Agnes Jane Akers ❤️ Charles William Sly

UPDATE 3 Sep 2018

Had an email from a lovely chap who saw my Blog about his Grandparents! “I was having a surf on my computer and came across your photo of Agnes Sly nee Akers wife of C W Sly, these are my grandparents…… I have a great interest in the family tree I have many photos but had not seen that one…..Nesta is 101 on Sept 5th (One of his cousins on the tree)…….I`d like to have a chat…...Richard …….(age 86)
He’s just learning on his computer & doing well!
So I phoned him & we did have a lovely chat yesterday afternoon, and this morning his Grandmother’s beautiful photo taken in 1917 is on it’s way back to him and his family!   Part 2 Blog sharing more treasures from the family Family Akers/Sly

On the way home from our holiday in Cornwall a couple of weeks ago we popped into a carboot sale in Devon, and just found one photo, this lovely lady was in a tatty frame on someone’s table. So I bought her, it wasn’t until I took the photo out of the frame that I realised there was pencil writing on the back, so difficult to see! But I have a little ultra violet torch for just such purpose!


It say’s on the back here below “Agnes Sly wife of C W Sly August 1917


This lovely lady’s maiden name was Agnes Jane AKERS she married Charles William SLY at the beginning of 1880 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales.

This is their family history story. As usual I have compiled a family tree on Ancestry for the family.. Direct Link here.. Akers/Sly Family Lynns Waffles

Agnes Jane AKERS was born in Aug 1855 in St Fagans, Glamorganshire, Wales as the fifth child of James Matthews AKERS and Jane FORESHEW (AKERS, AGNES JANE FORESHEIR (Misspelt) Order GRO Reference: 1855 S Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 218 ).

She had eleven siblings that I have found, namely: Edward, Elizabeth Ann, James Matthews, William, Frances, Herbert, Reginald Foreshew, Edith Mary, Arthur, Amy Isobel, and Minnie. When she was 24, she married Charles William SLY, son of Charles SLY and Eliza Nicholls KIRK, in Jan 1880 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. She died in Jun 1927 in Axbridge, Somerset, England.

Agnes Jane AKERS lived in St Fagan, Glamorgan, Wales in 1871 (Relation to Head of House: Daughter). She lived in Weston Super Mare, Somerset, England in 1881 (Marital Status: Married; Relationship to Head: Wife). She lived in Weston Super Mare, Somerset, England in 1891 (Relation to Head: Wife). She lived in Weston Super Mare, Somerset, England in 1901 (Relation to Head of House: Wife). She lived in Weston super Mare, Somerset, England on 02 Apr 1911 (Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife).

Charles William SLY was born in Jul 1853 in Warminster, Wiltshire. He was baptized on 29 Jul 1853 in Warminster, Wiltshire. He was the second child of Charles SLY and Eliza Nicholls KIRK. He had three siblings I have found, namely: Eliza E J, Mary Margaret Kirk, and George H. He died on 23 Oct 1931 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (Lived at no 2 Bouverie Mansions, Quadrant Square, Weston Super Mare). Charles was first a Clerk, then a Bank Clerk, Bank Cashier, finally being a Bank Manager.

Charles William SLY was baptized on 29 Jul 1853 in Warminster, Wiltshire, England

Agnes and Charles had the following children:

  1. Mabel Agnes SLY was born on 31 Mar 1881 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset (SLY, MABEL AGNES AKERS Order GRO Reference: 1881 J Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 546 ). Mabel never married. She died on 17 Aug 1958 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.
  2. Charles Ernest SLY was born in 1883 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (SLY, CHARLES ERNEST AKERS Order GRO Reference: 1883 M Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 549 ). He died in 1905 aged just 22 (See Newspaper reports below)  in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (SLY, CHARLES ERNEST 22 Order GRO Reference: 1905 S Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 289 ).
  3. Harold Foreshew SLY was born in 1884 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He died in 1884 just a baby, in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (SLY, HAROLD FORESHEW 0 Order GRO Reference: 1884 D Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 389 ).
  4. Robert Douglas SLY was born on 16 Nov 1886 in Weston Super Mare, Somerset (SLY, ROBERT DOUGLAS AKERS Order GRO Reference: 1886 D Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 529 ). He died on 20 Nov 1955 in Bath, Somerset, England. He married Winifred Rose PARSONS in Jun 1930 in Axbridge, Somerset. I think I have found two sons from this marriage in 1930 and 1932, but cannot confirm any marriages or more details without certificates.
  5. Alec Foreshew SLY was born on 07 May 1888 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (SLY, ALEC FORESHEW AKERS Order GRO Reference: 1888 J Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 517 ). He died on 06 Jan 1956 in Taunton, Somerset, England. He married Ida Gertrude HASLOCK in Mar 1921 in Paddington, London. I have found one likely son born to this couple in 1922, but again as there are a few with the same initials & first names, I cannot be sure without certificates whether he married or had any children himself.
  6. Kathleen Mary SLY was born on 15 Aug 1893 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England (SLY, KATHLEEN MARY AKERS Order GRO Reference: 1893 S Quarter in AXBRIDGE Volume 05C Page 503 ). She died on 01 Nov 1987 in Teignmouth, Devon, England. She married Reginald Norman JONES in Dec 1916 in Axbridge, Somerset, England. I have found three probable daughters to this couple, born in 1917, 1919, and 1923. Did they marry and have children? Are there any Ancestors out there somewhere?


