This page is for Peter Bent who is researching the following:
William Cumpston and Hannah Wones married on the 8th of November 1853 at St. Martin's Church, The Bullring, Birmingham. Hannah Wones was the first born child of John Wones (born Minsterley, Shropshire 1804 and Nancy Wones - formerly Naylor - married at St.Peter's Church, Wolverhampton in 1832)
William Cumpston & wife Hannah of Sedgley, South Staffordshire are shown on the Staffordshire page.
Peter feels that this "Hannah" was formerly Hannah Wones, elder sister of his great grandfather Edward Wones. Hannah was the mother of Archibald Compston the golfer
Peter says 'It is surprising that they married such a distance away from their home territory - William's home presumably was in the Sedgley area as was Hannah's - she was born just down the road in Woodsetton - as were almost all the children of John & Nancy Wones. Now Hannah's father, "John Wones" (born Minsterley) was the son of Edward Wones (born around 1760 - we think!) - the man who married Elizabeth Cumpston at Shelve, nr Minsterley, Shropshire on the 14th July 1784.
The Wones and the Cumpston's of Shropshire/South Staffordshire were closely tied together by marriage (Edward Wones & Elizabeth Cumpston, Shelve 1784 and William Cumpston and Hannah Wones, St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham 1853)
I have a feeling that there might have been a slight antipathy to the marriage of William Cumpston & Hannah Wones from both families - despite their closeness - goodness knows why and hence they got hitched well away from their home area. I do not know of any connection that Hannah Wones might have had with central Birmingham - and unfortunately no one is around to tell me now!
John & Nancy Wones' grave is in a small graveyard belonging to a Baptist chapel close to Woodsetton (very near Sedgley, South Staffordshire) and right next to it is the grave of Richard Compston (died 28th July 1885 - aged 38 years)- the year being a little unclear and also of his wife Sarah Compston (died April - 1883/7 - a little unclear & the date in April has worn away - aged 64 years.) Also buried in the same grave is Mary Cumpston (died December 13th 1870, aged 13/15 years - unfortunately her age at death no longer being very clear).'
In the same graveyard there is also the grave of Mary Lloyd Jevon, who died in her 20's who was Peter's grandmother Eliza Wones, mother.
So three important threads of his family are all buried in this very small graveyard belonging to a Baptist Chapel - very close to both Sedgley and Woodsetton.
Edward Wones (born 1760 was blown up not far away in 1820) was buried in Sedgley at All Saints Church Cemetery, but we do not yet know where his wife Elizabeth (nee Cumpston) was buried. Peter says he does not know whether she died in the Minsterley/Westbury area of Shropshire. She was one of his great, great, great grandmothers and grandmother of his great grandfather Edward Wones.
Was it likely that the Benjamin Cumpston/Compston - lead miner of Shrewsbury, was Elizabeth [Wones] Cumpston's brother.
Anne Cumpston, who was mentioned as the "only child of the parish" of Shelve, together with a Martha Cumpston.
NORTH YORKSHIRE CONNECTIONS
The WONES keep cropping up In Horsehouse Parish registers
Thomas Robinson and Mary WONES were married in Coverham Church in 1814, these are the same persons who were married in Horsehouse in 1825. The cause of these persons being married twice is that at the time of his marriage in Coverham Church Thomas Robinson had a wife living, such wife being at that time married to another person, namely Francis Beck.
Elizabeth Robinson widow married Francis Beck 7 September 1808, in Bradford, both of the parish of Bradford by Banns, witness John Barker, John Bland.
Elizabeth Beck was buried in Bradford. 21st January 1816 aged 56 yrs. This is the reason why they were re-married in Horsehouse church signed George C Tomlinson, vicar of Coverham and Horsehouse
A Simon Wones was a witness at the marriage of Tristram Walker and Elizabeth Mason at Coverham 8th October 1789
15th March 1789 Baptism of Jenny d.o. Timothy and Eleanor Wones no place of abode given.
Burial 10th July 1859 Isabella Wawnes 71 yrs of West Scrafton.
Mary Wones born c1756 in Swaledale, possibly at Muker
Simon Wones (farmer/ schoolmaster) in the North Yorkshire area - maybe Swaledale, who emigrated to America
FROM THE IGI
Jenny Wones Christening: 15 MAR 1789 Coverham, Yorks,
MARY WONES Marriage: 13 SEP 1825 Horsehouse, Yorks,
MARY WONES Marriage: 18 APR 1814 Coverham With Horsehouse, Yorkshire,
MARY WONES OR ROBINSON Marriage: 13 SEP 1825 Coverham With Horsehouse, Yorkshire,
MY WONES Gender: Female Marriage: 31 MAR 1777 Muker, Yorkshire,
Simon Wones Marriage: 1791 Middlesmoor, Yorkshire,
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND HANNAH COMPSTON
They had 13 children only seven survived to adulthood
Mary Elizabeth COMPSTON
Births Mar 1869 Dudley 6c 97
(married George Marsh - successful butcher in Sedgley, nr Dudley) Marriages Jun Q 1899
Dudley 6c 196 Marsh George Church
see his details in 1911 and his son Edward Leonard COMPSTON
HAZEL CUMPSTON IS ANOTHER RESEARCHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THIS LINE
In her tree there are the following:
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM AND HANNAH
1856 Cumpston John born
1859 Cumpston Joseph birth
1863 Cumpston Samuel birth
1867 Cumpston Edward birth
1870 Cumpston Mary birth
1873 Cumpston Frank birth
1876 Cumpston Alice birth 1876
PLEASE REMEMBER THE DIFFERENT SPELLINGS OF THE NAME CUMPSTON.
