Micah GEDLING ( -1806)

1. Micah GEDLING married Mary JAMES on 10 December 1754 in St Nicholas, Nottingham. He died on 13 October 1806 in Wollaton, Nottinghamshire.

 

Mary JAMES died. She and Micah GEDLING had the following children:

 

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Elizabeth GEDLING (1755- )

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Micah GEDLING (1757-1843)

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Mary GEDLING (1759- )

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Sarah GEDLING (1762- )

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William GEDLING (1763- )

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Hannah GEDLING (1768- )

Second Generation

2. Elizabeth GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 8 August 1755 in Castle Gate, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

 

3. Micah GEDLING, son of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 21 June 1757 in Castle Gate. He married Martha BROOKS on 7 September 1783 in St Peter, Nottingham. In 1818 he was resident in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. The address was: Tollhouse-hill. He married Mary LOMAS on 9 August 1818 in Radford, Nottinghamshire. In 1840 he was resident in Nottingham. The address was: Park Row. Gentry in Oranges Directory. Micah appeared in the census in 1841 in Nottingham. The address was: St Mary. Living with wife Ann. Micah was a Laceman. He died in April 1843 in Nottingham. Probate to his wife Ann with legacy to his grandaughter Caroline ALLIOTT.

 

Martha BROOKS was born in 1756 in Nottingham. She died on 17 November 1816 in Nottingham. She and Micah GEDLING had the following children:

 

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Micah GEDLING (1784-1842)

 

Mary LOMAS was born on 29 December 1778 in Radford.

 

4. Mary GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 11 September 1759 in Castle Gate.

 

5. Sarah GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 10 January 1762 in Castle Gate.

 

6. William GEDLING, son of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 28 August 1763 in Castle Gate.

 

7. Hannah GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Mary JAMES, was born on 3 May 1768 in Castle Gate.

Third Generation

8. Micah GEDLING, son of Micah GEDLING and Martha BROOKS, was born on 24 October 1784 in Castle Gate, Nottingham. He married Sophia WRIGHT on 17 March 1806 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. He married Ann TARRATT on 26 February 1816 in Radford, Nottinghamshire. On 26 February 1825 he was resident in Nottingham. The address was: Mount Street. He was a Lacemaker. In 1840 he was resident in Nottingham. The address was: Bowling Alley Hill, Mount Vernon. Oranges Directory. Micah died in October 1842 in Nottingham.

 

Sophia WRIGHT was born in 1785. She died on 12 December 1814 in Wollaton, Nottinghamshire. She and Micah GEDLING had the following children:

 

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Sophia GEDLING (1806-1831)

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Mary Ann GEDLING (1807-1884)

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Caroline GEDLING (1809-1864)

 

Ann TARRATT was born in 1783.

Fourth Generation

9. Sophia GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Sophia WRIGHT, was born on 31 May 1806 in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire. She died on 28 July 1831 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire.

 

10. Mary Ann GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Sophia WRIGHT, was born on 16 September 1807 in St Mary, Nottingham. She married John BRADLEY on 6 June 1832 in St Marys Nottingham. She died on 12 March 1884 in Nottingham.

 

John BRADLEY was born on 11 January 1802. He died on 31 May 1866 in Oakbrook, Sheffield, Yorkshire. He and Mary Ann GEDLING had the following children:

 

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Caroline Gedley BRADLEY (1833-1894)

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Micah Gedling BRADLEY (1834- )

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John BRADLEY (1835- )

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George BRADLEY (1837-1857)

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Bernard BRADLEY (1838-1877)

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Charles BRADLEY (1841-1892)

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Edward BRADLEY (1843-1874)

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Alfred BRADLEY (1844- )

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Frederick James BRADLEY (1845- )

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Herbert BRADLEY (1848- )

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Mary Ann Isabella BRADLEY (1850-1897)

 

11. Caroline GEDLING, daughter of Micah GEDLING and Sophia WRIGHT, was born on 23 July 1809 in St Mary. She married Francis Simes ALLIOTT on 1 October 1835 in Nottingham. She appeared in the census in 1841 in Nottingham. The address was: Timber Hill, St Peters. Living with husband Francis and children Ann and Sophia. Caroline appeared in the census in 1851 in Basford, Notts. The address was: Main Street, Strelley. Living with husband Francis and children Ann, Sophia and Caroline. Caroline married William EATON on 19 August 1856 in St Marys, Nottiingham, Nottinghamshire. She appeared in the census in 1861 in Stamford, Lincs. The address was: High Street, St Martins. Living with her second husband William EATON. Children Ann and Caroline were shown on census wtih surname "EATON". The 1851 census However shows Caroline living with her then husband Francis Simes ALLIOTT and children Ann (1837), Sophia (1840) and Caroline (1845). Caroline died on 18 August 1864 in Nottingham.

