William Henry Boney
Person Male Born 1863 Died 4/10/1944
May 2015: Andrew Behan has been beavering away in the archives on our behalf again. He's found a man who he thinks is probably our W. H. Boney, and we agree. Here's what Andew writes:
William Henry Boney was born in 1863 and his birth was registered in Clerkenwell in the April-June quarter of 1863. He was the son of Thomas Boney and Mary Jane Boney, nee Knowles. His father was a Woollen Merchant.
On the 1871 census he is shown as aged 8 years old living at 1 Rothbury Villas, Hanley Road, Islington with his parents and two older brothers, Thomas aged 14 and Arthur aged 10 and his older sister Alice aged 12.
The 1881 census shows him living at Roden, Hornsey Lane, Hornsey with his father and three siblings. His occupation is given as Student of Arts.
The 1891 census shown him at Cholmeley Lodge, High Street, Hornsey with his father, brother Arthur and sister Alice, who by now was married to an Alfred Hollis Carr and they had a son and daughter. William H. Boney 's occupation was given as Architect.
In 1895 he married a Mary Dale Carr in Islington. and they had four children. Andrew Henry Boney was born on the 26th June 1896 and was baptised on the 3rd October 1896 at the Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel In Archway Road. His three other children were Arthur Rowland Boney, Janet Mary Carr Boney and Thomas Robert Carr Boney.
The 1901 census shows William H. Boney living with his family at 11 Cromwell Place, Highgate and his occupation is shown as Woollen Merchant & Architect.
The 1911 census shows him and his two sons, Andrew Henry and Arthur Rowland still living in the eleven room house at 11 Cromwell Place, Highgate, but his wife and their other two children were living in Palestine House, Sandown, Isle of Wight, a four roomed property. Again, William H. Boney's occupation was given as Woollen Merchant & Architect.
Probate records show that he died on the 4th October 1944 at 11 Flexbury Park Road, Bude, Cornwall, but that his normal residence at this time was Southwood House, Highgate. Probate was granted to his sons Arthur Rowland Boney, medical practitioner and Thomas Robert Carr Boney of no occupation. His estate amounted to £26,926 5s.
Nothing conclusive but I feel the occupations shown on census returns, proximity of residences to the location, baptism of his son in a Wesleyan- Methodist Chapel and the value of his estate all point to this being our man.