The Family of James Henry Wombwell and Mary Emma Page

James Henry was born on 25th March 1861 at Lower Green Langley, the son of Charles Wombwell and Melinda Barker. He was with his mother at the 1861 Census (all of four days old!), and with both parents at the 1871 Census.

"He was employed for many years as clerk to Messrs. Barton & Sons, Saffron Walden, and acted as assistant-secretary of the North Essex Liberal Association. Later removed to Clacton, where he was manager of a motor company for 21 years. Afterwards he became steward at the Braintree Liberal Club, retiring in 1919. Subsequently he was in the office of Messrs. Holmes and Hills for over seven years. Three sons and two daughters are living. The eldest daughter died at Bocking in 1919"
These notes came from a newspaper cutting dated 27.3.1936. I am not sure which newspaper.

He married Mary Emma Page on April 6th 1885 at St Nicholas Church, Tooting; I know he was living at 68 Pier Avenue, Clacton in 1909/10, and 98 Rayne Road, Braintree in 1935 (both according to mail sent from these addresses to his nephew - my uncle).

I really know nothing about Mary Emma, except that she was the mother of their six children.

Their eldest daughter Nellie was single when she attended her cousin Elsie's wedding in August 1916, as also was her sister May. They both went to their cousin's wedding with their future husbands, L.S. E.Addington and Cpl. Puttick respectively.

I remember going to visit Dolly in Braintree for some years after WW2.

James Henry died in 1936 - the cutting quoted above was, I believe, an obituary. I also have a cutting from the year before about their golden wedding which is almost identically worded!

    James Henry Wombwell                   (80)    (1861-1936)
    m 1885 Mary Emma Page                  (84)
        |-Caleb Arthur Page Wombwell       (576)       (1887-1951)
        |-Nellie Wombwell                  (85)        ( -1919)
        | m      Ernest Adlington          (578)
        |-Ernest Wombwell                  (579)
        | m      Winifred Goody            (580)
        |-May Wombwell                     (581)
        |-Harry Wombwell                   (582)       (1896-1936)
        |-Florence Hilda (Dolly) Wombwell  (583)    ( -1972)

My thanks are due to Stanley Wombwell for help on this page's information.

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This table last updated on 6th December 2001
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