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BILLENS marriages New Zealand 1867-1933

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the known BILLENS marriages in New Zealand 1867 - 1933

the GROOMS
Frank William Billens (1884-1963)
1st of 4 known children of William Thomas BILLENS & Harriet Margaret BRABNER
FRANK married Alice Irene FORD (1887-1969) in 1910
1 of 13 known children of Alfred John FORD & Annie Elizabeth BELLHILLS
...the known children of FRANK & ALICE:
* 1910 - William Laurence Ford
Frank was on the committee of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society


Frederick Robert Billens (1844-1888)
1st of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
FREDERICK married Emma DALTRY in 1871
Press, 3 November 1871
BILLENS-DALTRY - At Waltham Chapel, November 1st, by the Rev A. R. Fitchett, Mr Frederick Robert Billens, of Kaiapoi, to Miss Emma Daltry, only daughter of Mr Joseph Bailey Daltry, of Waltham
...the known children of FREDERICK & EMMA:
* 1872 - 1903 Sarah Emma Caroline Billens
* 1873 - 1938 Joseph Daltry Billens
* 1875 - 1943 Fanny Louisa Billens
* 1878 - 1969 Jessie Billens
* 1880 - 1881 Frederick George Billens (aged 9 months. Barbadoes cemetery)
* 1882 - 1970 Mabel Billens
* 1884 - 1965 Ellen Ethel Billens
* 1886 - 1937 George Tiller Billens
* 1887 - 1977 Ruby Florence Billens (didn't marry)
Press, 8 August 1888 BILLENS - On August 7th, at his residence, Kingsley street, Sydenham, Frederick Robert Billens, the beloved husband of Emma Billens, and eldest son of Mr R. Billens, Victoria street, Christchurch, aged 44 years. Deeply regretted


George Tiller Billens (1886-1937)
9th of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
GEORGE married Ivy Evelyn WILSON 23 Aug 1918 in Christchurch
3rd of 7 known children of James WILSON & Christina CLEGG


Henry Billens (1846-1936)
2nd of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
HENRY married Agnes BROWN (1845-1876) in Akaroa 22 Sep 1868
...the known children of HENRY & AGNES:
* 1869 - 1950 Fanny Mary Billens (+John BROOKER)
* 1871 - Elizabeth Caroline Billens (+Henry Thomas BATTERSHILL)
* 1873 - 1968 Evangeline Billens (+Peter SORRENSON)
* 1874 - 1900 Ernest Henry Billens
Ernest hanged himself at Paeroa after his fiancee sent back the ring
* 1876 - 1965 Agnes Billens (+William Daniel KINGSTON)
West Coast Times, 27 October 1876 BILLENS - Oct 18, at her residence, Akaroa, Agnes, the beloved wife of Henry Billens, aged 30 years.
- Agnes is buried Plot 29 at Akaroa Dissenters cemetery
HENRY NEXT MARRIED Eliza HEWITT (1852-1935) 6 Nov 1877 in Akaroa & later moved to Palmerston North where he was a Photographer & Storekeeper, living at 78 Fitzherbert Street
...the known children of HENRY & ELIZA:
* 1879 - ??? Billens Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 6 May 1879 BILLENS - On May 3, at her residence, Lavaud street, Akaroa, the wife of Mr H. Billens, of a daughter
* 1880 - 1951 Mary Billens (didn't married, see brother Archibald)
* 1881 - 1970 Mabel Ellis Billens (+George Thomas ALLEN)
* 1882 - 1959 Robert Hewitt Billens (Jounalist, +Myra Mary BESSETT)
* 1883 - 1957 Violet Billens (+Samuel David CURRY)
* 1885 - 1962 Archibald Billens
- in 1912 Archibald (Class D, Professional Outdoor & Press photographs) & his sister Mary (Class A, Professional Studio Pictures only) were 2 of the only 3 New Zealanders who secured prizes in the Kodak (Australasia) Ltd, 'Austral Standard Plate Competition', the biggest photographic competition ever held in Australia. The winning photographs were exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane
* 1888 - 1946 Kathleen Billens
* 1889 - ??? Billens Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 7 May 1889 On May 6th, at Akaroa, the wife of H. Billens, of a daughter
ELIZA Billens died 1 April 1935 aged 83
Auckland Star, 2 April 1935 Mrs ELIZA BILLENS The death took place at Palmerston North of Mrs Eliza Billens, aged 82 years. She was born in Carnick, on Shannon, Ireland, the eldest daughter of Mr Robert Hewitt. Her family was closely connected with the turbulent history of Ireland and it was in the home of her grandmother that Robert Emmett, the Irish patriot, found refuge before he was finally captured by the English forces. As a girl Mrs Billens lived in Athlone and 65 years ago came to New Zealand with her brothers and sisters, and settled at Banks Peninsula, where she was married to Mr Henry Billens. Later, the couple went to live at Palmerston North. Mrs Billens is survived by her husband and the following children:
Messrs
* R. H. Billens, managing editor "Manawatu Daily Times" (Robert Hewitt)
* A. Billens, Levin (Archibald)
Mesdames:
* G. T. Allen, Eketahuna (Mabel Ellis)
* S. Curry, Akaroa (Violet)
* A. Low, Vancouver, British Columbia (??)
Misses:
* M. Billens, Palmerston North (Mary)
* K. Billens, Palmerston North (Kathleen)
HENRY Billens died 28 June 1936 aged 90
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 30 June 1936 BILLENS At his residence, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North, Henry Billens, husband of the late Elizabeth Billens, in his 91st year
- they are buried Plot 036, Block 007, Area B at Kelvin Grove
NOTE see Early New Zealand Photographers


