Flowers for the Queen
When Queen Victoria visited Jersey in 1846 she was presented with a basket of flowers by John Folley, who received a gold sovereign in return.
Dating of photograph
This picture of John Folley, with a basket of flowers, is not believed to date from the time of the visit, but a few years afterwards. It is an albumen print, hand-coated using a flotation technique and plain toned with no metallic additive, indicating that it was produced between 1851 and 1855. The sharp, even lighting suggests that the picture was probably taken outside in daylight. The legs of a stand used to support the subject and hold him still for the long exposure necessary can just be seen in the picture. These stands were popular from the late 1840s to the early 1850s, again helping to date the picture to about 1850.
John Folley came to Jersey from Stoke and married Henriette Mary Malzard. A collection of the family's photographs, taken by some of the most important photographers in the island in the second half of the 19th century, are held by the Jersey Archive as part of the De La Taste/Folley collection.
From the information held at the Archive, census records and other family records available online, it is possible to piece together a family tree which covers the individuals whose photographs are held by the Archive.
John Folley was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1818 and came to Jersey before the age of 23. He is recorded in the 1841 census as a gardener working for Advocate Francis Godfray at Bagatelle, St Saviour. Also working in the household was 23-year-old Henriette Mary Malzard, who married John. He clearly prospered because ten years later the 1851 census shows the family living in Vallee des Vaux with John farming 18 acres - a substantial holding in Jersey.
John and Henriette had six children - John Henry (1846- ), William (1848- ), Harriet (Henriette) (1850-1950), Mary Ann (1852- ), Albina Florence (1856-1914) and George (1862-1914). William emigrated to Australia, although the last letter his family received from him was from River Plate, Argentina. George emigrated to Jacksonville, Florida, as did his elder sister Mary Ann, who married Ernie Brandt there but was widowed while still quite young.
Harriet married William Henry Ford (1853-1936) and they lived at 3 Queen Street and had three children, Percy William, Albina Florencfe and Hilda Blanche, who married William Ernest Hacking. Harriet died six months short of her 100th birthday at the Bath Hotel, Bath Street, St Helier. Her daughter Hilda lived even longer, dying at The Limes, St Helier, in December 1982, six weeks short of her 103rd birthday.
John Folley's wife Henrietta died in 1886 and the following year he married again to Phoebe Green (nee Layzell), who survived him when he died in 1897.
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