 

Francis Simes ALLIOTT, son of Richard ALLIOTT (1769-1840) and Marianne STRAHAN (1783-1837), was born on 5 March 1809 in Nottingham. He was a Draper. In 1840 he was resident in Nottingham. The address was: Timber Hill. Shown in Electoral Roll. Francis appeared in the census in 1841 in Nottingham. The address was: Timber Hill, St Peters. Living with wife Caroline and daughters Ann and Sophia. In 1844 Francis was resident in Nottingham. The address was: Timber Hill, St Peters. Glovers Directory of Nottinghamshire. Francis appeared in the census in 1851 in Strelley Nottinghamshire. Living with wife Caroline and daughters Ann, Sophia, and Caroline Frances S. Francis died in July 1854 in Basford, Nottinghamshire. He and Caroline GEDLING had the following children:

 

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Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT (1836-1900)

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Sophia Gedling ALLIOTT (1840-1899)

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Caroline Frances ALLIOTT (1844-1893)

 

William EATON was born in 1811 in Kimpton, Leicestershire. He was a Medical Practitioner - Physician.

Fifth Generation

12. Caroline Gedley BRADLEY, daughter of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 12 March 1833 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. She married Mark FIRTH on 3 September 1857 in Nottingham. She died on 13 July 1894 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

 

Mark FIRTH was born on 25 April 1819. He died on 28 November 1880.

 

13. Micah Gedling BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 7 August 1834 in St Nicholas, Nottingham. He married Fanny Lake PILE on 27 March 1877 in Taunton, Somerset.

 

Fanny Lake PILE was born on 22 August 1843.

 

14. John BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 13 December 1835 in St Nicholas. He married Elizabeth Ellen MUNK.

 

Elizabeth Ellen MUNK was born on 1 October 1835 in St Nicholas.

 

15. George BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 8 April 1837 in Nottingham. He died on 30 November 1857 in Nottingham.

 

16. Bernard BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 22 May 1838 in Nottingham. He died on 7 April 1877 in Nottingham.

 

17. Charles BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 17 August 1841 in Nottingham. He died on 31 October 1892 in Nottingham.

 

18. Edward BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 11 April 1843 in Nottingham. He died on 30 August 1874 in Melbourne, Australia.

 

19. Alfred BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 6 July 1844 in North Waltham, Hampshire.

 

20. Frederick James BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 15 December 1845 in Nottingham. He married Emily Margaret PENROSE on 9 March 1871 in Swansea, Glamorgan.

 

Emily Margaret PENROSE was born on 13 June 1847 in Swansea.

 

21. Herbert BRADLEY, son of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 23 February 1848 in Nottingham.

 

22. Mary Ann Isabella BRADLEY, daughter of John BRADLEY and Mary Ann GEDLING, was born on 10 April 1850 in Nottingham. She married Charles Alfred MALTBY on 11 February 1874 in New Lenton, Nottinghamshire. She died on 30 November 1897 in London.

 

23. Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, daughter of Francis Simes ALLIOTT and Caroline GEDLING, was born on 10 October 1836 in St Peters, Nottingham. She appeared in the census on 6 May 1862 in Knightsbridge, London. The address was: 71 Coleshill Street. She married Albert (Athelstane) WOOD on 6 May 1862 in St Georges, Hanover Square, London. She appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton, Worcestershire aged 34. The address was: The Parsonage. She appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston, Lincolnshire aged 44. The address was: The Rectory. Living with husband and children. In 1886 Ann was resident in Walkergate, Louth aged 50. The address was: Frobell House. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington, London. The address was: 4 Grittleton Road. Living with Francis, Dagmar, Jessica and Lionel. Susan Jackson was here described as a visitor. Obviously prior to her marriage to Francis. Ann died on 11 February 1900 in Surbiton, Surrey. The address was: Silverdale, King Charles Road. Probate to Dagmar Marianne Gedling WOOD and Jessie Mary Shottee WOOD.