Hugh Brabner Billens (1884-1949)
son of Robert BILLENS & Mary BRABNER
HUGH married Edith Louisa MUSGROVE (1884-1959) in 1908
Star, 5 September 1908 BILLENS-MUSGROVE - August 13, at the residence of the bride's mother, 12 Carlton Terrace, Hugh Brabner, son of Robert Billens, to Edith Louisa, youngest daughter of the late F. C. Musgrove, both of Christchurch
...the known children of HUGH & EDITH:
* 1909 - 1996 Rona Bessie Mary Billens
* 1911 - 1970 Edith Edna Billens (+Bartholomew John MANN)


Joseph Daltry Billens (1873-1938)
JOSEPH married Edith Maria SMITH (1881-1958) in 1904
1 of at least 10 children of Edwin & Isabella Eugenie SMITH
...the known children of JOSEPH & EDITH:
* 1905 - 1920 Clarence 'Eric' Billens
* 1907 - 1985 Alan Aubrey Billens
Joseph & Edith separated in 1908
He was reported as 'an evangelist or a religious preacher of some kind'
NZ Truth, 21 August 1909 Joseph in the Magistrates Court
AUGUST 1910 BILLENS - On August 1st, at Christchurch Hospital, Eric, dearly loved son of Edith Billens, and grandchild of E. and J. Smith, 22 Thackerary street, and of E. Billens, Redcliffe; in his 16th years. The result of an accident
... A boy of 15 years and 8 months, named Clarence Eric Billens, a son of Mrs Edith Billens, of 48 Thackeray street, Sydenham, was giving an exhibition with a miniature moving picture machine to a girl namde Bessie Dunshae, 17 years of age, who resides with her parents at 46 Aldwyn's road, Linwood. The lad was showing the pictures on a wall of the front bedroom in his mother's house, and there was a considerable amount of film scattered about the floor. The machine suddenly exploded and the film was instantly ablaze, the flames spreading to the bedding and the furniture. Both of the young people endeavoured to put the fire out, with the result that they were so badly burned about the head and face and part of the body, that they were at once sent to the Hospital. Mrs Billens was also considerably burned about the face, but was able to be treated at her own home. The Fire Brigade was sent for, and the fire was extinguished before much damage had been done. The affair, unfortunately, ended fatally, as the boy died in the Hospital shortly after midnight. The girl, although severely burned, was stated to be making satisfactory progress last night.
- Clarence Eric Billens is buried Plot 137, Block 36A at Linwood cemetery


