Greetham, Elizabeth Ann

Elizabeth Ann Greetham


Birth: 1st October 1859 Elizabeth Ann Greetham

Elizabeth Ann Greetham was born on 1st October 1859 in Woolwich, Kent.  Her father Peter was 29 and mother Rosina 22.


Marriage: 13th December 1879 Elizabeth Ann Greetham and Richard Jago Butler

Elizabeth Ann Greetham married Richard Jago Butler in Battersea, Surrey, on 13th December 1879.  She was 20 years of age, Richard was 31.


Death: 19th August 1902 Elizabeth Ann Butler

Richard Jago Butler’s Wife, Elizabeth Ann, passed away on 19th August 1902 at the age of 42.  They had been married 22 years.


Elizabeth Ann was born into a “right royal” naval family in Woolwich, Kent, to Rosina (“Rose”) Ann Nibbs and Peter Greetham on 1st October 1859.
When Elizabeth was born, her father, Peter was 29 and her mother, Rosina, 22.
She was the eldest child and only daughter of the four children born to Peter and Rosina.

I have no knowledge of her childhood years or education but it seems likely that she lived at home until she was a young adult.

Elizabeth’s brother, Charles Tyldesley Downey Greetham, was born on 31st January 1867 in Portsea, Hampshire when she was 7 years old.

According to the 1871 Census, the family was living at Princes Terrace, Portsea Island, presumably somewhere close to where Peter would have sailed from. Although I have obtained a copy of Peter’s Service Record which shows his progress through the ranks as an engineering officer, it does not, as does Richard’s, show the ship’s he served on. Having served almost 14 years, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer on 13th February 1872, In December 1873, he was informed that if allowed to retire he would be entitled to receive a pension of £145 pa. He was, however, employed for a further period examining boilers before retiring as physically unfit on 29th December 1873.

Another brother, George Ernest Greetham was born in 1874 in Southampton, when Elizabeth was 15.

Elizabeth married Richard Jago Butler at the Parish Church of St John, Battersea, Surrey, on 13th December 1879. Richard was 31 years of age and Elizabeth, 20.

Elizabeth and Richard’s first child, Richard Jago, was born at home on 16th February 1880, and a daughter, Rose Greetham, on 15th April 1881 (Twelve days after the 1881 Census).

Richard Jago Butler Jnr
Undated but c 1910
Rose Greetham Butler
Undated but c 1910

By the 1881 Census, Elizabeth’s parents and the rest of their family were back in London again and were living at 27 Cologne Road, Battersea, right next door to where his daughter, son-in-law and new grandson, were living. There has to be a story there somewhere.

Elizabeth’s father, Peter, passed away on 21st April 1883 at the age of 52, and her mother, Rosina, only a month later on 30th May. She was just 46 years of age.

Elizabeth and Richard added to their family again with the birth of a son, Edward, on 6th April 1888, in Battersea and another, Wilfred Joseph, on 12th February 1895, in Croydon.

Edward Butler
Undated but c 1910

Their last child, Cuthbert Peter Butler, was born on 24th March 1897, also in Croydon.

Wilfred Joseph and Cuthbert Peter Butler

By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved once again to what must have been a larger house named “Brinscall” at 91 Mayow Road, Sydenham. On the day of the census, Richard’s brother, William’s daughter, Mary, was either living or staying with them, so with 10 in the house at the time it would need to have been a sizeable one.

“Brinscall” – 91 Mayow Road, Sydenham
“Brinscall” was located quite near Mayow Park, Sydenham pictured in this postcard from my father’s collection from this time.

Regrettably, Elizabeth did not live long to enjoy her new home, passing away on 19th August 1902. The cause of death was given as “Granular kidney 10 years, Uraemia 7 days”.
I have, as yet, been unable to find any record of her funeral or burial.



Census Data – Elizabeth Ann Butler (née Greetham)

