Westlakes of London and Evans of Wales

Mile End Old Town London.

Although Mile End was quietly respectable very little extreme poverty compared to other parts of East London, William Booth began the work of the Salvation Army here in July 1865 and the first Dr. Barnardo's Home for orphans was founded in 1870 near Ben Jonson Road. 
During the 19th century most of the hamlet was developed for housing, the population rising to nearly 113,000 people, some employed in local industries but many working in the nearby City.

Mile End became part of the Borough of Stepney in 1900 

Pheobe Laws and William Westlake

Hackney looking towards the church in 1840.

Although Mile End was quietly respectable very little extreme poverty compared to other parts of East London, William Booth began the work of the Salvation Army here in July 1865 and the first Dr. Barnardo's Home for orphans was founded in 1870 near Ben Jonson Road. 
During the 19th century most of the hamlet was developed for housing, the population rising to nearly 113,000 people, some employed in local industries but many working in the nearby City.

Mile End became part of the Borough of Stepney in 1900 

Phoebe Laws and William Westlakes marriage certificate 1840.
Phoebe's Batism record 14th October 1849.

1851 Census

Holy Trinity church Mile End Old Town Parish Stepney Middlesex London.

The Family were living 10 Regent street Stepney Middlesex London.

William was 30 and a Brass Founder with a shipping company. Phoebe was also 30. Their Children were

John aged 10 born 1841 Limehouse Middlesex.

Elizabeth aged 8 born 1843 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town, baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

Sarah Anne aged 6 born 1845 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town. baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

William aged 4 born 1847 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town. baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

Thomas aged 3 born 1848 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848

Phoebe Selina aged 1 born 1849 baptised Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town baptised Trinity church 14th October 1849.  (My Great Grandmother)

1861 Census

Did Elizabeth and Sarah Anne dress and look like these domestic servants?.

The Family were living 10 Regent street Stepney Middlesex London.

William was 30 and a Brass Founder with a shipping company. Phoebe was also 30. Their Children were

John aged 10 born 1841 Limehouse Middlesex.

Elizabeth aged 8 born 1843 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town, baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

Sarah Anne aged 6 born 1845 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town. baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

William aged 4 born 1847 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town. baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848.

Thomas aged 3 born 1848 Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town baptised Trinity church 30th April 1848

Phoebe Selina aged 1 born 1849 baptised Stepney Middlesex London Parish Mile end old Town baptised Trinity church 14th October 1849.  (My Great Grandmother)

Phoebe sails to New Zealand.

Phoebe was 40 as was William. Their address was 2 Bow Common Lane. St. Dunstans Road civil parish Stepney, Ecclesiastical parish Trinity. County Middlesex registration district Mile End Old Town. Their family had now grown by four more. Elizabeth aged 18 and Sarah Ann aged 16 had left home and were domestic servants. Elizabeth at St Katherines Cree London city North East. And Sarah at Oakley Road Islington London.

John aged 19 Nautical maker with a shipping company

William aged 14 Brass founder

Thomas aged 12

Phoebe aged 11 scholar   (My Great Grandmother)

James aged 9 scholar

Emily aged 4

Henry aged 2

Arthur aged 10 months.

Alfred  was born 27 Jan 1862 in 2 Dunstans Road, Mile End Old Town, Middlesex, and died Dec 1862 in Mile End.  

Elizabeth married William Henry Neale Ropemaker on June the 4th 1865. His father was William Neale. Witnesses were Phoebe Westlake age 15 and John Westlake aged 23 brother and sister of Elizabeth. Elizabeth's address was 2 St. Dunstans Rd. Phoebe was still in England in 1865 for the wedding when did she leave for New Zealand?

Thomas emmigrated to Canada sometime after the 1861 U.K. census we find him as married to Alice Sarah Berry born about 1848 daughter of Robert and Sarah Legrys. His marriage took place in Wentworth Ontario Canada on 8th April 1873 they were both aged 25. Thomas was an Engine fitter.

Sarah Annemarried Albert Taylor and their children were Albert b 1867, Phoebe Agnes b 1868, George b 1870 and John 1880.

1871 Census

Phoebe Selina Westlake and Rebecca Looker both aged about 16, Sailed on the ship Chile leaving London 11 September 1865 and arrived at Port Chalmers Otago New Zealand on the 14th December 1865.

The girls were 1st cousins the relationship comes through their common ancestors the Laws family.  Phoebe's Mother Phoebe Laws and Rebecca's Mother Rebecca Laws were sisters.

