ROBERT WRIGHT AND HIS DESCENDANTS “HILLINGDON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Uxbridge district, Middlesex. Pop., exclusive of Uxbridge, in 1851, 6, 352; in 1861, 7, 522. The manor belonged to Roger de Montgomery; passed to the Salisburys, the Lacies, the Stranges, and the Stanleys; and belongs now to the De Burghs. An old rectory-house, now extinct, was used by the Bishops of Worcester, who had the rectorial titles. 1820 MIDDLESEX HILLINGDON 18th June: THOMAS WRIGHT is baptised in the parish church of St John the Baptist. ESTHER bears eight children: THOMAS (baptised 21st June 1844), MARY (baptised 19th April 1846), ROBERT (baptised 2nd April 1848), CHARLES (baptised 31st March 1850), ESTHER (baptised 27th June 1852), FREDERICK (baptised 8th October 1854), HANNAH (baptised 20th February 1859), and ARTHUR (baptised 24th March 1861). 1850 31st March: CHARLES WRIGHT, third son of THOMAS and ESTHER, is christened in the church of St John the Baptist, Hillingdon.The village stands near the Uxbridge railway, the Grand Junction canal, the river Colne, and the boundary with Bucks, 1 mile SE of Uxbridge; was known, at Domesday, as Hillendone; and has a post office under Uxbridge, and a police station. Hillingdon Park, or Little London, belonged to Count de Salis. His father ROBERT is ‘a labourer’ and his mother is recorded simply as MARY. 1844 21st June: THOMAS WRIGHT, firstborn child of THOMAS and ESTHER WRIGHT is christened in the church of St. 1846 19th April: MARY WRIGHT, the fourth child of THOMAS and ESTHER, is baptised in the church of St John the Baptist, Hillingdon. 1848 2nd April: ROBERT WRIGHT, another child for THOMAS and ESTHER WRIGHT is christened in the church of St. 1851 Census Records: The Census was taken on the night of 30th March, 1851.The parish contains also the town and township of Uxbridge, the villages of Yiewsley and Colham, and the hamlets of Gould-Green, Peel-Hatch, Colham Green, Long Atter, and Hockley Hole; and a detached part of it is encompassed by Ickenham parish. Real property, £32, 230; of which £200 are in the canal, and £250 in gas works. Cedar House was the seat of Reynardson, the naturalist; and took its name from a cedar tree which, in 1779, measured from 12½ to nearly 16 feet in the girth of its stem, and from 89 to 96 feet in the diameter of its head. Robert and Mary’s other children have been baptised in the same church: JAMES (24th July, 1803); WILLIAM (2nd June, 1805); FRANCES (18th January, 1807); MARY (29th January, 1809); JOHN (11th March, 1811); ANN (18th December, 1812; buried 17th February, 1814, aged 15 months); SARAH (18th December, 1814); GEORGE (28th June, 1818); THOMAS (18th June, 1820); HARRIET (5th May, 1822). In the household are their son THOMAS (b.1820) aged 21, daughters SARAH (aged 25) and HARRIET (aged 19), and a small boy, GEORGE, aged 2. This part of Middlesex was mainly agricultural and market garden. MIDDLESEX COLHAM GREEN THOMAS WRIGHT is a ‘labourer’ aged 30, married to ESTHER. ROBERT & MARY WRIGHT are now – according to the census enumerator – 74 and 72, respectively. In their household are also EMMA WRIGHT (b.1836), a granddaughter, aged 15, who is a dressmaker, born in the parish of St.

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Unable to write, she ‘makes her mark’ for the registrar, Francis Stockwell. Young ESTHER is 19, and is employed as a nursemaid by The Rev. She lives at the Vicarage, 12 St John’s Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex. OXFORDSHIRE At 25 Market Hill, Market End, Bicester, Oxfordshire: FREDERICK WRIGHT (b.1854) is now 17, from At the same address are: Anna Baker (John’s wife) 43, originally from Weymouth in Dorset; Elizabeth Thomas (from Bicester) 25, niece to John Baker; Louisa Lett (assistant) 22, from Brackley, Northamptonshire; Eleanor George, (milliner) 23, from Farnham in Berkshire; S. Sinclair (assistant) 16, from Howden, Yorkshire; Charles Blackley (assistant) 23, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, and Ann Barratt, 21, a general servant from nearby Deddington, Oxfordshire. frilling manfrs 2 Lambert & Hanson manufacturers’ agents 4 Webster H. EDITH is 38, and ARTHUR STEPHENSON WRIGHT (b.1887) is 13.

6th December: ROBERT WRIGHT is buried in Hillingdon. 1871 Census Records: The Census was taken on the night of 2 April, 1871. She is probably menopausal, and/or suffering from some form of depression. 1877 21st November: MARY BAYLIS (a daughter of ROBERT WRIGHT) is buried in Hillingdon. 1881 Census Records: The Census was taken on the night of 3 April, 1881. THOMAS is working as a gardener, and living in lodgings in Uxbridge. Rutland & Son, manufacturers’ agents 4 Gladding Robt. His sister, EDITH MAVIS (b.1892) is aged 9, and his brother, THOMAS FREDERICK(b.1897) is now aged 3.

