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John and Mary WINGATE in Kingsbridge

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Introduction to the Kingsbridge WINGATE family

These pages contain some notes and speculations about Kingsbridge WINDGEAT families.  This page is about the Kingsbridge family who mostly spell their name WINGATE. 

It has been suggested that this family may have moved down from Horrabridge - a family disappeared from the Horrabridge area in the eighteenth century and one with similar first names (Thomas, Rosamond) and occupation (masons) then turns up in  the Kingsbridge area.  However, there also appear to have been WINDEATTs in the area in the sixteenth century because the DRO records

so they may well be of quite separate origin although it is possible that the Dodbrooke and Kingsbridge proper families are NOT related and the Dodbrooke ones are the original family and the Kingsbridge proper ones are those who moved down from Dartmoor.

Guesswork Tree

Here is a guesswork family tree worked out through speculation about the records below.  It would be necessary to purchase copies of the relevant parish register entries and BMD certificates to confirm or disprove the guesses.  You may need to scroll to the right to see all of John and Mary's eight children.

Thomas WINGATE = Mary STEER (m.5/9/1786, Kingsbridge)
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Thomas WINGATE Rosamond WINGATE John WINGATE ? bpt.24/6/1787 bpt.19/10/1788 bpt. 3/6/1792 m. Mary FAST 20/7/1813 _______________________________________________|____________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | John Ann Thomas Mary Henry George Charles Elizabeth (?1815-1899) b.?1819 (?1819-1898) (?1822-?) (?1824-1876) (?1827-1880) (?1830-?) b.?1835 =Ann HURFORD =?James THORNING =?Elizabeth COUCH dsp dsp ? ? issue ? dsp

Before 1841

Pre-1841 records have not been thoroughly researched but the following page lists a few mostly culled from online sources.  NOTE:  Dodbrooke is 0.7 miles from Kingsbridge and 1.1 miles from West Alvington.

There are also some WHINYATEs recorded in the nearby parish of Charleton (submitted by an LDS Church member) but these may or may not be genuine and, even if genuine, may or may not be related.

JOHN AND MARY's FAMILY

1841 Census (taken 6th June 1841) © Crown Copyright (taken 6th June 1841) © Crown Copyright

This is probably the John who married Mary FAST IN 1813.  They appear to have had a lot of children and are also living with,  by the look of it, a couple of lodgers or possibly aged relatives.

Living in Fore St., Kingsbridge [HO107/247/5/3]
Name Age (rounded down) Occupation Born in County?
John WINGATE 45 Mason Y
Mary WINGATE 50 Wife Y
Ann WINGATE 25 Milliner Y
Thomas WINGATE 20 Mason Y
Mary WINGATE 18   Y
Henry WINGATE 16 App Mason Y
George WINGATE 14   Y
Charles WINGATE 10   Y
Elizabeth WINGATE 5   Y
Mary DOWNING 85 Widow Y
Susan RYDER 70 Widow Y

There is another John WINGATE, mason, also living in Fore St. and it looks highly likely that he is the son of the John above.  He would have been their first child born a year or so after John and Mary's marriage in 1813 and called after his father.

For further details of the other children, select the linked names above to go straight to more information further down the page.

1851 (taken 30th March) © Crown Copyright

John now claims to be a Master Mason and there is a John WINDEATT listed as a Mason etc. in White's 1850  History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Devonshire (see transcription by Terry Partridge).  Although it is a bit late in the century for the spelling variants to be used interchangeably, I think that this John WINDEATT has to be the same person as John WINGATE below.  And especially as there appear to be no WINDEATTs in the census living in Kingsbridge. 

Living in Fore St., Kingsbridge
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace Possible DOB
John WINGATE Head M 58 M Master Mason Kingsbridge-DEV 1792
Mary WINGATE Wife M 61 F Master Mason Kingsbridge-DEV 1789
Thomas WINGATE Son U 31 M Journeyman Mason Kingsbridge-DEV 1819
Henry WINGATE Son U 26 M Journeyman Mason Kingsbridge-DEV 1824
Charles WINGATE Son U 19 M Cabinet Maker Kingsbridge-DEV 1831
Mary WINGATE Daur - 29 F Dress Maker Kingsbridge-DEV 1821
Elizabeth WINGATE Daur - 15 F Employed At Home Kingsbridge-DEV 1835

John now has three sons who are masons while one is a cabinet maker.  John and Mary's eldest son, also John, is still living in Fore Street and with a growing family (see separate page) and working as a mason (probably for his father).  The other two boys are probably also working with him.  

