Mark Wanless

Mark Wanless

Male 1845 - 1894  (49 years)

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  • Name Mark Wanless 
    Born 3 May 1845  Colliery Row, Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 20 Jul 1845  Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1861  Hensingham, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his parents 
    • Mark  son, 15, coal miner, DUR Trindon [sic]
    Residence Apr 1866  Ellenborough Colliery, Maryport, Cumberland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Carlisle Examiner, Apr 1866, published this report:
      Drunken adventure in a coalpit
      On the morning of Tuesday last, a young collier from Flimby, named Mark Wandlass, who had for some time been working at Ellenborough Colliery, near Maryport, having given up at that pit, went, as is customary – but in a state of drunken insanity – to bring up his work wools from the bottom of the mine.  As the pit was not working, the engineman on duty, detecting the state he was in, very properly ordered him off.  After Wandlass had given utterance to a great many threats, he left the pit bank, as the engineman supposed, to go home, but in reality it was only a feint to carry his rash intention into execution.  Shortly after, seeing the engineman at work in the engine room, Wandlass jumped on the gate protecting the shaft, seized hold of the rope attached to the cage and, before any alarm could be given, slid down the shaft, a distance of about 20 yards.  The engineman shouted to him to hold fast, and he would bring him again to bank.  But the foolhardy youth, uttering the most fearful imprecations, told him he would not be disappointed in his intentions, as he was determined to bring out his ‘gear’ to bank.  So down the rope he slid with fearful velocity, out of their sight, into the dark abyss to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 220 yards, regulating his speed when nearing the bottom with remarkable coolness.  A deputy overman was working at the bottom of the shaft; Wandlass’s sudden introduction to him was such a terrrification as may be imagined; he himself could not describe it.  Wandlass briefly told him his errand, and asking for the engineman of the underground shaft (i.e. a shaft within a pit), told him his errand also; but, on being politely refused the privilege, he ran in the direction of the pit, with the intention of giving a second edition to the above, but he was secured and bound hand and foot and sent to bank, where his clothes ‘all tattered and torn,’ and his hands and legs all ‘skinned.’ Presented a sad spectacle indeed.  Otherwise he was not worse, and was able to walk home.
    Residence Aug 1873  West Rainton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1877  Castle Eden, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Abt 1878  Usworth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1879  Shotton area, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1881  Usworth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RG11/4984, f 67, p 8 Middle Row, Usworth, DUR
      Mark WANLESS Hd M 36 Coal Miner DUR Trimdon
      Mary WANLESS Wi M 30 ---------- DUR Gateshead
      William WANLESS So - 4 ---------- DUR Castle Eden
      Robert WANLESS So - 3 ---------- DUR Usworth
    Census 1891  Tottenham, Coundon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mark Wanless, 47, coal miner, Coxhoe
      Mary, wife, 41, Gateshead
      William, son, 14, coal miner, Castle Eden
      Robert, son, 10, scholar, Mount Springwell
      Dorothy, dau, 5, Kelloe
      Louisa, dau, 3, South Church
      William Simpson, boarder, single, 18, coal miner, Hughfhall  [Houghall]
      Mary Ann Simpson, boarder, 20, West Rainton

      --indexed Wanlep at ancestry.com
    Alt. Birth Trimdon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • As stated in the 1861 and 1881 census.
    Occupation coal miner 
    Died Sep 1894  Auckland Workhouse, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Contact for this line: Elaine Bond

      Likely death: Wandless        Mark        Auckland        1894        Sep        10a        99        age 52

      Mark fell apart after his wife's death (or perhaps before then), descended into alcoholism, and ended up poisoning himself by drinking a bottle of medicine. See attached newspaper article.
    Person ID I354  8: Percival Wanlis & Grace Tomson
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2014 

    Father Robert Wanless,   b. 24 Feb 1812, Mount, Washington, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1879, Newfield, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Ann Spedding,   b. Abt 1818, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1845-1848, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1838  St. John's Church, Shildon, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Duffell,   b. Abt 1851, Gateshead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1893  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 24 Aug 1873  West Rainton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Jane Wanless,   b. 21 Jan 1874, West Rainton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1881, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     2. William Wanless,   b. Abt 1877, Castle Eden, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Robert Wanless,   b. Abt 1878, Usworth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ann Wanless,   b. Abt 1879, Shotton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1881  (Age ~ 2 years)
     5. Dorothy Wanless,   b. Abt 1885, Kelloe, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Elizabeth Wanless,   b. 22 Apr 1887, Eldon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1887, Eldon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Louisa Wanless,   b. Abt 1888, South Church, Bishop Auckland, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F127  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Private Mark Wandless: Military Discharge Papers, March 1870 (4 pages)
    Private Mark Wandless: Military Discharge Papers, March 1870 (4 pages)
    85th Reg't Army discharge papers for Mark Wandless, by trade a coal miner, born at St. Bee's, Whitehaven, Cumberland, England; enlisted May 1867 at Whitehaven at age 22. Character and conduct bad. Has been court-martialled twice. Subject to winter cough, lungs weak, has hardly any teeth. Served 1 yr in India. Intends to live at Whitehaven.

    News
    Mark Wanless's death in Tottenham, Coundon, Durham - coroner's inquest results, Sept 1894
    Mark Wanless's death in Tottenham, Coundon, Durham - coroner's inquest results, Sept 1894
    Northern Echo, 14 Sep 1894 - The Sad Death at Auckland Workhouse - Coroner Proud held an inquest at Auckland Workhouse on Thursday night touching the death that day of Mark Wanless, 52, shifter, a widower, residing up to Tuesday last, with three small children, one of weak intellect, at Tottenham. Deceased had been taken to the house on a medical order. His son William, a pit labourer, last saw deceased in bed at home. He had drunk hard and had suffered from and been treated for a broken leg. Mrs. Joseph Cartwright lived opposed deceased. On Tuesday afternoon she heard him cry "I'm dying; I'm dying!". Witness went into the house, saw deceased vomiting, detected a strange smell, and asked deceased what he had been doing. He replied "Nothing." but when pressed, he said "I've drunk a lotion I used for my leg." Witness said to the deceased "What made you do that? You have young children." and he replied he had taken half a bottleful. Witness saw a bottle nearly empty and labelled "Poison"....deceased was a very drunken man and witness had heard him shouting and carrying on with two little lasses and a boy that was not right...verdict: death resulted from delerium tremens in combination with influenza caused by taking an irritant.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Parish register.
      20 July 1845 Mark, s/o Robert & Ann Wanless, Collierrow, overman, born May 3

    2. [S29] Marriage record/certificate.
      2nd June 1838, marriage solmnized by banns in the parish of Shildon in the county of Durham: Robert Wanless, of full age, bachelor, pitman, his father Robert Wanless a pitman, and Ann Spedding, age 20, spinster, her father William Spedding, a country(man?). Married in the presence of Mary (her mark) Wanless and Luke Wanles. Ann was illiterate and signed her name with a mark. Filed in Auckland Registration District.

    3. [S40] Marriage record, 3/4 1873, HOUGHTON REG. DISTRICT, VOL 10A, PG 662 (Reliability: 3).
      Married in the parish church: Mark Wanless, bachelor, aged 28, lives West Rainton, son of Robert Wanless a miner, married Mary Duffell, spinster, aged 22, lives West Rainton, dau. of William Duffell a miner. Witnesses William Duffell and Janey Hodgom(?).