Some notes on John's Wilson ancestors
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This page covers Northampton families in the maternal line of John's grandfather William GUTTERIDGE. The narrative starts with fourth great grandfather James WILSON.

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James WILSON (b.1769)

James was born in Northampton in April 1769 the son of James ans Jane Willson. No record of their marriage has yet been found. In 1802, James married Penelope Wilson in All Saints, Northampton. Penelope was baptized in All Saints in 1783. It is not known whether they were related. The couple had eleven children in Northampton where James was employed as a sawyer. James died in 1840 and Penelope in 1846.

No siblings have yet been identified.

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Penelope WILSON (b.Abt 1813)

Penelope was born in All Saints, Northampton the fifth child of James and Penelope Wilson. In 1841 she was living in the Union Workhouse in Northampton with her three year old illegitimate son William. The father was named as Thomas DRAGE on William's birth certificate, but Penelope does not appear to have married him. In 1844, she married Richard JEFFERY but he died in 1845. In 1846, Penelope married George LITCHFIELD who came from Raunds and was employed in Northampton as a boot blocker. George and Penelope went on to have two children. In 1851, the family was living in Daventry, but they had returned to Northampton by 1861 when Penelope is recorded as a shopkeeper in Fish Street. Penelope died at Denmark Road in 1879 at the age of sixty five. George remained with their son Thomas at the same address until he remarried in 1891. George died in Northampton in 1906.

Of Penelope's siblings Ann and Joseph were still living at home with their widowed mother in 1841. Mary (b.1821) married Robert MARSDEN from Blackburn, Lancs in 1845 and had at least two children. Robert (b.1821) married Ann CONNELEY from Ireland. Martha (b.1823) married Thomas COULSON and had three children. Thomas died in 1870. By 1871, Martha had moved to Leicester where she was still living in the household of her grandson Frank COULSON in 1901. Charles (b.1824) married Elizabeth and had at least two children. Jane (b.1831) married Thomas AGER in 1850 and had four children. The family lived in Fish Street, Northampton where Thomas worked initially as a shoe maker, but subsequently became a grocer and provision dealer. Jane died in 1900 and Thomas in 1901.

William WILSON (b.1839)

William was the illegitimate son of Penelope Wilson and Thomas Drage, Brickmaker. No other trace of Thomas has yet been found. The GRO Births Index lists William under both William Wilson and William Drage. The inclusion of the time of birth on his birth certificate suggests the existence of a twin, but no such birth has been found. In 1841, William was with his mother in the Northampton Union Workhouse. In 1851, he was living with his mother and his step father George Litchfield. William worked as a boot blocker. In 1858, he married Matilda Hutt and they had six children. By 1871, the family had settled in Lower Harding Street, Northampton where William and Matilda were still living in 1901. Matilda died in 1914.

William had two half brothers Thomas and George Litchfield.

Emily Jane WILSON (b.1859)

Emily Jane was the first of six children born to William and Matilda Hutt. In 1880, she married John's great grandfather George Gutteridge who was employed as a clicker in the shoe trade. They lived in the parish of St Sepulchre and had only one child before George died in 1889 at the age of 31. In 1890, Emily married Harry WHITEHOUSE, a boot finisher, and they moved to Kingsthorpe. Harry already had a son Harry born in 1887 from his first marriage.

Of Emily Jane's siblings Matilda (1862) married Frank Cox. Frederick (b.1869) married Alice HUGHES and had two children in Finedon where Frederick worked as an army shoe maker. Joseph Frank (b.1870) worked as a shoe finisher and married Sarah Ann POOLE. They had five children.

Page last modified: 9 February 2022