William Welbank

Male 1741 - 1791


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  • Name  William Welbank 
    Born  28 Aug 1741  Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Note  25 Jan 1768  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Freedom of City: Fletcher 
    Note  1781 
    Many documents related to hemp dealing at the National Archives dated 1780-3 eg:

    Reference: ADM 106/1263/474
    Description:
    Mr. Barr, Symons Wharf. Complains of his treatment by Mr. Welbank of Deptford Yard on his unloading a cargo of hemp at Symons Wharf for delivery to the Admiralty.
    Date: 1781 Oct 19
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew 
    Note  1787 
    The tenders for a breadfruit ship:

    On 10 May, 1787, government advertised for a vessel for the breadfruit voyage. The incoming tenders were made into a short list of five ships by 16 May. Campbell on 15 May tendered his ship Lynx, 300 tons, with a third flush deck able to be put on her, new sheathed. Campbell considered her "a compleat little ship". This was all a handy idea as Bligh had sailed Lynx and knew her well.

    Campbell Letter 162:
    Adelphi 15 May 1787
    Honble Commissir
    of the Navy
    I have a ship the Lynx well known to your Board having formerly been one of His Majesty's Sloops of War, tho' constructed for the Merchant service, if her burthen being above 300 tons measurment can be dispensed with she may from having a third flush deck be navigated with very little more expence than a vessel of 250 Tons being a full burthensome Roomy Vessel & if intended for a long voyage will in my opinion have many advantages in point of all sorts of accomodation. Should she upon examination be found fit for the Service intended, my price is 2200...About three years since I gave to your Board 2300 - for this very Ship with hardly any Stores. She is now well found was new Sheathed last year & is as compleat a little Ship as any in the Thames.
    With the greatest respect I am
    She lyes in the Greenland Dock Lockt up with the keys in my possession - ([83])

    Other merchants tendering included: ([84]) Dawson of King Edward Stairs, the William Pitt 240 tons, value 1200; Etches of Newcastle offered a new ship of 240-250 tons for 9/10/- per ton. The hemp contractors Welbank, Sharpe and Brown offered their 270-ton Shepherdess, lying at Pickle Herring Chain, value 2050. That is, Welbank Sharp and Brown tendered two ships, Shepherdess and Bethia. A late offer was Harriott. ([85]) (Since the 1960s, Australian historians have argued that a desire for flax as one of Britain's necessary naval stores was one of the reasons Britain settled Australasia - an argument about Imperial strategy - but they have not noticed flax merchants Welbank, Sharpe and Brown offering a ship for breadfruit, nor, after 1800, Welbank, Brown and Petyt taking contracts for convict transportation.

    [Bethia was chosen and the name changed to Bounty. National Archives have many documents relating to Welbank Sharpe and Brown's hemp trading. Perhaps this was the point that they moved from hemp trading to broking ships to the Government]. 
    Note  1789 
    An Account of the Number of Vessels, with the Amount of their Tonnage, their Names, the Port to which they belong, and the Names of the respective Owners of each, that have cleared out from the Ports of London, Bristol and Liverpool, to the Coast of Africa, for the Purpose of purchasing slaves, in the Three Years preceding the 5th of January 1792. House of Commons Sessional Papers of the Eighteenth Century, Vol. 82, pp. 329-37.
    London: .....George Sharpe & George Browne & William Christopher & William Welbank & Rowland Webster & John Middleton & Robert Smith plus executors of the late John Langley; .... 
    Note  1791  Croydon Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William WALBANCKE d. 1791
    Church of Croydon
    In the south aisle, those of Mary, wife of John Smith, rector of Weybridge, who died in 1787; John
    Vade, vicar of Croydon, who died in 1765; James Wilkins, Capt. of Dragoons, who died in 1769;
    James Douglass, Esq. Major General, who died in 1743; William Welbancke, Esq. who died in
    1791; and Richard Peers, Esq. alderman of London, who died in 1765. Against the south wall, is a
    tablet to the memory of Francis Tirrel, who was a benefactor to the town, and died in 1600.
    Source: 'Croydon', The Environs of London: volume 1: County of Surrey (1792), p. 187.
    (www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45377) 
    Occupation  Broker. of St. James' Place, London SW  
    Occupation  1791 
    Welbank, -, broker, Suncourt, Cornhill. 17 Oct 1791. (E.M. 320; G.M. 975.)  
    Died  24 Oct 1791  [Will] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I475  Welbank1
    Last Modified  27 May 2020 

    Father  George Welbank,   b. Abt 1708,   d. 1767, Stockton on Tees, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Margaret Chapman,   d. 1789 
    Married  4 Aug 1732  St. Mary's, Gainford, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F170  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Mary Amory,   b. St Olave, Old Jewry Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. c. 1775 
    Married  8 Aug 1769  St. Martin Outwich, Middx. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George Welbank,   b. 8 Aug 1770, Old Jewry, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1775
    Family ID  F160  Group Sheet

    Family 2  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 
    Children 
     1. George Welbank,   b. 6 Jan 1777,   d. 1821
    >2. Captain Robert Welbank,   b. 17 Jan 1778, St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, Aged 79 Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Jemima Welbank,   b. Abt 1778,   d. 9 Feb 1858, No. 2, Prospect Row, Ramsgate, Kent [Will] Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Welbank,   b. 1780,   d. 4 Oct 1839
     5. Harriet Welbank,   b. 16 Mar 1783, Croydon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Feb 1868, Malling, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Aug 2020 
    Family ID  F159  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925
    London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925