Eleanor Hanley formerly Hopkins nee Tilbury (1820-1909)

Eleanor & William

Eleanor Tilbury (1820-1909)

  • Father: Thomas Tilbury (1777-1857)
  • Mother: Ann nee Durden (ca1782-1861)
  • Born: 23 Apr 1820
  • Baptised: 25 Feb 1821, St. Mary('s), St. Marylebone
  • Married (1): 22 Nov 1838, William Edward Hopkins, St. Marylebone
  • Married (2): 2 May 1866, Daniel Hanley, Hampstead, London
  • Died: 24 Jan 1909, Erdington, Birmingham
Eleanor Tilbury (1820-1909)1

William Edward Hopkins (1814-1850)

  • Father: William Henry Hopkins (ca1775-)
  • Mother: Winifred nee Bratt
  • Married: 22 Nov 1838, Eleanor Tilbury (a minor), Spanish Place, Marylebone
  • Died: 6 May 1850, 2 Summer Row, Birmingham

Daniel Hanley (1811-1878)

  • Father: Charles Hanley
  • Born: 1811
  • Married (2): 2 May 1866, Eleanor Hopkins nee Tilbury, Hampstead, London
  • Died: 1878
Eleanor Tilbury (1820-1909)1
Eleanor's Erdington house ca1914. Demolished ca19602

[source Alan Tilbury]
1820. Eleanor, ninth child of Thomas and Ann (Durden) Tilbury was born 23 Apr at St. Marylebone, London. She was baptised 25 Feb 1821 at St. Marylebone Parish Church.

Eleanor was an Anglican but married into a very devout Catholic family when she married William Edward Hopkins in 1838. William died 12 years later in 1850 at the age of 36 and Eleanor raised her six children alone whilst running the family blind-making business. In 1866 she married Daniel Hanley, who died 12 years later in 1878. Eleanor died in 1909, spending the last 30 years of her life as a widow and continuing to run the thriving blind-making business.

The photo at right is of Eleanor's house at 66 Sutton Rd, Stanley House, Warwickshire, where it's assumed she spent the last 30 years or so of her life.


  • Baptism 1821 Eleanor Tilbury
  • Marriage 1838 William Hopkins, Eleanor Tilbury
  • Death 1850 William Edward Hopkins

1838. Eleanor married William Edward Hopkins at the Spanish Place Chapel, Marylebone on 22 Nov. They had five sons and one daughter.

William Edward, born 1814, was the first child of William and Winifred nee Bratt and was a brassfounder of Birmingham at the time of his marriage. William Edward was a Roman Catholic and two of Eleanor and William's sons became Catholic priests, three daughters became nuns.

1839. The family was living at Wheelers Lane, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

1850. William Edward (36) died 6 May 1850 at 2 Summer Row, Birmingham from complications resulting from a neck abscess. Informant of the death was John Hopkins of Bath St, Birmingham. He was formerly a blind manufacturer.

1851. The Census for 2 Easy Row, Birmingham, Warwickshire showed Eleanor (31) to be a widow with the three youngest children present: Frederick, Francis and Mary. She was the owner of a window blind and curtain business employing 24 men. Living with her were her mother-in-law Winifred (66) and brother-in-law Thomas (20). Summer Row and Easy Row were close to the city centre and Summer Row still exists as a street today. Hopkins Blind and Shutter Fittings is owned and run by Eleanor's descendants although the original company failed and was sold in the 1960s.

1855. Eleanor was living at 22 Frederick St, close to the city centre.

1856. Census shows Eleanor (40) living at 53 Frederick St. Present were her 3 eldest children: William (21), Thomas (19) and Robert (18) and two servants.

The Hopkins family

[source: William Morris Hopkins, ggg-grandson of William Henry Hopkins]

William was born ca1775 and died before 1851.

William and Winifred nee Bratt were married about 1810 or 1811 and had eight [nine?] sons and one daughter:

  • [IGI lists a William born 23 Mar 1812, possibly died an infant]
  • William Edward (born 13 Oct 1814)
  • James (born 22nd Mar 1816)
  • Henry (born 9 Oct 1817)
  • John (born 3 Jul 1819)
  • Charles (born 20 Jun 1821)
  • George (born 5 Aug 1823)
  • MarieAnn (born 8 Jul 1825, died 18 Dec 1893)
  • Joseph Clement (born 11 Apr 1828)
  • Thomas (born 8 Aug 1830).

1851. Census shows Winifred Hopkins, a widow living with daughter-in-law Eleanor (a widow in 1850).

Children of Eleanor & William

William Henry (1839-1915)


  • Birth 1877 Clare Mary Hopkins

William was born 5 Dec 1839 and died 19 Feb 1915.