1861 (taken 7th April) ©Crown Copyright

John and Mary's eldest son, John junior, is now living right next door to them in Fore St.  Thomas and Charles have now left home.  Thomas has married and changed his profession but Charles is still unmarried and lodging with his brother George and family in Plymouth.

Living in Fore St., Kingsbridge in a house to themselves RG9 1425/25/2

Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
John WINGATE Head M 68 M Mason Devon, Kingsbridge 1792
Mary WINGATE Wife M 72 F Mason's Wife Devon, Charleton 1788
Mary WINGATE Daugh U 39 F Dressmaker Devon Kingsbridge 1821
Henry WINGATE Son U 36 M Mason Devon Kingsbridge 1824
Elizabeth WINGATE Daugh U 24 F Dressmaker Devon, Kinsbridge 1836

 

1871 (taken 2nd April) ©Crown Copyright

John has died but Mary is still alive and has her two unmarried children still living with her.  Not sure what happened to Elizabeth.

Living in Fore St., Kingsbridge in a house with two other families (HANNAFORD and ELLIS) [RG10 2103/7/6/25]

Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Mary WINGATE Head M 82 F Mason's Widow Devon, Kingsbridge 1788
Mary WINGATE Daur U 48 F Dressmaker Devon Kingsbridge 1821
Henry WINGATE Son U 47 M Mason Devon Kingsbridge 1824

A Mary WINGATE died in the June quarter of 1871 aged 83 [Kingsbridge 5b 147].

A Henry WINGATE died aged 52 in the September quarter of 1876 [Kingsbridge 5b 137].  I think we can assume he didn't have any children.

1881 Census (taken 3rd April 1881) © Crown Copyright
 (taken 3rd April 1881)

I can't find any of them in the 1881 - I assume Mary and her son Henry died in the intervening years (see immediately above) but I don't know what happened to Mary the daughter. It's possible, I suppose, that she got married.

 


son THOMAS (?1819-1898)

We haven't found a record of his birth or baptism, although from census data it must be around 1819. Thomas was a mason in 1841 and 1851, single and living at home (see above).

1861 (taken 2nd April) ©Crown Copyright

Between 1851 and 1861, Thomas appears to have married and changed his profession.  It's likely that the 1850s saw a slump in the housing market and he had to move out of the building trade.  It's probably not a coincidence that most of the Horrabridge family of masons and builders also moved out of the building trade at this time.

Living in  Fore St., Kingsbridge  [RG9/1425 /15/24/123]
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Thomas WINGATE Head M 42 M General Grocer Devon, Kingsbridge 1819
Elizabeth WINGATE Wife F 44 F   Devon Loddiswell 1816

A Thomas WINGATE married Elizabeth COUCH in the March quarter of 1855 [Kingsbridge 5b 322].

1871 (taken 2nd April) ©Crown Copyright

Living in Madges Court, Fore St., Kingsbridge  [RG10 2103/9/11/51]
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Thomas WINGATE Head M 50 M Grocer Devon, Kingsbridge 1820
Elizabeth WINGATE Wife M 52 F   Devon Churchstow 1818

1881 (taken 3rd April) ©Crown Copyright

Elizabeth has probably died (although I can't find a suitable candidate in the index nor in the census) and poor old Thomas is now living in lodgings.  He must have given up the shop and appears to be back working as a mason (if indeed he is working).

Living in Ports Court,  Kingsbridge  [RG11 2183/9/12]
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
William Lamble Head M 49 M Blacksmith Blackawton, Devon  
Sarah Lamble Wife F 53 M   Thurlestone, Devon  
Thomas WINGATE Lodger W 61 M Mason (Mason) Devon, Kingsbridge  

1891 (taken 5th April) ©Crown Copyright

One of the penalties of having no children to look after you in your old age was that you had to go into the workhouse once you could no longer work.  In 1891 Thomas was in the local Kingsbridge Union Workhouse along with some 86 other poor or elderly people. including William LAMBLE with whom he had been lodging in 1881 and what might be William LAMBLE's unmarried daughter, Sarah Ellen aged 33.

