Lily May Langler (nee Hobbs)(1883-1972) & William John Langler (1882 - 1964)



The brothers had one sister Lily May who was born on 31st May 1883 (above left). Lily married  WILLIAM JOHN LANGLER on 28th August 1910

The 1911 Census has the following information

Name Lily Mary Langler
Relationship to Head of Household Wife
Condition Married Gender Female
Age 27 Estimated Year of Birth 1884
Employed No Working at Home No
Place of Birth London Paddington
Enumerator Information
Address 7 Drury Road Harrow Parish Harrow On The Hill Town Harrow
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 6 Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN7074 RG78PN347 RD130 SD1 ED7 SN329 Administrative County Middlesex Registration District Hendon Registration Sub District Harrow Enumeration District 7

Her husband WILLIAM is listed as an Insurance Clerk with a Fire Insurance Co

Drury Road Harrow as it is now

WILLIAM and LILY emigrated to America circa 1914, settling in West Hartford, Connecticut. I believe that she sailed from Liverpool and landed in New York

 WILLIAM was born on 30th September 1882 in Hayes Essex and was educated at Willesden Polytechnic, London.

The 1881 Census provides a far more detailed picture of WILLIAM's family just a year prior to his birth

Dwelling: Waggon and Horses  Census Place : Hayes, Middlesex, England

Source:FHL Film 1341325 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 1335 Folio 33 page 17








William LANGLER Married 35 Male Southall, Middlesex Head Licensed Victualler
Ann S. LANGLER Married 31 Female Hailsham, Sussex Wife  
Mary F. LANGLER   6 mths Female Hayes, Middlesex Daughter  
William Thomas EVERARD Widower 67 Male Tonbridge, Kent Fther in Law Retired Draper
Emma MOULDER   15 Female Southall, Middlesex Servant General Servant Domestic
Charles WOODMAN   22 Male Ruislip, Middlesex Ostler Ostler Inn

It looks as though Lily's husband took his father's name as the eldest son. His parents WILLIAM and ANN LANGLER (nee EVERARD) were married in the March quarter of 1879 in the Kensington District (source BMD Index - 1a -124)

Created 1st July 1837. In Middlesex until 1889.
Sub-districts : Brompton; Fulham; Hammersmith St. Paul; Hammersmith St. Peter; Kensington Central; Kensington North; Kensington South; Kensington Town; Paddington St. John; Paddington St. Mary.
GRO volumes : III (1837-51); 1a (1852-1930). Fulham (1837-75), Hammersmith (1837-75), Kensington, Paddington (1837-95). Registers now in
Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Fulham and Hammersmith districts

Incidentally his mother's full maiden name was ANN SUSANNA EVERARD. Unfortunately it appears that the marriage was short-lived for the same source reveals that in the June quarter of 1883 a WILLIAM LANGLER died at the age of 37 in the Uxbridge District (source BMD Index - 3a - 31 -  Created 1st July 1837.Sub-districts : Hayes; Hillingdon; Uxbridge. GRO volumes : III (1837-51); 3a (1852-1930). Cowley, Harefield, Hayes, Hillingdon, Ickenham, Northolt, Norwood, Ruislip, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Yiewsley. - Registers now in Hillingdon and Ealing districts.

These details have been confirmed by the fact that in the December 1885 quarter of 1885 a ANN SUSANNAH LANGLER married a OLIVER JOHN WILLIAMS in the Pancras district of London. (GRO ref Volume 1b Page 102) This of course means that WILLIAM was less than one year old when his father died.

The 1891 Census for the United Kingdom shows the following

Dwelling: 30 Thornhill Square, Census Place :Camberwell, London, England - Source:PRO Ref RG12 Piece 463 No on Schedule 461








Oliver J. WILLIAMS Married 40 Male Bucks - Great Kimble Head Bagman - GPO
Ann S. WILLIAMS Married 40 Female Sussex - Hailsham Wife  
Mary F. LANGLER   10 Female Hayes, Middlesex StepDaughter Scholar
William LANGLER   8 Male Hayes, Middlesex Stepson Scholar
Rose E WILLIAMS   4 Female Lambeth London Daughter Scholar
George D. WILLIAMS   1 Male Lambeth London Son  

The indication is that the family have only recently moved to this address. Rose and George WILLIAMS were born in Lambeth not Camberwell

WILLIAM after pursuing a successful business career died at the age of 81 on March 8 1964.

William John Langler died on Sunday 8th March 1964, at the time of his passing an obituary article in the local press, read as follows:-

"William John Langler 81, insurance executive, died on March 8th. 1964, at New Britain General Hospital. He resided at 344 Church Street, Wethersfield, since 1923. He spent 60 years in the reinsurance field, of which 40 years were in association with the North Eastern
Reinsurance Company of Hartford, now located in Des Moines, Iowa, and it's predecessor, The Rossia Insurance company. He retired from North Eastern in 1953, as President and was elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. in 1953. He was a Director of North Eastern and the Fire Reinsurance Company of Hartford.
He came to the United States in 1914, having been with the Munich Reinsurance Company in London. He was educated at Willesden Polytechnic in London, England. Mr. Langler was the author of a book entitled, "The Business of Reinsurance", a guide and source of information on the Fire and Marine Reinsurance field. He was a member of the First Church of Christ Congregational, in Weathersfield. He was listed in the Insurance Whose Who. He leaves a wife Lily Hobbs-Langler, a daughter Mrs. Harry L Hodges of Buena Park, California, and a son Kenneth R Langler, of West Hartford and three grandchildren."