William married Mary Ann formerly Jeffery nee Shepherd (1842-1931) on 24 Jan 1865 at Wardour Castle, Wiltshire.

Mary died 8 Apr 1931.

Clare, grand-daughter of Eleanor (Tilbury) & William Hopkins, & Albert Shingleton1

William and Mary had nine children and the family were very devout Catholics:

  • William Jeffery (born 16 Jul 1866, died 15 Jul 1923). Known as Parson Bill.
  • Cuthbert Joseph (born 22 Oct 1867, died 18 Feb 1904)
  • Mary Agnes (born 31 May 1869). Unmarried, known as Aunty May and Great Aunt Ann.
    [source Rosalind Pickavance] Lived with sister Clare Mary (1877) and Albert William Shingleton almost from the time they were married in 1900. She lived well into her 90s. The house was two semi-detached properties with a wall knocked through. She would always be dressed in black and had a budgie in a cage. Rosalind, her great-niece, was terrified of her!
  • Margaret Mary (born 16 Dec 1870, died 26 May 1951). Dame Joanna OSB, Stanbrook Abbey.
  • Wilfred Joseph (born 12 Oct 1872, died 1941)
  • Cyril Joseph (born 21 Feb 1874, died 1951). Cyril married Margaret Hyde in 1900 at Lulworth Castle, Dorset. Cyril and Margaret had 3 children:
    - William Cyril (born 5 May 1902, died 18 Jul 1982). Married Ethelreda (Audrey) Mary Morris (born 19 Jun 1898, died Jun 1978)
    - Francis Joseph Benedict (born 26 Oct 1906, died 13 May 1973). Francis married Betty Boot (born 6 Dec 1909, died 3 Apr 1999).
    - Mary Margaret (born 18 Feb 1909, died 18 Mar 1997). Mary married Robert Lewis Jackson.
  • Gertrude Mary (born 23 May 1875, died 7 Oct 1900). Dame Stephanie OSB, Stanbrook Abbey.
  • Cecily Mary (born 27 Jul 1876, died 13 Nov 1910). Dame Ida OSB, Stanbrook Abbey.
  • Clare Mary (born 12 Sep 1877). Clare married Albert William Shingleton in 1900. They had 3 children: Molly, Bettie and Marjorie.
    [source Rosalind Pickavance nee Shingleton] The Shingletons were blind manufacturers to the Queen, amongst others.
    Albert William was in naval camouflage during the war based at Leamington Spa and part of the team responsible for the camouflage on the ships of the D-Day landings.
    Frederick Shingleton [Albert W's brother?] was responsible for re-facing and modelling the front of Buckingham Palace and was awarded the MVO by Queen Victoria. Coincidentally, Frederick and Rosalind's husband Keith Pickavance both held the office of President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Frederick (93) died 21 Dec 1938 at his London home.
    Albert William's father, Albert James Shingleton (57), window blind manufacturer, almost bankrupted the blind-making firm as the result of an affair. Albert William refused to declare bankruptcy and paid off the debts. In 1908, Albert James (57) of High St Kensington, was the first man to commit suicide by jumping under an underground train. An article regarding his death was recorded in the Kensington Express, Fri 20 Mar 1908. At the inquest, Albert William gave evidence that "his father had no business troubles, but suffers from very bad health. The deceased was frequently seized with horrible pains in the head, and during those attacks was quite irresponsible." ... "The deceased's medical advisor, Dr. Lynes, stated that Mr Shingleton suffered from locomotor ataxy, which made him liable at any time to complete mental collapse." A verdict of 'Suicide whilst temporarily insane' was returned.

The will of William Henry lists the names of eight children.

Thomas (1841-1917)

Thomas was born 1 Jun 1841 and died 30 May 1917. he married Anne Rebecca nee Woodley, born 1853, died 5 Mar 1918).

Robert Jeffries (1842 - 1908)

Robert married Laura Fairchild.

Frederick Charles (1844-1923)

Frederick was born 25 Mar 1844 and died 19 Apr 1923.

Catholic priest (Rt Rev SJ). Vicar Apostolic of British Honduras (1899-1923). Titular Bishop of Belize, Athribis.

