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:
- 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.
- 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 ).
- 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 ).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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?
I also found a photo of Charles William Sly, Agnes’s husband (Below)
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.
This last photo I found is of William Sly 1822-1886, another of Charles Sly’s brothers (another uncle of Charles William Sly’s)
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?
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Till next time then……………..