Caroline Wilson née LaneCaroline, John Thomas
and William John
William John Wilson
Caroline Wilson Caroline John T William J William Wilson
1846 – 1927c.19011895 – 1944

My Wilson families came from the villages around Ashford, pricipally Westwell, where they were agricultural labourers. However, these families only arrived in Westwell from nearby villages like Charing and Little Chart in the 1770′s.

Later my family moved to Ashford where John was an Ostler. They later moved again to Folkestone by which time John was a coachman who drove a horse drawn cab between Folkestone and Sandgate.

When John Wilson married Caroline Lane in 1864 he gave his father as Stephen Wilson deceased. This is almost certainly an error on his, or the Minister′s, part. John′s father died when he was very young, under 5 years old and before the 1841 census. The census records for his family after his father died and the parish register baptisms would seem to indicate his father was in fact Henry Wilson, born about 1792, who married Mary Briggs in Westwell 1821. This can be seen if you compare the two sources below:

Dates from 1841 CensusParish Registers Westwell
Henry			1827 Westwell
Celia			1829 Westwell m.George Briggs 1861
George			1831 Westwell
John			1835 Westwell m.Caroline Lane 1864

Mary Married 2)Henry Lovell m.08.04.1848 (d.1853)
HENRY WILSON 		& 	MARY BRIGGS  m.27.01.1821
d.20.05.1838, 47		d.06.03.1884, 82
Elizabeth		01.05.1822
William			04.04.1824
Henry			31.12.1826
Celia			04.04.1829 m.George Briggs 1861
George			10.07.1831
Stephen			15.10.1833 born today d.1834
John			26.07.1835 m.Caroline Lane 1864

In compiling the family records I have used the combined information and assumed an error in the name of his father on the marriage certificate.

The Henry above was the youngest son of Henry Wilson and Mary Inchcombe m.04.09.1774 Westwell. Henry Sr. was described as of this parish but that does not necessarily mean he was born there and it is most likely he was the Henry baptised 18.01.1750 Charing. In Charing this Wilson′s family records go back to the early 1600′s.

Thomas Wilson who married Mary Steed m.24.03.1772 Westwell also originated from Charing via Little Chart. He was baptised 14.03.1752 Charing, son of Timothy Wilson and Mary Hills m.14.10.1747 Charing. There is no baptism for Timothy around 1720 in Charing or nearby. The nearest possibility is Timothy bp.26.12.1720 Cranbrook son of Timothy and Elizabeth (who died before the baptism).

I would like to thank June Gregory and Robin Peers for photographs

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