The Wainwrights' Family Tree

This family tree is still under construction, as it will always be. There may be some mistakes in transcribing the data. There may be mistakes in the original sources.

An account of Fred Smith., The Sheffield City Battalion.

Article published in The Doncaster Ancestor, and Hertfordshire People.

My Wainwrights can be traced back to' Richard son of Richard Wainwright of Aukley baptised Jan 22, 1709'. Auckley is a hamlet in the township of Blaxton, and parish of Finningley, in the County of Nottingham, about six miles from Doncaster. This map also shows the other places where the Wainwrights lived, Hatfield, Blaxton, Rossington and Wroot.

George Wainwright (09-Nov-1795 - 14-Nov-1880), m. Rebecca Taylor

George Wainwright Christened 1 Jan 1796 at Finningley. George may have owned Wiseton Grange, 125 acres. In Oct 1865 he 'occupied' Blaxton Grange. Lived at Huster Grange Farm, Rossington. George had 12 children. His eldest son, John, moved to California and became a gold miner. His second son, Richard remained in Hatfield. The next son, George (4 Feb 1826 - 31 Dec 1907) sailed to America and settled in Trenton, NJ, becoming highly sucessful nurseryman. The next son, William, became a farmer at Haxey. The next three were daughters, Elizabeth, Mary and Rebecca. They lived around the Doncaster area. Henry, the next son became Lord Mayor of Doncaster and was a butcher by trade. Thomas owned Wiseton Grange ans Susannah and Joseph also lived in the area. The youngest son, Paul Sylvester, my great grandfather, became an apprentice draper in Derby.

George Wainwright (04-Feb-1826 - 31-Dec-1907) m. Sarah Archer

Married at St Luke and the Epiphany Church, 330 South 13th St, Philadelphia, PA in the Rector's house, by the Rev Dr A DeWolfe Howe George was sent by his father, George (09-Nov-1795 - 14-Nov-1880), in 1841 to live with his father's brother, John (01-Dec-1786 - 26-Jun-1874) on a farm in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, PA. He worked his way to the USA on slow sailing vessel. He Lived with his uncle from 1841 to 1847. He was employed for three years by Philadelphia florist, Robert Buist, before going to Trenton in 1850 where he worked for John Yard. In between he settled on Duck Island in the Delaware River, raising cabbages. He eventually purchased, at 629 Princeton Ave and Ingram Ave, Trenton, a property of some 25 acres, and in 1857 established 'Rose Cottage Nurseries'. with 23 green houses. George was then 31 years old. He built a house on the site at 629, Princeton Ave, Trenton, NJ. He retired and sold the nursery to a firm of property developers and moved to another house he owned at 469 Princeton Ave. He remained in the nursery business until his death in Trenton, on December 31, 1907, aged 81 years, 10 months. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Trenton, NJ. Charles G Roewing, (builder of Brooklyn Bridge in Norfolk) sent a wreath of orchids to the funeral). George Wainwright

John Wainwright (01-Dec-1786 - 26-Jun-1874) m. Abigail Butterell and Sarah Bouman

John Wainwright John was the brother of George (09-Nov-1795 - 14-Nov-1880). In 1826 he published History of the Warpentake of Strafforth and Tickhill. According to the Sheffield Independent, 27 Jan 1876, his family had been settled in Finningley since 1700. He received his early education in a dame school keft by Mrs Hart, and later under Mr Bigland. He was apprenticed January 1 1802 to Mr Walker a grocer of Doncaster, and when out of his time, he began a business in the High Street, and afterwards moved to Scotland St, Sheffield, where he was described as a grocer and druggist. He emigrated to America in 1828 and settled in Lower Merion Township, PA, where he remained until his death. A few days before he died, he took a trip to Manch Church, a place in the mountain region amongst the coal mines, about 125 miles from his home. and wrote to his wife to come a stay with him, because he was enjoying it so much. After dispatching the letter, he was suddenly attacked by dysentery and died the next morning.First buried at The Friends Meeting, Merion, PA, but later removed to the above by request made in his will to be buried beside his first wife Abigail. John had no children. John is listed in the Doncaster Gazette as both a grocer and an author. He wrote a book on the Antiquities found in the Wapentake of Strafford and Tickhill. There are three books by him in the Library Company of Philadelphia, a library founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, 'for the advancement of Knowledge and Literature'. He also refers to Charles Gibson, my uncle, who's wife was a Wainwright and who died of a bad leg and had twelve or fourteen children. Also John Gillatt, my uncle and his son John.
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Paul Silvester Wainwright (1845 - 25-Nov-1935) m. Elizabeth Garnet

Paul Silvester was the youngest son of George (1790 - 1907). He grew up on the farm at Rossington. He was an apprentice draper in Derby where he met his wife, Elizabeth Garrett, who he married on 7 Feb 1872 at the Parish Church, Derby. On being released from his apprenticeship, he opened a shop in Broad St, Park, Sheffield in 1871. Then he moved to London Road, then 170 South Street, The Moor, (here pictured in 1909 whilst the trams lines were being renewed) which was purpose built in 1904. He lived above the shop whose principal item was bespoke shirts. When Frank married, PSW bought Stumperlowe and lived there with his wife Elizabeth and Florence Annie, his daughter. The Moor was bombed in December 1940, and completely destroyed. PS was blind in later life and Florrie used to put PS on a tram near his home and Frank would meet him on the Moor, when he would spend the day the 'The Shop'. Both my father and my grand father would talk about 'The Shop'. It was obviously a severe blow to them. A history of the Wainwrights' shops is provided by extracts from various trade directories. His Obituary mentions his employment by Cole Brother (now part of the John Lewis Partnership where he is recorded in the 1871 census. Paul Silvester Wainwright

Frank Wainwright (10-Mar-1878 - 16-Nov-1960) m. Eleanor Mary Cheetham

Frank Wainwright Frank was my grandfather, Paul Silvester's son. Around 1938 PS retired and bought a house in Stumpelowe Cresent Rd, and lived there with his wife and unmarried daughter Florie (Florence Annie W.) until his death. Frank took over the running of 'The Shop' and lived there with his wife, Nellie (Eleanor Mary, nee Cheetham), although he had been involved in the business for some time. My father's Uncle George Syvester W. had taken over the premises at Heeley Bridge, which was originally bought by PS and in 1936 this was taken over by his son, my father's cousin, George Weston W. Everyone expected this line of succesion to continue. However, on the night of 11 Dec 1940, 'The Shop' was totally destroyed in what came to be known as 'The Blitz'. Frank relocated to a shop in Eccleshall Road, but the after the war things were different and business when downhill and he eventually had to admit defeat and retired to 20 Gentilt Road. This picture shows George, John Silvester, George Weston and Frank looking a bit like a bunch of gangsters.
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George Edward Wainwright (10 March 1920 - 19 Jan 1988) m. Mary Kathleen Smith (23 Oct 1918 - 31 August 2003)

During 'The War' dad served in the RAF. Here are a number of photographs which include other people. Geogre Edward Wainwright