Phoebe marrying William Evans and Rebecca marrying Richard Dunn.

Five years after the girls arrived in Dunedin, Phoebe's older brother William (of 23 mile end old Town London) eldest son of Phoebe and William Westlake died in March 1870 aged 29 years.

Year 1881

Florence Lucy Ward nee Westlake daughter of John Westlake and Sarah Elizabeth Looker. I wonder of Phoebe looked a little like her?

Phoebe was 50 and also William. Their children at home at 2 Alma Terrace were down to three. Little Arthur born 1860 died 1862.  Phoebe was in New Zealand. Thomas was married and living in Canada and William had died aged 29.  How dreadfully sad for William and Phoebe.  Probably William was very unwell too.

James aged 18 Brass founder

Emily aged 14

Henry aged 12

James married Sarah he was a metal refiner. They lived at 132 St Dunstans Rd next door to Phoebe and William James’ parents.

William Westlake from Mile End Old Town London died on the 9th December 1875 aged 55. His son John was with him.  The Will of William Westlake of 130 St Dunstan's Road, Bow Common Lane, Mile End in the County of Middlesex, Metal Refiner who died at home, was proved at the Principal Registry by John Westlake of 65 White Horse Street in the said County, Optician the Son and George Watson of 6 St Paul's Road, Burdett Road, Limehouse in the said County, Engineer the Executor. Effects under £200.

Emily Westlake marries Henry Major.

The gas works in Dunedin N.Z. where Henry William worked while he was married to Daisy Evans.

By the 1881 census John had married Sarah Elizabeth Looker born 1844 . They had 5 children. Eleanor, Emily, Sarah, Florence and John. 

John died on the 1st August 1890 aged 50. Sarah died 1914.

PROBATE
9th September 1890. The Will of John Westlake late of 130 St Dunstan's Road/Burdett Road/Bow Common Lane in the County of Middlesex, Metal Refiner, Brass Founder and Nautical Instrument Maker who died 1st August 1890 at 130 St Dunstan's Road was proved at the Principal Registry by Henry Abraham Fordham of 92 Morning Lane, Hackney in the said County, Rick Cloth and Blind Manufacturer and William Ardley of 97 Campbell Road, Bow in the said County, Carman, the Executors. Personal Estate £600.
 

  Johns Will go to Documents.    Documents

Henry William Major Mercantile Marine lost at sea

Tower Hill Memorial

Henry Major (occupation tinplater) married Emily Westlake (daughter of William Westlake and Phoebe Laws from Mile End Old Town London) on the 8th February 1875 at St. Johns Church in Hackney East London when he was 20 she was 18. They had two sons:

1  Henry William Major  born 1st March 1875. Henry baptised 15th March 1875 Limehouse   St. Annes. They lived at 28 Walker St. His father was a tinplate worker.

11  Frederick John born 1878.

 The boys father Henry Major snr. died sometime after the 1871 Census and left Emily a  widow.  Phoebe Westlake (wife of William) Mother and Grandmother lived at the same address as her daughter Emily at Wood house Rd 3 Sarah Villas Essex Greater London.

1881 census  Henry William 6 and his brother Frederick John 3, the boys are living with their Mother Emily and their Grandmother Phoebe Westlake at Woodhouse Rd. 3 Sarah Villas Wanstead Essex. Henry is a scholar. Phoebe’s occupation was listed as an Annuitant

1891 census shows Henry William Major jnr. is at his Uncle and Aunts James and Sarah Westlakes house at 126 Saint Dunstans Road Mile end old Town London. He was a voyage seaman. Aged 16. Where did he sail too? New Zealand? 

Henry William Major married Daisy Evans (My great Aunt) in Dunedin New Zealand on the 5th February 1898 in the Office of the registrar of marriages Dunedin New Zealand. He was 23 she 21. On the marriage certificate He came from London and his father was Henry Major a tin smith. His Mother Emily Major (nee Westlake). Daisy Evans’ father was William Evans born Caernarvonshire North Wales and her Mother is Phoebe Evans (nee Westlake). His occupation is a gas stoker the same as William Evans at the gas works Dunedin. Daisy and Henry would have been cousins. Their Mothers Emily and Phoebe sisters. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1907 after Henry attempted to desert her. He had taken a position on a Union Company ship as a stoker. He was sentenced to one month imprisonment for desertion. The couple had a daughter Pearl Gladys born in 1898. William Evans Daisy’s Father had supported her and her child since Henry’s desertion of them.  Henry William returned to England and met and married Florence Tait in the Yorkshire riding they had five children. Henry William Major son of Emily Major nee Westlake and Henry Major. Grandson of Phoebe and William Westlake, nephew of Phoebe Evans nee Westlake was lost at sea the 2nd February 1918 aged 43.

