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William Wanless - was born on 19 Aug 1788 in Howick-heugh, Howick, Northumberland, England
Michael Wandlass - was born on 19 Aug 1802 in Eighton Banks, Lamesley, Durham, England
William Wanless - was born on 19 Aug 1846 in Newham, Bamburgh, NBL
William Alexander Wanless - was born on 19 Aug 1881 in Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Tree #25: Wanless gardeners of the Norton-Sedgefield area, Co. Durham, England

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This line starts with Thomas Wanless (1721-1801), a gardener, & his wife Mary Magnell, of Framwellgate, Durham. Their son Joseph (1760s-1847) rented Blakiston Hall in Norton, Durham about 1830, where, for 3 generations and 70+ years, the Wanless family carried on a market garden business. Joseph's first son James was a gardener at Gainford. Other family locations include Sedgefield and Darlington in Co. Durham, Colchester, Essex and Middlesbrough, YKS, and Joseph Wanless & Dorothy Winship emigrated to Michigan, USA about 1880.

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This genealogy site hosts the family histories of all forms of the Wanless name. If you are a Wanless, Wandless, Wanlass, Wanliss, Wandlass, or Wanlace, you will probably find your family represented here. If not, we want to know about you! Step in, relax, explore the site, and learn about the fascinating people who bear this surname in all its forms.

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Thomas Wanless & Ann Marshall moved to tree 52

Moved the 45-person tree of Thomas Wanless & Ann Marshall from the catch-all database (tree 100) into tree 52 (John Wanless and Ann Harpley/Hartley). We’re 90% sure Thomas is a son of John and added […]

George Wandless & Ann Lax moved to the Lumley-area tree

Moved the family of George Wandless & Ann Lax from the Strays tree into tree 35. Realized that Ann Lax Wandless was the Ann Wandless who married Thomas Turnbull, because their son William Turnbull b. […]

Wanlesses mentioned in the Alnwick Mercury newspaper

Extracted from the Alnwick (Northumberland) Mercury at

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 […]