None of the women in the family at the funeral, as was the custom, that must have been dreadful, his Mum Agnes is not even mentioned! What different times they were.



A poem in remembrance



Just 22 years old, their son Charles died ‘with heart trouble’ probably easy to fix today, the couple had lost two sons, so sad.


While I was adding records and compiling the family tree, I also found some more old photos that people have shared on their public trees of the Sly family. One is a beautiful rather sad looking Agnes in her younger days, had she just lost her tiny son Harold in 1884?


Agnes Jane Akers
Agnes Jane Sly (Akers)


I also found a photo of Charles William Sly, Agnes’s husband (Below)


Charles William Sly
Charles William Sly


These last two found photos are of two of Charles William Sly’s uncles (His Fathers brothers) The first is James Sly 1831-1881. He married in Withensea in December 1862, his wife Eliza had a son the following year (Sept quarter) and just a short while after the birth she died (Dec quarter). This photo below was obviously taken just after his wife’s death in 1863 with his new baby son Charles Herbert James Sly (1862-1927). James was first a Grocers assistant, then a tea merchant in Hull, then a Traveller (Commercial) He did remarry in 1871 to Sarah Peltingelt and had four more children, two boys and two girls.

James Sly & son Charles Herbert

This last photo I found is of William Sly 1822-1886, another of Charles Sly’s brothers (another uncle of Charles William Sly’s)

William Sly Innkeeper

He was the Innkeeper of the White Hart at 18 George Street, Warminster, Wiltshire for many years. A William Sly, not the same William obviously! Was the Innkeeper of the White Hart in the records from 1822 & must have been before, right through to 1881, I wonder could it have been his father William Sly? He is described in the 1841 census as a Farmer, but I have found before that a Farmer diversifies within a village being a land owner, so maybe he was the license holder of the pub too, then after his death William the son took it on.

This below is part of an article about the White Hart in the Wiltshire Times, dated  13 Dec 2007.

“This old inn, the White Hart Inn is situated on the corner of George Street with Sambourne Road, in Warminster, Wiltshire. It was recorded in history books as far back as the early 1700. Halliday, in his historical notes about Warminster, stated the former name of the Inn was the Roebuck. In the 1801 Survey of Warminster the inn was run by a Bill Sly with outbuildings attached to the property containing a brew house. One feature of this historic inn was a special pipe rack for customers to place the long Churchwarden-style clay pipes. Another practice was to keep a large tankard of two gallons capacity, known as Brazen Serpent, filled with beer which was paid for by means of a whip round. The Warminster Sessions of July 1608 ordered that the “best beer and ale was to be sold at three pence a gallon.” An advert dated 1900 listed the White Hart Inn as a posting and commercial house with horses, wagonettes, traps of all descriptions let on hire. The inn was also a noted house for Bartlett’s Old and Mild Beer Bitter and Stout – the brewery just a few hundred yards away at Portway. Our archive picture (Below) is dated 100 years ago and shows a busy street scene. The houses, almost centre of the picture, which include the sign of Dr Young’s Surgery in the window, no longer exists – the site is now the road that leads to the Western Car Park.” What is the White Hart now? Does anyone know?


Part of an article from 1834 in the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, over the burning of hay at a farm owned by William Sly, which also states that he ran the White Hart too!

Are you a descendant of the Akers or Sly family? I would love this lady to go home to her family, please get in touch, see Contact Me at top of Blog.

Till next time then……………..



  1. I often wonder about the later story of the pictures. What happened to the photos after the death of the owners. Why didn’t they remain with the family and how did they end up for sale in a shop or car boot sale. It would be a bit like the story of a shilling that we used to write in English lessons.

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    • I know what you mean Liz, be interesting to follow their path, descendants not bothering with sorting stuff, house clearance company come in & clear, lots go to auction, then antique shops, fairs, fleamarkets & car boot sales, some must go on quite a journey!

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  2. Love this post Lynn, although a little sad .I was especially interested in your comments about the pub.Those country pubs had such character but sadly most have turned to doing meals as the beer trade is not so much called for nowadays because of the drink drive law. I loved seeing all the copper and brass around the walls and of course those church warden pipe racks you mentioned.. I enjoyed reading this family history which you so well documented Lynn. Good luck with future finds.

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    • Thanks so much Rita, yes unfortunately there is always good & sad in family history. Many families lost babies & young children in those times, we are very lucky today to have medication & expertise that saves so many lives.
      I know what you mean about pubs, it’s very hard to find a ‘proper ‘ one they are mostly posher eating houses now, shame😊 Lynn x

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  3. This is amazing. I am a several times great granddaughter of the last William Sly you pictured. I was googling several family members & happened to stumble upon your blog by chance. It is amazing that you found this photo.

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    • Hi Jay. Thanks so much for getting in touch. So glad you enjoyed reading the blog about the Sly family. It’s amazing what you can find just searching the internet & of course searching other families on Ancestry, you never know what photos you might come across. Best Wishes, Lynn


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