The Family of Ambrose and Caroline Wilkey of St Pancras from 1853

Ambrose Wilkey was christened at St Mary's, Bathwick, Bath on the 8 September 1823 and was butcher like his father. He moved to St Pancras, London sometime between 1855 and 1860. Whether Ambrose moved to London before his brother William or is not known.

Ambrose was living at 19 Philip Street when he married a domestic servant called Caroline Smith on the 1st May 1853, in the Parish Church of St. James, Bath. Caroline's father James was a carpenter and lived at 3 St. James Square, Bath. The witnesses were a William and Martha West.

Ambrose was 81 years old when he died in the Jun quarter of 1905. His wife Caroline predeceased him by a number of years as she does not appear in the 1901 Census and it is believed she died sometime in the 1890's. Two of Ambrose's daughters had not married, this was Mary Anne and Agnes who were living with him at the time of the 1901 Census.

William George Wilkey and his marriage to Ellen Mary Parkhouse in 1891

William George Wilkey, Ambrose and Caroline's first child was born in the September quarter of 1854, and for most of his life he was known as George Wilkey. He married Ellen Mary Parkhouse on the 14 June 1891. William was 36 years old at the time Ellen was 31. William was a French Polisher, a career had embarked upon since leaving school. At the time of the marriage both William and Ellen's address were given as 35 Evershill Street, which was in the district of St Pancras. Ellen's father was Richard Parkhouse and it is not clear on the marriage certificate what his trade was. Witnesses at the wedding were Thomas James Webber and William's younger sister Mary. It is not known whether William and Ellen went on to having children, as a record has not been found in the 1901 Census.

James Ambrose Wilkey and his marriage to Charlotte Pescott in 1881

The birth of James Ambrose Wilkey quickly followed in the March quarter of 1856 and he married Charlotte Pescott on the 20 July 1881. He was 26 years old at the time and Charlotte was 32, she was a native of Chichester. They were married in the parish of Portsea in Hampshire where she grew up. Her father was Thomas Pescott, a brewer whose place of residence was said to be 'The Hard'. Witnesses at the wedding was Elizabeth Pescott and James' elder brother William George Wilkey.

James Ambrose was a policeman all his life and was a police constable in Shoreditch at the time of the marriage. It is not known whether he rose in ranks, however, he did receive a police pension when he retired. It is interesting to note that James was described as a 'police pensioner' by the time he was 53 years old (at the time of his daughter Alice's marriage). The couple's family home was to be 46 Appleby Street, Haggerston, London.

Their first child was Alice Mary Wilkey who was born in the September quarter of 1882. She married an Edward Green, an insurance agent on the 16 September 1909. Both were 27 years old at the time. Alice was living at 25 Weymouth Terrace at the time of the marriage and Edward was living with his father, also called Edward at 3 Hassard Street in Bethnal Green. Edward Green senior was a carpenter by trade. The marriage took place at the Wesleyan Chapel (Methodist) in Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London and witnesses at the wedding were Alice's younger brother Philip George Wilkey and an L. Green.

Philip George Wilkey was James and Charlotte's second child, born in the June quarter of 1885. Philip was apprenticed to a bookbinder by the time he was 15 years old, however, by the time of his marriage to Maud Mary Moy on the 2 September 1911 he was described as a printers cutter. He lived at 30 Grove Avenue, Twickenham and was 26 years old when her married Maud, who was 25 and lived at 26, Netherhall Gardens, South Hampstead. She was the daughter of Charles Moy, a former ticket collector, who was deceased at the time of his daughter's marriage. Witnesses at the wedding were S. E. Moy and Philip's younger brother Charles William Wilkey. They married in the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Twickenham. It is not known at the present time whether children ensued from this marriage.

Harry James Wilkey was the next son to be born to James and Charlotte Wilkey. He was born in the June quarter of 1887 and so far no marriage record or descendants have been identified for this member of the family.

Charles William Wilkey was James and Charlotte's fourth child and he was born on the 18 August 1888. On the 18 May 1912 he married Jane Harrison, a 22-year-old spinster who lived at 75 Blurton Road, Lower Clapham, she is described as a button hole maker. Her father, Charles Harrison was a former wood box manufacturer but was deceased at the time of the marriage. Charles, who was a railway police constable lived at 62 Reighton Road, Upper Clapham. They were married at the Register Office in Clapham. Witnesses at the wedding were Jessie Selma Harrison, Thomas Bowman and Gertrude May Woodrow. It is not currently known whether Charles and Jane had children. Charles died in the March quarter of 1975 and the death registered in the administrative district of Watford.

Albert Edward Wilkey was James and Charlotte's fifth and last child and was born on the 29 May 1892. He married Elizabeth Eliza Potts in Hackney in the December quarter of 1915. Elizabeth, born on the 27 July 1890 was almost two years older than Albert. It is not known at the present time whether there were children from this marriage. Albert died in the September quarter of 1983 at the age of 91, whilst his wife Eliza predeceased him in the December quarter of 1969 at the age of 79.

The Births of Ambrose and Caroline's four daughters

Following the births of two sons, one after the other, Ambrose and Caroline's family growth is marked by the births of four daughters. Francis Caroline Wilkey was born in the June quarter of 1858 and very little is known about her except that the name Francis was often dropped and she was just known as Caroline, after her mother. It is possible that she married at a relatively early age as she is not recorded with the family unit in the 1881 census (when she would have been 22 years old).

Mary Anne Wilkey, born in the June quarter of 1860 remained a spinster like her younger sister Agnes and lived with their father until his death in 1905. She was a fancy shell box maker and died in the March quarter of 1925. Alice Amelia Wilkey, born next in the June quarter of 1862 also became a fancy shell box maker and is believed to have married because she is not recorded with the family unit in the 1901 Census. Agnes Wilkey was Ambrose and Caroline's sixth and last child and remained a spinster. She had a responsible job as a forewoman milk cutter by the time she was 41 years old in 1901. It is not known when she died.