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Henry Frederick Willey

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Henry Frederick Willey (1831- )

1831 Born in St Sidwell, Exeter, the son of James and Mary Willy

Educated at St. John's Hospital

1851 Living at 61 St Sidwells (21 and born in St Sidwells, Exeter) a Commercial Traveller in Iron. In the home of his parents James (age 59 and born in St Sidwells, Exeter) a Bootmaker and Mary and his older brothers Edwin, James and Hubert. [1]

1861 Living at 22 Bartholomew Street, Exeter (age 30 and born in Exeter), Ironmonger's Clerk. Living with wife Sarah A. and children Emma M., Annie S., and Ann Brooking (a widowed aunt to Henry, aged 65 born at Plymouth). [2]

Worked for Vickery and Son, gas engineers, of Exeter and after the death of Mr Vickery the firm of Willey and Ford was started. [3]

1871 Living at 4 Longbrook Street, Exeter (age 40 and born in St Sidwell, Exeter), a Gas Engineer in partnership with another and employing 20 men, 10 boys and 2 girls. With wife Sarah A. and children Emma M, Annie W., Arthur W., Henry A., Bessie J., Sydney S., and a servant. [4]

1881 Living at 2 Bystock Terrace, Exeter (age 50 and born in St. Sidwell, Exeter), a Gas Engineer employing 80 men and 20 boys. With wife Sara Ann and children Emma Mary (age 24), Annie Sarah (age 21), Arthur William Henry (age 19 and a Gas Engineer), Henry Alfred (age 17 and a Draper's Assistant), Bessie Jane (age 15), Sydney James Henry (age 10) and a servant. [5]

1882 Elected Sheriff

1891 Living at Thornlea, Cowley Road, Exeter (aged 60 and born at Exeter), a Gas Engineer. With wife Sarah Ann, daughter Bessie Jane and a servant. [6]

1892/93 Mayor of Exeter [7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census District 1d
  2. 1861 Census District 13
  3. Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, Saturday, March 3, 1894
  4. 1871 Census District 2
  5. 1881 Census District 3
  6. 1891 Census District 2
  7. Exeter Mayors