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Richard Wanless - was born on 30 May 1812 in St. Andrews, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England
Harriet Wanless - was born on 30 May 1835 in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England
James Wanless - was born on 30 May 1868 in Grange, Errol, Perth, Scotland
Ralph Wanless - was born on 30 May 1911 in Cresco, Howard Co, Iowa
Mary Eleanor "Ellen" Wanless - was born on 30 May 1913 in Bern Twp, Athens Co, Ohio, USA

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Tree #23: Thomas Wanless & Elizabeth Simm

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Thomas Wanless married Elizabeth Simm in 1853, Gateshead, Durham. Their son William was born in 1854 at West Moor, Killingworth, Longbenton, Northumberland, and he married Margery Robinson in 1873. This tree follows what is known about their descendants: Thomas's parentage is the mystery - on his marriage record, he lists his father as "Joseph a joiner" - the best match is Thomas the son of Joseph Wanless & Isabella Reay, who lived in Longbenton at the right time, in Ken & Colin's database, but that Joseph was always listed as a coal miner in the censuses, so the "joiner" reference throws us off, as a joiner was a skilled trade - although there is an obscure reference that, in the coal mine, a joiner might be a person who repaired wooden tracks for the coal carts. Needs more research.

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Wanlesses mentioned in the Alnwick Mercury newspaper

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Alnwick Mercury 1 June 1857 Deaths – At Australia, lately, aged 60, Mr. Wm. Wanless, blacksmith, formerly of Rock, near this town.

Alnwick Mercury 2 June 1862 […]

Newspapers: Durham County Advertiser, Shields Daily Gazette

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Durham County Advertiser, Friday, 13 Apr 1860 Lanchester Police Court – Catherine Wanlass, of Shotley Bridge, servant, charged with stealing a cotton dress, the property of Mary […]

Thomas Wanless/Florence Bucknall tree integrated with Merrington tree

I’ve been meaning to do this for weeks now…tree 13, Thomas Wanless & Florence Bucknall of Brisbane, Australia, has been proven to be part of tree 31, Ralph Wanless of Kirk Merrington, Durham, so I […]