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Elizabeth Wilson Tier

Elizabeth Wilson Tier

bp June 19, 1836 Warblington

m William Harfield Wolfe May 21 1858 Portsea

m Henry Joseph Tee August 7 1865 Portsea

d November 7 1922 Portsmouth



Annie Tier 1856-1927

Agnes Ellen Wolfe 1858 -

Henry James Tee 1871-

Herbert Tee 1874-1896

Ada Alice A. Tee 1876-



Transcription of parish record of baptism

Marriage certificates

Death certificate

Census - 1841-1901

arresting face.jpg



Hebrew meaning ‘God is satisfaction’ or ‘God is satisfied’.  Obviously our top queen name and John the Baptist’s mother too.  It was also her father’s mother’s name.


Elisabeth, Elspeth, Isabelle


Liz, Lizzie, Bess, Bessie, Betty



A surname of Scottish origin, meaning literally son of Wil (or William).  Elizabeth had an aunt, also called Elizabeth Wilson Tier, so I am guessing there was a marriage to a Wilson somewhere along the line.  Wison is often used as a christian name though, though more commonly for boys.  So far I have not found a Wilson relationship anywhere in our line.


Willie, Wills

Now here’s an interesting lady.  For starters she appears to have had two illegitimate children (well the second one is technically not), then she appears to have married her uncle, who subsequently totally disappears.  And finally there is the ‘second’ Elizabeth Wilson Tier, who marries again, respectably, and spends the rest of her life being an ‘ordinary’ wife, mother and grandmother.  She lived to a ripe old age, and was remembered by my aunt.  Another, younger, aunt, would really like to have known more about her.  So here is my attempt at her life.


She was the child of generations of sailors, based in Emsworth, a small coastal village near Portsmouth, but her family moved to Portsmouth itself whilst she was still young.


She was one of the first of my ancestors that I investigated, but I only got so far with her.  Some crucial bits of the puzzle are still missing.  There ought to be more.  The portrait is a self-portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker painted in 1879.  I thought it a very arresting face.  I hope it expresses Elizabeth’s character correctly.

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