Edward Maddison Wilson



Edward Maddison Wilson (1869 - 1930)


Edward Maddison Wilson was my grandfather, and he made the move down south and started the Kent branch of the Wilson family. Edward was born March 25th 1869 at North Road, Crossgate, Durham. We don't know why he moved south, nor how he ended up in Gillingham, but his first move south appears to have been to south London where he met up with and subsequently married Eliza Julia Smith marrying her on June 7th 1896 at St. Nicholas's Church, Plumstead. Eliza was born on February 23rd 1870 at Albert Grove, Bexley, Kent. and was the daughter of Edward Smith and Jane Baldry. Jane and Edward had married on October 11th 1864 in Bexley.

Returning to Edward Maddison Wilson (pictured left, circa 1925) and his wife Eliza, they apparently moved to Gillingham between their wedding date and the birth of their first child, Winifred, (apparently Winifred's real first name was Eliza, after her Mum, but I always knew her as Aunt Win) in 1898. This was followed by Edward (d.o.b. unknown) Roger William, (b. 29.11.1901) Arthur Thomas (known as Tom), Rose, Dolly and Ivy. At the time of Roger's birth the family were living in Arden Street, Gillingham.

Of their children, Winifred married a Henry Nicholas Lang Moyes and lived at 7 Otway Street, Gillingham, Ed married Edie Ashmore and they lived in the Harrow area, having one son, Colin. Thomas remained single and emigrated to Moonee Ponds, near Melbourne, Australia, Rose married a Mr Punchard and lived at 14 Hamilton Road, Gillingham. They had a daughter Marion. Dolly married Ernest Wigley and had two daughters, Brenda and Jean. Ivy remained single and lived her life in Gillingham.

Roger William married his first cousin, Gladys May Sparks on September 16th 1934 at Plumstead.

Listed in the 1901 Census as living at 81 Arden Street, New Brompton, Kent (later part of Gillingham) parish of St, Marks, together with Eliza, his wife, and Eliza W. age 3 (believed to be my Aunt Win) and Edward G, son age 2, who was my uncle Ed. Edward's occupation is Marine Engine Fitter.

1891 Census - not living with parents - almost certainly he is the Edward M Wilson age 22, lodging at 47 James St Elswick Newcastle described as a Steam Ship Engineer.

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page

Marriages Jun 1896

Smith Eliza Julia Woolwich 1d 1910
Wilson Edward Maddison Woolwich 1d 1910


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