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Elizabeth Ann Greetham
b: 1 Oct 1859
d: 19 Aug 1902
Certified copy of Birth Cetificate (dated 10 August 2004) held.(Medical):Certified copy of Death Certificate (dated 6 April 2005) held.
  • 1 Oct 1859 - Birth - ; 22 North Kent Terrace, Woolwich, Kent, England
  • 19 Aug 1902 - Death - ; Brinscall, Mayow Road, Sydenham, London, England
Benjamin Greetham
23 Apr 1801 - 26 Jun 1849
Peter Greetham
20 Sep 1830 - 21 Apr 1883
Elizabeth Evans
1802 - Dec 1859
Elizabeth Ann Greetham
1 Oct 1859 - 19 Aug 1902
John "James" Lockyer Nibbs
Abt 1814 - 27 May 1885
Rosina ("Rose") Ann Nibbs
Abt 1837 - 30 May 1883
Ann Stedman
1810 - 1892
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Peter Greetham
Birth20 Sep 1830Flint, Wales
Death21 Apr 1883 27 Cologne Road, Battersea, England
Marriage29 Oct 1857to Rosina ("Rose") Ann Nibbs at Malta
FatherBenjamin Greetham
MotherElizabeth Evans
PARENT (F) Rosina ("Rose") Ann Nibbs
BirthAbt 1837Gosport, Hampshire, England
Death30 May 1883 26 Cologne Road, Battersea, England
Marriage29 Oct 1857to Peter Greetham at Malta
FatherJohn "James" Lockyer Nibbs
MotherAnn Stedman
MPeter William Greetham
Birth22 Dec 1861Kingston, Portsea Island, Southampton, England
Marriage15 Jun 1887to Elizabeth Grace Ritson at St John the Evangelist, Penge, Surrey, England
MCharles Tyldesley Downey Greetham
Birth31 Jan 1867Portsea, Hampshire, England
Death29 Nov 1924Bristol, Bristol, England
Marriage1 Oct 1895to Grace Florence Maude Barber at St Marys, Portsea, Hampshire, England
MGeorge Ernest Greetham
Birth21 Dec 187340 Princes Street, Portsea, Southampton, England
Death1944Chatham, Kent, England
Marriage2 Aug 1896to Kate Eliza Jones at Parish Church of Hatcham, London, England
FElizabeth Ann Greetham
Birth1 Oct 185922 North Kent Terrace, Woolwich, Kent, England
Death19 Aug 1902Brinscall, Mayow Road, Sydenham, London, England
Marriage13 Dec 1879to Richard Jago Butler at Parish Church Of St John, Battersea, Surrey, England
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Richard Jago Butler
Birth11 Dec 1848Plympton, St Mary, Devon, England
Death4 Mar 1931 17 Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington South, London, England
Marriage9 Jul 1907to Ethel Emily Northcott Cottell at Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri, Lower Sydenham, Lewisham, London, England
Marriage13 Dec 1879to Elizabeth Ann Greetham at Parish Church Of St John, Battersea, Surrey, England
FatherStephen Butler
MotherJane Jago
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Ann Greetham
Birth1 Oct 185922 North Kent Terrace, Woolwich, Kent, England
Death19 Aug 1902 Brinscall, Mayow Road, Sydenham, London, England
Marriage13 Dec 1879to Richard Jago Butler at Parish Church Of St John, Battersea, Surrey, England
FatherPeter Greetham
MotherRosina ("Rose") Ann Nibbs
FRose Greetham Butler
Birth15 Apr 188126 Cologne Road, Battersea, England
Death23 Mar 1954Victoria Hospital, Deal, Kent, England
Marriage18 Oct 1906to Reginald Francis Butler at ChristChurch Parish Church, Ealing, Middlesex, England
MEdward Butler
Birth6 Apr 1888Battersea, Surrey, England
MWilfred Joseph Butler
Birth12 Feb 189510 Bartley Road, Croydon, Surrey, England
MCuthbert "Peter" Butler
Birth24 Mar 1897Croydon, Surrey, England
Death25 Jan 1972Public Hospital, Whangarei, New Zealand
Marriage19 Apr 1927to Mary Somner at St Francis Xavier''s Church, Whangarei, New Zealand
MRichard Jago Butler
Birth16 Feb 188027 Cologne Road, Battersea, England
Death5 Sep 1956Duart Avenue, Prestwick, Scotland
Marriage4 Jun 1907to Christina Edith Whereat at The Church of the Sacred Heart, Norton Road, Hove, Sussex, England
[S27]Greetham Family Research
Descendancy Chart
Elizabeth Ann Greetham b: 1 Oct 1859 d: 19 Aug 1902
Richard Jago Butler b: 11 Dec 1848 d: 4 Mar 1931
Rose Greetham Butler b: 15 Apr 1881 d: 23 Mar 1954
Reginald Francis Butler b: 18 Dec 1875 d: 23 Dec 1952
Edward Butler b: 6 Apr 1888
Wilfred Joseph Butler b: 12 Feb 1895
Cuthbert "Peter" Butler b: 24 Mar 1897 d: 25 Jan 1972
Mary Somner b: 28 Oct 1898 d: 13 Aug 1989
Patricia Anne Barnes b: 17 Aug 1933 d: 23 Nov 2004
Richard "Dick" Butler b: 29 Nov 1929 d: 20 Apr 1998
Gwenyth Julia Forsyth b: 15 Apr 1931 d: 25 Dec 1997
Marc Nicholas Butler b: 20 Nov 1989 d: 23 Feb 1998
Richard Jago Butler b: 16 Feb 1880 d: 5 Sep 1956
Christina Edith Whereat b: 23 Jan 1883 d: 1973
Richard Jago Butler b: 13 Jan 1919 d: 23 Feb 1943
Peter Paul Jago Butler b: 16 Jul 1921 d: 13 Apr 2003
Carmel Maureen Lee b: 9 Oct 1924
Christine Mary Jago Butler b: 24 Mar 1959 d: 1970


Sources and citations

Copy of Birth Certificate – Elizabeth Ann Greetham


Copy of Marriage Certificate – Elizabeth Ann Greetham and Richard Jago Butler


Copy of Death Certificate – Elizabeth Ann Butler