SEE MY PAPER ON THE VARIANTS OF THE NAME HERE
Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Sep 1837 COMPSTON Mary Dudley 18 216
Deaths Sep 1838 Compston Joseph Dudley 18 194
Deaths Mar 1864 Compston Thomas William Dudley 6c 65
Deaths Sep 1865 Compston Richard Dudley 6C 38
Deaths Dec 1868 Compston William Henry 0 Dudley 6c 37 b. 1868
Deaths Mar 1873 Compston Sarah 17 Dudley 6c 65 b.1856
Deaths Jun 1873 Compston Alice 0 Dudley 6c 53 b. 1873
Deaths Dec 1877 COMPSTON Sophia 67 Dudley 6c 59 b. 1810
Deaths Mar 1878 Compston Annie 1 Dudley 6c 58 b. 1877
Compston John 72 Dudley 6c 47 b. 1806
Deaths Jun 1883 Compston Sarah 64 Dudley 6c 33 b. 1821
Deaths Jun 1884 Compston John 24 Dudley 6c 43 b. 1860
Compston John 24 Dudley 6c 48 b. 1860
Deaths Dec 1890 Compston Joseph Wones 0 Dudley 6c 41 b. 1890
Deaths Sep 1896 Compston Sarah Alice 5 Dudley 6c 38 b. 1891
Deaths Dec 1900 Compston Samuel 39 Dudley 6c 49 b. 1861
Deaths Mar 1912 Compston William 80 Dudley 6c 97 b. 1832
Deaths Dec 1912 Compston Hannah 79 Dudley 6c 72 b. 1831
Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages Mar 1840 COMPSTON Mary Dudley 18 313
Marriages Dec 1862 Compston John Dudley 6c 146
Marriages Dec 1873 Compston Ann Dudley 6c 275
Marriages Jun 1882 COMPSTON John Dudley 6c 126
Marriages Sep 1885 COMPSTON Edward Wones Dudley 6c 85
Marriages Jun 1890 Compston Samuel Dudley 6c 208
Marriages Jun 1899 Compston Mary Elizabeth Dudley 6c 196
Marriages Jun 1909 COMPSTON Joseph Naylor Dudley 6c 110
Marriages Mar 1912 Compston Hannah W Osborne Dudley 6c 92
Marriages Dec 1912 Compston Elizabeth H Rudge Dudley 6c 195
STAFFORDSHIRE SENTINEL 5 MARCH 1915
SOLDIERS' WIVES AND THE RATES KIDSGROVE DISTRICT COUNCIL
The Rate Collector Mr Compston reported difficulty in collecting the rates from soldiers' wives. He said there were 94 soldiers's wives who were householders. Fourteen had paid the rates in full and five had paid in part. The amount outstanding in respect of soldiers' rates was approximately £25. of the 94 soldiers' wives he had ascertained that there were six with no children, fifteen with one child, twenty eight with two children, twenty five with three children, eight with four, five with five, three with six and four with seven. He had visited most of them, and in many cases they absolutely refused to pay the rate. Some said they could not pay, while others said they could not be made to pay.
The clerk said that if these people were excused wholesale, there might be difficulty with the auditor, who was extremely strict. He would certainly surcharge the members of the Council. The Local Government Board had issued no fresh instructions for guidance in this matter, and the rule was that each case must be dealt with on its merits, the only ground for excusing the rates being poverty.
It was resolved to hold a special meeting of the Council on Monday evening next to consider each case on its merits.
CAN ANYONE IDENTIFY THIS MR COMPSTON? PLEASE LET ME KNOW
Mortgage DX59/8 21 July 1846
These documents are held at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies
1. Daniel Hughes the younger of Sedgley, brickmaker
2. John Cumpston of Cinderhill in the same parish, miner.
Plot of land in the parish of Sedgley in front of the public cartway leading to the Coppice Chapel with three messuages built there.
To secure £120
CAN YOU IDENTIFY JOHN?
SEE ALSO PAGE 2. Peter Bent has done an enormous amount of work on this tree and I feel it is important to give voice to his thoughts and findings on his WONES / CUMPSTON relatives.