William R. G.  Wandless

William R. G. Wandless

Male 1858 - 1902  (~ 44 years)

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  • Name William R. G. Wandless 
    Born Aug 1858  New York (Probably Brooklyn) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his parents 
    Census 1870  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    at age 12 with his parents 
    Occupation 1877  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    clerk 
    • Brooklyn NY city directory for year ending 1 May 1877
      Wandless, John T., printer, h 15 Skillman av
      , Walter, japanner, h 15 Skillman av
      , William, clk., h 15 Skillman av
      , Wm. glasscutter, h 15 Skillman av
    Census 1880  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his mother 
    • William 22 son, agent, b. NY, parents b. England
    Residence 23 Jun 1880  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    169 1st Ave 
    Residence Dec 1887  Newark, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • per mother's probate record
    Court 17 Mar 1889  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 17 Mar 1889, Brooklyn NY
      Petition of William R. Wandless to settle the estate of Florence A. Wandless, dec'd, in the amount of $900. Florence died in consequence of injuries caused by negligence, for which petitioner is pursuing a cause of action, but must be first declared administrator.
      William R. is the father of Florence A. Wandless and resides at 17 Agate Court near Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn; Florence died 6 July 1889 and petitioner was not present at the time of her death; she died a [here, "natural death" is crossed out and the following written in] violent death by being struck and killed by a steam locomotive near Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, said locomotive being at the time the property of the Long Island Railroad Company. Deceased had about fifty [crossed out] ten dollars. She had no husband, children, or descendants, but left a father Wm. R. Wandless who is of full age. Petitioner requests letters of administration limited for the purpose of bringing suit against the railroad company.
    Newspaper 5 Sep 1889  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • New York Herald, 5 Sep 1889 (genealogybank.com)
      William R. Wandless, who lives in the Agate Court, opening on Atlantic avenue, beween Kingston and Albany avenues, Brooklyn, began suit yesterday against th eLong Island railroad Company to recover $5,000 damages, the maximum amount fixed by law, for the death of his daughter Florence, a child eight years old, who was struck by a rapid transit train in front of his home and instantly killed on July 6. The child tried to cross the track through an opening in the fence, which had no gate or flagman. Coroner Lindsay held the inquest and his jury rendered a verdict censuring the railroad company for gross negligence.
    Residence 1889-1890  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Brooklyn, New York Directories at ancestry.com:
      William R. Wandless salesmen. 17 Agate court Brooklyn NY 1889, 1890
    Census 16 Feb 1892  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ward 25, E.D. 18
      Wm. R. Wandless, 35, traveling salesman, everybody b. US and is a citizen
      Thos. J. Griffith, 63, varnish business
      Lottie F. Wandless, 30
      Wm. E. Wandless, 3
      Mary Togher, 20, b. Ireland, servant
    Census 1900  Saddle River Borough, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (ED 1, sh 11A)
      All listed as "boarders" with Aaron (52) & Jane (49) Ackerman:
      WANDLESS, William R. w, m, b. Aug 1858 in New York, age 41, married 19 yrs, father b. England, mother b. Wales, occupation: salesman tinware[?], unemployed 4 mos
      Lotta F. w, f, Apl 1861, age 39, md 19 yrs, 3 kids, 3 living, b. New York
      William E. Aug 1888 in New Jersey, age 11, parents b. NY, school
      Edgar G. Oct 1892 in New York, age 7, parents b. NY, school
      Harold J. Nov 1895 in New York, age 4, parents b. NY
    Occupation 1880-1900 
    salesman 
    Property May 1900  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    318 McDonough St, 198 ft e Lewis Ave 
    • Brooklyn Eagle, pg 17 - Real Estate Market
      Henry C. Huey of Phila. to Lottie F., wife William R. Wandless, $5000; same property, Wm. R. Wandless & Lottie F. his wife to Henry C. Huey, Phila. $5000
      [Note from Holly: I'm not sure what this transaction means. Were they selling the property so they could move to New Jersey?]
    Died 6 Nov 1902  Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 9 Nov 1902  New York City, New York Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wandless - Nov 6, at Ridgewood, NJ, William R. Wandless, in his 47th year.
      [New York Times]
    Notes 
    • This could be him, from the Brooklyn Eagle, 20 Jan 1875:
      Gypsy Queen Association masquerade ball guests included Mr. Wandless & Miss Wallace.

      Possible guest at party in Brooklyn 13 Feb 1886 to honor John Ennis, commissioner of the Brooklyn Fire Dept : Willie Wandless, W. J. Murphy [Brooklyn Eagle; I mention Murphy because a Wm J Murphy seems to have been an associate of his brother Walter Wandless]

      There a William Wandless II in the 1964 class of Morris Hills High School in Morris Hills, New Jersey - a descendant? It appears from the various family obits that the male line dead-ends with his sons though, as neither Edgar nor Harold seems to have had a son.

      Called William R.G. Wandless in the probate case of Margaret Sanderson.
    Person ID I415  41: William Wandless & Elizabeth Smurfitt/Smurthwaite
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2012 

    Father William Wandless,   b. 18 Jan 1829, New Town, Bishopwearmouth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1884, Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Jane Williams,   b. Abt 1836, Wales Or England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1883, Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Married 1852-1858  , , (Probably) New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F145  Group Sheet

    Family Lotta Frances Griffin,   b. Apr 1861, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1936, Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 23 Jun 1880  Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. William Edwin Wandless,   b. Aug 1888, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1903, Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)
     2. Edgar Griffin Wandless,   b. Oct 1892, Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1966, Saddle River Borough, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     3. Harold J. Wandless,   b. Nov 1895, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1956, Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     4. Lillian Estelle Wandless,   b. 1900-1901, Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1907, Ridgewood, Bergen Co, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     5. Florence Arlington Wandless,   b. Abt 1881, Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1889, Brooklyn, Kings Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 8 years)
    Last Modified 14 May 2012 
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet

  • News
    Death of William R. Wandless, Ridgewood, NJ, 1902
    Death of William R. Wandless, Ridgewood, NJ, 1902

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Marriage record.
      Kings marriage #1773 dated 6/23/1880

      William R. Wandless age 23 b. (very hard to read but it looked like Washington)
      169 1st Ave
      Traveling salesman
      Father: William
      Mother: Jane Williams

      Lottie F. Griffin age 19
      79 Division Ave (best guess)
      Born (again, best guess) Harrisburgh
      Parent's names were unreadable
      Witnesses: A.W. Strong and George Hickcox
      -- This very hard to read; if you want a copy, ask for a copy from the original.