 

Albert (Athelstane) WOOD, son of Thomas Henry WOOD (1789-1842) and Elizabeth MAXFIELD (1798?-1842), was born on 3 January 1831 in St Margarets , Canterbury Kent. He was baptised on 30 March 1831 in St Margarets. He was a Clergyman - Vicar. He appeared in the census in 1841 in St Margarets aged 10. The address was: 19 St Margarets Street. He appeared in the census in 1851 in St Margarets aged 20. The address was: 19 St Margarets Street. Employed as Drapers Assistant. On 6 May 1862 Albert was resident in Westminster, London. The address was: 46 Vincent Square. He appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton aged 39. The address was: The Parsonage. He appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston aged 50. The address was: Rectory. Living with wife Ann and Children Winifred, Harold, Dagmar, Jessica and Lionel. Albert died on 14 October 1885 in City of Lincoln. He made a will on 18 February 1886 in North Somercotes, Lincoln aged 54. The address was: The Rectory. Gross value of his estate was 1694-14s-6p. Albert made a will on 18 February 1886 in Principal Registry. Probate granted on 18 Feb 1886. Rev Albert Wood of South Reston Rectory but late of North Somercotes Vicarage was proved by Ann Lomas Wood of Frobell House in Walkergate Louth, Lincs.

 

From information supplied by Robert Darlington and David Morris we know that Albert was apparently given just one forename at birth but he seems to have adopted a second forename "Athelstane". He was born in Canterbury on 3rd January 1831. He was a student at Oxford but for medical reasons he was advised to move to a warmer climate. As a result he finished his degree at the University of Cape Town in 1855. He was ordained as a Deacon by the Bishop of Cape Town on the 23rd December 1855.

He remained in that area for a period during which he served as Assistant Curate of St Georges Cathedral, Capetown. On 18th December 1859 he was ordained as a priest by the Bishop of Cape Town. He then became Acting Chaplain of St John, Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope from 1859 to 1861. During that time in 1860 he received a testimonial letter for his job as Chaplain to the depot for military invalids.

He must have felt that his health had recovered because his next position was as Assistant Stipendiary Curate of St Mary's in Vincent Square, Westminster from 1861 to 1862. All of these appiointments are recorded in Crockfords Clerical Directory dated 1855.

Albert married Ann Lomas Alliott on 6th May 1862 in St Georges, Hanover Square. In some ways this is a strange connection. Ann was the daughter of Francis Simes Alliott of Nottingham. Her family were ministers of the Castle Gate Congregational Church in that city. The Alliott family hostory has been documented by Robert Darlington.

The newly weds left immediately for Albert's new appointment as Stipendiary Curate in the parish of Leigh with duties at St Paul's Westleigh, Lancashire. He was there for three years until 1865. It was at Leigh that the first of his six children was born.

In 1865 he again moved and this time became Curate at Castlemorton, part of the parish of Longdon in Worcestershire.

Alberts frequent moves and his continuing duties as Curate rather than as Vicar suggest a man who may not have been easy to manage. David Morris suggests that he may have been a difficult person to deal with. His energies have led him to run into problems with the higher management of the Church. While at Castlemorton he waged a successful campaign to recover money left for the relief of the poor of the parish. That money had been diverted to reduce the parish's poor rate and was therefore benefiting the ratepayers and not the poor. When a new Vicar arrived at Longdon there were differences of opinion between him and Albert which caused Albert to leave the parish for a new appointment.

The next four children of Albert and Ann were born during the nine years that they stayed at Castlemorton.

In 1874 Albert became the Rector of South Reston, Lincolnshire. Duties as Curate of North Reston were added in 1878. The "living" at North Reston belonged to the Jackson family whose complete family history has been written. The links to this family are detailed elsewhere.

Albert may have been showing poor health about this time and in 1883 he became Vicar of North Somercotes, a few miles east of South Reston on the coast of Lincolnshire. He died in the city of Lincoln on 14th October 1885. His grave and that of his wife Ann are in the next parish of South Somercotes. His will left his estate to his wife Ann who survived until 11th February 1900.

During his lifetime he received a number of honours including an honorary doctorate from the University of the South (USA) in 1875. He was also made a Brother Chaplain of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1868. He wrote on a number of areas presumably of his own interest and some of these are recorded in Crockfords 1885. Those interests included "visitation of the sick", "gravestones and epitaphs", Chrsitian antiquities", and " the history of Wesleyanism". David Morris reports that his obituary states that he became an authority on the design of church vestments.

He was survived by his six children.

Albert had an interest in family genealogy and found a Wood coat of arms. However this does not appear to have any connection with this family and may be that of Wood of Lancaster as noted in the "The General Armory" The dissertation refers to a Thomas Wood of Hackney and is dated 28th June 1634. This Thomas Wood had traced his ancestors through a Henry Wood to Thomas Wood of Burnley to Barney Wood and then to another Thomas Wood all of Burnley with the latter being a descendant of le Seigneur de Boys, Dauphin in France. This may well be the origin of the myth as stated earlier that our family is descended from French Hugenots. As we can trace our direct line to Chartham in Kent to around the same date as this was produced there is no evidence to back up any claim that we belong to the same line. There is however strong evidence that our descent to French Hugenots through Francoise (Frances) Thorel who married Thomas Wood in 1784.

