In December 2010, I am finally recording some of my research for the Wilding family who originated in Suffolk. Here is my family story.
William Wilding (1850 - )
William Wilding was my great grandfather. He was born about February 1850 in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, and is aged 2 months in the 1851 census; the son of Robert Wilding and Caroline Death. He is christened on the 20th April, 1851. In 1861, the family are now living in Clay Lane Hadleigh, for maybe two years or slightly longer. William now has three younger siblings, i.e. John, born 1854 (Kettlebaston); Frederick born 1856 (Kettlebaston) and Walter born in 1859 (Hadleigh).
In 1871 he can be found living as a lodger in Raydon, with the Chiverton family at one of the Woodlands Cottages. In Raydon also is the John Cole, Sarah Cole and family. Their daughter Mary Ann Cole is presently working as a servant at 2 Potter Street, Ipswich (This is the home of Thomas Meeking, a retired farmer). By 1875 they marry in Raydon.
Meanwhile in 1871, Williams parents and his other siblings are now living in Elmsett, at a residence in Naughton Road.
In 1881, William Wilding and Mary are now living in Hemley with the first three children; having moved there several years previously. John had been born in 1876 in Raydon, Kathleen in 1878 in Hemley and Walter in 1880 also in Hemley.
By the 1891 census, the family have arrived in Chelmsford. They have seven children by this time, which includes John, Kathleen and Walter; plus the later additions of Charles born in 1884 (Hemley), Frederick born in 1886 (Hemley), and then Herbert in 1888 (Chelmsford) and Robert in 1889 (Chelmsford). Robert is my grandfather.
I have always been interested in which part of Galleywood Common / Cjelmsford they actually lived, and I have worked through the 1891 Chelmsford census (District 13 in 1891) to clarify this.
In the 1901 census, Mary is now a widow. Her youngest son, Stanley was born in 1882 (Chelmsford) and at some stage they then moved to 22 Marks Road, Romford. There is an entry for a William Wilding death in Billericay, in 1895 which is a possibility.
By 1911, Mary has moved to 61 Marks Road. The census shows that she has had twelve births in her lifetime, of which eight still survive.
The online family tree on this site was recently updated (August 2009) - it has taken me four years!