Descendants of James* Wickenden


51. James William Wickenden

1880 Census lists James as a "printer", 1900 census lists him as a"compositor" (Michael Wynne, genealogist, Debrett Ancestry Research,1982).

1910 census shows wife as Lillian R. and mother-in-law as Phoebe H.Robinson

James graduated from the Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical Schoolin about 1863. In October 1869 he moved to Toledo, Ohio to live withhis uncle, the Reverend Robert Quaife. The 1878/79 Toledo directoryshows James to be "clerk". His second wife, Lillian, writes thatJames took over Robert John's photography studio after Robert left tostudy art in about 1880. However, the 1880 census lists James as a"printer". The 1900 census shows James, a widower, occupation"compositor" living with his two of his sons, Leroy and Ernest and hisdaughter-in-law Marion. [Ken Watson, 2000]

74. Leroy (Roy) Wickenden

Second wife Gladys was Martha Jane's piano teacher and was "heavilyjeweled
and had lots of social life." (Source: Richard S. Wickenden). Royworked
as an accountant in Toledo. Given custody of Martha Jane, his niece,who
was born in 1912. (Source: Richard S. Wickenden, Judy YoungKerstetter). [Susan W. Hunter - 1999 email]

75. Ernest Roger Wickenden

In a letter dated October 13, 1880 - Charlotte Quaife states: "erniewas 2 years old last Saturday he is such a funny little fellow notvery tall and has rather a large head and nice
large eyes". October 13, 1880 was a Wednesday, making the previousSaturday, October 9 [Ken Watson, 2003]

Lillian Robinson

1910 census lists Lillian R., age 48, as wife of James W. Wickenden,age 60. Also shows mother-in-law to James to be Pheobe H. Robinson,age 73, of New York.

53. Thomas Rogers Wickenden

Thomas went to Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School inRochester. He had to give up his schooling at the age of 12. Hismother Charlotte arranged for him to be apprenticed to a grocer. Inorder to pay the fee she had to get an advance from the manager of theWatt's Charity. Thomas worked for the grocer for five years withpractically no pay. In October 1870, he moved to Toledo, Ohio to joinhis older brother James. One of Thomas' first jobs in Toledo wasfiring slabs of wood in the boiler of a saw mill in East Toledo. Laterhe worked on a construction crew of the Pennsylvania Railroad inToledo and helped to build the railroad bridge over the Maumee River.This experience led him to decide to be a civil engineer. He could notafford to go to college and was largely self-taught. During thedepression of 1872-73, he studied trigonometry and after going throughthe text book three times he mastered the subject which was soimportant to anyone who did surveying. Sometime after becoming acivil engineer he joined the Smith Bridge Company (1878/79 ToledoDirectory shows Thomas as an Engineer with the Smith Bridge Company)and by about 1889 had taken a job as the City Engineer of Toledo.(compiled from the Thomas Rogers Wickenden Family Memoirs).

56. Robert* John Wickenden

The birth certificate for Robert John Wickenden states, under No. 263,that Eighth July, 1861, at Hooper's Place, Rochester, District ofMedway, County of Kent, was born Robert John, a boy, son of ThomasWickenden, deceased master-mariner, and Charlotte Wickenden formerlyQuaife.

Robert was born and grew up in Rochester, England. It was noted thateven as a child he was very adept at drawing. Robert received hisearly education at the Sir Joseph Williamson's school, and was one ofthe youngest boys in England to pass the Oxford Local Examination atRochester in 1873.

In about September 1873, Robert and his mother Charlotte moved toToledo, Ohio. Robert attended the Franklin School in Toledo. At theage of 15, Robert apprenticed himself to North and Oswald,photographers. The 1878/79 Toledo directory shows Robert as aphotographer with North & Oswald. It seems that shortly after that(early 1879?) he struck out on his own. For about two years heoperated a small gallery in Dundee, Michigan. His brother James tookover the gallery and Robert moved to Detroit, then to New York, andenrolled in art school, under Chase and J. Carroll Beckwith during theyears 1880, 81 and 82. During this time he also taught art classes inDetroit.

Robert moved to Paris in February, 1883. There he met Ada LouiseAhier (from Jersey, Channel Islands) and got married in April, 1885.They moved to Toledo in October 1885 and then moved to Jersey, ChannelIslands, in August, 1886 shortly after their son Alfred was born(March, 1886). Ada's father was quite ill, and Ada was homesick, andwanted to be back home. Ada's father died on November 22, 1886 athome in Longueville, Jersey. The family then moved to Auvers-sur-Oise(north of Paris) in 1887. They moved to Paris in late 1888 and thenback to the house in Auvers in 1889.

The family moved back to the U.S. in October 1891. The family spentsome time in Toledo with relatives and then moved to Chicago. Theymoved back to France and bought the house in Auvers in 1892. In May,1900 the family moved to Montreal, Quebec. In 1903 they moved to SteAdèle, and in April 1906 they moved to Bethel (12 acres of farmland,Elmwood District). Robert also leased a loft at 7 East 39th St., NewYork for studio and apartment. Robert sold the farm property in June1911 and purchased Maria Parloa's property at Bethel, Conn.