“Fifteen Ravine” was the name given by the Army to the shallow ravine, once bordered by fifteen trees, which ran at right angles to the railway about 800 metres south of the village of Villers-Plouich, but the cemetery is in fact in “Farm Ravine,” on the east side of the railway line, nearer to the village. w=192&h=300 192w, https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg? w=384&h=600 384w, https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg? w=96&h=150 96w" sizes="(max-width: 192px) 100vw, 192px" /The Jacobean House, built c.1611, in The Wardwick, Derby.

The cemetery, sometimes called Farm Ravine Cemetery, was begun by the 17th Welsh Regiment in April 1917, a few days after the capture of the ravine by the 12th South Wales Borderers. By this time, the family home is 128, Clive Road, West Dulwich, London SE21. This photograph shows it as it is now, after its drastic alteration in c.1855, to create Becket Street, which removed three of the original five gables.

MARTIN EDWARD WRIGHT is born at 6, Ivy Terrace, Etherly Road, Tottenham. In the register, the address of the happy couple is given as 43, High Street, Shadwell. There are two corrected errors: The groom’s father, Thomas, is a ‘Gentleman’ (an incorrect description ‘Chief Engineer’ has been crossed out) and Marmaduke Stephenson Hebb has also been elevated to the rank of a ‘Gentleman’ – the word ‘Carpenter’ having been neatly struck through. 1888 8th January: ARTHUR STEPHENSON WRIGHT is baptised in the Church of All Saints, Stoke Newington, Middlesex. In 1890 the assessment had risen to nearly £4,000; six houses each being assessed just under £200, and the remainder between £200 and £300; in the directory of this year we find thirty-two firms carrying on business, all except three or four being engaged in the soft-goods trade. In 1914 the number of the firms and the character of their businesses were much the same as in 1890, the rateable value being £4,500. He serves as a private soldier with A Company, 2nd/5th Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). 1917 ARTHUR and EDITH WRIGHT are now living at 140, Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London.

FREDERICK, who registers the birth on the 4th October, is listed as a ‘Commercial Traveller’. Robinson, officiates, and the wedding is witnessed by the bride’s father, Marmaduke Stephenson Hebb, her sister Ellen Mary Hebb, Walter Wright, the groom’s brother, and Harriet R. On the South Side were to be found: 1a Farmer & Co. In January THOMAS FREDERICK WRIGHT is sent to France. A.10 in the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France. * * * THE GISBORNES and THE PACKERS Watercolour painted by Augustus Oakley Deacon (1819 – 1900) " data-medium-file="https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg?

According to the 1841 census, she was ‘from Hayes’, Middlesex, though I have not as yet been able to find a definite record of either her baptism or her marriage.

All the children are baptised by the vicar, The Reverend T. 2nd July: ESTHER WEATHERLY is baptised in the same church. Her name appears two entries below that of her future husband in the parish register. 1841 Census Records: The Census was taken on the night of 6 ROBERT WRIGHT is 65. Now there are brickfields for the building of London’s increasing urban sprawl. She is a FEMALE SERVANT at the RECTORY HOUSE BOARDING SCHOOL for girls, which is presided over by The Rev. Her brother WILLIAM, aged 15, is recorded as a Male Servant. To date, they have four children: THOMAS, a scholar (b.1844), MARY, a scholar (b. Marylebone, and GEORGE WRIGHT (b.1840), a grandson, now aged 11. 1861 Census Records: The Census was taken on the night of 7 April, 1861.

1886 31st July: ARTHUR WRIGHT (b.1861) marries EDITH HEBB (b.1865), of Ratcliff. Ltd., Australian merchants 1a Cole, Charles & Son mfrs’ agents 1a Maas, Charles & Co. 17th May: At the age of nineteen, THOMAS FREDERICK WRIGHT is awarded the Military Medal ‘for saving life at Bullecourt.’ 13th July: THOMAS FREDERICK WRIGHT, younger brother of ARTHUR STEPHENSON and EDITH MAVIS, is killed in action in France. The inscription on his grave reads: 301491 RIFLEMAN T. WRIGHT MM LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE 13TH JULY 1917 AGE 20. w=192&h=300" data-large-file="https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg? w=657" class="wp-image-2613 size-medium" title="The Jacobean House, The Wardwick, Derby" src="https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg?

The ceremony takes place in the Parish Church of St Paul, Shadwell, Middlesex. pipe mfrs 3 Wright, Bindley & Geil Lim, umbrella furniture manufactrs 3 Russell Brothers, hosiery agents 3 Wild, Lionel, manufactrs’ agents 3 Wills, Lewis & Co. tailors’ trimming warehousemen 7 Braham, Harry Chard, feather mfr 9 Schindler & Co. At the base of the stone are the words: HIS COMRADES SAID HE WAS A GALLANT GENTLEMAN. w=192&h=300" alt="The magnificent five-gabled house owned by the Gisbornes in the 17th century." width="192" height="300" srcset="https://franciswright.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/wardwick-1850.jpg?

ESTHER WRIGHT is listed as a ‘Lunatic’ at Middlesex County Asylum. On admission, her malady is described as ‘Mania, chronic. It contains fourteen houses, seven on each side of the avenue, which is seventy yards in length and twenty-five feet in width. 1914 28th July: THE FIRST WORLD WAR BEGINS – exactly a month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria’s assassination in Sarajevo. 14th December: MARJORIE ISABEL JOAN WRIGHT (known always as Joan Wright) is born.