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does anyone know who the Mrs Bills settler was in the 1866 wellington nz Almanack, looking for William Frederick Bills married Florence m bills(nee?)

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on 2011-03-17 02:12:28

sheshe has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2011. is researching the following names: BILLS, CARMONT.

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by edmondsallan on 2011-03-17 02:28:12

Go to the historical NZ BDM national website - online -look them both up -Regards

by ngairedith on 2011-03-17 07:06:51

in this list of Wellington residents in the 1866 Almanack there is a Mrs Bills, Settler, Tinakori Rd and a J. Bills, a Carter in Tinakori Rd
- I am going to assume at this early stage of research that they were husband and wife, (although there were other Bills living in Tinakori Rd at that time) BUT, one step at a time ...

so we need to find a Mr & Mrs J. Bills of Tinakori Rd, Wellington

You also want to find William Frederick Bills and his wife Florence ?
- no Florence found (at this early stage) but your great, great, great grandparents Frederick BILLS & Mary Ann HAYES also lived in Tinakori road

They were VERY early settlers of Wellington arriving on the CLIFTON 17 Feb 1842

- Frederick is on the Wellington Jurors list of 1843
- he fell down a bank and drowned in the Tinakori creek on 1 July 1865 after leaving Dixon's public house that night. He was aged 51
- Mary Ann (1817-1885) later married Samuel SIGNAL in 1868

He had a son JAMES BILLS (1841-1911) so this may be the J Bills. James married Louisa KEY in 1864 so this seems a very likely J. & Mrs Bills in Tinakori Rd in 1866 (they later moved to Otaki)

He had a son Frederick William Bills who married Charlotte Eliza DOWSETT

he had a daughter FLORENCE Bills (1861-1925) who married William Henry BALLINER and later married John JONES in 1903

Are you perhaps thinking of this Florence ???

I will continue to research for a time and see if we can come up with anything else

by sheshe on 2011-03-17 16:02:28

by jofeath on 2011-06-13 09:02:02

That information in the Otaki journal is inaccurate, ie. no Florence, and no son who went to America. One son Thomas died in NZ and his wife and family subsequently went to Australia however. Our family is definitely Frederick and Mary Ann, arriving on the Clifton with baby son James, who was my GGGF. I don't think that W Bills is connected to the same Bills family. One of Frederick's brothers, Thomas Bills, came out in 1856 with a daughter Sophia Jane. He died in 1868 and is buried in Bolton St. Sophia susbsquently married Robert Cole Furness. Frederick and Mary Ann Bills had another six children, including Susannah, born in Wellington before Frederick drowned. You don't by any chance have any photos of Mary Ann Hays/Bills/Signal do you? There are several photos of daughter Mary Ann Bright nee Bills at the Alexander Turnbull library.

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