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William Heelis
Birth: Feb., 1872
Dufton
Eden District
Cumbria, England
Death: Aug. 4, 1945
York
York Unitary Authority
North Yorkshire, England

Christened on February 18, 1872 at Dufton, Westmoreland (now Cumbria). Presumably his birth date would be within a few days of this. His parents were Reverend John Heelis and Esther Heelis, née Martin. Later, as an adult, William Heelis was in partnership as a Hawkshead solicitor (his office was in the 17th century Lake District townhouse -- now Beatrix Potter Gallery) and became in early middle age the devoted husband of the famous children's author, Beatrix Potter. He met her whilst handling Beatrix's property transactions in the Lake District at Hawkshead, Cumbria (England). They became engaged in 1912. On October 14, 1913 they married though against her wealthy parent's wishes. They selfishly wanted their daughter to remain single. William was a gentleman of meek and discreet manner. After a long and happy marriage and the hard shock of his wife's death he left their home at Castle Cottage, Near Sawrey, Cumbria and spent the brief remainder of his life in a nursing home at York where he died. He was cremated. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943)
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
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Originally Created by: Timothy Purnell
Record added: Sep 07, 2010
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William Heelis
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- Anonymous
 Added: Mar. 8, 2017
Eternal peace be with you and your lovely Beatrix.
- Leah Bowery
 Added: Jan. 6, 2017
You were a treasure to the world, Beatrix! Happy you finally loved again and married!
- Tess Pomonis
 Added: May. 25, 2016
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