Eleanor Hanley formerly Hopkins nee Tilbury (1820-1909)

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

William Edward Hopkins (-1850)

  • Father: William Hopkins
  • Married: 22 Nov 1838, Eleanor Tilbury (minor), St. 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 (b1820)
Eleanor Tilbury (b1820) [1]
Erdington house of Eleanor ca1914. Demolished ca1960
Erdington house of Eleanor ca1914. Demolished ca1960 [1]

1820. Eleanor, ninth child of Thomas and Ann Tilbury was born 23 Apr at St. Marylebone, London. She was baptised 25 Feb 1821 at St. Marylebone Parish Church.




[1] Photos: Alan Tilbury

Eleanor and William Hopkins


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

1838. Eleanor married William Hopkins at the Spanish Place Chapel, Marylebone on 22 Nov. 

William, a brassfounder at the time of his marriage, was the son of William Hopkins, a brassfounder of Birmingham. William was a Roman Catholic and two of their sons later became Catholic priests.

1850. William died 6 May at 2 Summer Row, Birmingham from complications resulting from a neck abscess. He was formerly a blind manufacturer.

1851. The Census for 2 Easy Row, Birmingham, Warwickshire showed Eleanor to be a widow with three young children: Frederick, Francis and Mary. She was the owner of a window blind and curtain business employing 24 men.

Summer Row and Easy Row still exist today and are close to the City centre.

Eleanor and Daniel Hanley


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

1866. Eleanor married Daniel Hanley, a widower and wine merchant of Oxford. She had met Daniel Hanley while travelling on a train to London.

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

1871. The census shows Eleanor and David living at Beech Lawn, a large house at the entrance to Park Town in St Paul's parish. David 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 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. Her will revealed two additional sons and two sons as Roman Catholic priests. 

The will of William Henry Hopkins (1839–1915), Eleanor’s eldest son, reveals the names of eight of her grandchildren.

Children of Eleanor and William
  • son, blind maker. Hopkins Blind and Shutter Fittings is owned and run by Eleanor's descendants although the original company failed and was sold in the 1960s.
  • son
  • Frederick, Catholic priest,Bishop of Belize, British Honduras (1899-1923)
  • Francis, Catholic priest. Became a Canon.
  • Mary, unmarried
  • William Henry. William married Mary Jeffery in 1861. They are known to have had eight children:
    • William Jeffery, date unknown
    • Mary Agnes, born 1869
    • Margaret Mary, born 1870
    • Wilfred Joseph, born 1872
    • Cyril Joseph, born 1874
    • Gertrude May, born 1875
    • Cicely Mary, born 1876
    • Clare Mary, born 1877. Clare married Albert William Shingleton in 1900.

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