Robert Billens (1856-1934)
7th of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
ROBERT married Mary BRABNER (1860-1950) 20 Jun 1881
Star, 22 June 1881 BILLENS-BRABNER - June 20. 1881, at St Andrew's Church, by the Rev C. Fraser, M.A., Robert, fourth son of Mr Robert Billens, Christchurch, to May, second daughter of Mr Hugh Brabner, late of Worcester
Mary was born in Scotland, 2nd of 8 children of Hugh BRABNER & Elizabeth AITCHISON. Her sister Harriet married Robert's brother William
...the known children of ROBERT & MARY:
* 1882 - 1883 Leonard Robert Billens (aged 10 weeks)
* 1884 - 1949 Hugh Brabner Billens
* 1886 - 1980 Florence Elizabeth Brabner Billens (+Thomas Laird LOW)
* 1896 - Marjorie Billens


Robert Hewitt Billens (1882-1959)
4th of 8 known children of Henry BILLENS & Eliza HEWITT
ROBERT married Myra Mary BESSETT (1886-1970) in 1912
A son, Hewitt Elliot Billens, Pilot Officer NZ428180 with the RNZEF, 149 Squadron, was Killed in Air Operations over France in WWII.
Robert Hewitt Billens was the Editor of the Manawatu Times
He died in Porirua & was cremated at Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North
NOTE Evening Post, 30 May 1939 Mrs Murray Hilgendorf, who was formerly Miss Myra Billens, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs R. H. Billens, Palmerston North, left Melbourne recently with her husband to take up their residence in Darwin, Northern Territory. Mr Hilgendorf has been appointed ground engineer of the West Australian Airways, and his territory will extend for 2500 miles from Geraldton, which is about 200 miles north of Perth, to Wyndham, about 300 miles south-west of darwin. Both Mr and Mrs Hilgendorf were formerly students at Canterbury College


William Thomas Billens (1860-1946)
9th of 11 known children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
WILLIAM married Harriet Margaret BRABNER (1862-1954) in 1883
Harriet was born in Scotland, 3rd of 8 children of Hugh BRABNER & Elizabeth AITCHISON. Her sister Mary married William's brother Robert
...the known children of WILLIAM & HARRIET:
* 1884 - Frank William Billens
* 1885 - Muriel Maud Billens (+John Richards)
* 1887 - Elsie Billens
* 1890 - Eva Frances


the BRIDES
Agnes Billens (1876-1965)
1st of 5 children of Henry BILLENS & Agnes BROWN
AGNES married William Daniel KINGSTON (1876-1958) in 1901


Edith Edna Billens (1911-1970)
daughter of Hugh Brabner BILLENS & Edith Louisa MUSGROVE
EDITH married Bartholomew John MANN (1905-1990) in 1933
1 of 5 known sons of Jethro Colthorpe MANN & Alice Maude POWELL


