John Wardill was born on the 16th May 1773 in Goathland, North Yorkshire. He was a Joiner by trade. On 10th January 1801 he married Elizabeth Dowsland at Lythe Parish Church, near Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Elizabeth was born in 1775 in Yorkshire but I have never found out exactly when and where.
John & Elizabeth had 9 children:
Ann Born 1802 Elizabeth Born 1803 Jonathan Born 1804 John Born 1807 Dowsland Born 1808 James Born 1810 Michael Born 1811 Joseph Born 1814 William Born 1817
All the children were born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
John died 29th October 1833 and is buried in Bridlington where he died. Elizabeth died 9th June 1847 also in Bridlington.
Michael was born on the 27th December 1811 in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. His occupation varied. He was a Painter, Plumber and later a Dentist.He was also a Photographer and Portrait Painter.
Michael married Susannah Jackson, who was born in 1824 in Driffield, East Yorkshire, They married on 10th August 1848 at Bridlington Parish Church.
They had 7 children who were all born in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Ann Elizabeth Born 1848 Francis Born 1851 Fredrick William Born 1853 Charles Alfred Born 1855 Clara Born 1860 George Jackson Born 1862 Harry Born 1867
Michael painted this family portrait and even put himself in it ( 2nd from the right) I’ve actually seen the original portrait and it is remarkable. It was painted in 1838 and is in a gorgeous gilt frame.
Michael died in 1880 in Bridlington and Susannah died in 1909 in Wyvenhoe, Broadstairs, Kent. She is buried in St Peters in Thanet. She was a dressmaker. Michael is buried in the Priory Church graveyard in Bridlington.
Bridlingtons High Street, the Old Town area where my family are from
Francis Wardill was born on 16th February 1851 in Bridlington, East Yorkshire and has 6 siblings. He was a house painter and ran his own business.
Francis married Hannah Waites, who was born in September 1852 in Hilderthorpe, Bridlington, in June 1873 in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. In 1871, Hannah is listed as been a General Servant.
They had 11 children
When I visited my uncle in 2004, he informed me that Frank (as he was known) had a glass eye and was a very strict man, He was known in Bridlington as "The Engraver" as he did it as a hobby. He loved eating Cod Roe and Great Grandma (Hannah) went mad at the smell of it..
Francis died on the 20th December 1930 and Hannah died in 1919 They both died in Bridlington.
Here’s a list of their children
Mary Elizabeth Born 1871 Ada Alice Born 1873 Harry Jackson Born 1876 Herbert Born 1877 Annie Born 1880 Lillian (Lilly) Born 1882 Maud Born 1883 John Born 1885 George Born 1886 Thomas Born 1887 Florence Born 1892
Well here’s something I never noticed until now.. Seems like my paternal grand-parents “HAD” to get married as my Dad was born 8 months after their wedding.. There’s a thing. Of course he could well have been premature. Tom is one of eleven children.
Anyway Thomas Wardill married Mary Ellen Atkinson on the 3rd April 1919 at The Priory Church in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Thomas was born in November 1887 in Bridlington and died on the 22nd December 1952 in Bridlington.
He was in the Australian Army then on leaving he became a painter & decorater, he was a painter before joining the army too.
Mary Ellen was born in December 1893 in Scarborough, East Yorkshire she died in Driffield hospital , East Yorkshire on 15th June 1979.
They are buried together in Bridlington Cemetery.
Tom joined the Australian Army on the 19th January 1916.
Grandad was only 5ft 3 1/2 inches tall when he joined the army, I'm 5ft 6 and though i was short.
Regimental number 1999 Religion Church of England Occupation Painter Address Brisbane, Queensland Marital status Single Age at embarkation 29 Next of kin Father, Mr Francis Wardill, No 3 Westgate, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England Enlistment date 19 January 1916 Rank on enlistment Private Unit name 49th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/66/3 Embarkation details Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 1 May 1916 Rank from Nominal Roll Private Unit from Nominal Roll 41st Battalion Fate Returned to Australia
My Mum, Doreen Coggin, was born on the 21st October 1923 in Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. She married my Dad on the 21st April 1945 at St Andrews church on Holderness Road in Kingston upon Hull.
Mum was a friendly lady and would talk to anyone ( hmm that’s where I get it from) She loved animals especially dogs ( there’s me again!).
Mum & Dad had me eighteen years after my brother, I think I was a mistake!
Mum was never ill and only went into hospital to give birth to my brother and also myself. Suddenly on the 23rd of July 2001 Mum died. She’d been having bad nose bleeds and went to her doctor, who admitted her into hospital, the following day she died, she had a anurism.
My Dad, Albert Edward Wardill was born on the 28th December 1919 in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. He was a quiet man who always had a twinkle in his eye. He used to try not to laugh when i was playing up or messing about but all i had to say to him was " I know your going to laugh cos i can see your eyebrows twitching" that always did it and he'd start laughing at me.
Dad joined the Merchant Navy and in 1945 married my Mum, Doreen Coggin, a girl from Kingston upon Hull. Dad was a chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy. One time the engine room caught fire and Dad was in a hospital in Bombay suffering burns all over his body, for almost 7 months.
Dad left the Merchant Navy in 1969 and started to work at Fenners a factory that made belts for machinery. In 1970 he left there and both He & Mum worked together in the sweet shop they had bought.
In 1972 they bought a newsagents and worked together until retirement. Sadly in 1985 Dad started acting strangely and was diagnosed with Altzheimers Disease and later on diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.
I first started tracing my family tree back in 1988. In those days i didn't have access to the internet so used to spend all my spare time in Hull Central Library. I decided to trace my tree in that year as it was the year my beloved Dad died and i felt i knew nothing about my roots.
I started asking my Mum lots of questions to start me off and that was it... My tree began to grow