 

Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT had the following children:

 

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Hubert Laud Strachan WOOD (1863- )

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Winefride Marie Thorelle WOOD (1864-1884)

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Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD (1866-1944)

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Dagmar Marian Gedling WOOD (1867-1928)

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Jessica Mary Shotlee WOOD (1869-1944)

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Lionel Eugene Seymour WOOD (1873-1935)

 

24. Sophia Gedling ALLIOTT, daughter of Francis Simes ALLIOTT and Caroline GEDLING, was born in April 1840 in Nottingham. She appeared in the census in 1861 in Chelmsford, Essex. The address was: New Bridge Street. Governess in the home of George and Mary HILLIARD - Physician. Sophia married Joseph Stanley SMITH on 22 July 1863 in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Married by Rav Albert WOOD curate at West leigh. Sophia appeared in the census in 1871 in Wimbledon, Surrey. The address was: 15 Hill Side. Living with husband and children. Sophia appeared in the census in 1881 in Brading, Isle of Wight, Hampshire. The address was: Clarence Place. Living with husband and children. Sophia appeared in the census in 1891 in Mary le Bone, Middlessex. The address was: 6 Portland Terrace. Widow. Living with her children. Sophia was an Authoress. She died on 15 June 1899 in Brighton, Sussex. The address was: 16 Chesham Place. Probate to Sophia Emily and Francis Stanley. Estate value £2887.

 

Joseph Stanley SMITH was born in 1829 in Hoxton, Middlesex. He was a Civil Engineer. He died in July 1881 in Isle of Wight, Hampshire. He and Sophia Gedling ALLIOTT had the following children:

 

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Sophia Emily SMITH (1865-1916)

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Francis Stanley Freeman SMITH (1868-1934)

 

25. Caroline Frances ALLIOTT, daughter of Francis Simes ALLIOTT and Caroline GEDLING, was born on 30 July 1844 in Nottingham. She married Freeman James EATON on 22 July 1863 in Grantham. The address was: Parish Church. Married at same time as her sister by Rev Albert Wood. Caroline appeared in the census in 1871 in Grantham. The address was: 13 St Peter Hill. Living with husband Freeman. Caroline appeared in the census in 1881 in Ryde, Isle of Wight. The address was: 75 Union Street. Boarding with husband Freeman. Caroline appeared in the census in 1891 in Shanklin, IOW. The address was: Queens Road. Living with husband Freeman. Caroline died on 26 June 1893 in Marylebone, Middlesex. The address was: 60 Gloucester Place. Probate to John Henry EATON, Land agent and Sophia Emilia SMITH (Spinster), niece.

 

Freeman James EATON was born on 30 October 1833 in Grantham. He appeared in the census in 1861 in Grantham. The address was: 40 Watergate. Living with sisters Eleanor EATON and sister and brother in law. Sarah and Robert and their son Robert WESTMORELAND. Freeman was a Medical Practitioner - Surgeon. He died on 30 October 1893 in Mary le Bone. The address was: 9 Portland Terrace, Regents Park. Probate to Francis Stanley Freeman SMITH esq -nephew. Estate 7400 pounds.

Sixth Generation

26. Hubert Laud Strachan WOOD, son of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 22 January 1863 in Westliegh, Lancs. He was a Legal Profession - Solicitors Clerk. He appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton, Worcestershire aged 8. The address was: The Parsonage. Living with parents. In 1890 Hubert was resident in Kilburn, Middlesex. The address was: 4 Grillston Road, Elgin Avenue. He married Frances Annie BECKETT on 27 July 1890 in St Augustines, Kilburn when he was 28. He appeared in the census in 1891 in Kilburn aged 28. The address was: 54 Cotliegh Road. Living with wife. Described as Solicitors clerk. On 20 March 1892 Hubert was resident in Hampstead Middlesex. The address was: 61 Glengall Road. He and Frances Annie BECKETT were divorced on 14 September 1898. At the High Court of Justice. Petition filed 24 Dec 1897. Decree Nisi 28 Feb 1898.

 

Notes from Robert Darlington indicate he could have gone to India as a Tea Planter in South Coorg India between 1871 and 1890 as he cannot be found in the 1881 census.Alberts family had connections with the Jackson family of North Reston which probably made this possible. Robert's notes also indicated that he divorced and remarried but no records can be found of this nor of his death. Further research indicates that he either died or disappeared back overseas between 1897 and 1899 because his divorce took place in Dec 1897. Frances then married Robert Price in Hampstead in Jul-Sep 1899.

