Lord Bacon - Adèle Newbery

Adèle Newbery


Adèle Newbery (1890-1962)

Adèle Whister Newbery was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 5 November 1890. Her parents were Arthur Newbery, (born in Italy and raised in Charlottetown) and Ellen (Ella) Newbery, née Malcolm. Arthur was the Provincial Secretary of PEI for over 50 years, and a significant contributor to the development of Charlottetown’s Queen Square gardens, in 1884, in collaboration with the Charlottetown Arbor Society. Arthur and Ella had three daughters: Adèle, Marion (b. 1893) and Florence (b. 1895).

In July 1902, Adèle and her family travelled to Boston, Massachusetts to visit her maternal grandparents, James and Susan Malcolm.

In 1911 Arthur, Ella and their three teenage daughters continued to live at 12 Haviland Street, in Charlottetown. The home that they lived in was designed by PEI architect, William Critchlow Harris, brother to artist, Robert Harris. The home still stands today.

Adèle's mother, Ella, died on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 1920. In the following year's Census, Adèle was working as a clerk in Charlottetown.

At some point between 1921 and 1925, Adèle married Percy Daniel Williams. Their daughter, Ella Joan Williams, was born on 28 June 1925. Her name honours Adèle's recently deceased mother.

Percy passed away on 5 December 1945, leaving everything to his widow, Adèle. Three years later, she became the first secretary-manager of the Charlottetown Bible House; a position that she held for the next twelve years.

At 3:15pm, on Sunday, August 21st, 1962, Adèle passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident. The accident occurred on the corner of McGill Avenue and North River Road in Charlottetown. She was 71 years old.

Within UPEI’s Provenance Collection is the Harper School Classic book, Lord Bacon, by Lord MacAulay. “Adèle Newbery” is inscribed on the inside cover.


10-12 Haviland Street, Charlottetown. Canada's Historic Places.

1891 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown Royalty, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Roll: T-6383; Family No: 287. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2009.
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1891/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.

1901 Census of Canada. Census Place: Charlottetown (City/Cité), Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island; Page: 2; Family No: 13. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2004.
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/about-census.aspxl. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6428 to T-6556.

1911 Census of Canada. Census Place: 64 - Charlottetown, Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page: 7; Family No: 64

1921 Census of Canada. Adele Newbery. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number: 1. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds.

Adele Newbery. Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943. Micropublication T843. RG085. 454 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Adele Whister Newbery. Baptismal Record. PEI Public Archives and Records Office. St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown. Record Book Number: 1. Record Book Page: 168.

Arthur Newbery Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

“City Woman Dies After Car Accident”. The Guardian. Accessed May 17, 2017.

Ella Joan Williams Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.

Ella Newbery. Death Record. PEI Public Archives and Records Office. Source: RG19/s2/ss6: Death registration books, 1920.

“Jury Suggests Change of Signs.". The Guardian. Accessed 27 July 2017.

“Memory PEI." Charlottetown (P.E.I.) - Photographs. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2017.

Percy Daniel Williams Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.

Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. “Community, Cultural Affairs and Labour." Province of Prince Edward Island: Community, Cultural Affairs and Labour. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2017.


Shared, with kind permission, from the Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island, [Adele Newbery (cropped) from photo captioned Florence & Adele Newbery, Acc3885/39].

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