Elizabeth Caroline 'Lizzie' Billens (1871-1942)
2nd of 5 children of Henry BILLS & Agnes BROWN
ELIZABETH married Henry Thomas BATTERSHILL (?-1943) in 1892
Press, 5 September 1892 BATTERSHILL-BILLENS - On 27th July, at Palmerston North, by Rev Wm Thompson, Henry Thomas, eldest son of Henry Westlake Battershill, of Portsmouth, England, to Elizabeth (Lizzie), 2nd daughter of Henry Billens, late of Akaroa. Home papers please copy
...the known children of ELIZABETH & HENRY: (born Palmerston North)
* 1893 - 1914 Roy Sidney Battershill
* 1895 - 1957 Violet Louise Battershill (+Charles William Booth HOUGHTON)
* 1897 - 1954 *Eric Henry Battershill
* 1904 - 1905 Selwyn Westlake Battershill (drowned aged 16 months, buried Hastings)
* 1908 - Miriam Beatrice Kathleen Battershill (+Guy Roy Cave RANDELL)
* 1913 - Stella Iona Battershill (+Lionel Aloysius de Renzy JAMES)
NOTES
* Roy died 21 Sep 1914 aged 20
* Eric Henry Battershill rescued 15 year old Norman Ryan from drowning at Waipawa, Hawkes Bay on 13 Sep 1913. In Jan 1914 Eric was awarded a Bravery Medal from the Royal Humane Society. Eric Henry Battershill (Eric Dare) was a Motor Mechanic in Sydney when he enlisted with the AIF on 25 Sep 1916. He served as Driver 13196 with the 2nd Auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company, embarking from Melbourne 22 Dec 1916. His next of kin was his father Henry Thomas Battershill at Princes-street, Hastings, Hawkes Bay.
* Eric died in Parramatta
* the Battershill girls above married in Woollahra, New South Wales
* Miriam + Guy Randell (1893-1949): 6 May 1932, Guy Roy Cave Randell v Miriam Beatrice Kathleen Randell (formerly Battershill). Issue, desertion by reason of the wife's non-compliance with a restitution decree. Marriage, June, 1926, at Darling Point, Woollahra, Church of England rites. Decree nisi. They were granted a decree absolute in Sydney in Feb 1933
* ELIZABETH CAROLINE & HARRY THOMAS Battershill died in Sydney


Ellen Ethel Billens (1884-1965)
8th of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
ELLEN married Ernest George GOOD in 1913


Elsie Billens
3rd of 4 known children of William Thomas BILLENS & Harriet Margaret BRABNER
ELSIE married William McLEAN in 1926


Emma Billens (1854-1941)
6th of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
EMMA married Frank Lewis FRANCIS (1851-1928) 16 Apr 1879 in Christchurch
...the known children of EMMA & FRANK:
* 1880 - Jepie Maude Perry Francis


Eva Frances Billens (1890-1972)
4th of 4 known children of William Thomas BILLENS & Harriet Margaret BRABNER
EVA married Frank Ernest KING (1887-1950) in 1913
5th of 8 known children of Richard KING & Mary Jane TODD


Evangeline Billens (1873-1968)
3rd of 5 children of Henry BILLS & Agnes BROWN
EVANGELINE married Peter SORRENSON (1869-1948) in 1901
...the known children of PETER & EVANGELINE:
* 1903 - Frank Henry Sorrenson
* 1905 - Hilda Marguerite Sorrenson
* 1906 - Robert John Sorrenson
* 1908 - Evaline Agnes Sorrenson
* 1911 - Kathleen Merle Sorrenson
* 1913 - Sienna Phyllis Sorrenson


Fanny Louisa Billens (1875-1943)
3rd of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
FANNY married Joseph Henry PEEK (1876-1943) in 1904
son of Joseph PEEK (1852-1918, flu pandemic) & Honor LANYON (1855-1931)


Fanny Mary Billens (1869-1950)
1st of 5 children of Henry BILLS & Agnes BROWN
FANNY married John BROOKER ((1856-1931) in 1894 (& died Wellington)
John was born in Greenwich, the 5th of 10 children of Thomas Edward BROOKER (1806-1873) & his 2nd wife Elizabeth TILL (1822-1909). His father had 8 children with his 1st wife Mary Ann COUZENS (1812-1849)
...the known children of FANNY & JOHN:
* 1896 - Lilian Elizabeth Brooker
* 1898 - Leslie John Brooker
* 1899 - Edna Mildred Brooker
* 1901 - Ernest Herbert Brooker
* 1903 - Leonard Alfred Brooker
* 1905 - Aileen Brooker
* 1909 - Henry James Brooker


