Assorted rogues - Person Sheet
Assorted rogues - Person Sheet
NameAnna Maria Boileau 29
Notes for Anna Maria Boileau
Called Ama.799 Chadwick’s book has a whole chapter on her, her wedding to William Gurney, and her relationships with her siblings and parents. One of her children died suddenly, very young, in January 1854. I’m not sure which one, as Chadwick doesn’t say, but presumably her first. She was originally going to marry Owen Stanley, apparently, but he died in Sydney, while in the Navy.

From BBB15:
“The eldest child, Anna Maria, always known as Ama, was robbed of the happiness she might have had. She was a plain little girl, of an affectionate, unselfish mature, and very religious. She was close friends with the Stanley girls, daughters of the Bishop of Norwich, and favourite even with their critical family. In their home she met and fell in love with the son, Owen Stanley, an officer in the Royal Navy, who was to gain a measure of fame as the surveyor of the coasts of north-eastern Australia, and of New Guinea, and to give his name to the central ridge of the latter island. After a time he learnt to love her too, but he had not at that time very good prospects. Ama, at 19 was not considered to be sufficiently experienced to know her own mind, and their respective mammas interfered effectually to stop the romance. The lovers were very miserable and embarrassed because neither knew how the other felt about it. There was an indirect line of communication through one of his sisters. At last he seized an opportunity to declare himself, and she accepted him. A formal engagement was not however permitted. Soon after, he was commissioned to the command of HMS 'Rattlesnake', to carry out the survey which made his name.

Ama was not allowed to write to him, or to receive his letters, but the obliging sister kept them in touch. He had been away for four years, and was about to return home, when he died in Sydney. Two years later Ama married a clergyman of a Norfolk county family, who was well-connected and rich enough to be considered as a suitable match for her, despite the fact that he was lame and squinted. No doubt she made him a good wife. They had ten children.”
Notes for William Hay (Spouse 1)
Of the well-known Gurney banking family, of Keswick Hall.799 He was lame, from a premature birth and a paralytic stroke when he was two days old.
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