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William Bancroft WELLER
Father: William WELLER
Born: 1870
= Married  =
Martha Mary RANCE
Born: 1873
Died: 1959 (aged 86 years)
Buried: Jamaica
Children:   |
Born: 1898
William Bancroft
Born: 1901-03-19

Further information for William Bancroft WELLER.

Birth place: Parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica


[Source: Janet Davis, Carolyn Weller]

WILLIAM BANCROFT WELLER was born about 1870 in Parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. He married MARTHA MARY RANCE. She was born about 1873 in Jamaica. She died on 1959/1960 in Jamaica.

Notes for William Bancroft Weller: I have not been able to establish a definite year of birth for William, but think it would have been circa 1870 - 1880. Neither can I confirm for sure that his father was William Weller b. 1833. I do, however, think it highly probable, and this relationship is definately 'best fit' in the jigsaw puzzle.

The Jamaican Commercial Directory for 1910 shows William living at a place called Sandy Ground, in Black River, St. Elizabeth. The record also shows a James Weller living nearby. I think (although it is not certain) that James Weller was James William Weller bc.1880, and very probably William bc.1870's brother. I have shown them as brothers on your family tree.

I have not been able to find any other records for William....... only that he married Martha Mary Rance, and that they had just the two children.

Notes for Martha Mary Rance: Martha's two children, William, and Lurline, went to the United States of America, together, to find work in 1923. Her daughter in law, William's wife Ethylin (Hyacinth) followed in 1924. On 10th May 1927 Martha sailed out to see them aboard a ship called Granada. The record states that she was on a Temporary 6 month visit, using a 're-entry permit'.

In Jamaica, current day family believe that Martha worked in a Post Office. It is also thought that Martha may have had a sister which the children called Ma Neenie, and that Ma Neenie helped raise Clavell after his parents sailed for America in 1923, and 1924. I have been unable to locate any records for Ma Neenie.

William Bancroft Weller and Martha Mary Rance had the following children:

  1. LURLINE WELLER was born in 1898 in Parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
    Notes for Lurline Weller: Descendants of William Weller Generation 5 Lurline travelled with her brother William to the USA on 10th February 1923 to find work. William and Lurline sailed aboard a ship called Tivives, which arrived in New York, on 15th February 1923. The record states that their planned destination was Bridgeport, Connecticut. They listed their next of kin as, William Weller, of Black River. I don't know if they ever reached Connecticut. William certainly, was living, and working in New York in 1930. Lurline was not listed in the census as living with him. Current day family recall that she may have gone to Panama to live.
  2. WILLIAM BANCROFT WELLER was born on 19 Mar 1901 in Parish of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. He married Hyacinth Jocelyn Levy about 1920 in Jamaica. She was born in 1901 in Jamaica.


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