 

Frances Annie BECKETT, daughter of John Edward BECKETT (1831- ) and Margaret Eleanor DANGERFIELD (1844- ), was born on 26 July 1872 in St Johns Wood, Middlesex. She appeared in the census in 1881 in Mary le Bone, Middlessex aged 8. The address was: 61 Clifton Hill. In 1890 she was resident in Kilburn. The address was: 61 Clifton Hill. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Kilburn. The address was: 54 Cotleigh Road. She married Robert PRICE in July 1899 in Hampstead Middlesex. She experienced Re-marriage in 1899 in Hampstead Middlesex. Married Robert Price in Jul-Sep in Hampstead. Frances appeared in the census in 1901 in Hampstead Middlesex. The address was: 61 Clifton Hill. She appeared in the census in 1911 in Brighton, Sussex. The address was: 36 Bedford Square. Lodger. Married Husband lodging in London. Census indicates she had three children but all died before 1911. Frances died in September 1944 in Tonbridge, Kent. She and Hubert Laud Strachan WOOD had the following children:

 

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Muriel (Amy) Frances Mary WOOD (1892-1893)

 

27. Winefride Marie Thorelle WOOD, daughter of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 4 October 1864 in Westliegh. She appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton aged 6. The address was: The Parsonage. She appeared in the census in 1881 in Castlemorton aged 16. The address was: The Rectory. She married Henry Ruck EAST on 6 February 1883 in Prestbury Gloucestershire. She died of Died in childbirth. on 19 April 1884 in Mercara Coorg, Madras. She had her estate probated on 20 September 1886 in Nottingham. Probate by Thomas Underwood solicitor to Henry Ruck East. Estate value at 31 pounds 6 shillings and fourpence. Winefride had her estate probated on 1 May 1929 in London. Probate to Maud Charlotte East, widow. Effects 97 pounds 5 shillings and sevenpence.

 

Winefride was married by her father on the 6 February 1883 in the parish church of Prestbury, Gloucestershire.

Winefride and Henry had one son named Henry Francis but although the baby lived Winefride died in Madras. David Morris reports that the son emigrated to Nova Scotia. he must have married because his aunt Jessica bequeathed fifty pounds to her "great nephew Lionel East, son of Henry Francis East".

 

Henry Ruck EAST, son of William Edmond EAST (1806- ) and Frances Marianne RUCK (1816- ), was born on 18 May 1844 in St Dunstan in the East, London. He was a Coffee Planter. He married Maud Charlotte CROFTS in April 1897 in Steyning, Sussex. He experienced Re-marriage in 1897 in Steyning Sussex. Married Maud Charlotte CROFTS. Records indicate that Mrs East returned from Colombo on 1 Jul 1903 with two children Miss G. born 1900 and Mstr J. born 1901. Henry died on 22 October 1914 in Bedford. He had his estate probated on 9 February 1915 in Bedford, Bedfordshire. The address was: 58 Clapham Road. Probate to his widow Maud Charlotte East. Effects of 1833 pounds nine shillings and fourpence. He and Winefride Marie Thorelle WOOD had the following children:

 

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Henry Francis EAST (1884-1960)

 

28. Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD, son of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 22 March 1866 in Castelmorton, Worcestershire. He appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton aged 4. The address was: The Parsonage. In 1874 he was resident in South Reston, Lincolnshire aged 8. The address was: The Rectory. He appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston aged 15. The address was: The Rectory. He appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington, London. The address was: 4 Grittleston Road. He married Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON on 18 June 1891 in St Lukes Uxbridge Road, London. He appeared in the census in 1901 in Mortlake, Surrey. The address was: Ancaster Villa. He appeared in the census in 1911 in Mortlake aged 45. The address was: 148 Palewell Park. Probate to National Provincial Bank. estate 6000 pounds. Francis appeared in the census in 1939 in Cookham Dene, Berkshire. The address was: Little Picket. Widowed. Living with his daughter Irene Maud. In 1944 Francis was resident in Cookham Dean, Berkshire. The address was: Little Picket. He died on 3 December 1944 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The address was: The Hospital.

 

Robert Darlington reports that Francis was born at Castlemorton on 22nd March 1866. He was there until his father moved to South Reston in 1874 where his father was the Rector of St Edith the small church adjacent to the home of the local land owner Howard Jackson. It is here that we find the closer relationship between the family of Albert and the Jackson's (mentioned in the notes related to Albert) in that the youngest child of Howard Jackson was Susan Rose Jackson, born in 1865 whom Francis married on the 18th June 1891.

Francis was intended for the clergy and was a student at Cuddeston Theological College when his father died in 1885. This required him to leave college before being ordained. He found work with The Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen which later became the Royal National Mission. he remained with this organisation until 1922 having been appointed its Secretary many years earlier.

