Hi, I am trying to find information about my 3x Ggrandmothers sister Amelia Moffatt, who married William Henry ‘Bully’ HAYES in Australia in 1857, sailed away with him and was never heard of again.
Amelia Moffatt was born April 1827 in Westminster, London. Her family emigrated to South Australia where she married William Littleton in Adelaide in 1854. William Littleton died and on the25 Aug 1857 Amelia Littleton ‘the prettiest and liveliest widow in Adelaide’ married William Henry Hayes, known infamously as Bully Hayes. In 1858 they left Australia from Melbourne on the 'Orestes' for Honolulu. They then left Hawaii on the barque 'Adelaide' for San Francisco. Bully Hayes left San Francisco on the 'Ellenita' in 1859 but his wife Amelia stayed behind.
There has been much written about Bully Hayes and it makes a good story. I have read whats available. I am not interested in hearsay, but am looking for the type of records available on ancestry, about Amelia Hayes.
One dubious source says Amelia divorced WH in Hawaii, Bully had stated that Amelia was his only legal wife so I don’t think they divorced.
Other stories say she lived in Los Angeles, even having a pub or boarding house, and was said to be living in California in 1914 when her Australian family tried to find her.
It would be great if I could find some American record of Amelia Hayes.