Thursday, 13 May 2021

Augustus Percival Bartley and Mary Henrietta Wilton

St Michael's Church Nave, Bray
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Marriage of Mary Henrietta Wilton and Augustus Percival Bartley

Mary Henrietta Wilton, daughter of Henry Staines Wilton and Amelia Palmer, married Augustus Percival Bartley on 11 Aug 1894 at St Michael's Church, Bray, as the newspaper announcement of the day (above) also informs us. 

The Bartleys had seven children, all born in Marylebone:

  1. Alexander Henry Bartley born 1895 
  2. Esther Margaret Bartley born 23 Nov 1896
  3. Catherine Mary Bartley born 1899
  4. Rosamund Agnes Bartley born 1901
  5. Marietta Augusta Bartley born 3 Nov 1904
  6. Edward Wilton Bartley born 1907
  7. Barbara Betty Bartley born 1912
In 1901, at 20, Hamilton Terrace, St Marylebone, are Augustus P Bartley (35) Hunting and Military Boot Maker, with Mary H (30), Alexander H (5), Esther M (4) and Catherine M (2), employing three servants: Annie N Gillespie (23), Housemaid; Ellen E A Lodge (23), Nurse and Margaret Gillespie (21), Cook.

Records suggest that Catherine Mary (5) died in East Preston, Sussex in 1904.

In 1911, still at 20, Hamilton Terrace, St Marylebone, we find Augustus Percival (45), Mary Henrietta (40), Esther Margaret (14), Rosamund Agnes (9), Marietta Augusta (6) and Edward Wilton (3). Visitor, Lina Frances Green (14) and the family still employ three servants; Annie Naomie Gillespie (33), Parlourmaid; Sarah Grace Gillespie (20), Nursemaid and Elizabeth Mayo (33) Cook. 
Augustus Percival Bartley, born 12 Jun 1865, inherited Bartley & Sons bootmakers in 1893

By 1939, the Bartleys have moved up the road to 52 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, where there are Augustus P Bartley (74), Master Boot - Maker, Mary H (68), Alexander H (44), Esther M (43), Marietta A (35) and Barbara B (27) with two servants: Elsie E Grey (38) and Norah W Hyland (24).

Mary Henrietta Bartley died on 13 Nov 1946. She will have been 75.

Augustus Percival Bartley died on 14 Jan 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Probate was granted to Alexander Henry Bartley, boot manufacturer and to Esther Margaret Bartley, spinster. Augustus Percival Bartley left effects of £127,877 10s 9d (worth £3,703,983 in 2020).

In 1953 Peal & Co bought their Oxford Street neighbours, Bartley & Son.

Esther Margaret Bartley died in 1979 in Chichester, Sussex. Marietta Augusta Bartley died, in Sutton, Surrey, in April 2003. She will have been 98. Both had remained spinsters. Alexander H Bartley certainly married, but there are, unfortunately, several marriages to choose from. Rosamund appears to have married in 1929 and Barbara in 1939. Edward W Bartley married Mary Goldsmith in Marylebone in 1944, all of which require further research.

Hamilton Terrace
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William Palmer Wilton and Dorothy Agnes Dickins

Fellows Road, London NW3
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William Palmer Wilton, son of Henry Staines Wilton and Amelia Palmer, married late, at the age of 40, to Dorothy Agnes Dickins, then 25, daughter of Henry Percy Tavener Dickins (1858-1934) and Charlotte Rebecca Fase (1854-1902) in 1910, in Hampstead, London. We learn that, "Major Henry Percy Tavener Dickins VD Victoria Rifles was a wine and spirit merchant in Philpot Lane in the City, in partnership with his brother Wyndham. H[is] family was the Dickins known for the department store business Dickins & Jones." 

In 1911, the newly married couple were living at 117 Fellows Road, Hampstead, London, where William Palmer Wilton (41) Saddler & Harness maker, and Dorothy Agnes Wilton (26) employ Elizabeth Anne Crouch (35), Cook General Domestic and Ellen Friend (29), House Parlourmaid Domestic.

William and Dorothy had three daughters, all born in Hampstead: 

  1. Frances Mary Wilton born 31 Aug 1911 
  2. Agnes Joan Wilton born 1916 
  3. Helen Margaret Wilton born 1919 
William P Wilton inherited Champion & Wilton on his father's death in 1915.

We next see them, in 1939, at 18 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Belsize Park, where William P and Dorothy A Wilton now have three staff: Florence M Kemcock, Domestic Cook; Leticia M Labrook, Housemaid and Eilan M Brown, Housemaid.

There's an Agnes J Wilton, born 1916, in St Marys Hill, Woking and Helen M Wilton, born 1919, at Half Acre, Cross Oak Road, Berkhamsted in 1939. 

In the early 1950s I met William Wilton who was pretty old then and died soon after. He told me his shop was on Oxford Street and that he lived in Hampstead. From the top floor of his shop he told me that he could see his home “until that man Selfridge built in the way”.

William Palmer Wilton died in 1957, at the age of 88. He was buried, on 3 Jan 1958, at Hampstead Cemetery, with his parents, brother John and sister Margaret. On his death, Major William Palmer Wilton left the company, Champion & Wilton, to his shop manager Reginald Arkell.

Dorothy Agnes Wilton died in 1965, aged 81.