Florence Elizabeth Brabner Billens (1886-1980)
3rd of 4 known children of Robert BILLENS & Mary BRABNER
FLORENCE married Thomas Laird LOW (1879-1939) in 1908
son of William Elder (1854-1926) & Betsy Laird (1852-1919) LOW
LOWBILLENS On November 18th, at the residence of the bride's parents, 183 Montreal street,' Christchurch, by the Rev.- T. McDonald) Thomas Laird, eldest son of William Low, Timaru, to Florence Elizabeth Brabner, eldest daughter of Robert Billens


Jessie Mary Billens (1862-1939)
10th of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
5th of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
JESSIE married Robert George MUFF (1853-1927) in 1885
...the known children of JESSIE & ROBERT:
* 1886 - 1925 Alice Caroline Muff
* 1888 - 1964 William Robert Muff
* 1890 - 1947 Eva Muff (+William George OGSTON)
* 1892 - 1950 Dorothy Lucy Muff
* 1893 - 1924 Herbert Laurence Muff
* 1895 - 1978 Margaret Winifred Muff (+Thomas Royle POLLARD aka O'SULLIVAN)
* 1898 - 1946 Jessie Louisa Muff (+John Leslie HENDERSON)
* 1900 - 1995 Dudley Robert Muff
* 1903 - Kathleen Frances Muff (+John Bernard HAMILTON)
* 1908 - 1991 Selwyn Frederick Muff


Louisa Maria Billens (1848-1923)
3rd of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
LOUISA MARIA married William MEECH (1844-1908) in 1867 in Christchurch
...the known children of LOUSIA & WILLIAM:
* 1868 - 1915 Louisa Matilda Meech (+William James TRERISE +Fredrick BIEL)
LOUISA MARIA next married Francis MILLICHAMP (1838-1913) in 1911 in Christchurch


Lucy Caroline Billens (1852-1944)
5th of 11 children of Robert BILLENS & Caroline WEEBER
LUCY married John Henry MOORE (1843-) 10 Apr 1871 in Kaiapoi
...the known children of LUCY & JOHN:
* 1872 - 1948 Emma Louisa Moore (+Charles Edmund RANBY)
* 1874 - 1912 Albert Henry Moore (+Emily MOORE 1903)
* 1875 - 1945 Frank Louis Moore (+Annie Louise Amelia MARDON +Ivy Mary Rosetta GREEN)
* 1877 - 1959 Harold Frederick Moore
* 1885 - 1885 Ivy Lillian Moore (twin, aged 13 days)
* 1885 - 1885 Ruby Florence Moore (twin, aged 14 days)


Mabel Billens (1882-1970)
7th of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
MABEL married Harold INSTONE (1881-1963) in 1911
3rd of 8 known children of Samuel George INSTONE & Jessie Sutherland KELVINE
...the known children of MABEL & HAROLD:
* 1912 - Kathleen May Instone


Mabel Ellis Billens (1881-1970)
3rd of 8 known children of Henry BILLENS & his 2nd wife Eliza HEWITT
MABEL married George Thomas ALLEN 6 May 1906 in Palmerston North
Manawatu Standard, 9 May 1906 ALLEN-BILLENS The wedding took place this afternoon of mr George T. Allen, part proprietor of the Eketahuna Express, and Miss Mabel E. Billens, of Palmerston North. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's parents, Fitzherbert street, Rev I. Jolly, M.A., officiating. The Misses Kathleen Billens and Clara Allen acted as bridesmaids, and Mr Harold Bowater, of Carnarvon, was the best man. The newly-married couple left by the evening train for their home in Eketahuna
...the known children of MABEL & GEORGE:
* 1907 - George Robert Sheppard Allen
* 1912 - Eve Mary Allen


