Robert Wandless

Robert Wandless

Male 1829 - 1890-1900  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name Robert Wandless 
    Alt Birth 1829  West Pelton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • per 1861 census
    Born Nov 1829  Hole House, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Per the 1851 census. This might be the Hole House just north of Cornsay & SW of Lanchester, same area bro. John was born in. Pelton is about 20km NE. Or it might be the Hole House in Kelloe parish - see notes in father's residence notes about this.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1841  Shildon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Chapel Row (HO 107, 307/19, folio 28)
      John Wandless, 45, Agr Lab, all born in county
      Isabella W, 45
      William W, 15, Excavator
      John W, 15, Coalminer
      Mary W, 15
      Robert W, 11
      Jane W, 9
      Isabella W, 7
    Census 1851  West Auckland, Auckland St. Helen's, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his brother John 
    • (HO 107 / 2386, Folio 52 Pg 80)
      Robert Wanlass, brother, single, 20, coal miner, born Hole House DUR
    Census 1 Apr 1861  Crook & Billy Row, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his sister Jane 
    • Robert Wanless, lodger, 30, coal miner, West Pelton, DUR
    Census 1870  Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reid Twp, page 425B, #319-347 - 3 August
      DIXON, Robert 34 c. miner, real estate: $1,000; pers. prop:$250, b. England, parents of foreign birth
      , Mary 29, keeping house, b. England, parents of foreign birth, cannot read/write
      WANLESS, Robert 40 c. miner, b. England, parents foreign, cannot write
      CARPENTER, George 22 c. miner, b. England, parents foreign
      DUCKON [Duckor?], James 30 coal miner, b. England, parents foreign, cannot read/write
      Lloyd, John 20 c. miner, b. Wales
    IMMI 2 Apr 1861-Aug 1870  Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land 1878  Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On list of landowners:
      WANDLES, R, Miner, P. O. Braidwood, Reed Twp
    Census 1880  Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • REED Township, Church St, Enumeration District 211, Page 81 (457A)
      # 633-633
      WANDLASS, Robt. 51 Coal Miner, 4 mos. unemployed, b. England, parents b. England
      Mary Ann 29 Wife Keeping House, b. Wales, parents b. Wales
      Elizabeth 9 Daughter Illinois
      William 7 Son Illinois
      Joseph 2 son, Illinois
      David 5/12 b. January, Son, Illinois
      -- Robert's sister Jane Wanless Nicholson at #629 and her dau. Isabella at #628 with Dixon cousins
    Occupation coal miner  [2
    Residence 1890  Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Witnessed his dau. Elizabeth's marriage on 24 Dec 1890.
    Died 1890-1900  (probably) Will Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Will Co clerk says there is no death cert for him there, nor for Jane.

      Not found in 1900 census index. I assume he died between 1890 and 1900 and that Mary Ann also died by June 1900, because 2 sons live with their married sister and another lives on his own.

      Not christened at Kelloe. Pelton became a parish in 1843; before that, Pelton kids should've been christened at Chester-le-Street. Likely baptism, with his brother (a possible twin) at Auckland St. Andrew - although the surname is clearly Wanley in the register, there are no other children born to a John & Isabella Wanley/Wandley anywhere that we have found in County Durham in this time period, so we think Wanley might be an error for Wanless. The 1831 burial of George fits a child of this age perfectly.
      December 1st 1829 Robert Wanley, son of John (labourer) and Isabella of Westerton
      December 1st 1829 George Wanley, son of John (labourer) and Isabella of Westerton

      It would be easy for the clerk to mistakenly write a "y" in place of the old-fashioned double-S at the end of Wanless. It is also possible that the 1861 census in which Robert gave his birthplace as West Pelton might have said Westerton on the original schedule from which the enumerator got his answers. Brother George's burial says he was 1 yr 6 mos old, so we have set Robert & George's births as Nov 1829.
    Person ID I1  16: John Wanless & Isabella Howe
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2016 

    Father John Wanless,   b. 1792-1796, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Isabella Howe,   b. 1792-1796, Co. Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 15 May 1817  Brancepeth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F28  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Ann Swansbrough,   b. 1851, Aberystruth, Monmouthshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Jun 1900, (probably) Will Co, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 19 Nov 1870  Will Co, Iliinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth E. Wandless,   b. May 1871, Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William Wandless,   b. 1873, Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Joseph Wandless,   b. Oct 1878, Braidwood, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1956, Seattle, King Co, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     4. David Wandless,   b. 20 Jan 1880, Braceville, Grundy Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1963, Joliet, Will Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Robert Wandless,   b. Dec 1881, Will Co, Iliinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1955, Denver, Denver Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2003 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Census, 1861 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S20] Census, 1880 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S19] Parish register.
      15th May 1817 John Wanless & Isabella Howe, both of this Parish, in the presence of William Howe, Mary Howe & George Hills.

    4. [S9] Illinois Marriage Index online, license # 00004235; spelled Wandlass and Mary A. Swansberry (Reliability: 3).