In May, 1918, Robert was posted to France with American Red Cross forabout 8 months. Robert and Ada moved to Danbury, Conn in 1919 andthen in 1921, they moved to Brooklyn, New York where they stayed untiltheir deaths.

- compiled from various sources including Thomas Rogers WickendenMemoirs by Arthur C. Wickenden (1962); Castle in Bohemia by AlfredWickenden (circa 1940), and a Masters thesis on Robert J. Wickenden bySue Gustavison (1989).

In 1861, Robert and Ada sailed to the U.S. aboard the ship, City ofRome, arriving at New York on October 16, 1885. In the passenger listhe is listed as "Robby Wickenden"

Ada* Louise Ahier

Godparents: Philippe Labey and Jane-Elizabeth Ahier his wife [TrevorLabey, 2001]

While Robert and Ada spent much of their time in the United States orat Auvers-sur-Oise on the outskirts of Paris, it is known that thecouple came to Jersey for their wedding, a ceremony which was held atSt Martin's Church on 29th April 1885. Moreover, judging by both thetiming of the ceremony and the identity of the Rector who officiated,it is clear that Robert must have had more than enough opportunity tobecome familiar with the veritable squadron of Ada's cousins andrelatives in the island. First, Robert and Ada's wedding occurredonly four days after that of her first cousin, Jane's eldest son JohnWilliam Labey, who was also married at St Martin's Church that year.Secondly, there can be little doubt that the choice of venue on bothoccasions was determined by the families' desire to use the servicesof the Rector, Jane's second cousin, the Rev'd Thomas Le Neveu.[Trevor Labey - Labey Family Memoirs]

87. Yvonne Ada Wickenden

lived in Quebec City for a time. It was here that she decided tobecome a Roman Catholic nun. She joined the order of St. Francis,taking on the name Soeur Léon-Marie. She moved to New York City towork in a "nunnery" there. [Jocelyn Anne Wickenden]

91. Marguerite Heloise (Margot) Wickenden

Itis believed she may have achieved a Masters degree in Education.She lived in Trois Riveres for a time an then moved to Omaha, Nebraskawhere she became Dean of Girls at an educational institution there.

She married Wallace Argall in the early-mid 1940s in Trois Rivieres.Wallace had previously been married to Florence - that marriage endedin divorce. Wallace and Margot moved to New England area.

Wallace died in the late 1950s. Margot died in about 1982. Both areburied in Forest Hills Cemetery, Trois-Riveres. [Jocelyn AnneWickenden]

59. John Christmas Wickenden

Originally had John as a son of Samuel (b.1798) and Eliza Wellbelovedsince that is how he shows up in the 1861 census (see below). Thenhad evidence from the 1881 census and a descendant, Christine Pointer,indicate that John is the son of Samuel Wickenden (b. 1836) - likelybase born. Then further more conclusive evidence from Chris Hainesthat John was indeed base born - that he "was not the son of Samuelbut of Samuel's then-unmarried sister Caroline, who apparently wentinto Chatham Union Workhouse for his birth and had the baby baptizedat Chatham St Mary before returning to Rochester and leaving him to beadopted and brought up by her parents while she got married the nextyear" (quote Chris Haines, 2014 email)

Shows up in 1861 Census

1861 St Margarets Rochester 16 Princess Street

Samuel Wickenden head 63 Boot and Shoe Maker born St NicholasRochester
Eliza wife 54 born Dorking Surrey
Samuel son 24 Mariner born St Margarets
Henry son 22 Boot and Shoe Maker born St Margarets
Jane dau 19 House Servent born St Margarets
Eliza dau 13 born St Margarets
John Christmas son 5 born Chatham

In the 1881 census, John is shown as being Henry's nephew (making him(incorrectly) a son to Henry's brother, Samuel). In the 1881 census,John and "Ellen" had a 2 month old son named John.

In the 1891 census he was living at 1 Garden Row, Rochester,occupation "Labour" and in the 1901 census he still at 1 Garden Row,occupation "Coach Porter"

On the St. Peter's, Rochester marriage register it shows John asliving on Princess Street, Rochester at the time of his marriage in1879.

Jane Emma (Emma) Love

In the St. Peter's Marriage Register it shows Emma living on CazeneuveSt. in Rochester at the time of her marriage in 1879.

92. John Wickenden

Shows in the 1901 census as living at home (1 Garden Row, Rochester),occupation "mate of barge" (worker).

60. Thomas Wickenden

Thomas was base born. It is unknown if his mother later married.[Janice Halls, 2004]

In the Royal Marines during the first world war. After his dischargehe went into business as a shoe and boot maker. [Kathleen O'Leary,2001]

70. Mary Rose Wickenden

Event Date: 1947 2 11 (Yr/Mo/Day)
Age: 88
Gender: Female
Event Place: VICTORIA

Reg. Number: 1947-09-002364
B.C. Archives Microfilm Number: B13193
GSU Microfilm Number: 2032477
[source: B.C. Death Registration Index]

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