Muriel Maude Billens (1886-1953)
2nd of 4 known children of William Thomas BILLENS & Harriet Margaret BRABNER
MURIEL married John RICHARDS in 1904
Press, 27 July 1904 RICHARDS-BILLENS - At Christchurch, John Richards, third son of James Richards, Pine Hill, Dunedin, to Muriel Maude, eldest daughter of W. T. Billens, Clare road, St Albans
...the known children of MURIEL & JOHN:
* 1905 - Jack Richard Richards (+May Corunna Stevenson WALKER)
* 1905 - Thelma Doris Richards (+Clarence Allan Boskell)
* 1906 - 1987 Eileen Elsie Richards (+Eldred Cyril Voice)
* 1907 - 2002 Percy James Richards (+Dulcie Teresa LOVELL)
* 1908 - 1970 Lloyd Clifford Richards
* 1910 - 1984 Lester Douglas Richards (+Lilian May JOHNS)
* 1911 - 1945 Clyde Hermann Richards
* 1912 - 1979 Ralph Graham Richards
* 1913 - 1978 Alan Maitland Richards


Rachel Lucy Billens (1878-1958)
4th of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
RACHEL married Daniel Colvin McCAUGHERN (1879-1965) in 1908
...the known children of RACHEL & DANIEL:
* 1910 - Hazel Ray McCaughern
* 1914 - Ruby McCaughern


Sarah Emma Caroline Billens (1872-1903)
1st of 10 known children of Frederick Robert BILLENS & Emma DALTRY
SARAH married Minchin RUDD (1870-1944) in 1896
...the known children of SARAH & MINCHIN:
* 1898 - 1973 Laurence Frederick Rudd
* 1900 - 1977 Lyndall Mary Rudd (+Eric Arthur Crabtree)
* 1901 - 1903 Verna Ray Rudd (21 months)
* 1903 - 1936 Maxwell Billens Rudd
RUDD - On the 29th August, at Beckehnham, Christchurch, Sarah (Sadie), dearly beloved wife of Minchin Rudd, and eldest daughter of Emma and the late Frederick Rober Billens; aged 31 years
NOTE Minchin remarried in 1908 to Winifred Jane SHORT


Violet Billens (1883-1957)
5th of 8 known children of Henry BILLENS & Eliza HEWITT
VIOLET married Samuel David CURRY (1879-1975) in 1904
...the known children of VIOLET & SAMUEL:
* 1904 - 1960 Raymond Curry
* 1906 - Kathleen Julia Curry
* 1908 - 1976 Archibald William Curry
* 1911 - Gwendoline Curry
* 1913 - 1964 Robert Bryan Curry


NOTE
Robert BILLENS married Caroline WEEBER 16 Apr 1843 Westminister, London
they had 8 children in London then emigrated into Lyttelton 5 Jan 1859 on the Clontarf and had further children
...the known children of ROBERT (1819-1899) & CAROLINE (1820-1906):
Born in London
* 1844 - 1888 Frederick Robert Billens
* 1846 - 1936 Henry Billens (+Mary Brabner)
* 1848 - 1828 Louisa Maria Billens (+William Meech +Francis Millichamp)
* 1850 - 1854 George Billens (died aged 4 in London)
* 1852 - 1944 Lucy Caroline Billens (+John Henry Moore)
* 1854 - 1941 Emma Billens (+Frank Lewis Francis)
* 1856 - 1934 Robert Billens
* 1858 - 1859 Fanny Billens (aged 15 months in Christchurch)
Born in Lyttelton
* 1860 - 1946 William Thomas Billens
* 1861 - 1939 Jessie Mary Billens
* 1863 - 1938 Alfred Billens (aged 74 in Christchurch)


PHOTO
GRAVE of HENRY BILLENS & his 2nd wife ELIZA (nee Hewitt)

Plot 36, Block 7, Area B at Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North

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