Hannah Williams
My Great x 2 Grandmother

Hannah has led me a merry chase trying to
track down her family due to several reasons.
1) Her maiden name is very common among
Welsh people. 2) Her death is recorded under
an incorrect name and details. 3)  At the time
of her marriage to Anson, she was simply
shown as 'staying with relatives'.  A little
detective work showed that one of the
witnesses to the marriage, Alfred Joseph
Simmons had married Dorothy Massy
Williams in Victoria in 1855, so it was likely
that these were the family members she was
staying with.  The Simmons family disappear
from the Victoria records after 1861 but I was
lucky enough to find them again in the 1871
and later UK censuses, together with some
other Williams relatives. Further tracking led
me to Hannah and her family in the 1851
census. Full details are on the webpage for
her parents - see link below.

Hannah Williams was born about 1836 baptised
2nd May 1836 Penrhoslligwy, father a farmer of
on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales, daughter
Richard Massey Williams and Margaret

Immigration: Hannah's death certificate states
she had resided in the Colonies for 44 years
which would make date of her arrival about 1861,
shortly before her marriage. No shipping record
has been found to date.

Marriage: Hannah married Anson Hammond
Bartlett on 2nd February 1861 at St James
Cathedral, Melbourne, Victoria. At the time of
their marriage, Anson was a bachelor aged 27
years whose occupation was a horse dealer. His
usual residence was Ballarat and his present
residence was Spencer Street, Melbourne.  
Hannah was a spinster aged 24 years with no
occupation was given but she is listed as 'staying
with relatives'. She gives the same usual and
present residences as Anson. The witnesses to
the marriage were Alfred Joseph Simmons
[Hannah's brother in law] and James Phillips.
The officiating minister was J. M Donaldson.

Hannah and Anson had the following children:
Click Here

Death: Hannah died on 8th July, 1902 at
Brighton, Victoria aged 63. At the time she was
residing in Union Street, Brighton. Her
occupation was Hotel Keeper. Cause of death was
cirrhosis of the liver and exhaustion. She is
buried in the Frankston Cemetery. Her death is
incorrectly registered in the name Hannah
Esterbrook Bartlett, daughter of Wm Williams
and Hannah Massey. She was buried in the
Frankston Cemetery on 10th July, 1902.

By Coincidence Hannah Williams is the second
ancestor by that name in my family tree. I also
Hannah [Ann] Williams a convict from
Carmarthen Wales who arrived on the
Nile in
[a]: Victorian BDM Index
[b]: Marriage Certificate of Anson Hammond Bartlett
and Hannah Williams
[c]: Death Certificate of Hannah Bartlett nee Williams
[d]: Death Certificate of Anson Hammond Bartlett
[e] 1841, 1851 UK censuses
Above: Old St James Cathedral, Melbourne. Designed
by Robert Russell, architect and early surveyor of
Melbourne with later additions and alterations by
Charles Laing. The foundation stone was laid in 1839
near the corner of Collins and Williams streets. It was
Melbourne's Catherdral from 1848 until 1891. It was
moved to its present site and rebuilt stone by stone in
1913. The Cathedral is one of the few pre-goldrush
buildings still standing in Melbourne.
Below:  Hannah's grave at Frankston. She is buried
with daughter Emily Louisa  and husband Anson