BILLITER, Jane

1829 - 1915

Born on 8 November and baptised at St John, Horseleydown, Bermondsey on 30 December 1829, daughter of William Billiter and his wife Jane née Jarvis, who married at Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire on 12 February 1828. After the death of her husband at Bermondsey on 3 September 1831, Jane Billiter, the elder, married again, at Burbage, Wiltshire on 11 June 1840, John Bradley Geard (1809-1896), and in 1841 young Jane was an 11 year old living at Bancroft Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with her step-father, 30 year old John Bradl[e]y Geard, a brewer, and her mother Jane, now Geard, who was born at Bratton, Wiltshire on 6 October 1806 and died at Friars Road, St. Nicholas, Ipswich on 19 April 1851, when husband John was described as 'clerk in iron foundry'. As a young girl Jane showed great talent in sketching and water-colours and was privately trained by one of the Cotman brothers probably Miles Edmund Cotman (1810-1858)[q.v.]. At least three of her paintings have survived, 'Rose', 'Morning Glory' and a third which are in the possession of the Moffat family. She married at St. Nicholas church, Ipswich on 6 October 1859, Henry Sparrowe Colchster, when the 'best man' was Henry Eddowes Keene [q.v.]. They went to live at 2 Ashburton Villas, Lewisham, Kent where their son Henry Billiter, jun. was born in 1860, Henry Colchester was a 31 year old broker's clerk in 1861 and closely related to William Edward Colchester [q.v.]. By 1881 Henry was a 51 year old produce broker living at 38 Manor Park, Lee, Kent with his 51 year old wife Jane, and their seven children, many of whom were keen and capable water-colour painters, a skill no doubt passed on by their mother. Henry Sparrowe Colchester, who was born at Ipswich in 1830, died at 15 Northbrook Road, Lee on 2 August 1894 and in 1911 Jane Colchester was living at 'Edgeworth', Hayes Lane, Kenley, Coulsdon, Surrey, with three of her children. Jane died at 'Homestead', Aviary Road, Pyrford, Coulsdon on 17 September 1915, leaving an estate valued at 51,247 (worth between 5 and 25 million in 2014).







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