William and Dorothy's Daughters

Records show that Frances Mary Wilton (42) and Agnes Joan Wilton (37), embarked in Southampton at the end of July 1953 and arrived in Quebec on 4 Aug 1953, aboard the T.S.S. Columbia and then crossed the border into the United States. They gave the address - presumably of where they were going to be staying - as 1725 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL.

Frances Mary Wilton died in August 1986, aged 75 and Agnes Joan Wilton died, in 2014 at the grand old age of 98, both in London. Neither ever married.

Helen Margaret Wilton, however, did marry, in Hampstead, in 1954 to Kenneth Graeme Todd (b. 1909). Records suggest that they had two children (born in 1957 and 1960 - so I shan't list their names here as they are likely to be still alive). Kenneth Graeme Todd died, in Surrey in 1994. Helen Margaret Todd died in 2017, in Exeter, Devon. Like her sister, she too will have been 98.

Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead
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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

William Wykes and Elizabeth Thompson

Deptford Green, SE8
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Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Solomon Thompson Jnr and Maria Willis, married William Wykes at St Andrew'sCransley, Northamptonshire, on 26 Apr 1852. William, son of Edward Wykes and Mary Davies, was born on 29 Aug 1829 in Spratton, Northamptonshire and baptised at Great Creaton on 7 Jun 1830. Witnesses to the marriage were Elizabeth's niece, Sarah Elizabeth Thompson (daughter of Elizabeth's brother, Daniel) and nephew, Daniel Botterill (son of Elizabeth's sister, Mary), first cousins who married four years later.

William and Elizabeth's family consisted:
  1. Anne Thompson born 1846 in Spratton
  2. Martha Wykes born 1853 in Brixworth
  3. Mary Ann Wykes born 1855 in Greenwich
  4. Eliza Wykes born 1857 in Greenwich
  5. Edward William Wykes born 1859 in Greenwich
  6. Elizabeth Wykes born 1861 in Greenwich
  7. John Thomas Wykes born 1864 in Greenwich
  8. Maria Sarah Elizabeth born 1868 in Greenwich
  9. William Thompson Wykes born 1869 in Greenwich

By 1861 William Wykes (29), Elizabeth Wykes (32), Anne Wykes (15), Martha (8), Mary Ann (6), Eliza (4) and Edward W (1), along with Edward Dodd (21) Lodger and John Wykes (21), are living in Deptford, where Daniel and Sarah Botterill were living then too. Anne Wykes (15) is certainly the Ann Thompson (5) who was staying with her grandmother, Maria Thompson, in 1851. It's clear she is Elizabeth's child. It's not clear if William Wykes is her biological father, even though she is using his surname (didn't find registration under either).

In 1871, William Wykes (45) Labourer, Elizabeth (42), Martha (18), Mary Ann (16), Edward (11), Sarah Elizabeth (9), John Thomas (says 0, but is 6) and William (0), are all still living in Deptford, along with Mary Thompson (85), Elizabeth's widowed mother. 

In 1881, William Wykes (51) with no employment, and son Edward William (21) Labourer, are living at  38, Deptford Green, while Elizabeth (52) is at 249, Evelyn Street, Deptford, with her occupation listed as Midwife. With her are now married daughter Martha Burnacott (28), Elizabeth Wykes (19) Assistant Nurse, John T (16) Apprentice Moulder and William T (11) Scholar.

In 1891, living in Evelyn Street, Deptford are William Wykes (63) Labourer, Elizabeth (62) Midwife and just William (21) Boiler Maker. 

William Wykes died, in Greenwich in 1892, aged 62. 

Elizabeth Wykes died, in Greenwich, just two years later in 1994, aged 65.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

George Collins and Martha Thompson

St. Andrew's Church, Cransley
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Martha Thompson, daughter of Solomon Thompson Jnr and Maria Willis, married the 20 year old George Collins, a Carpenter, at her parish church of St Andrew's, Cransley, Northamptonshire, on 8 Nov 1847. Martha's father isn't listed on the marriage certificate (he was already deceased, but that shouldn't make any difference), but it's clear this is her, because witnesses include one of the Thompson family and, specifically, Martha's sister, Maria Blackett.

In 1848, they have a son, George Collins, born in St George in the East.

Then Martha Collins died in 1850, aged just 24 and, in 1851, George Collins (24), Carpenter, Widower, is lodging with John and Maria Blackett.

So far, I've been unable to trace either George Collins further.

Marriage of George Collins to Martha Thompson

William Thompson

Former Kettering Work House
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William Thompson, son of Solomon Thompson Jnr and Maria Willis, in 1851, aged 25, a Mason's Labourer, was still living with his widowed mother in Cransley, Northamptonshire. And in 1861, William Thompson (31) was again living with his widowed mother in Cransley and employed as a sawyer. 

In 1871, William Thompson (47) Farm Servant, is visiting his sister and brother-in-law, William Naseby and Eliza Thompson, in Rugby. 

In 1881, however, William Thompson (55), was an inmate in the Kettering Union Workhouse, as was his elder brother, Thomas Thompson at that time. As his brother was skilled, a carpenter, my thoughts are that he went to the workhouse as he was infirm. Could it be William went to look after his brother there? 

In 1891, he is back with his sister and brother-in-law in Rugby, where William Thompson (64), single, is listed as a Gardener Domestic Servant. 

For now, we lose track of him after that, although, there is a possible death of a William Thompson, aged 96, in Kettering in 1919.