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Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« on: Sunday 23 June 19 01:30 BST (UK) »
I have a bit of puzzle that have worked on for years and never made much more progress. It relates to a sister of one of my ancestors.

Eva Harriett Gardner was born 13 May 1884 in Halford, Warwickshire, England.

In 1907, Eva married William Oscar Attrill on the Isle of Wight. They had two daughters - Norah (1907) and Joan (1914).

While William Attrill was away at war, Eva became pregnant by another man, and gave birth to a son Jack in January 1919, at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, where Eva's mother was still living. Jack was adopted (changed surname) and later raised by his mother's sister.

Later in 1919, in London, Eva bigamously married Alfred Wells, who we think was the father of Jack. She used the name Eva Gardner when they were married to avoid suspicion.

William obtained a divorce from Eva on the grounds of adultery in 1922 (this was reported in the local papers). These record Alfred Bartlett as the co-respondent in the case. I believe that Alfred Bartlett and Alfred Wells were the same man, but have yet to definitely demonstrate this and do not know why the two names.

William Attrill and their two daughters remained on the Isle of Wight, and, it seems, never had anything to do with Eva after this point.

So why all this on the Australia board? Family rumour has it that Eva and "Alf Wells" emigrated to Australia in the early 1920s, and that they had two daughters of their own. She was apparently pregnant when they left.

However, I have not been able to find any record of the family moving to or living in Australia. I have no idea where in Australia they may have gone, or when they might have died. Can anyone find any details on their life in Australia?

Thank you,

Alexander

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 23 June 19 01:46 BST (UK) »
Have you searched the 1939 register to ensure they were not somewhere in UK instead of Australia?

Do you know the names of the daughters of the second union?

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 23 June 19 01:50 BST (UK) »
Hi Sue,

Not been able to find them on the 1939, so presume they were in Australia. My understanding is that Eva never came back to the UK.

The elder daughter was possibly called Jean, I think born early 1920s, not sure for the younger (and honestly can't rule out that the younger daughter could still be alive).

Thanks,

Alexander

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 23 June 19 02:01 BST (UK) »
Possible?

Births Mar 1919   
Wells    Irene B    Gardner    Lewisham    1d   1294    


Realise that canít be right in view of birth of Jack in the same quarter

Births Mar 1927   Another female I*** L.

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 23 June 19 02:03 BST (UK) »
There are a lot of things in the story that are puzzling.

If Alfred WELLS was the father of the  ex nuptial child why was he given to Eva's aunt? Then two more children conceived later.

Are you quite certain that the marriage of GARDNER and WELLS is the right woman?

Sue

 
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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 23 June 19 02:35 BST (UK) »
I think that both daughters with Alfred Wells were born in Australia.

I agree that some things don't seem to quite add up.

Not sure why Jack ended up with his aunt. I could be wrong that Alfred Wells was his father, and we could be dealing with two men called Alfred. Newspaper report at the time of the divorce notes that Alfred Bartlett, the co-respondent was the father. Jack was fostered by a non-relative for a few years, because his aunt couldn't cope or afford to look after him (his aunt was a widow). Jack is with his aunt on the 1939 Register.

I don't have a copy myself of the 1919 marriage certificate between Alfred Wells and Eva Gardner, but a relative does and I'm told it does confirm that this is the same couple. I can get a copy of this but I don't think this document contains any more useful information.

I do have a photo postcard sent to me by a relative that shows Alfred, Eva, and their infant daughter (Jean?), which I'm told was sent to England from Australia in the early 1920s. They might have gone to Australia even before the divorce was finalised in 1922.

Thank you both for your help.

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 23 June 19 02:59 BST (UK) »
South Australia

YEAR   SURNAME   GIVEN NAME   FATHER NAME   MOTHER NAME   DISTRICT   REG   FIND OUT MORE
1920   WELLS   Jean.     Alfred WELLS   Eva GARDNER   Hindmarsh   59A/509   Find out more...

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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 23 June 19 03:01 BST (UK) »
Evaís death?

YEAR   REG   SURNAME   GIVEN NAME   RELATIVE NAME   DISTRICT   FIND OUT MORE
1954   816/5112   WELLS   Eva   Alfred WELLS [H]   Adelaide   Find out more...
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Re: Eva Harriet Wells or Bartlett, immigrated to Australia in 1920s?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 23 June 19 03:04 BST (UK) »
Second daughter

1922   WELLS   Edith   Alfred WELLS   Eva GARDNER   Norwood   105A/283   Find out more...
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