The Superintendant of the Mission was Wilfred Grenfell (later Sir Wilfred, an energetic and charismatic man whose biography was written by J Lennox Kerr and published by the Ryerson Press, Toronto in 1959. In spite of all his positive attributes Grenfell was extremely disorganised with the business affairs of the Mission and this was to cause difficulties between Francis and his superior.

Francis undertook complex and difficult tasks on behalf of the Mission. On two occasions he was involved in the purchase of reindeer in Lappland and their transport to Labrador. once in 1907 for the Mission and again in 1921 for the Hudson Bay Company on secondment.

Francis had not forgotten his childhood friend Susan Rose Jackson and they married on 18th June 1891.

When he retired they lived for a while in Clevedon on the Somerset coast. In 1920 they built a thatched house called Little Picket in an old orchard in Cookham Dean, Berkshire. It is adjacent to the village church where Francis and Susan Rose are buried.

During his retirement Francis was busy with local affairs. he was a member of the Cookham Rural District Council, a Churchwarden, and a manager of the village Church of England School.

Susan Rose died on the 19th December 1932 and Francis on the 3rd December 1944. Francis and Susan had two sons and a daughter.

 

Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON, daughter of Howard JACKSON (1812-1888) and Susan PALMER (1829-1902), was born on 20 January 1865 in North Reston, Lincolnshire. She appeared in the census in 1871 in North Reston. She appeared in the census in 1881 in North Reston. The address was: The Hall. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington aged 26. The address was: 4 Grittleston Road. Described as a visitor. Susan appeared in the census in 1901 in Mortlake. The address was: Ancaster Villa. She appeared in the census in 1911 in Mortlake aged 46. The address was: 146 Palewell Park. She died on 13 December 1932 in Cookham Deane, Berkshire. The address was: Little Picket. Probate to Francis Harold. Estate 2500 pounds. She and Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD had the following children:

 

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Wilfred Conrad Stanley WOOD

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Eric Albert Howard WOOD (1895-1971)

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Irene Maud Kathleen WOOD (1898-1992)

 

29. Dagmar Marian Gedling WOOD, daughter of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 19 August 1867 in Castelmorton. She appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton aged 3. The address was: The Parsonage. She appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston aged 13. The address was: The Rectory. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington. The address was: 4 Grittleton Road. She appeared in the census in 1901 in Surbiton, Surrey aged 33. The address was: 1 Woodbine Cottages. Living on own means. Dagmar appeared in the census in 1911 in Brentwood, Essex. The address was: 2 Western Villas, Western Road. She died on 13 October 1928 in Salisbury, Wilts aged 61. The address was: Old Manor. She was buried on 16 October 1928 in Stanwell Middlesex aged 61. She had her estate probated on 7 December 1928 in Salisbury. The address was: Old Manor. Probate to Francis Harold and Lionel Eugene. Effects 2840 pounds 8 shillings and tenpence.

 

She never married and lived with her sister Jessica all her life.

 

30. Jessica Mary Shotlee WOOD, daughter of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 31 March 1869 in Castelmorton. She appeared in the census in 1871 in Castlemorton aged 2. The address was: The Parsonage. She appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston aged 12. The address was: The Rectory. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington aged 22. The address was: 4 Grittleton Road. She appeared in the census in 1901 in Surbiton aged 32. The address was: 1 Woodbine Cottages. Living on own means with her sister Dagmar. Jessica appeared in the census in 1911 in Brentwood. The address was: 2 Western Villas, Western Road. She appeared in the census in 1939 in Brentwood. The address was: 9 Eastfield Road. She died on 4 December 1944 in Brentwood aged 75. The address was: 9 Eastfield Road. Died at The Retreat,, Great Burstead, Essex. Probate to Irene Maud MORRIS (widow). Estate 3400 pounds. Jessica was buried on 10 January 1945 in Stanwell Middlesex aged 75.

 

31. Lionel Eugene Seymour WOOD, son of Albert (Athelstane) WOOD and Ann (Laurie) Lomas ALLIOTT, was born on 14 December 1873 in Castelmorton. He appeared in the census in 1881 in South Reston aged 8. The address was: The Rectory. He was an Insurance broker. He appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington aged 18. The address was: 4 Grittleton Road. He married Victoria Minett KNIGHT on 15 October 1898 in St Saviours, Paddington, London. He appeared in the census in 1901 in Hampstead Middlesex. The address was: 2nd Floor, Snowdon Mansions. He appeared in the census in 1911 in Hampstead Middlesex aged 40. The address was: 18 Parsifal Road. Living with Mother in Law. Lionel died on 5 September 1935 in Stanwell Middlesex. The address was: Brook Cottage. He had his estate probated on 17 October 1935 in London. Probate to General Accident Fire and Life Assurance Co and Victoria Minett Wood. Effects 5021 pounds 13 shillings and threepence.

