. Sold 1911 to Bombay interests for scrapping

      The Queensland Steam Shipping Company (QSS Co) was a shipping company of Australia from 1885 to 1887.[1] The company was formed by the British India Steam Navigation Company, Charles Parbury, James Burns and McIlwraith McEacharn & Company. The shipping company was amalgamated with the Australasian Steam Navigation Company with their respective vessels in 1887 to form the Australasian United Steam Navigation Company
      source: wikipedia
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      Record of Death 23rd Jan 1893:
      'William Watts Hampton of 83 Victoria Street, Sydney, New South Wales, died 23rd January 1893 at Calcutta Indian Administration (with Will) London 14th July to James Alfred Shephard dental surgeon, the attorney of Emma Jane Hampton, widow, Effects 300."


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