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Henry Overton Wills                           1859-1899
Henry was born about 1859, the son of Henry Overton Wills III and Alice Hopkinson, at Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire. He married Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer. He had an early death at age 40.
Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer          1855-1935
Harriet was born about 1855, the daughter of Robert Corcyra Romer and Helen Gerardine Cloete, at Winchester, Hampshire.
I have identified the following children.
  Helen Maud Overton Born abt 1886   Bristol Married Frank Wolfgang Romer
Alice Geraldine Overton Born abt 1887   Paddington  
Margarita May Overton Born abt 1893   Paddington  

Birth of Parents
Henry Overton Wills b: abt 1859               Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire       1859 4Q Clifton 6a 69
son of Henry Overton Wills III and Alice Hopkinson

Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer b: abt 1855  c: 24 Feb 1855       Saint Thomas, Winchester, Hampshire
daughter of Robert Corcyra Romer and Helen Gerardine Cloete
abt 1884
Henry Overton Wills
Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer
Reading, Berkshire       1884 4Q Reading 2c 755

The Times, Wednesday, Oct 8, 1884             MARRIAGES
  On the 7th Oct., at Christ Church, Whitley, near Reading, by the Rev. G. I. Tubbs, uncle of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. G. K. Turner, Vicar of Christchurch, and the Rev. P. Ditchfield, Henry Overton Wills, Jun., fourth son of Henry Overton Wills, J.P., of Redland Knoll, Bristol, to Harriet Maria Sparrow (KATIE), third daughter of Major-Gen. Romer, R.A.

Helen Maud Overton Wills b: abt 1886               Bristol       1886 1Q Barton Regis 6a 58
daughter of Henry Overton Wills and Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer
Alice Geraldine Overton Wills b: abt 1887               Paddington, London       1887 2Q Paddington 1a 53
daughter of Henry Overton Wills and Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer

1891 Census RG12-1953 3 April 1891 Long Ashton, Somerset
George A. Wills
Susan B. (Wife)
Hilda T.
Alice L. T.
Mary V. T.
George V. T.
Henry O. (Bro)
Harriet M. S. (SisLaw)
Helen M. O. (Niece)
Alice G. (Niece)
Plus 6 Servants
Age 36
Age 34
Age 11
Age 9
Age 6
Age 4
Age 31
Age 35
Age 5
Age 3
Tobacco Manufacturer


Leigh Woods

3 Jun 1854
7 Jul 1856
abt 1879
abt 1882
abt 1884
abt 1886
abt 1859
abt 1855
abt 1885
abt 1887

Margarita May Overton Wills b: abt 1893               Paddington, London       1893 1Q Paddington 1a 41
daughter of Henry Overton Wills and Harriet Maria Sparrow Romer

Henry Overton Wills Died 28 Oct 1899, Age 40   at Bracken Hill, Leigh Woods, Clifton   1899 4Q Long Ashton 5c 455
Burial Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

The Times, Thursday, Nov. 2, 1899     DEATHS
  WILLS - On the 28th Oct., at Bracken Hill, Leigh Woods, Clifton, the residence of his brother, HENRY OVERTON WILLS, junior, fourth son of Henry Overton Wills, of Kelston Knoll, Somerset, aged 40.
LONDON   15 Jan1900                         Probate
WILLS, Henry Overton, the younger, - of 44 Warrington-crescent, Middlesex, died 28 October 1899, at Bracken-hill, Leigh Woods, Somersetshire, Probate London 15 January, to Harriet Maria Sparrow Wills, widow.   Effects £1,263 8s. 8d.

1901 Census RG13-8 1 April 1901 St. Mary, Paddington, London
44 Warrenton Crest
Harriet M. S. Wills (Widow)
M. Julia A. Romer (Sis)
Helen M. O. Wills
Alice G. O. Wills
M. May O. Wills
Plus 3 Servants
Age 40
Age 30
Age 15
Age 13
Age 7

abt 1855
abt 1870
abt 1885
abt 1887
abt 1893

Harriet Maria Sparrow (Romer) Wills Died 14 Mar 1935  in London
Burial Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

The Times, Saturday, March 16, 1935     OBITUARY
  WILLS - On March 14, 1935, in London, Harriet Maria Sparrow Wills, widow of Henry Overton Wills, and daughter of the late Major-General R. C. Romer, R. A.. Funeral at Arno's Vale Cemetery, Bristol, at 12 noon today (Saturday). Memorial service at Holy Trinity, Sloan Street on Monday at 11 a.m.
LONDON   11 Jun 1935                         Probate
WILLS, Harriet Maria Sparrow - of 7 Cadogan-court Gardens, Chelsea, Middlesex, widow, died 14 March 1935, at Hotel Renbrandt, Thurloe-place, Kensington, Middlesex, Probate London 11 June to Helen Maud Overton Romer (wife of Frank Wolfgang Romer).   Effects £32,175 10s. 8d.
Former Grant P.R. 25 April 1935

SPECIAL THANKS  to Clifford Allison, for many of the details provided above.