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William Richard Ayles/ropemaker/Kent, England

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Re: William Richard Ayles/ropemaker/Kent, England

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Surnames: Ayles
William Richard Ayles (WRA) was born 8 Oct 1853 in Charlton, Kent, England. He died 18 Feb 1916 also in Charlton. At this time, he was living at 49 Swallowfield Road. WRA married Jane Ardouin on 17 July 1877 at St. Alphege in the parish of Greenwich, Kent. Jane's parents are Alfred Ardouin and Eliza Salmon. The 1871 census shows Jane living on the same street about 2 houses from WRA. WRA's parents were William Ayles, also a ropemaker, and Eliza Cooper. Infact, ropemaking goes back to WRA's grandfather, also a William who was married to Ruth, maiden name unknown. There is an interesting article first written in the Kentish Mercury, 18 July 1863, and republished in the Greenwich Industrial History, vol.2, #2, March 1999. It concerns a fire in Charlton in which the ropery burned due to a fire that broke out in the hemp loft. WRA's father was already deceased at this time but it mentions Mrs. Eliza Ayles, ship chandler and rope manufacturer. "Mrs. Ayles' premises have been a ropery from time immemorial, and were occupied by her late husband over a period of 50 years and were held by his father before him." I also found the will of William (married to Ruth) indicating he was leaving his rope making business to his wife, Ruth and son, William. The fire article is very amusing. There was more concern about saving the pub next door to the ropery and a fight broke out between the pub owner and the captain of the London firefighters. You can view the whole article at WRA and Jane had four children: William Alfred, b. 25 Apr 1878, d. Jan-Mar 1940, m. Emily May Weldon in 1903; Jane Eliza (sometimes Elizabeth), b. 18 Sep 1879, d. 19 June 1963 in Albany, Georgia, USA, m. Ernest Albert Wells in 1906; Daisy Mabel, b. 9 Apr 1882, d. unknown, m1 Samson Ernest G. Roberts in 1913, m2 Jesse W. Bashford in 1935; Herbert Charles (aka Burt) b. Jan-Mar 1888, d. Apr-Jun 1966, m. Rose Stout in 1915. Jane Eliza is my grandmother. She was not very talkative about her family, although she mentioned Burt occasionally and they frequently wrote letters to each other. Burt's son, Leslie, a member of the Royal Navy, visited once when I was about 5-6 years old. Jane always told us that we didn't need to know anything about her family because we would not be meeting them. She seemed very sad about not being able to return to England to live. Jane was a very uptight, prudish sort of person. My father always explained her behavior as being the way she was brought up. Until their 13th birthday, the children always ate in the kitchen with the cook. When they were finally allowed to dine with their parents, they were to dress as if going to church and to be seen, not heard. I have a picture of Ernest & Jane's wedding. Their parents are also in the photo. I don't know if this answers your questions or not. If there is anything specific you need to know that hasn't been answered here, please e-mail me at
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