Robert John Bartley,
son of William BARTLEY and Anne FLIGHT was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey,
Channel Islands on the 18th of October 1798. He was baptised at the Town Church
on the 28th of October. His Godparents were his Father, his Aunt Elizabeth
Flight, and Etienne Martin. A little brother William James Bartley arrived in
1801. Shortly afterwards their father died. Their mother Anne remarried to
Nicholas CAPELAIN 23 April 1806 in the Town Church at St Peter Port. A step
sister Judith Capelain was born the following year.
Robert John Bartley marries Betsey Benest
Robert trained as a builder. The
end of the war with France had meant an end to Guernsey’s privateering
opportunities, with a reduction in spending power for those who had no
agricultural interest. It is likely that Robert moved to Jersey about 1820.
He married on 1st July 1822, at St Helier, Jersey. His bride
was Betsy BENEST, daughter of Amice BENEST and Elizabeth MARETT. She was born
at Trinity, Jersey and baptised on the 27th of December 1801. On both sides of her lineage, Betsy’s family
had been in the Islands since at least the fourteenth century. Robert built houses
in Union Court with his friend and business partner Robert Laurent GUILLE, who
was also from St Peter Port. They traded as Bartley & Guille.
The two families lived as neighbours in Union Court for many years. Both
partners had sons named Robert of a similar age and these youngsters joined the
firm as apprentices at age 14.
Edward Bartley would also train with his father for a short time before
emigrating. Betsy died in March 1856 and Robert followed her a year later. Both
rest in the Bartley plot 180 at the Green Street Cemetery, St Helier.
St Helier Harbour
The Parents of Robert BARTLEY of St Helier, Jersey
Transcript of parish records Town Church St Peter Port Guernsey:
Town Church Marriage
William Bartley the son of John Bartley of St.Austell in Cornwall and Ann Flight the daughter of Thomas Flight of this parishwere married together on 22 April 1797.
Town Church Baptisms
Robert son of William Bartley and of Ann Flight his wife was born on 18th. and baptised on 28th. October 1798 had for sponsors William Bartley, Stephen Martin and Elizabeth Flight.
William James son of William Bartley and Ann Flight his wife was born on the 5th. and baptised on 18th.May 1801 had for sponsors James Belhache, Mary Allez and William Barrett.
St Peter Port from Fort George