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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 8 Nov 1971, Perth, Western Australia

   m 14 Mar 1906, Congregational Church, Openshaw

Ethel Seddon, school teacher

   b 10 Apr 1882, Openshaw

   d 21 Dec 1958, Biscovey, Cornwall

 

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, and of Nedlands, Western Australia, clerk

   b 4 Jun 1855, Whitefield, Lancashire

   d Jan 1934, Bullsbrook, Western Australia

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

Elizabeth Ann Davy

   b 9 Jan 1856, Doncaster, Yorkshire

   d 24 Jun 1938, Nedlands

 

Great-grandparents

 

John Wilson, shoemaker and farmer, master of the workhouse at York

   bap 7 Nov 1817, Helmsley

   d 28 Oct 1882, York

   m 7 Aug 1841, Helmsley

Esther Cole

   bap 8 Feb 1818, Old Byland, Yorkshire

   d 30 Apr 1895, York

10 Titus Thewlis of 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 Dec 1865

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 8 Apr 1900

   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 1781, Rievaulx

   bur 30 Dec 1859, Helmsley

18 Thomas Cole of Old Byland, farmer

   b ca 1793, Old Byland

   bur 2 Feb 1871, Old Byland

   m 9 Jan 1817, Hawnby, Yorkshire

19 Sarah Bentley

   b 22 Nov 1792, Snilesworth

   bur 2 Mar 1857, Old Byland

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 ca 1792

   bur 16 Jan 1839, Stand

   m 24 Mar 1818, Prestwich

25 Mary Holt

   b ca 1791, Whitefield

   bur 1 Mar 1857, Stand

26 Richard Taylor of Prestwich, manufacturer

   b ca 1793

   d 28 Oct 1833

   m 4 Jul 1827, Prestwich

27 Betty Howarth

   b ca 1808, Pilkington

   d 15 Jul 1863

28 David Davy of Braithwaite and Horton, farmer

   b ca 1785

   bur 7 Sep 1850, Bradford

   m 5 Jul 1813, Keighley

29 Elizabeth Sharp

   b ca 1788

   bur 7 Oct 1838, Bradford

30 James Whitfield of Wetherby and Ripon, ostler

   b 11 May 1801, Wetherby

   bur 9 Dec 1855, Ripon

   m 18 Jul 1821, Spofforth

31 Susannah Hall

   b ca 1797

   bur 31 Jan 1831, Spofforth

 

 

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

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

St Peter, Huddersfield, parish registers

Wetherby parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Spofforth parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Bradford parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Prestwich parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Stand parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Keighley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Shipley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com)

Registers of Stand Independent church (online at www.ancestry.com)

Helmsley parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk)

Ripon parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk)

Old Byland parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk)

Hawnby parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk)

Withington workhouse registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk)

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

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

1841 census returns, Wetherby (National Archives, HO 107/1289/8, fol. 14)

1841 census returns, Bradford (National Archives, HO 107/1293/8, fol. 7)

1851 census returns, Horton (National Archives, HO 107/2309, fol. 456)

1851 census returns, Old Byland (National Archives, HO 107/2372, fol. 40)

1851 census returns, Pilkington (National Archives, HO 107/2216, fol. 407)

1851 census returns, Ripon (National Archives, HO 107/2281, fol. 273)

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

Cornish Guardian, 25 Dec 1958, 11 Nov 1971

The West Australian, 18 Jan 1934, 25 Jun 1938

The Yorkshire Herald, 1 May 1895

The Leeds Mercury, 15 Dec 1865

The Bury Times, 25 Jul 1863