Monday, 5 May 2014

Albert Ernest Bartley and the Williams family

Albert Ernest Bartley was the 8th child and fourth surviving son of Edward BARTLEY and Elizabeth HANNKEN. He was known in the family as Allie and was born at Devonport, North Shore, Auckland on 5 November 1873 where he attended the local primary school in his early years.
In 1901 his sister May was married. Allie was groomsman for Bill  ALLEN on that occasion. A few years later he stepped forward as the groom himself, when he married Lucy Helena WILLIAMS, 14 February 1906 at Sacred Heart Church in Ponsonby, Auckland.[ii]

 Lucy was almost 10 years his junior, being born in 1882 in Thames. Her parents were John and Margaret Williams[iii] . We know she had at least three siblings, as they were also baptized in the Catholic Church in Thames.
Her brother Thomas Henry was born in 1876 [iv], her elder sister Alicia  in 1877[v]  and younger sister Sarah was born in 1884.[vi]
The Williams family moved to Auckland some time after Sarah was born and settled in Ponsonby.
Albert and Lucy were married in the Catholic Church in Ponsonby. Two years later sister Sarah Williams married Bernard George HOLTON in the same church.[vii] Bernard’s parents were Thomas Holton and Emma PURSER from Clapham, England.  From the 1901 census we know of a second son William and a sister Edith. Bernard was a commercial traveler and the marriage was not a happy one. He moved to Australia and was living at 63 Surrey St Darlinghurst when he died. [viii]
Albert and Lucy had two children Jack b 27 November 1907 and Trevor Yelverton b 1909
Jack and Trevor in the garden at Devonport

Lucy died aged 31 on 10 November 1913. [ix]
After Lucy’s death Alicia helped to raise her young nephews, as well as caring for her widowed mother.  Mrs Margaret Williams died 7 December 1922 and was buried at  Waikumete Cemetery.[x] In 1923 Alicia and Albert married. 
Albert died 15 October 1940 at home at 54 Albert Road Devonport.[i]
Alicia survived Albert by 24 years and died in Auckland on 4 August 1964.[xi]

[i] Oneils Point Row T Plot 89
[ii] Index to Catholic Parish of Ponsonby Record of Marriage 1906 #171355
[iii] Index to Catholic Parish of Thames 1882 #95580 Record of Baptism
[iv] Ibid 1876 #95837
[v] Ibid 1877 #95189 transcribed as Eliza Prudence
[vi] Ibid 1884 #95733
[vii] Index to Catholic Parish of Ponsonby Record of Marriage 1908 #17145
[viii] NSW Register Deaths 1954/16091 16 August 1954 Informant brother W Holton of 97 Victoria St Potts Pt
[ix] Oneils Point Row T Plot 89 NZRBDM 1913/8135
[x] Waikumete Cemetery Records PRESBYTERIAN DIVISION C Row 3, Plot 8 NZRBDM 1922/2312
[xi] Oneils Point Row T Plot 87