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William Checkley DEVEREUX & Ellen GILL - Lower Hutt

Journal by ngairedith

William Checkley Devereux was born 14 Nov 1822 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, a son of Robert Devereux & Susanna Checkley. He died aged 65 on 26 Sep 1887, in Lower Hutt after ailing for some time and is buried Plot 265, Christ Church Taita cemetery

William emigrated in 1855 on the 'Myrtle' and settled in the district. He established the wholesale and retail butchery in the Main Road, Lower Hutt in 1856, the only one of its kind in the district. He took a keen interest in local and colonial politics for over thirty years and died in 1887, five minutes after having voted at the general election. His son Frederick William Devereux, took over the business in 1886. The freehold premises included a two-story shop and dwelling. His slaughter-house, fitted with every modern appliance, was situated on the Main Road about a mile from the shop.

William Checkley Devereux married Ellen Gill/King, as his 2nd wife, before 1857
A total of their children not yet known
* 1857 - 1938 Lydia Myrtle
. . Lydia married William Williams in 1887
* 1859 -1934 Frederick William Devereux
. . Frederick died 14 April 1934 & buried Plot 85K at Bolton Street cemetery, Wellington
* 1863 - 1924 Marian Amy Devereux
. . Marian was a dressmaker
* 1865 - 1880 Edgar Amos Devereux
. . Edgar died aged 15 by drowning with 2 companions, George Cooley aged 20 and Henry Franklin 'Francis' Cross aged 17 in Lake Wairarapa
* 1869 - 1908 Margaret Ellen 'Nellie' Devereux
* Nellie (unmarried) died in Auckland 7 Nov 1908 aged 39
* 1871 - Jane Ann Devereux

* From "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wellington Provincial District), Commercial & Industrial, the entry for his son Frederick William:
Frederick William Devereux, Wholesale and Retail Butcher, Main Road, Lower Hutt. Bankers, Bank of New Zealand. This business, the only one of the kind in the township, was established in 1856 by the late Mr William Checkley Devereux, father of the present proprietor.
The founder, whose portrait is reproduced herein, came to the Colony in 1855, per ship "Myrtle," (arrived in Wellington Jan 1854 via Sydney) and settled in the district. He took a keen interest in local and colonial politics for over thirty years, and died in 1887 - five minutes after having voted at the general election of that year. Frederick Devereux was born in Lower Hutt in 1859 and learned his business with his father, assisting in the management of the business for several years before taking it over. As an Oddfellow he has been a member of the Rose of the Valley Lodge for some eighteen years past. In musical matters, Mr Deveieux is a singer and possesses a good tenor voice, which he is ever ready to use as a soloist for any local charity. He is also an amateur athlete and, having studied the noble art of self-defence, has attained considerable renown as a boxer.

27 Sep 1887
DEVEREUX - At his residence, Lower Hutt, William Checkley Devereux, aged 65 years .. at about a quarter past 12 to-day Mr Devereux, an old settler, died suddenly after registering his vote, The deceased had been ailing for some time, and was aged 65
The Friends of the late Mr William C. Devereux are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral, which will leave his late residence, Lower Hutt, for the Taita Cemetery, on Wednesday, 28th instant, at 3 p.m. E. & A COLLETT, Undertakers, Petone

Wife Ellen died in Auckland 10 Nov 1906 aged 74 and is buried Plot 34, Row 55, Block E at Purewa Cemetery with daughter Nellie

Devereux family outside their house on High Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, photographed by William Williams in 1887 (husband of their daughter Lydia Myrtle)
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington

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by Wdevereux on 2013-02-02 11:54:55

Have info on F W Deverereux, however no into on where mum Ellen was buried. Surname for Ellen is Gill not King in family records. Was second wife for William Checkley Devereux.

by ngairedith on 2013-02-04 16:16:37

thank you to Wdevereaux for this message:

Subject: Devereux
To: ngairedith
From: Wdevereux
Date: 2013-02-04 09:51:16
Thought you'd like to know there is a great family tree in GenI for FW Devereux partner Eliza Taylor, who married Burbush then Palmer then ended up leaving Palmer and living with him and having more children. 13 in total. FWS was an opera singer in spare time. eliza is also burrowed in plot 85k at Bolton st cemetry wellington.

Lydia married William Williams eminent NZ photographer whose collections are with NZ records http://digitalnz.org/records/22884813
++ family pictures online in archives

Hope this fills some gaps. Can I check where Ellen KING not GILL from, need to check I don't have wrong.

by APH on 2020-07-02 10:38:11

Can you please tell me how to find this family tree? I recently came into possession of Andrew Matheson's book on the family. There's a lot of information about Frederick Devereux. He never married... Eliza Palmer was the love of his life, and she remained married to George Palmer, although in the end, love triumphed and Eliza and Fred spent the last decade of her life together.

I'm trying to find where Frederick is buried. He's not buried with Eliza. She's with William Burbush. I'm so desperate to know where Frederick is. My paternal grandmother kept all of this family history from us, because she didn't want us to know we were secretly Devereux, not Palmer. Well now we know anyway, and I want to know more about Frederick Devereux. He seems like such a lovely guy, and I'm so so so happy I come from him, and not George Palmer.

I would love to make contact with anyone who can give me more info on Frederick, beyond what's in Andrew Matheson's book, and the info on the Christ Church website that contains an anecdote about his bequeathment for health service provision for the Chinese community.

Thank you
Andrew Harris

by ngairedith on 2020-07-02 10:48:04

Andrew, that comment was 7 years ago. Hope they are still active

by ngairedith on 2020-09-12 10:06:55

Andrew, Frederick Devereaux, Eliza's defacto, is buried with Eliza & her 1st husband William Burbush in Plot 85K, Bolton Street cemetery

by APH on 2020-09-18 19:44:35

Thanks Ngaire. Yes I investigated further when I found a record saying he was buried with Eliza, as he isn't mentioned on the grave. Turns out his son Edgar arranged for his ashes to be buried there, but of course it was done discreetly and so he doesn't have a marker associated with him

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