Henry Emmigrates 1908.

MAJOR, HENRY WILLIAM
Initials: H W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Carpenter
Regiment/Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit Text: S.S. "Jaffa" (Hull)
Age: 33
Date of Death: 02/02/1918
Additional information: Son of the late Henry William and Emily Major; husband of Florence Major (nee Tait), of 6, Laurel Villas, Estcourt St., Hull. Born in London.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Form CWGC site.
His ship SS Jaffa was torpedoed when on route from Boulonge to Southhampton by a German submarine UB 30 and sunk when 3 miles East by South from Owers ligh vessel English Channel 10 lives were lost.

Phoebe Westlake nee Laws wife of William Westlake

 Phoebe Westlake nee Laws widow of William, died in Essex Greater London on the 24thSptember 1901 aged 81. She left her effects of eighteen pounds and seventy six shillings to her son Henry who was a carpenter. 

 Henry had married Harriet and with their family. William 17 a labouror, Phoebe 16 a servant, and Marian 14, they emigrated to Detroit Michigan U.S.A. in 1908. Henry gave his brother James Westlake who lived in 63 Outram Rd London E. as his contact. His occupation was listed as a joiner. They departed from Liverpool England and arrived in Portland Maine 11th April 1908 on board the Canada. Mildrid was not on the passenger list , she was aged 19.

Phoebe Westlake marries William Evans (Wales)

St. Pauls Church Dunedin N.Z. 1860's.

William Evans was born in Cardiff (death certificate) in 1833.  He arrived in Dunedin in the 1850's and worked as a stoker at the Dunedin gasworks. I know nothing of William before he arrived in Dunedin..

Phoebe and William married at Saint Pauls church Dunedin on the 19th March 1868 Phoebe was 18 William 35.

Phoebe and William's marriage certificate.
Robert Wilson witness .
Was this the Robert Wilson who was a witness and Phoebe and William's wedding? Robert Wilson was born in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland,arrived at Port Chalmers on the Oscar in late 1861, bringing a variety of merchandise with him. e set up as a ship and commission agent and general merchant, as well as undertaking some carting, but soon concentrated on wholesale grocery. Wilson was an enterprising, energetic and successful entrepreneur who capitalised on Dunedin's growth during and after the goldrushes. A liberal supporter of Knox Presbyterian Church, he always gave willingly to charitable appeals, and was a genial and well-respected figure.
Rev E.G.Edwards.
Who married Phoebe and William.

Hannah

Charles Wootton father and father in law of Hannah Evans and John Wootton.

Hannah born 7th September 1874 married in Dunedin in 1868 to John Wootten a letter carrier in South Dunedin born 1865 (the son of Charles Wootten and Matilda Lynx of Bloxwich Staffordshire England). John's Brothers and sisters were. Hannah b 1858, Philip 1860, Mary 1867, George 1868, Pheobe Matilda 1872, William 1873. The famiy Emmigrated to Sydney arriving on board the Peterborough 15/1/1877 living in Balmain N.S.W.    John's Sister Hannah married John Henry Springthorpe in N.S.W. One of their children Willie Charles Springthorpe m Wilhelmina Abbot they had a son Norman James Springthorpe a Major in the Australian Army. Norman James Springthorpe m Eileen and their son was Richard Lewis Springthorpe better known as Rick Springfield Singer, Song writer and Acting star. So Hannah and John Wootten's Great great nephew was a star known best by the song 'Jessies Girl".

 Hannah died in Ross Home in 1957 aged 88. John Wesley Wootton died 24th October 1949.  A charles Wootton buried 1894, Phoebe Matilda  buried buried on the 11th January 1917 was she Johns sister?  Charles 25th October 1904 ( John's father) ages not recorded . All in the Southern cemetery Dunedin New Zealand.  John and Hannah had Eight Children. 