The village Hopkins was named after him. The following quote by American Lan Sluder describes the village:


A seaside Garifuna village of about 1,400 people living in unpretentious frame houses, Hopkins was first settled in 1942 after a hurricane devastated New Town, a Garifuna community just north of present-day Hopkins. The village gets its name from Frederick Charles Hopkins, a Catholic bishop of the early part of the 20th century. Hopkins was itself leveled by Hurricane Hattie in 1961. The village only got electricity and telephones in the mid-1990s. If "poor but proud" fits anywhere, it fits here. Villages have gotten by on subsistence fishing and farming, and some are now earning cash money from tourism. You'll find most folks friednly. Many are eager to share their thoughts with visitors, and it's safe to walk around the village most anytime. The beach is nice, though many coco palms have died. [4]

1823. Fredrick was shipwrecked and drowned in the Carribean. William Bodkinn, S.J. wrote to his Reverend Father on May 18, 1923, in which he included the following:

His Lordship left Belize in excellent health and spirits about noon on Monday, April 9, the object of his journey being to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Northern District of his Vicariate. He took the regular Mail and Passenger boat, subsidized by the Government, as no other service is available for the Northern towns of the Colony. As far back as two years ago, grave doubts were entertained as to the sea-worthiness of the boat in question; and she was in a leaky condition when she started on April 9. The report, which appeared in our newspapers, that the disaster was due to a sudden storm, seems to have no foundation; and the opinion is held at Belize that it was owing solely to preventible causes that she sank in the Caribbean Sea about 2.30.a.m. on April 10, when about eight or ten miles from Corozal. In the panic, the men on board the sinking boat, except the bishop, thought only of themselves; and it is significant that the nineteen fellow-victims of Bishop Hopkins were all women and children. Amongst them were the Mother Provincial and Sister Veronica of the Pallantine Missionary Sisters; their Mother General was amongst the saved.

The Bishop's body was carried by the waves many miles to the Southern shore of Yucatan, and was so decomposed, when found on April 12, that it was buried the same evening at Corozal, As soon, however, as the ncessary arrangements could be made, it was exhumed on April 19, taken to Belize and interred in a vault in Holy Redeemer Cathedral.

The late Bishop was universally beloved; and the whole city of Belize mourned his loss. During the funeral services, the Government Offices, and all stores and shops were closed. The Governor and Government Officials were present in the Church, as were also the Anglican Bishop and clergy, and the heads of the other religious denominations.

The Provincial of the Missouri Province, in which the usual Society suffrages have been ordered, pays a great tribute to the sterling qualities of Bishop Hopkins, saying of him, amongst other things, that, "He was a man of truly apostolic zeal, giving no thought to self, to comfort, or to his age and feeble strength, even when there was question of missionary journeys that tried the endurance of strong young men by the severity of their hardships."

Another correspondent speaks of his asiduous work in the cathedral parish, in the confessional, in visiting the sick in their homes and in the Hospital, in his care for the young and in his efforts to reclaim the negligent.3

Francis Nicholas (1845-1924)

Francis was born 18 Dec 1845 and died 16 Jan 1924.

Very Reverend (Canon). Memorial plaque in Erdington Abbey.

Mary Eliza (1850-)


Eleanor & Daniel


  • Marriage 1866 Daniel Hanley, Eleanor Tilbury
  • Death 1878 Daniel Hanley

1866. Eleanor (46) married Daniel Hanley (55), a widower and wine merchant of Oxford. She had met Daniel Hanley while travelling on a train to London. Eleanor was known to her Hopkins descendants as "Granny Hanley".

1870. Daniel was elected Mayor of Oxford and was the first Roman Catholic to hold the position.

1871. The census shows Eleanor and Daniel living at Beech Lawn, a large house at the entrance to Park Town in St Paul's parish. Daniel served on the Market, Police, Finance, City Buildings, Cattle Market, Port Meadow, School, and Charity Committees of the Council. He became an Alderman on 27 Apr 1872.

1878. Daniel Hanley (67) died and his will of 1874 stipulated that Eleanor was to receive a home and an income sufficient to maintain his surviving children until the youngest of them attained the age of 21 years, an event which occurred in 1877. From this time on she was to be paid the sum of £300 per annum for the remainder of her life.

1881. The Census for Sutton Rd, Stanley House, Warwick shows Eleanor (60, widow, born St.Pancras), her daughter Mary Hopkins (31, unmarried, born Birmingham, Warwick), two servants and a visitor, Fanny Goten Hardy (39, married, born London, Middlesex).

1909. Eleanor died in Erdington, Birmingham.

[1] Photos provided by Rosalind Pickavance nee Shingleton

[2] Photo and information provided by Alan Tilbury

[3] Photo, article and letter provided by Rosalind Pickavance.

[4] Excerpt from "Easy Belize: How to Live, Retire, Work and Buy Property in Belize, the English-Speaking, Frost-Free Paradise On The Caribbean Coast", Lan Sluder, master of the snappy title. [year?]. Provided by Rosalind Pickavance.

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