Captain Robert Welbank

Male 1778 - 1857


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  • Name  Captain Robert Welbank 
    Prefix  Captain 
    Born  17 Jan 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  4 Feb 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptism record:
      St Botolph's, Bishopgate. - 4th Feb 1778 - Cert. 180
      Robert Welbank, 18 Days Old, son, of William and Jemima

    Gender  Male 
    Note  4 Feb 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Robert Welbank, 18 Days Old, son, of William and Jemima 
    Occupation  1793 
    Robert Welbank was only fifteen when he joined the Company in 1793 as captain's servant and he must have had exceptionally good commercial connections asw he was appointed captain of HEICS Cuffnells in 1806, only thirteen years later.
    from: Gifts from the Gardens of China By Jane Kilpatrick

     
    Note  1811 
    Captain Robert Welbank imported varieties of Camellia into England from China as
    the Commander of an East India Company ship. The following 'Curtis
    Monograph' about the Japanese Rose (or Camellia) contains references to
    Captain Welbank and Captain Rawes
    The essential info contained below is that Captain Welbank brought back Camellias from China in 1811 and 1816. The name of the Warren Hastings, East Indiaman is associated with Rawes and/or Welbank.

     
    Occupation  1814  Book Find all individuals with events at this location 
    248. INSTRUCTION BOOK & CHARTER PARTY FOR EAST INDIAMAN "CUFFNELLS" given to
    Capt. Robert Welbank by the ship's owners, on sailing to the East Indies.
    16 pg printed booklet of 67 instructions to the captain. Marbled wrappers.
    Quarto. London: 1814. Part of paper spine lacking; covers lightly soiled;
    vertical fold along center; else, very good condition. Particularly
    interesting, as the standard demands are supplemented by several amusing
    ms. instructions on the last 2 blank leaves regarding purchase of drugs in
    India. Plus 27-pg. Charter Party, folded in half, laid in. $600.00.  
    Occupation  28 Aug 1814  Portsmouth Find all individuals with events at this location 
    East India Company Register

    EAST-INDIA SHIPS FOR THE SEASON 1814-15, ABROAD, WITH THEIR MANAGING
    OWNERS, COMMANDERS, PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, TIME OF SAILING, &c.;

    When and from Whence sailed: Portsmouth, 28th Aug. 1814
    Ship: Cuffnells
    Voyage: 8
    Charter Tonnage: 1200
    Managing Owner: Francis P. Martin, Esq.
    Commander: Robert Welbank
    First Officer: Richard Roger
    Second Officer: John Vincent
    Third Officer: George Roberts
    Fourth Officer: James Drayner
    Surgeon: Edmund Paul
    Purser: William Kershaw
    Consignment: Bengal, Madras & China

     
    Note  4 May 1816  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Captain Robert brings back first specimen of Wisteria sinensis to the country. 
    Residence  1817  Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Retired in 1816 and moved to Oxted Priory in Tandridge. 
    Residence  1851  The Priory, Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 


     
    Died  1857  Aged 59 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Note  10 Jul 1857  The Priory, Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Summary of the Will of Robert Welbank of the Priory, Parish of Tandridge in the County of Surrey.

    proved 10th July 1857 Executors: Sarah Welbank (wife), Edward Hawkins the younger and Major ??? Hawkins, (nephews of wife)
    mentions sister Jemima; living at 2 Prospect Row, Ramsgate, Kent; she is left the house;
    and nephew George Welbank
    owns property in Ravensworth, nr. Richmond, Yorks.
    leaves much property and estates, after wife's death, to Charles Hampden Turner of Rook's Nest, Surrey; and to Eliza Turner, daughter of Charles Turner.

    Robert's two nephews are Hawkins!

     
    Occupation  Captain of East Indiaman  
    Person ID  I474  Welbank1
    Last Modified  11 Jan 2012 

    Father  William Welbank,   b. 28 Aug 1741, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1791, [Will] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jemima Jones,   b. Abt 1754, of Stratford le Bow, Middx. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1840 , Ramsgate, Kent, England - Age 86 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Apr 1775  St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F159  Group Sheet

    Family  Sarah Rohde 
    Last Modified  5 Feb 2012 
    Family ID  F181  Group Sheet