The Williamson's (maternal side)

This family was linked to my maternal line through marriage.

The earliest member of the line I can find (at present) is Edward Williamson (1769 - 1839), born in Chelmsford, Essex, England and died in St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England. Edward was an Agricultural labourer - at that time there were very few choices for work unless you were lucky to be born to a father with a transferable skill. The choices were usually Agricultural labourer, Servant or the Military. And for the girls in the family, the choices were even more limited to Servant (cooks, domestic or nurse maid). Through the generations we often find that as the Industrial Revolution strengthens in their area that more opportunities become available and peoples "lot" improves.

Edward Williamson's relationship to me is as great grandfather of wife of uncle of wife of 1st cousin 2x removed, the lineage is as follows:

  • Edward Williamson (1769 - 1839) - great grandfather of wife of uncle of wife of 1st cousin 2x removed
  • Samuel Williamson (1817 - 1866) - son of Edward Williamson
  • Edward Williamson (1840 - 1919) - son of Samuel Williamson
  • Emma Rose Williamson (1883 - 1961) - daughter of Edward Williamson
  • James Bierton (1879 - 1949) - husband of Emma Rose Williamson
  • Ellen Owen (1855 - 1928) - mother of James Bierton
  • Albert Bierton (1867 - ) - son of Ellen Owen
  • Laura Bierton (1888 - ) daughter of Albert Bierton
  • Ernest William Sheward (1885 - 1918) - husband of Laura Bierton
  • William Sheward (1859 - 1906) - father of Ernest William Sheward
  • Richard Sheward (1817 - 1870) - father of William Sheward
  • Herbert Sheward (1843 - 1906) - son of Richard Sheward - my maternal great grandfather
  • Mary Louisa Sheward (1880 - 1967) - daughter of Herbert Sheward - my maternal grandmother
  • Alice May Priday (1917 - 2009) - daughter of Mary Louisa Sheward - my mother
  • William G Hyde - son of Alice May Priday - me

Marriage Links

The Williamson's are linked by marriage to these other families:

  • Upson
  • Blake
  • Joyce
  • Filsell
  • Yard
  • Smith

Linked Places

The Williamson's have had links to the following places:

  • Keysoe, Bedfordshire, England
  • Boxford, Berkshire, England
  • Bright Waltham, Berkshire, England
  • Newbury, Berkshire, England
  • Speen, Berkshire, England
  • Sherrington, Buckinghamshire, England
  • Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Rayleigh, Essex, England
  • Royston, Hertfordshire, England
  • St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England
  • Cranbrook, Kent, England
  • Rolvenden, Kent, England
  • Islington, Middlesex, England
  • Lambeth, Middlesex,England
  • St Ebbes, Oxfordshire, England
  • Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Flanders & France
  • Edmonton, Metcalfe, Kentucky, United States

World War One

One of the Williamson's - Ernest Edward Williamson - was Killed in action during the 1918 Battle of St. Quentin Canal and his passing is recorded on Panel 4 at the Memorial in Vis-en-Artois, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Click HERE for a full description of Ernest's life and particularly the WW1 action that killed him.

Another of the Williamson's - Thomas Samuel Williamson - died from wounds sustained during the Fifth Battle of Ypres late September - October 1918. Thomas Samuel died on 6 November 1918, just 5 days short of the Armistace. Thomas Samuel is buried at the St. Andre Communial Cemetery, in the Department of the Nord adjoining the north side of the city of Lille. Click HERE for the description of Thomas Samuel's life and of the WW1 action that killed him.