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THE ANCESTRY OF JAMES HAROLD WILSON

 

1  James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

   b 11 Mar 1916, Linthwaite, Yorkshire

   d 23/24 May 1995, Lambeth, London

 

Parents

 

2  James Herbert Wilson of Openshaw, Lancashire, chemist

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

   d 1971

   m 14 Mar 1906, Congregational Church, Openshaw

3  Ethel Seddon, school teacher

   b 10 Apr 1882, Openshaw

   d 1957

 

Grandparents

 

4  James Wilson of Sale, draper

   b 18 Nov 1843, Rievaulx, Yorkshire

   d

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

5  Eliza Jane Thewlis

   b 7 Apr 1847, Huddersfield

   d

6  William Seddon of Wigan, Lancashire, railway clerk

   b 4 Feb 1855, Wigan

   d

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

7  Elizabeth Ann Davy

   b 9 Jan 1856, Doncaster, Yorkshire

   d

 

Great-grandparents

 

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

   bap 7 Nov 1817, Helmsley

   d 28 Oct 1882

   m 7 Aug 1841

9  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 ca 1813, Huddersfield

   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 Wigan, railway coalman

   b ca 1832, Little Hulton, Lancashire

   d

   m 1854

13 Sarah Brown

   b ca 1829, Standish

   d

14 David Davy of Openshaw, mechanic on railways

   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 Huddersfield, weaver

   b

   d

   m 27 Apr 1807, St. Peter, Huddersfield

21 Phoebe Wood

   b

   d

22 James Eastwood, spinner

   b

   d

   m

23 Betty

   b

   d

24 Thomas Seddon, collier

   b

   d

   m

25

   b

   d

26 Thomas Brown, labourer

   b

   d

   m

27

   b

   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)

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

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

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

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

National probate calendars