Cumpston Research



'There don't appear to be many "older" houses there. Bath Street. Sedgley is within walking distance of where Edward (1760) died and I feel 95% certain that I have managed to identify the remains of the limestone quarry where the tragedy happened - mid way between Sedgley (& Bath St) and a little place called Woodsetton, where many of the Wones family were born - including many of my Wones ancestors'.

'I have also taken photos of Shelve church and the surrounding area where the local Wones & Cumpston families lived ----
[Peter] in the late 1700's and the early 1800's, before the Wones moved to the Sedgley, South Staffs area sometime in the early 1800's.

Also coming shortly are photos of the Wones, Jevon & Cumpston graves at the Baptist chapel near Woodsetton) - right opposite where I believe one of the local Cumpstons bought a plot of land, close to a cart track leading to Coppice road'.

NOTE to readers: I am currently scanning the photos sent be Peter to upload to this page. Glenys 2010

A great story from Peter Bent:

Apparently my gt. grandfather Edward Wones was about to be caned by a schoolmarm for some (probably minor) misdemeanour, to which he took great exception. So he grabbed the cane from said lady's hand, whacked her with it and ran off. He was missing for some days until by chance a member of the family (I think from the Cumpston side and from Ettingshall) was travelling by coach or maybe waggon in the Wem (Shropshire) area - miles away from Woodsetton, where Edward would have been living at that time and spotted this little figure working in a field - picking potatoes and recognised it as "little Eddy". The news was doubtless passed back speedily and history does not relate how he fared. It does however give an early illustration of the sheer determination of the young lad who later became well known and well thought of in the Black Country area and certainly quite an influential member of the local community. I've often wondered if a kind member of the Cumpston family might have helped "Eddy" escape the wrath of the schoolmarm for a short while, until things quitened down somewhat.

1851 Census Extracts for Sedgley Folios 51 to 72
record a street called
Cumpston Row.

Kelly's 1896 Trade Directory for the Coseley District

Edward Wones


Cumpston William, farmer & beer retailer, Cinder hill

The full transcription can be seen at

Kelly's 1912 Trade Directory for Sedgley
Beer Retailer Bath Street

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