 

Victoria Minett KNIGHT, daughter of George KNIGHT (1847-1909) and Victoria MINETT (1845-1916), was born in 1872 in Peppard, Oxfordshire. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Paddington aged 19. The address was: 185 Portsdown Road. She appeared in the census in 1901 in Hampstead Middlesex. The address was: 2nd Floor, Snowdon Mansions. She appeared in the census in 1911 in Hampstead Middlesex aged 39. The address was: 18 Parsifal Road. Living with Mother. Victoria died in September 1957 in Stanwell Middlesex. She and Lionel Eugene Seymour WOOD had the following children:

 

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George Victor WOOD (1904-1925)

 

32. Sophia Emily SMITH, daughter of Joseph Stanley SMITH and Sophia Gedling ALLIOTT, was born in 1865 in Malaga, Spain. British Subject. She appeared in the census in 1891 in Marylebone, Middlesex. The address was: 6 Portland Terrace. Living with Mother and brother. Sophia appeared in the census in 1911 in Fulham, London. The address was: 5 Edith Road. Living with brother. Julia Charlotte Lloyd (b1875) was a visitor. Sophia died on 16 July 1916 in West Kensington, Middlesex. The address was: 5 Edith Road. Probate to Francis her brother. Estate - 7400 pounds.

 

33. Francis Stanley Freeman SMITH, son of Joseph Stanley SMITH and Sophia Gedling ALLIOTT, was born on 9 October 1868 in Shepherds Bush, Middlesex. The address was: Milton Villas. He appeared in the census in 1911 in West Kensington. The address was: 5 Edith Road. Living with sister and Julia Charlotte LLOYD (36) , b: Marylebone. Francis was an Artist. He died on 11 July 1934 in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall. The address was: Rosery Cottage. Probate to Barclays Bank. Estate value 18535 pounds.

Seventh Generation

34. Muriel (Amy) Frances Mary WOOD, daughter of Hubert Laud Strachan WOOD and Frances Annie BECKETT, was born on 20 March 1892 in Hampstead Middlesex. The address was: 61 Glengall Road. She died in July 1893 in Edmonton, Middlesex.

 

35. Henry Francis EAST, son of Henry Ruck EAST and Winefride Marie Thorelle WOOD, was born on 8 April 1884 in Coorg, Madras. He emigrated to Nova Scotia. He emigrated from Liverpool, Lancashire to Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 April 1910. Travelled on SS Virginian. Henry experienced Enlistment on 8 November 1916 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The address was: Annapolis. Enlisted in Canadian Expeditionary Force. Henry died on 4 December 1960 in Windsor, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada. He married Grace E L (EAST).

 

Grace E L (EAST) and Henry Francis EAST had the following children:

 

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J Lionel EAST ( - )

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Elva M EAST ( - )

 

36. Wilfred Conrad Stanley WOOD was the son of Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD and Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON.

 

Dorothy Knowles FORSTER, daughter of William Revely FORSTER (1857-1931) and Alice Ellen KNOWLES (1860-1935), was born on 27 August 1896 in Newcastle upon Tyne. She died on 22 January 1991 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

 

37. Eric Albert Howard WOOD, son of Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD and Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON, was born on 24 June 1895 in South Mortlake, Surrey. The address was: Everton Cottage, Worple Way. He appeared in the census in 1901 in Mortlake, Surrey. The address was: Ancater Villa. He appeared in the census in 1911 in Mortlake aged 15. The address was: 146 Palewell Park. He experienced Travel on 15 September 1921 in Montana, USA. Travelled on SS Scandinavia from Southampton arriving Quebec, Canada on 24th September bound for Montana, USA. returned to Southampton on SS Melita arriving 7 Nov 1924. Eric married Lilian Mary SHARPS on 24 July 1925 in Clevedon, Somerset. He experienced Travel on 12 October 1929 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The address was: Kia Ora, Hilliers. Sailed on SS Montcalm with wife and daughter Pamela from fathers home - West Pentire, Clevedon; Somerset arriving Quebec as above to stay with friend Mr P BUTLER. Eric died on 5 February 1971 in Victoria B.C., Canada.

 

Robert Darlington reports that Eric had a great fascination with things mechanical. His brother had trained in medicine and perhaps he disappointed the family by not engaging in a field that was more genteel.

At the age of 11 he was also sent to the boarding school called Mostyn House in Cheshire which was run by the brother of Sir Wilfred Grenfell. At the age of 14 he transferred to The City of London Boys School on the Thames Embankment. Later his training at an engineering company was ended when World War 1 broke out. Eric could have stayed with this reserved occupation but early in 1915 he joined tthe Royal Army Service Corps as a dispatch driver and ammunition truck driver, for the remainder of the war.

