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James, Charles, Sarah, Mary & John Wheeldon leaving England in the 1870s
Posted by: Peter Wheeldon (ID *****8345) Date: October 11, 2003 at 00:08:44
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I have spent more than 2 years searching for the final resting place of my 2xgreat grandfather, James Wheeldon. He was born in Liverpool in 1818 and was a mariner. Following his marriage to Elizabeth Martin in 1841, the family was based mostly in Poplar, Middlesex (London), although James probably spent a lot of time away at sea. He appears on the 1871 British Census living at 52 Willis Street, Poplar with his wife and his four youngest children: Charles Edward (15), Sarah Maria (12), Mary Hannah (10) and John Richard (6). His wife died the following year (1872)and James reported the death. However, by the time of the 1881 British Census, there is no trace of James nor of any of the four children on the 1871 Census. My theory is that the family emigrated, probably to a country James had visited during his travels as a mariner. But where did they go? A John Wheeldon of the right age appeared from the West Indies in the 1901 British Census but the evidence that he is James' son returning to England is purely circumstantial.

Any clues would be enormously appreciated.


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