William Wanless

William Wanless

Male 1815-1820 - Aft 1880  (61 years)

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  • Name William Wanless 
    Born 1815-1820  Chilton Moor, Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 18 Mar 1821  Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1841  Colliery Row, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with mother, age 20 (rounded down), blacksmith
    Residence May 1845 to Feb 1847  Charters Haugh, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • May 1845: marriage
      Feb 1847: dauu Margaret's christening
    Residence Aug 1850  Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Railway Terrace 
    • Birth of son Robert.
    Census 1851  Blue Row, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • HO 107/; folio 310, Village of Blue Row, Railway Terrace
      William WANLESS head 36 blacksmith DUR Houghton-le-Spring
      Margaret WANLESS wife 30 DUR Chester-le-Street
      Margaret WANLESS dau 4 DUR Chester-le-Street
      Robert WANLESS son 7mo DUR St.Andrew Auckld
      Thomas H. Newton visitor, married, 30**, colliery agent, DUR Chester-le-Street
      ** age is obscured
      --2 houses prior live George (25) & Jane Hann, he b. Chester-le-Street - maybe a brother of Margaret?
    Census 1861  Helmington Row, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wheat Bottom Lane
      William Wanless or Wandless, Head, married, 40, Blacksmith, Colliery Row
      Margaret W, Wife, married, 40, County Durham
      Margaret W, Daughter, 14, Scholar, Colliery Row
      Robert W, Son, 10, Scholar, Bishop Auckland
    IMMI 1865  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arrived in New York from Liverpool on 16 May 1865, per passenger manifest.
    Census 1870  Springfield, Sangamon Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • This LOOKS like the same family as shown in the passenger manifest, but Wm should only be about 50-53:
      (page 314, line 12)
      Wandless, Wm 60 blksmith, (all b. England), US citizen, (all parents of foreign birth)
      , Eliza 38 keeps house
      , Jno. 16 school
      , Marg't 14 school
      , Thos. 11 school
      ------the children are actually Grahams, children of Eliza
      In the next house, headed by John Mahan, 30, are:
      Jno Graham, 27, miner, b. England
      Sam'l Graham, 24, miner, b. England
      ---next house
      Wm Graham, 21, miner, b. England
      Mary, 22, keeping house, b. England
      Jos., 1, b. Illinois
    NATU 5 Nov 1871  Sangamon Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Vol. 2, Page 35
      On the 5th day of Nov 1871 before the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Sangamon County...personally appeared Wm Wanless of said county, who was born in England, aged about 54 years, and on oath did declare it was his intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to...the Queen of Great Britain & Ireland of which he is now a subject. [obtained from IRAD]
    Residence 1872  Springfield, Sangamon Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • City directories
      Springfield, IL 1872-73
      Willin, Wanless, blacksmith, Carpenter
      -- pretty sure this is supposed to be William Wanless, although the given and surname are reversed
    Census 1880  Vigo Twp, Knox Co, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Age 63, with son Robert; see his entry.
    Occupation 1841-1880  [4, 5
    blacksmith 
    Died Aft 1880  (probably) Indiana or Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Link to parents based on location (where Wm lived at marriage is abt 3 miles from where Robert's family lived, and a Wm of the right age & same profession (blacksmith) is shown with that family in the 1841 census, plus in 1861 Wm gives his birthplace as Colliery Row, where this family lived when he was growing up), and based on father Robert's profession being "overman" or "overlooker" as stated in siblings William's and Mark's & Robert's marriage records.

      Passenger manifesto [in Colleen's file; arrival date & place were obtained from Robert's naturalization certificate] shows:
      NY Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving in New York - M237 roll 251
      16 May 1865
      George A. Lewis master of the SS Virginia - passengers boarded at Liverpool and Queenstown - burthen weight 2416 tons
        William Wanless  44  m  lab.  (all from England, all going to US)
        Eliza                    42  f   wife
        Robert Graham   17  m  lab.
        William      " "       16  m  lab.
        Robert Wanless  14  m lab.
        John  " "              10  m  child
        Margaret " "          7  f  child
        Thomas  "  "         5  m child
        Mike       "  "        21  m  lab.
        Margaret "  "      18  f  spinster

      "Mike" could be Wm's nephew Mark Wanless, s/o Robert W and Ann Spedding, b. 1845. He is with his parents in 1861 and married in West Rainton in 1873; is it possble he went to the US in between for awhile? The 3 youngest children John, Margaret, and Thomas are actually Grahams, children of Eliza Graham.

      No marriage match turned up at DCC site or FreeBMD for Wm 1861-1865 to Eliza. It is possible they didn't marry but just lived together.

      Naturalization: declarations of intent, which usually contain more useful info, are not listed pre-1874 in LDS catalog. Might be on FHL 1255850, US Circuit Court, Illinois Southern District - this film covers Sangamon co and covers decs from 1856 onward. Perhaps also 1255854 Items 1-2, although this does not say it covers declarations, just "nat. records".  IRAD said they couldn't find anything more on Wm (no further or prior nat. papers).
    Person ID I164  8: Percival Wanlis & Grace Tomson
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2014 

    Father Robert Wanless,   b. Oct 1788, Eighton Banks, Lamesley, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1839, Colliery Row, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Mother Alice Mould,   b. Abt 1796, Tanfield, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1855, (probably) Tanfield, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 4 May 1811  Chester-Le-Street, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Margaret Hann,   b. Abt 1821, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1861, Wheat Bottom, Crook & Billy Row, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 17 May 1845  Chester-Le-Street, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Margaret Wanless,   b. 1846, Chester-Le-Street, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Robert Wanless,   b. 6 Aug 1850, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1919, Providence, Webster Co, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F88  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Eliza Caroline Hudson,   b. 1823-1832, Willington, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (probably) Illinois or Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1861-1865  England (Probably Durham) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F103  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Marriage cert: William Wanless & Margaret Hann
    Marriage cert: William Wanless & Margaret Hann
    1845, Chester-le-Street, Durham, England

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Census, 1851 ENGLISH CENSUS SAYS AGE 36, WHICH MEANS ABT 1815; 1880 CENSUS SOUNDEX CARD SAYS AGE 63, MEANING ABT 1817 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S4] Parish register.
      18 Mar 1821 William s/o Robert & Alice Wandlass, Chilton Moor, pitman

    3. [S25] Sangamon Co Naturalizations - index, (SANGAMON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. Naturalizations, Declarations of Intent, Sangamon County, Illinois. Springfield, Ill. the society, 1986. 71p.), PAGE 67 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S40] Marriage record.

    5. [S13] Census, 1841 COLLIERY ROW, DURHAM & 1880 INDIANA (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S40] Marriage record, CHESTER LE STREET REG. DISTRICT (Reliability: 3).
      Married by banns in the Parish Church of Chester le Street parish by Edwd. C. Wilshere, Curate. 17 May 1845. William Wanlass, of full age, bachelor, occupation: Smith, lives Charters haugh, father Robert Wanlass an overman. Margaret Hann, of full age, spinster, lives Charters haugh, father William Hann an engine man. Signed William Wanlass and Margaret (her mark) Hann. Witnesses: William Curry and John Burnish, parish clerk.
      -- In this record, the residence looks like Chanters haugh, but no such place exsts. Charters Haugh is/was near Fatfield, about 3 miles from Colliery Row where William presumably grew up.