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THE ANCESTRY OF HAROLD WILSON

 

James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

   b 11 Mar 1916, Linthwaite, Yorkshire

   d 23/24 May 1995, Lambeth, London

 

Parents

 

James Herbert Wilson of Openshaw, Lancashire, chemist

   b 12 Dec 1882, Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Lancashire

   d 1971

   m 14 Mar 1906, Congregational Church, Openshaw

Ethel Seddon, school teacher

   b 10 Apr 1882, Openshaw

   d 1957

 

Grandparents

 

James Wilson of Sale, draper

   b 18 Nov 1843, Rievaulx, Yorkshire

   d

   m 6 Apr 1872, Oakes Baptist Chapel, Lindley, Yorkshire

Eliza Jane Thewlis

   b 7 Apr 1847, Huddersfield

   d

William Seddon of Openshaw, Lancashire, clerk

   b 4 Jun 1855, Whitefield, Lancashire

   d

   m 28 Apr 1880, Independent Chapel, Chorlton-upon-Medlock

Elizabeth Ann Davy

   b 9 Jan 1856, Doncaster, Yorkshire

   d

 

Great-grandparents

 

John Wilson, shoe maker and farmer, Master of Workhouse at York

   bap 7 Nov 1817, Helmsley

   d 28 Oct 1882

   m 7 Aug 1841

Esther Cole

   bap 8 Feb 1818, Old Byland, Yorkshire

   d 30 Apr 1895

10 Titus Thewlis of St. Peters Street, Huddersfield, cotton-warp manufacturer

   b Golcar, bap 29 Nov 1813, Golcar

   d 13 Jun 1866, Huddersfield

   m 21 Jul 1838, Collegiate Church, Manchester

11 Mary Ann Eastwood

   b 12 Feb 1815, Almondbury, Yorkshire

   d

12 Thomas Seddon of Openshaw, coalman

   b 21 Mar 1825, Whitefield

   d

   m 25 Sep 1854, Stand, Lancashire

13 Mary Taylor

   b 1 Aug 1828, Pilkington

   d

14 David Davy of Openshaw, railway mechanic

   b ca 1830, Bradford, Yorkshire

   d

   m 3 Apr 1853, Bradford

15 Jane Whitfield

   bap 20 Sep 1829, Wetherby, Yorkshire

   d

 

Great-great-grandparents

 

16 James Wilson of Helmsley, Yorkshire, cordwainer and farmer

   bap 2 May 1790, Edston

   bur 2 Sep 1825, Helmsley

   m 16 Nov 1816, Helmsley

17 Elizabeth Hawkins

   b ca 1782, Rievaulx

   d aft 1851

18 Thomas Cole of Helmsley, farmer

   b

   d

   m 9 Jan 1817, Hawnby, Yorkshire

19 Sarah Bentley

   b

   d

20 Thomas Thewlis of Crimble, weaver

   b ca 1785, Golcar

   bur 4 Apr 1862, Golcar

   m 27 Apr 1807, St. Peter, Huddersfield

21 Phoebe Wood

   b ca 1785

   bur 5 Oct 1845, Golcar

22 James Eastwood, spinner

   b

   d

   m

23 Betty

   b

   d

24 Simeon Seddon of Whitefield, weaver

   b

   d

   m 24 Mar 1818, Prestwich

25 Mary Holt

   b

   d

26 Richard Taylor of Prestwich, manufacturer

   b

   d

   m 4 Jul 1827, Prestwich

27 Betty Howarth

   b ca 1808, Pilkington

   d

28 David Davy, farmer

   b

   d

   m

29

   b

   d

30 James Whitfield of Wetherby, ostler

   b

   d

   m 18 Jul 1821, Spofforth, Yorkshire

31 Susannah Hall

   b

   d

 

 

Sources

 

C.R. Humphery-Smith and M.G. Heenan, “The Ancestry of Mr Harold Wilson”, Family History, vol. 3 no. 17/18 (Nov 1965), vol. 4 no. 19 (Jan 1966)

“The Pedigree of a Prime Minister” and “Narrative Pedigree of Harold Wilson”, Blackmansbury, vol. 2 no. 3 (Aug 1965), 71-82

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Old Byland parish register abstract

Lockwood Baptist registers (National Archives, RG 4/2744)

St. Peter, Huddersfield, parish registers

Wetherby parish registers

Spofforth parish registers

Bradford parish registers (available online at http://www.ancestry.com)

Prestwich parish registers (available online at http://www.ancestry.com)

Stand parish registers (available online at http://www.ancestry.com)

West Yorkshire non-conformist records (West Yorkshire Archive Service): Golcar, Pole Moor, K16

1841 census returns, Huddersfield (National Archives, HO 107/1275/5, fol. 35)

1851 census returns, Golcar (National Archives, HO 107/2296, fol. 386)

1851 census returns, Huddersfield (National Archives, HO 107/2295, fol. 243)

1851 census returns, Pilkington (National Archives, HO 107/2216, fol. 452)

1861 census returns, Huddersfield (National Archives, RG 9/3262, fol. 59)

1861 census returns, Wigan (National Archives, RG 9/2777, fol. 20)

1871 census returns, Openshaw (National Archives, RG 10/3984, fol. 47)

1881 census returns, Openshaw (National Archives, RG 11/3909, fol. 50)

1901 census returns, Openshaw (National Archives, RG 13/3681, fol. 130)

National probate calendars