Keeping it in the Family?Posted: 10 Jun 2013
When I first examined the microfilm copy of Clent parish registers back in 1998, I wondered if this couple was connected to the Wilson family of Walton, Clent, from whom I am descended.
Bride: Catherine Hanbury
Groom: William Wilson
Date: 12 June 1789
Location: St Leonard’s, Clent, Worcestershire
Witnesses: Edward Price, Jane Price
The Will of William Wilson of Walton, made on 15 May 1788 and proved on 7 February 1789, identifies his nephew, also William and a grand-niece Catherine Hanbury as beneficiaries:
And I give to my Nephew Matthew Hanbury (Son of my late Sister Mary) and my Grand Niece Catherine Hanbury (daughter of my late Nephew John Hanbury) the sum of twenty pounds each
I give devise and bequeath all my messuages lands Tenements and Heredittaments and all other my real and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresover with all and every appurtenances unto my Nephew William Wilson of Walton aforesaid who now lives with me (another of the Sons of my late Brother Richard Wilson deceased) and to his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns to his and their own use and behoof forever, and I do herby appoint the said last mentioned William Wilson sole Executor of this my Will
The relationships between the beneficiaries mentioned above are:
So, did William Wilson, the nephew and main beneficiary, marry his first cousin once removed, Catherine Hanbury?
Sadly, parish registers of this period do not generally record ages of the nuptial couple. However, William of Walton shares a gravestone at Clent with a couple named William and Catharine.
In memory of WILLIAM WILSON who departed this life the 28th day of January 1789 aged 81 years. Also WILLIAM WILSON late of Bournheath He departed this life October the 30th 1821 aged 82 years and two of his daughters who died in their infancy. Also of CATHARINE, wife of the said WILLIAM WILSON of Bournheath. she departed this life Septr 2nd 1830. Aged [8 or 6?]6 Years
The inscribed age of Catharine is worn, so I am not sure if it is 66 or 86. The former suggests a birth year of 1764, making Catherine 25 years younger than her husband (born ca. 1739). The age difference is consistent with the relationship suggested by the will.
The FamilySearch baptism index confirms that a Catharine Hanbury, daughter of John and Grace Hanbury was baptised at Halesowen, Worcestershire on 17 October 1764. The pieces are fitting together quite nicely, but I have not yet made a connection between the gravestone couple and the Hanbury family.
Bournheath, the place named as the gravestone couple’s residence, lies in Bromsgrove parish, near the boundaries with Catshill and Belbroughton. Clent lies on the other side of Belbroughton from Bromsgrove. A search of the FamilySearch index of baptisms for the children of William Wilson and Catharine revealed this family in Bromsgrove:
|William Wilson||4 June 1790|
|Jane Wilson||6 January 1792|
|Eleanor Wilson||5 June 1793|
|John Wilson||20 February 1795|
|Hanbury Wilson||25 January 1797|
|Thomas Wilson||19 April 1799|
Note the name of the third son, Hanbury, which suggests a connection with the Hanbury family.
So, it is looking very likely that William Wilson did marry his 1st cousin once removed, Catharine Hanbury. Next steps include investigating property records, electoral rolls and possible connections with the marriage witnesses, the Price family.
© Sue Adams 2013