Living in  Kingsbridge Union Workhouse, Churstow [RG11 2183/9/12]
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Others . . .              
William DAMARELL Inmate W 78 M Agricultural Labourer Devon Morley  
3 others . . .              
Thomas WINGATE Inmate W 71 M Mason (Mason) Devon, Kingsbridge 1819
William Lamble Inmate W 61 M Blacksmith Retired Blackawton, Devon  
Others . . .              

Thomas was already perhaps suffering from dementia because he was evidently confused when he and William DAMARELL were accused of manslaughter some six years later.

A Thomas WINGATE died in the June quarter of 1898 [Kingsbridge 5b 121] aged 79.


son GEORGE (?1827-?1880)

We haven't found a record of his birth or baptism, although from census data it must be around 1827.  In 1841 George was 14 and living at home (see above).  Ten years later he should have been 23 or 24.  I haven't found him in 1851 yet but it is possible he was already a tailor in Plymouth.

1861 (taken 2nd April) ©Crown Copyright

In 1861 he is married with a family of two small sons and has his brother and a colleague living with him.

Living at 10 Milton St., Plymouth  [RG9/1443 /35/65/371] in a house with one other family of three
Name Relationship Mar Sex Age Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
George WINGATE Head M M 32 Tailor Devon, Kingsbridge 1827
Elizabeth WINGATE Wife F F 30 - Cornwall, Helston 1830
Fred G C Son U M 5 Scholar Devon, Plymouth 1855
Ernest J. H. Son - M 1 - Devon, Plymouth 1860
Charles WINGATE Lodger U M 29 Carpenter Journeyman Devon, Kingsbridge 1831
Thomas MUTTON Lodger U M 20 Tailor Journeyman Devon, Milton Abbot 1840

1871 (taken 5th April) ©Crown Copyright

Not found yet.

Frederick George Carter WINGATE died in Plymouth [5b 165] in the September quarter of 1862 and a little later Ernest John Howard WINGATE also died in Plymouth [5b 167] in the same quarter.  I don't know if they had any more children until I find them in the 1871.

1881 (taken 2nd April) ©Crown Copyright

George has probably died (possibly in the September quarter of 1880, aged 52, Plymouth 5b 201) but I think I have found Elizabeth living alone in Plymouth and living off 'house rents', so presumably she owns or leases the house and is charging rent to the ROSEWEAREs and the WOTTONs who also live there.  However, the birthplaces are not exactly the same so this may not be her.

Living at 9 Penrose St., Plymouth  [RG11/2196/90/32] in a house with two other families

Name Relationship Mar Sex Age Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Elizabeth WINGATE Wife W F 51 - Cornwall, Millbrook 1830

 


son Charles (1830-?)

We haven't found a record of his birth or baptism, although from census data it must be around 1827.  In 1841 and 1851 Charles was living at home (see above) and aged 10 and 19 respectively.  In 1851 he was a cabinet maker but by 1861 and aged 29 he had become a carpenter journeyman and was lodging with his brother George in Plymouth (see above).

I haven't yet found him in 1871 but here he is in 1881, now married and with a son.

1881 (taken 3rd  April) ©Crown Copyright

Living at 66 Cambridge  St., Plymouth  [RG9/2197 /80/20] in a house with five other households (13 other people)
Name Relationship Mar Sex Age Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Charles WINGATE Head M M 48 Foreman Contractor HM Dockyard Devon, Kingsbridge 1831
Mary WINGATE Wife M F 47   Cornwood, Devon 1832
Charles E WINGATE Son   M 18 Carpenter & Joiner Plymouth, Devon 1862

 

1891 (taken 5th  April) ©Crown Copyright

Living at 11 Wyndham Street West, Plymouth  [RG12/1731 /128/52/411] in a house with two other households (12 other people)
Name Relationship Mar Sex Age Occupation Birthplace ?DOB
Charles WINGATE Head M M 57 Joiner (Employee) Devon, Kingsbridge 1832
Mary WINGATE Wife M F 57   Cornwood, Devon 1832

Not sure what has happened to his son Charles E. - couldn't find him in the census above when he should have been 28.  There is however, a Charles E. WINGATE, born in Plymouth, Devon in the 1901 census - still in Plymouth and working as a builder.  The age is given as 35 - however this could be a mistranscription of 38 I guess.

1901 (taken 5th  March) ©Crown Copyright

I have only seen the index of this census but there is a Charles T WINGATE aged 70 living in Plymouth - no occupation - but born in Kingsbridge in the index.  This could be this Charles.


 

 

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