|About The LESTER FAMILY tree
Tracing the ancestors and descendents of the LESTER, STEWART, FLAVELL &
McCALLs (and the other many limbs and branches of this tree)
In October 1862 the vessels HANOVER and MATILDA WATTENBACH arrived in Auckland with the first
settlers from England. A number of these settlers established themselves at Port Albert, on the
Kaipara Coast. They called themselves the Albertlanders, after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's
consort. They were a "breakaway group from the Anglican Church looking for a new world".
However, not many of the settlers arrived at Port Albert and the ones who did found it difficult
to make a living. The majority of the Albertlanders moved inland to more fertile areas in the
region. As a result, Wellsford was founded
... According to local tradition the origin of the name Wellsford is believed to be an acronym
based on the surnames of the first families who settled in the region.
These names were:
WATSON, WHITE & WORKER
EDGER - the Reverend Samuel Edger
STEWART, SCOTT, STARK & SIMPSON
RAMSBOTTOM, RUSHBROOK & RISHWORTH
This tree is tracing the ancestors and descendenets of Charles Bertram LESTER, born in
Albertland in 1867, 8km west of WELLSFORD, north Auckland
This tree is tracing the ancestors and descendents of Sir William, Houston STEWART (1822-
1901) a British naval officer who was Controller of the Royal Navy from 1872 to 1881, a son of
Admiral of the Fleet Sir Houston Stewart (1791-1875). William Houston Stewart is sometimes
referred to as William Houston Shaw-Stewart; his paternal grandfather was Sir Michael Shaw-
Stewart, 6th Baronet (1766-1825)
Ardgowan Estate, Inverkip, Scotland, and the 18th century country house on it is still owned by
the Shaw Stewart family. It has been in the family for over 600 years. The house is set in the
middle of 400 acres of beautiful parkland on the south shores of the Firth of Clyde in south west
Scotland and is home to Lady Lucinda Victoria Shaw Stewart (nee Fletcher, widow of the late Sir
Houston Mark Shaw-Stewart, 11th Baronet) and her son Sir Ludovic, the 12th Baronet.
.. By 1301 a castle was built on Ardgowan Estate and in the year 1403 Sir John Shaw Stewart was
given the Ardgowan land and castle by his father King Robert III of Scotland on 5 May 1403.
Robert III was Robert the Bruce’s great grandson
.. In 1798 the present Ardgowan house was built
A MUST READ about Athenree Homestead (pdf file) - it includes briliant photos taken about
1900 showing the house, the post office which stood just behind Anthenre, the mail coach at
Athenree and much more very interesting data on the excavation and what they found
ARCHAEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATIONS at ATHENREE HOMESTEAD
And from one end of the social scale to the other, this tree is tracing the ancestors and
descendents of an early Australian convict, 18 year old Andrew Snowden, who was transported
to NSW in 1791 to serve a 7 year sentence for stealing teaspoons.
His son Henry John Davis ("Rewiti") Snowden was to move to New Zealand and marry (as his
2nd wife) a daughter of the Màori chief of Whangaroa, Te Ururoa.
Three of Henrys sister-in-law Reta FLAVELL (nee Ururoa)'s children married 3 of his
Call back from time to time to view the (almost daily) updates and additions to this tree
If you can help with any information of the people on this tree please send a message at the above
highlighted 'contact me' or sign the guest book before you leave ..
Have found an 'orphan' John Stewart Captain and part owner of the brig Elizabeth, who in 1830 entered
into a commercial arrangement/business deal with the Ngati Toa leader Te Rauparaha to ferry a taua
(war party) of 100 warriors from their base on Kapiti Island to Banks Peninsula. Te Rauparaha
wanted to surprise his Ngai Tahu enemies and avenge an earlier defeat when several Ngati Toa
chiefs had been killed and eaten at Kaiapoi in 1829. Those killed included Te Pehi Kupe who
suffered the ultimate insult when his bones were later made into fish-hooks. For Te Rauparaha this
was a chance to reassert his mana over his southern rivals.
- if can you help place him on this tree please sent contact me (link at top)