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Ann Virginia Caroline FULLER + William WILLETTS

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on 16 Oct 2011 beachgirl42 asked:
... I have a marrige cert. for Ann Caroline Virginia Fuller m. William Willetts in NZ age 17 date 1857. No other information. On her death certifate 1886 it is stated that she was born in Australia to parents William and Elizabeth Mary [no maiden name] and had been in NZ for 38 yrs. I am not entirely convinced that the Ann born 7 8 1840 in Pitt Town NSW is the correct one. Partly because I would have thought all of her names would have been on the birth cert. Could anyone shed any light her please?

According to this site: WILLETTS of Staffordshire, Ann Virginia Caroline FULLER married William WILLETTS (1837-1919) in October 1857 in St Paul's, Auckland

the following dates of birth & death are NOT VERIFIED nor are some of the spouses. This is just to give some possibilities & locations of Willetts in NZ so further research can be done.
If you know more on this family please leave a comment below

... Ann Virginia Caroline Fuller/Willetts ...
- arrived in Auckland about 1848, aged 8
- married in Auckland in 1857, aged 17.2
- they are said to have moved to Thames in 1867, aged 27
- (this was the year gold was first found in Thames so probable)
- she died 12 February 1886, aged 46. Her burial not found in Thames
- her husband William remarried in 1892 & died in Thames in 1919

according to the above site, William & Ann had 7 known children:
- I believe there were others ...
1857 - 1865 Caroline Willetts

... large gap

1863 - 1872 Mary Willetts

1864 - 1947 William James Willetts
- in Thames 30 Dec 1879, at the age of 13 & 14 he and his brother Walter were in court for stealing a vest, a pair of boots, a gold ring & chain and a silver watch. In 1880 William was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment for the stealing
- possibly married Sarah LEATHAM (1865-1958) in 1883
they had at least 4 children
- the wedding of their 1st born, daughter Elizabeth Ann Willetts
- their last born, Ada Elsie Pearl Willetts, passed her 1st Grade Typing exam in 1916

1865 - 1950 Joseph Samuel Willetts
- married Eleanor GOLD (1866-1953) in 1886
- Joseph & Eleanor are buried in Waikumete, Auckland

1866 - 1907 Walter John Willetts
- married Eliza Kerr McDONALD in 1887
they had 7 known children
- Walter died 14 Sep 1907 aged 41 in Thames Hospital
- Eliza died 13 July 1926 aged 62
- they are buried PUBL-PLOT-0163, Shortland cemetery, Thames with their 1 year old son, James Alexander Willetts

... large gap where possible other births

1872 - 1908 Emily Ann Willetts
- possibly married James RAMSAY in 1896

1874 - 1947 Violet Louisa Willetts
- possibly married Albert George BRAKE in 1897

1877 - 1953 Frederick Charles Adolphus Willetts

William WILLETTS next married Sarah Elizabeth, formerly PHILLIPS, nee BRIGHT (1838-1935) in April 1892

- On 1 August 1913 a huge, 8 column, list of names was in the 'Thames Star' for the 46th Anniversay of the Opening of the Field (Thames gold mine). It was titled The Sturdy Pioneers of To-day and mentioned was William & Sarah E. Willetts, 1867, Shortland, now Campbell Street

- On 1 August 1917 a list of PIONEERS OF 1867 was inserted in the "Thames Star" inviting a large number of pioneers to attend the Jubilee Celebrations. Among them was W. & Sarah E. Willetts.

- William died 4 Feb 1919 aged 81
- Sarah died 24 Feb 1935 aged 97
- they are buried PUBL-PLOT-3207 & 3208 at Shortland cemetery, Thames

the WILLETTS buried at Shortland St Cemetery, Thames pre 1900:

1872 WILLETTS Adolphus aged 9 days
- parents not recored

1878 WILLETTS Sarah Ann aged 6 weeks
- daughter of Henry & Sarah Ann (below) Willetts

1878 WILLETTS Sarah Ann aged 28
- mother of Sarah Ann above

1887 WILLETTS Walter John aged 15 months
- unknown

1893 WILLETTS James Alexander aged 15 months
- son of Walter John & Eliza Kerr Willetts

1898 WILLETTS John aged 3 weeks
- son of William James & Sarah Willetts

1898 WILLETTS Walter Fuller aged 2?
- son of Walter John & Eliza Kerr Willetts

Thames, Coromandel in 1868

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by arre5t on 2012-12-24 23:38:11

William Alexander Willetts served with his brother Phillip Onslow Arthur Willetts in WWI and portraits of the two can been seen at the Auckland museum. Phillip Onslow Arthur Willetts had a son, named Colin Arthur Willetts (passed away 20th August 2006 and is laid to rest and the returned servicemen cremations plots at the Thames Totara Cemetry) had son named Phillip Arthur Willetts, born 26th October 1986. This would make William Alexander Willetts my great uncle.

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