The sapphire mine in Montana had done well for a period during the war but by 1919 it was faltering and the family were not successful in selling it. Eric was offered the job of supervising its machinery and he spent four years doing that. The link between Eric and the Sapphire mine was through his wife's sister Mary Louise Howard JACKSON who married Edward Augustus Keller in 1877. His father was a jeweller and had invested in the mine. Information on the mine can be found at www.gemgallery.com/#yogo_sapphire_history and www.russellcountry.com/Yogo_sapphires.html but no mention of Eric or Keller can be found. When he decided to return to England he took passage on SS MELITA where he met Lilian Mary Sharps. They soon became engaged.

Eric set up a taxi business in Clevedon in Somerset and that is where they married on 24 July 1925. Lilians family had gone to Vancouver Island and she had lived with them for a period after the war. Business in Clevedon was not so good so Lilian convinced Eric to emigrate. Their first daughter Pamela Angell Wood was born in Clevedon and in 1929 they moved to Victoria.

Eric worked in a number of jobs through the Depression but principally with the bus company where he was a machinist. They purchased some land and a modest home off Carey Road. When World War II broke out Eric's skills as a machinist gained him an NCO position in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. He worked at Signal Hill supervising the work on coast defence guns and other military equipment. By war's end he was a Warrant Officer and was awarded the British Empire Medal (MBE) for his services.

HM Dockyard was aware of his skills and they took him on to maintain and repair the gyroscopes in naval torpedoes. He then returned to Vancouver Island Coach Lines.

When he retired his love of machinery continued. He had a workshop in his back yard which was complete with a metal lathe and other equipment allowing him to construct model trains of exacting standards. In company with another "steam buff" who designed, and Eric built, working steam engines for small boats. Eric would take orders only from those with a true love of steam propulsion and at least one of his engines still appears at Victoria's annual classic boat show.

It was in lifting one of these engines that strained his heart and he died in 1973?

Eric and Babs had two daughters. Pamela Angell was born in Clevedon just before they emigrated. Pam married a widower Bruce Milburn and became mother to his two sons. A third son Kim was born after they married.

The second daughter, Wendy Howard was born in 1931 in Victoria and married Robert Darlington on the 5th April 1952.

 

Eric applied for admission as a Freeman of the City of London having recently served as a Private in the RASC in accordance with an Order of the Court of Common Council dated 20th May 1915. he was living at 30 Perryn Road Acton W3 the home of his Father at the time.

 

Lilian Mary SHARPS, daughter of Thomas Percy SHARPS (1869-1930) and Florence TINSLEY (1859-1911), was born on 31 December 1905 in Brightwalton, Berkshire. She appeared in the census in 1911 in Cricklewood, London. The address was: 75 Teignmouth Road. Residing with Uncle and Aunt - Richard and Cecily SHARPS. Lilian died on 3 August 1973 in Victoria B.C.

 

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Irene Maud Kathleen WOOD, Irene Maud Kathleen Wood Ancestor pedigree x 4

38. Irene Maud Kathleen WOOD, daughter of Francis Harold Conrad Stanley WOOD and Susan Rose Stanley JACKSON, was born on 25 August 1898 in Mortlake. She appeared in the census in 1901 in Mortlake. The address was: Ancaster Villa. She appeared in the census in 1911 in Mortlake aged 12. The address was: 146 Palewell Park. She married Frank Mosedale MORRIS on 9 October 1926 in Long Ashton, Somerset. She appeared in the census in 1939 in Cookham Dene, Berkshire. The address was: Little Picket. Widowed. Living with her Father. Irene died on 7 February 1992 in Camden, London.

 

Frank Mosedale MORRIS, son of Albert MORRIS (1863-1925) and Jane Elizabeth MOSEDALE (1864-1952), was born on 29 June 1891 in Dukinfield, Lancs. He appeared in the census in 1901 in Dukinfiekd, Lancs. He died on 24 June 1937 in Hendon, Middlesex.

 

39. George Victor WOOD, son of Lionel Eugene Seymour WOOD and Victoria Minett KNIGHT, was born in March 1904 in Hampstead Middlesex. He appeared in the census in 1911 in Hampstead Middlesex aged 7. The address was: 18 Parsifal Road. He died in April 1925 in Staines, Middlesex.

Eighth Generation

40. J Lionel EAST was the son of Henry Francis EAST and Grace E L (EAST).

 

41. Elva M EAST was the child of Henry Francis EAST and Grace E L (EAST).