HARTLEY, William (B06)

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While the majority of the gravestones in our churchyard record the lives of farmers, shopkeepers and vicars, some of the most impressive are an enigma.

The large 'tea caddy' gravestone located on the left of the church entrance is a case in point. Captain Hartley had no roots in the village - neither did he leave any. He gave his life to the military, serving in the East or West Indies, Africa and India. This beautiful grave marks the grave of a quiet hero.

The grave also holds the remains of Judith Hartley, wife of Captain Hartley, and her sister, Sarah Twinborow. The Hartleys lived across the road from St Cadoc's Church, in Waterloo House.



(B06) WILLIAM HARTLEY, Sacred to the memory of Captain William Hartley of the 21st Regiment of the Foot who departed this life January 18th, 1832, Aged 66 years

JUDITH (Forward) HARTLEY, relict of the late William Hartley who died 25, February 1851 aged 84 -

SARAH TWINBOROW: In the memory of SARAH, relict of JOSEPH TWINBORROW, late of Newland, Herefordshire and Sister of Mrs Hartley who departed this life May 2nd 1837, aged 82 years. (buried, 8 May, 1837)


William Hartley spent his life in the military, serving in the East or West Indies, Africa, and India. In 1787, he was made Captain when he was just 22 years of age. He was awarded a medal for his service in India with the 70th Foot. In 1824, he earned the rank of Major while serving in the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot (known as the Rifles). That year he was appointed to the 94th Foot, known as the Royal African Colonial Corps (now known as 'The Royal Welsh'. He served alongside Major Alexander Gordon Laing in the 66th Regiment. Major Laing was the first European to reach Timbuktu via the north/south route.

William Hartley retired from the 21st Regiment. He is said to have lived at Pwl y Cwm in the parish of Raglan. The farm was at the Ethley next to the Brooks farm on Chepstow Road. This building do longer exists.

After his death in 1832, William's wife Judith and her sister Sarah Twinborrow moved to at Waterloo house. Sister Sarah died 5 years later, in 1837, while Judith lived to be 84 years of age. She died in 1851 and is buried with William and Sarah.


We have no information about lives or the ancestry of William, his wife Judith, or her sister Sarah.


There is no record of any other descendants or relatives of this couple.


Family Tree: Hartley Family Tree

1824 Captain William Hartley, from the 62d Foot, to be Major, without purchase, (Morning Post, London, England, 06/12/1824 - British Newspaper Archives)

Obituaries-At Ragland, Monmouthshire, aged 66, Capt. W. Hartley, late of the 36th Regt.

Last will: LL/1833/121 1819

This is my last will and testament of me, William Hartley of Pwl y Cwn in the County of Monmouth. (nb. Pwl y Cwn is in the Parish of Raglan) Whereby I dispose of my worldly estate as follows I give and bequeath all my estate and effects household goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever situate unto my dear wife Judith Hartley for her own sole use and benefit and appoint her executrix of this my will thereby revoking and making void all other wills by me hereford made and declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and nineteen.

Signed sealed published and declared by the soul testator William hardly as and for his last will and testament who in his sight and presence at his request and in the sight and presence at his request and in the sight and presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto: Charley Powell Edmond Jayce?

2nd day of April 1833. Judith Hartley, widow, the relict of the deceased and sole executrix in this will names was duly sworn as such and that the goods, chattels and ? of the now deceased are under the value of two hundred pounds before me. Hugh Williams, Surrogate?

p2. Appeared personally Judith Hartley of the parish of Raglan in the County of Monmouth, widow the sole executrix named in the last will and testament of the said William Hartly, late of Pwl y Cwm in the parish of Raglan aforesaid, deceased, who died on the eighteenth day of January and made oath that the estate and effects of the said deceased for and in respect of which probate of the said will is to be granted, exclusive of what the said deceased may have been possessed of or entitled to as a Trustee for any other person or persons, and not beneficially and without deducting any thing on account of the Debts due and owing from the said deceased, are under the Value of Two Hundred pounds to the best of the deponent's knowledge, information and belief. And she lastly made Oath, that the said deceased did not die possessed of any Leasehold Estate or Estates, either absolute or determinable on a Life or Lives, to the best of this Deponent's knowledge, information and belief

Sworn the second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three before me, Hugh Williams, Surrogate. Judith Hartley

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