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Re: john william windley
Posted by: debbie Date: April 04, 2001 at 02:39:10
In Reply to: Re: john william windley by Janet Windley of 113

hi janet thanks for follow up.i have myself quite a bit of info here goes.
John Windley was born Loughbourgh 1800/1
he married Ann bell (born 1803/04 Leic) 31 Dec 1833 at St marys Leic. but this was his second marriage i know nothing about 1st as yet.
John had a son from the 1st marriage Alfred John born 1827/28 but i can find no more on him (was on 1841 census)
Ann and John went on to have 4 more children
John Henry B.26.Nov 1834 D. 24.Mar 1901
Henry my gg grd B.31.Aug 1836 D. 28 Jan 1909
Emma B.12. Dec 1838 D.? she is not on 1851 census with the rest of the family?
Jane B. 20. Nov 1839.
John's Occ is a newsagent/printer
and they lived Leic. city centre from 1833 till 1856 where he dissapears from the electral role books Ann does appear on the 1871 census though.
I have checked the records for Welford Road Cem. (the only one at the time) from 1857-1875 and there are no windleys only one child which i will come back to.
John Henry and Henry known as Harry started of in the printing trade as 14/15 tear olds.
but soon went on to be actors /performers.
There is a book called Theatre in Leicestershire which features John H he was the manager of The Theatre Royal 1868-1873 also there is a programme which has on it Mr & Mrs J windley Mr Harry Windley and also Misses E & A windley (A being my G Nan)dated 9 Dec 1870. A family member also has 2 orginal prog. ( and a photo of John H)after managing John went back to journalism.
The is also an article in The Wyvern (local newpaper)dated 19 Feb 1897 which tells of John H career there was a benifit night being held for him at the Theatre Royal it also says he suffered badly from asthma Which took the lifes of my grandad and Uncle.
Harry was a comedian/singer and seems to have spent most of his time on the road.
Harry ad 4 daughters one being Annie my g.Nan
also actress she married Fred Clayton an identical twin also Actor comedian and the twins and their wife performed as a 4 London/ did 4 of their daughters one went to find fame in USA but i have no info
When the twins were 70 they also had an article in the paper which again mentions John H and Harry. As i said the child at cemetrey belongs to Thomas Windley (the alderman)he was Lord Mayor of Leic 1899 and also propertor of Midland Free Press and lived New Walk as did my Windleys am trying to connect him? You also mentioned Windley Road which is in the Saffron Lane area which is where i actually grew up, and is only minutes walk away from where we lived.When you said about the framed photo i was also told of some in the hotel behind The Theatre Royal(the sacrens head just up from the market)and there is a photo of my grandad Len Clayton which is from an advertisment for a butchers? when he is about 2/3 (1906/7) I now live next to Saffron Lane across the road from the records office so if i can search for anything for you just let me know as i know on there are a couple of marriages/baptizms for is my email
regards Debbie

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