Birth and Baptism
James Wilson was born 1836 in Banks, near Southport, Lancashire.
He was baptised on 24th January at St Cuthbert, North Meols
Matthew Wilson age 25, Fisherman
Alice Wilson age 35
Betty Wilson age 13
Ellen Wilson age 10
William Wilson age 7
James Wilson age 5
Mary Wilson age 3
Matthew Wilson age 6 months
James not yet found.
His mother Alice and his brothers and sisters were at Marsh House, North Meols
Alice Wilson age 46, fisherman's wife, born North Meols
Betty Wilson age 22, Hand Loom Weaver, silk, born North Meols
William Wilson age 17, Hand Loom Weaver, silk, born North Meols
Mary Wilson age 12, At home, born North Meols
Matthew Wilson age 10, At home, winder of silk, born North Meols
Oliver Wilson age 8, scholar, born North Meols
Peter Wilson age 5, scholar, born North Meols
John Wilson age 1, born North Meols
was married to Elizabeth Ann (Betsey) Leadbetter
on 30th June 1853, at the church of St Peter, Fleetwood. Betsey was of the same age, also from Banks.
James is described on the marriage certificate as a sailor. His father was Matthew Wilson
, sailor and Betsey's father was Peter Leadbetter
Witnesses at the wedding were James Cowell and Sarah Wilson
Link to Leadbetter Family
James Wilson himself was baptised into the Church of England and, although I have not yet found her own baptism, Betsey's elder siblings were also baptised into the Church of Englnd.
However, James and Betsey must have been swayed by the Primitive Methodist Movement, which was stirring at that time.
Their first daughter, Mary, was "... christened at the bonded warehouse, off Mount Street, behind the Kings Arms Hotel,
then occupied by the Primitive Methodists as a meeting place..." [Quoted from a newspaper report on the occasion of Mary's diamond wedding anniversary in 1929 (Fleetwood Chronicle)]
Perhaps James and Betsey had second thoughts because their third daughter, Elizabeth Ann was baptised in 1859 into the Church of England at St Peter, Fleetwood.
3 West Street, Fleetwood
James Wilson age 25, fisherman, born Southport
Betty Wilson age 24, born Southport
Mary Wilson age 7 born Fleetwood
Alice Wilson age 4, born Fleetwood
Ann J. age 1, born Fleetwood
38 Upper Dock Street, Fleetwood
James Wilson age 35 Fisherman, born Banks
Elizabeth Wilson age 35 born Banks
Alice Wilson age 14, born Banks
Ann Wilson age 11, born Fleetwood
Peter Wilson age 9, born Fleetwood
Jane Wilson age 8, born Fleetwood
Martha Wilson age 4, born Fleetwood
James Wilson age 1, born Fleetwood
I cannot find James and Betsey in 1881.
Link to Whiteside Family
Jane, Martha and Rachel were staying with their sister, Alice and husband Robert Whiteside and family at 55 Preston Street.
52 Upper Preston Street, Fleetwood
James Wilson age 56, Fisherman, born Banks
Elizabeth Wilson age 56, born Banks
Matthew L. Wilson age 14, Fisher boy, born Fleetwood
Henry L. Wilson age 12, born Fleetwood
Bessie Wilson, granddaughter, age 3, born Fleetwood
James Wilson age 21, Fisherman, born Fleetwood
Annie Wilson (wife of 'young' James) age 19, born Askham?
52 Preston Street, Fleetwood
James Wilson age 67, Prawn Fisherman (employer) born Banks
Elizabeth Wilson age 67, born Banks
Bessie Wilson age 10, Granddaughter, born Fleetwood
John Peter Olsson, age 46, Son in Law, Shipping Clerk (chemicals) born Sweden
Elizabeth Ann Olsson Daughter (of James) age 41 born Fleetwood
James and Elizabeth at the home of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, at "Landskrona", Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood.
John Peter Olsson, age 56, Shipping Clerk for chemical manufacturers, born Sweden, Naturalised British Subject
Elizabeth Ann, age 51, married 30 years with no children, born Fleetwood
James Wilson, (Elizabeth's father) age 75, Retired Fisherman, Born Banks,
Elizabeth Wilson, age 74, Married 57 years, with 13 children from that marriage, 10 of whom still alive, born Banks
Alice Whiteside, Elizabeth Ann's sister, age 54, married 37 years, with 5 children from her marriage, all still alive, born Fleetwood
James Wilson died aged 78 in April 1914 and is buried in Fleetwood cemetery.