Elizabeth Buttle 1850-1898

Parents: William Buttle and Sophia Scotcher Whiting (1)Born: 3rd Quarter 1850 in Clements, Haverhill (1,2)
Baptised: 7th October 1851 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill (1)
Married: Alexander Wyly, 26, storekeeper, son of Robert Wyly, on 29th August 1866 at the residence of Alexander Wyly, Kanyaka, South Australia. Witnessed by Thomas Wyly and Emma Butler(3)
Children: Robert William Alexander Meredith Wyly b.1866, George Thomas Montgomery Wyly b.1868, Frances Emily Wyly b.1870, Elizabeth Emma Wyly b.1872, Henry Arthur Wyly b.1875, Edith Alice Wyly b.1876, Ellen Maude Wyly b.1879, Edward John Wyly b.1883, Percival Trueman Ernest Wyly b.1885, Alfred Leslie Wyly b.1887, Kathleen Ruth Wyly b.1890 and ? Wyly, stillborn in 1895.(3)
Died: 10th July 1898 in Mount Lofty, North Adelaide, South Australia.(4)

Bio: Elizabeth is listed as being born in the Clements on the 11th March 1851(1) in the parish baptismal register, however the GRO birth register places her birthdate as being in the 3rd Quarter of 1850(2) which is supported by the 1851 census which shows her age as 6 months. She is present on this census living with her family in Burton End, Haverhill. Elizabeth emmigrated to South Australia with her family in 1852 aboard the China and arrived there on 12th November.(for details of the Journey see Thomas Whiting)

She married Alexander Wyly, a storekeeper, who was originally from Ireland and had emmigrated from Dublin with his family aboard the Lorema in the same year as Elizabeth's voyage from England. They went on to have 12 children together, most of whom lived to old age. Elizabeth and Alexander lived in various locations in the Adelaide district of South Australia. She eventually died of Morbis Brightic Stenosis at Wright street, Grey Ward, Mount Lofty on 10th July 1898.(4)

Her death is reported in the Adelaide Advertiser: 'On the 10th July, at "Montague House", 3, Wright Street, of Bright's disease and enlargement of the heart, Ellizabeth, the dearly beloved wife of Alexander Wyly, of "The Walnuts", Mount Lofty, aged 48.'(5)

For an excellent genealogy of Elizabeth, Alexander and their children plus lots of great pictures, look at the Hollister-Bartsch Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Picture reproduced with kind permission of Benjamin Hollister.


(1) SFHS, Suffolk Baptism Index, Clare Deanery 1813-1900.
(2) Birth Register. 3rd Quarter 1850, Risbridge District, Volume 12 Page 434
(3) Hollister-Bartsch Family Tree, http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/3967610/family?fpid=-1667596997, includes Elizabeth's marriage cert.
(4) Fiona Errington, Elizabeth Wyly's death certificate.
(5) 1898 'Family Notices', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 12 July, p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29411897