Southern Cemetery Dunedin
Hannah buried died in Ross Home Dunedin N.Z. aged 88 Nov 1957
Phoebe Matila buried 11 Jan 1917
Charles buried 8th July 1894
Block 12p plot 73-74
Southern Cemetery Dunedin
Rubina Hannah buried 10th September 1918
Charles 25th October 1904
John Wesley 24th October 1949 aged 83. Postal clerk native of England 70 years in N.Z.
Block 12p plot 73-74

Daisy

Daisy and her husband Edward baby son and daughter in the Port Chalmers cemetery Otago N.Z. looking out to the sea.

Matilda Henrietta (Etti) born 3rd of January 1887 married James Cameron Macfarlane  b 18th May 1890 in Palmerston. Etti died 5th April 1950 aged 63 and was cremated her ashes were buried. James died 22nd of October 1918 in France. Etti's last address was 93 Prince Albert Road St Kilda Dunedin.   Etti and James had 1 daughter Elsie b 24th December 1915 she married Percy Frank Curtis b 9th September 1913 in Sale Australia. They had 2 daughters Lynette and Maureen & 3 Grandchildren.

Phoebe Lillian: Born 25th August 1889 she married Robert Richardson. They had two children. Phoebe died 15th June 1964 aged 74 her last address was 102 Taieri Road Dunedin. She was cremated.  Gweneth married Bill McCutcheon 1 son & 1 daughter Judith Dick who is doing the research. Gweneth has 2 grandchildren. And Edward who married Alva Sinclair.

Hannah Ruby: Born 1891 she died at Palmerston 15th September 1918 Hannah never married.

Burt Wesley: born 15th March 1899  he was an inspector in the police force. He married Minnie Jane Glass. Burt's twin died at birth. Burt died in Christchurch on the 19th of July 1956. Minnie was born 16th of Auhust 1899 sh died 1nd of February 1970 in Christchurch. They had 2 daughters who live in Christchurch Beryl has a son and daughter. & 3 Grandchildren. June has 3 children & 5 Grandchildren.

Gladys Transvall:  Born on the 21st August 1900 she married Bertie Renwick Purvis in 1921. Gladys died in Auckland on the 20th of December 1979 in Auckland. Bertie died 1958 in Palmerston North. They had three children Clifford Renwick, Ronald Bruce, & Rona all live in South Africa.

 Ronald Bruce: Born on the 17th May 1923 married Joy Watson in 1946:  They had four children Bruce, Dale, Valda abd Raewyn. They all live in Auckland.

Philip Horace:  born 30th May 1903 he married Katherine Mills he died in Auckland in 1986. They have 1 son Ken who has 5 children. All live in Auckland.

George Clement:  born 5th February 1909 married Rata Irving in 1939. They have two daughters Barbara and Monica all live in Auckland.

Birth certificate of Daisy. Her address is Kensington Dunedin N.Z. on her marriage certificate is says she was born in Sydney Australia!
Daisy and Henry William Westlake marraige certificate.
Major v Major

John Burns Evans and little Phoebe.

John Burns Evans born in Kensington Dunedin in 1876. He was a Miner and a Sawmill Hand and lived at William Street Greymouth. He died on the 7th November 1942 aged 66 at C.Dunns's Billiard Room. Albert Street Greymouth. Probable cause of death was heart failure. He is buried in the Greymouth cemetery. Cemetery code Karoro. He is buried not far from the Tasman Sea. John never married. 

Baby Phoebe died on the 16th February 1875. aged two days and is buried in the Southern cemetery Dunedin New Zealand.

Death Certificate of John Burns Evans.

Morris Owen

Morris Owen

Morris Owen was born 1883 he married Bertha Scoullar. They had 3 children.  Morris died 3rd of June 1921 aged 38. after an accident with his bicycle. He is buried in the Southern cemetery.  Morris Owen Evans a plumber by trade and a very good violinist (teaching violin), married Bertha Scoullar in Dunedin. They lived in a cottage that belonged to William Evans in Melbourne Street Dunedin.
Morris was knocked off his bicycle in an accident and suffered head injuries. he lay in a coma for weeks with Bertha making the daily trek to Seacliff Hospital to sit by his side.  He died of his injuries on thje 1st of June 1921 aged 38 leaving his wife Bertha with three young children Vera, Lydia and Morris Owen ( Born 26th February 1914 ). On his death certificate the coroner's verdict was general paralysis of the insane. Imagine how different today's hospital care would have been. Bertha worked at many jobs taking in washing, ironing and sewing to support her young family. She had brothers who were quite well off  wanting to help, but she was too proud. 

