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John Cracroft 
Wilson
1808 - 1881


John Cracroft 
Wilson
, (1808-81). Indian Civil Servant and New Zealand politician. John Cracroft Wilson was born on 21 May 1808 at Onamore, in the Madras Presidency, India, the son of Alexander Wilson, F.R.S., a Judge in the Madras Civil Service, and botanist of distinction. His mother was Clementina, nee Cracroft. He was educated at Haileybury School and Brasenose College, Oxford, and entered the Bengal Civil Service as a cadet. He became an Assistant Commissioner under Sir William Sleeman with whom he distinguished himself in suppressing Thuggism. As a reward for these services he was appointed Magistrate at Cawnpore, but, in 1841, transferred to Moradabad, where he acted as Magistrate and Collector until 1853. During the Scinde War Cracroft Wilson was attached to Sir Charles Napier's staff in a civil capacity; but, notwithstanding his status, he took part in the Battle of Meeanee on 17 February 1843. In 1853 his health broke down and he was ordered to convalesce in a cooler climate. Accordingly, he sailed to Australia and, after purchasing sheep and cattle in Sydney, brought them to Lyttelton in the Akbar. He arrived on 8 April 1853 and at once took up land in the Cashmere Hills. By the time his leave had expired, his station was well established. In May 1855 he returned to Moradabad, where he resumed his position in the magistracy. During the Mutiny, when Europeans living in Moradabad were endangered by the 29th Sepoy Regiment, Cracroft Wilson secured special powers from the Lieutenant-Governor and acted to prevent the spread of disaffection. His intervention was so effective that, after the Mutiny, he was appointed Special Commissioner for the Trial of Rebels and Mutineers. In 1859 he resigned from service and came to New Zealand, bringing with him a number of Indian retainers. He came to Canterbury, New Zealand in 1854 on the Akhbar with 17 Indians and Eurasians. Four Indians returned with him in December 1854 and he sent his son out. He and his wife returned to New Zealand on the Armenian on 7 April 1959. With him was a further collection of servants (and two Calcutta Free Schoolboys)

Born: Onamore, , , India 21st May 1808 Baptised:
Died: Cashmere, , , New Zealand 2nd Mar 1881 Buried: ST Mary's, Halswell, , , New Zealand 1881
Family:
Wilson

Ancestors
[ Patrilineage | Matrilineage | Earliest Ancestors | Force | Force2 | Options ]

1.
John Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Wall
,
Grieg
) 1808 - 1881
2.  
 
3.
Elizabeth Clementina 
Cracroft
(
Wilson
) c. 1785 - 1861
6.
William 
Cracroft
(
Hawkes
) * 1757
7.
Elizabeth 
Hawkes
(
Cracroft
) c. 1760 - post 1796

Siblings


1.
Clementine 
Wilson
* 1811
2.
Frederick 
Wilson
* c. 1812
3.
Marianne 
Wilson
* 1813
4.
Emma 
Wilson
(
Cracroft
) 1815 - 1893

Spouses



1. 4th Nov 1828
Elizabeth 
Wall
(
Wilson
) 1806 - 1843

2. Bareilly nr Moradabad, , Bengal, India 12th Oct 1844
Jane Torrie 
Grieg
(
Wilson
) 1823 - 1881

Descendants
[ Options ]

a.
Elizabeth 
Wall
(
Wilson
) 1806 - 1843
1.
Clement F. 
Wilson
2.
Laura Elizabeth 
Wilson
1829 - 1832
3.
William Cracroft 
Wilson
1830 - 1834
4.
Frederick Herbert 
Wilson
(
Westenra
) 1832 - 1902
4a.
Frances Sarah 
Westenra
(
Wilson
) 1834 - 1903
4.1.
John Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Hall
) 1861 - 1930 ...
4.2.
hidden
...
4.3.
Edith Isabella 
Wilson
(
Woodhouse
) * 1865
4.4.
Frederick Herbert Cracroft 
Wilson
1868 - 1897
4.5.
Ella Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Fee
) * 1869
4.6.
Emma Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Grey
) 1870 - post 1890
4.7.
Clement Francis Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Harley
) 1873 - 1954 ...
4.8.
Fanny Kathleen Cracroft 
Wilson
1876 - 1900
5.
Emma Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Campbell
) 1833 - 1912
5a.
John Logan 
Campbell
(
Wilson
) 1817 - 1912
5.1.
Ida 
Campbell
1858 - 1880
5.2.
Cicily 
Campbell
1861 - 1861
5.3.
John Logon 
Campbell
1864 - 1867
5.4.
Winifred 
Campbell
* 1864
6.
Constance 
Wilson
(
Thornhill
) * 1836
7.
Alexander Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Munro
) 1840 - 1911
7a.
Laura Mary 
Munro
(
Wilson
) 1858 - 1925
7.1.
Waldegrave John Cracroft 
Wilson
(
?
) 1878 - 1930 ...
7.2.
Cecil Alexander Cracroft 
Wilson
1878 - 1879
7.3.
Amcotts Cracroft Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Packer
) 1880 - 1917 ...
7.4.
Irene Clementina Cracroft 
Wilson
(
Ronalds
) 1881 - 1961 ...
7.5.
Clive Winthorpe Cracroft 
Wilson
1883 - 1918
7.6.
Rita Cracroft 
Wilson
c. 1885 - 1947
7.7.
Hilarie Ethel Cracroft 
Wilson
1887 - 1895
7.8.
Egerton Wentworth Cracroft 
Wilson
1889 - 1890
7.9.
Esmond Cracroft 
Wilson
1894 - 1895
8.
Laura 
Wilson
1842 - 1844
9.
Walter Cracroft 
Wilson
1843 - 1865
Sources

Timeline


21st May 1808Born Onamore, India
4th Nov 1828Married
Elizabeth 
Wall
(
Wilson
) 1806 - 1843
12th Oct 1844Married
Jane Torrie 
Grieg
(
Wilson
) 1823 - 1881
Bareilly nr Moradabad, Bengal, India
2nd Mar 1881Died Cashmere, New Zealand
1881Buried Halswell, New Zealand
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