His wife  Lily died eight years later on  9th March 1972. The local newspaper paid this fine tribute to LILY

The person to the left of my great aunt and uncle is their son Kenneth Rhys Langler. There was also a daughter Elsie who was born five years later on 9th April 1918. Elsie married a Mr Harry Hodges and went to live in Laguna Hills California.

In June 2010 the following obituary appeared in the The Hartford Courant (June 3, 2010)

HODGES, Elsie (Langler) Elsie (Langler) Hodges, 92, widow of Harry L. Hodges, of West Hartford, and formerly of California, died Sunday, (May 30, 2010) at Brittany Farms Health Center. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of William J. and Lily (Hobbs) Langler. Raised in Wethersfield, she was a graduate of both Northfield Academy, Northfield, MA, and Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA. During World War II, she served with the American Red Cross stationed in India. Following her marriage, she and Harry lived in southern California, where she was employed by the former McDonald-Douglas Aircraft (now Boeing). After retirement, they enjoyed their ranch, high in the hills above Laguna Beach. After Harry's death and with her declining health, she was convinced to "return to her roots and family" here in Connecticut in 2003. She is survived by her brother, Kenneth R. Langler of West Hartford; two nieces and their spouses, Virginia L. and Paul Andrews of West Hartford, Barbara L. and Christopher O'Brien of Portland; and her nephew and his wife, Donald F. and Ellen Langler of Brookfield, WI.; her five grandnieces and four grandnephews, including Matthew Andrews, Stephen Andrews, Kimberly Fleury and Alicia Andrews, Jennifer O'Brien and Kevin O'Brien, and Erin Langler, Todd Langler and Emily Langler; two great-grandnieces and five great-grandnephews. Burial will be in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main Street, West Hartford, 06107. Arrangements are being handled by Paul B. Andrews through the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, West Hartford.

In November 2015 I received from the United States news that Kenneth had passed away on Sunday 15th November 2015 at his home in Farmington. He was 102 years old at the time of his passing which makes him the longest lived person in my branch of the Hobbs Family Tree, and in my Family Tree as a whole. A tremendous achievement.

OBITUARY from "The Hartford Courant"  November 18th, 2015

Langler, Kenneth R.    

Kenneth Rhys Langler, 102 , husband of the late Shirley (Fayette) Langler, died Sunday (Nov. 15, 2015) at his home in Farmington after a brief illness.  He was born March 6, 1913 in Harrow, England and came to the US at an early age with his late parents, William J. and Lily (Hobbs) Langler. He spent his early years in Wethersfield, and  had lived most of his life in West Hartford, and at the family summer home in Old Kelsey Point, Westbrook. He was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover and Dartmouth College, Class of 1936 Thayer School of Civil Engineering and was a member of  Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  During WW II, he served as a Lt. in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Washington, D.C. Following the war, he was employed by the Phoenix Ins. Co, and then at The Travelers for 40 years. Following his retirement, he and Shirley traveled both in the U.S. and Europe. A 50 plus year member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in West Hartford, he had served as a Deacon, President of the 4th Monday Club, and as a member of the Camera Club, and Bowling league. He was a member of Delta Lodge AF & AM of Braintree, MA, and a former member of the Old Guard of West Hartford. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Virginia & Paul Andrews of West Hartford, Barbara & Christopher O'Brien of Portland, and Donald & Ellen Langler of Brookfield, WI;  9 grandchildren, Matthew & Cynthia Andrews, Stephen & Ann Marie Andrews, Kimberly & Bryce Fleury, and Alicia & Adam Borofsky; Jennifer O'Brien,  Kevin O'Brien and his significant other,  Megan McMahon; Erin & Justin Miller, Todd Langler and Emily Langler; 11 great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Grace, Timothy and Joseph Andrews, Lily, Avery and Owen Andrews, Tyler and Jake Fleury, and Olivia and Eva Borofsky.  A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, 10:00A.M., in the Chapel of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 12 South Main St., West Hartford with the Rev. Georgie Campbell officiating. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford will be at the convenience of the family. Following the service, the family will greet friends in the Fellowship Rm. at the church. Memorial Contributions may be made to the "Carillon Fund" of the First Church, the Institute for the Blind, or the American Red Cross.  Arrangements are being handled by the Sheehan, Hilborn Breen Funeral Home. 

Kenneth and his parents Lily and William

On Xmas Eve 2015 I posted an article to the site about a tragedy that affected both William and Lily for the rest of their lives. It occurred seventy years ago to the day - Xmas Eve 1945

In the course of researching this information I came across data that may assist others who are researching the surname LANGLER

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