The death certificate of William Evans.
Phoebe Evans death certificate.
Morris Evans death certificate.
Marriage Certificate of Bertha Scoullar & Maurice Evans in 1911.

Maurice and Bertha's three Children.

Maurice Owen (Owen) born Dunedin 26th February 1915 he died 8th September 1880 married Annie Griffiths born they had 6 children Morris David died at 3 days, Carol, Rena, Wendy, Owen and Richard. They had 14 Grandchildren.

Vera Elizabeth married Bert Davis.

Lydia Olive married Alf Flockton and then Ron Haughton.

Bertha after becoming a widow married John (Jack) Nichol Milne they had one daughter Rena.

Rena married Alfred Hoyle born in Cumbria England.

Rena and Alf had twins Christopher and  Peter and Donna. Peter sadly died after a hunting accident.  They have 4 Grandchildren.

Maurice Owen Evans
Always known as Owen son of Morris and Bertha Evans, Grandson of William and Phoebe nee Westlake Evans
Wendy Carol & Rena
Daughters of Owen and Annie nee Griffiths Evans. Grandaughters of Bertha nee Scoullar and Morris Evans, Great Grandaughters of Phoebe nee Westlake and William Evans.
Owen and Richard
Sons of Owen and Annie nee Griffiths Evans. Grandaughters of Bertha nee Scoullar and Morris Evans. Great Grandaughters of Phoebe nee Westlake and William Evans.

Annie Griffiths and Owen Evans.

Annie and Owen

Morris Owen Evans Owen to his family was born in Dunedin on the 26th February 1915 third child of Bertha nee Scoullar and Morris Evans. Annie was born at Dunedin on the 21st June 1915.  5th and Youngest child of Margaret and David Griffiths. They met while Owen was coaching a Womens cricket Team in Dunedin. He got his eye on Annie and asked her to play for his team and the rest is history they fell in love and were married on the 16th December 1936 at First Church in Dunedin.
They had six children Their first born a son Morris David died when he was only 3 days old. He is buried in the Southern cemetry Dunedin with his Great grandfather William Evans.
Carol Anne 
born Dunedin 22/11/1941 married Lawrence Dougherty in Dunedin16/12/1961.  Rena Margaret born Dunedin  26/9/1943 married Ivan Butel  Wendy Fay born Dunedin  12/10/1944 married Des Dougherty.  Owen Johnborn in Ranfurly  1/9/1951 married Judith Hudson.  Richard Edward born Ranfurly  1/4/1954 married Susan Richardson. Annie and Owen made a huge shift to Oturehua Central Otago with three little girls and then went on to work on a farm in White Sow Valley Wedderburn where the 2 boys were born.

Here are all Annie and Owens Family on his 60th Birthday party at 28 Fraser Avenue Ranfurly Otago N.Z. 1975. Owen died in 1980 and we never got another chance for a family photo. Six more grandchildren were born after this day. .

Ranfurly Cemetery New Zealand.

Rena Butel nee Evans, Owen Evans, Wendy Dougherty nee Evans, Richard Evans and Carol Dougherty nee Evans.
Owen died very suddenly at age 65 on the 8th of September 1980. Annie lived till she was aged 91, never missing a week putting a fresh flower on her beloved Owens grave. In this time she moved from her house in Fraser Ave Ranfurly to a pensioners flat learning to drive and buying herself a little yellow ford escort, and taking up bowls and loving it. She moved to the Chalet rest home Ranfurly on the 23rd March 2002. she loved living in this lovely place till the last four days of her life. She died in the Ranfurly hospital on the 6th of March 2007.
Both Annie and Owen are buried in the Ranfurly Cemetry Otago New Zealand.

Annie and The Evans Headstone

Annie Evans wife of Owen looking at the Evans Headstone where her little baby boy Morris David is buried with his Evans Family in the Southern Cemetery Dunedin N.Z.
 

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Cynthia Brown | Reply 01.08.2016 06.33

My Great Grandfather

Name William Gravener
Age 26
Estimated Birth Year abt 1855
Relationship to Head Head
Spouse Anges Gravener
Mother Francis Bowman
Gender Ma

Jane | Reply 08.04.2015 21.48

I love coming back to read the family history + see what else you have developed Carol. It is documented so clearly for us all to appreciate. Thank you! xxx

Katherine | Reply 03.04.2013 14.05

thanks lods Carol this information was great for my immigration task at school

wendy dougherty | Reply 23.09.2012 22.13

wow this is so amazing thankyou so much Carol

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