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The Wickendens from Taunton

Updated March 1, 2007

Gordon Oswald Wickenden
33 Prime Place
Carleton Place, Ont. K7c v46

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We are of the Wickendens who left Cowden to become prosperous merchants and manufacturers and restauranteurs. Our first record of them is as Mercers, butchers and owners of a large brick factory in Lymington, Hampshire in the late 1600s. They became prosperous and thrived. After a family upheaval they left for Taunton, Somerset in the early 1830s to start again, this time as cooks, confectioners and restauranteurs. They again proved their entrepreneurial spirit and had very successful businesses in Taunton, Wells, Weston Super-Mare and Celevedon. Some of the family moved to London, some left for Australia, some for the USA, and, our particular ancestor (William Henry), left in 1891 from Wells for Canada. Most of his children eventually continued to the USA, however, the largest number of his descendents are in Canada residing mostly in Ontario still.

We are still trying to trace all the descendents of William Henry (1850-1926) and Elizabeth (1855-1932). Any information will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Gord Wickenden. In particular we are looking for the descendents of Beatrice, Cecelia, Edith and Louise.

Special thanks to Shelby Bale who did the first research on our branch and to whom we owe a great deal. Thanks also to Bob Pendleton and Brenda Marns and all on the Wickenden List at Roots Web.

Family Photos

  • Wickenden family circa 1910 (101 KB)
    William Albert, Sarah and three girls, Adeline, Helen and Winnie.
  • Wickendens Confectionery Taunton (42 KB)
    Photo of Benjamin Burt's Confectionery in Taunton before 1880. He is the bearded man with his staff
  • William's first crew (29 KB)
    A photo of William and his first crew aboard the Algoma Eastern Railroad (circa 1906). They ran the fiirst train over to Manitoulin Island in 1913 and ran regularly between Little Curent, Sudbury and North Bay.
  • Tone House Taunton (31 KB)
    Photo of Tone House, home of Frederick Benjamin Wickenden from 1860-1927. Today it is the site of Somerset Museum Taunton.
  • Oswald Wickenden 1945 . (50 KB)
    Oswald served as a wireless operator in a Halifax bomber in 420 Snowy Owl Squadon stationed in Thalthorpe
  • Wickenden wedding 1909 (132 KB)
    Wedding photo of Frederick John of Taunton and Annie Bell of Clevedon in front of Regent House Clevedon. This wedding united the two families.
  • Arriving in Canada (20 KB)
    The Wickendens arrived in Montreal in 1891 on The SS. Sardinian,.This shows the ship arriving sometime in 1891 at Quebec.
  • Frederick John, Annie Bell and daughter Marion (65 KB)
    Family photo of Frederick John, Annie Bell and daughter Marion.
  • The Taunton Wickendens (64 KB)
    Frederick Benjamin and his second wife Emma Slocumbe with their two sons Harold John (left) and Robert Membry. Frederick owned Wickenden's confectionery and restaurant in Taunton. After his death Tone House was sold at a favourable rate to be the site of Somerset Museum.
  • The Sudbury Canada Wickenden Family (45 KB)
    William Albert (1881-1917) and his family as it appeared around 1929. Left to right: (Back) Helen, William, Sarah(Mrs), Adeline, (front..Oswald, Winnifred, George). William was an railroad engineer and was killed in an accident in 1917.
  • William Henry and son George circa 1914 (20 KB)
    William Henry Wickenden poses with his youngest son George Newbery Wickenden during WWI. George served from 1914-1917 when he was invalided out.
  • Cutlery from Wickenden's store Clevedon (30 KB)
    This shows a family crest on a large serving spoon from the family store in Clevedon (circa 1890). The "Heron and Eel" symbol over a large "W" appeared on all the cutlery
  • Undershore House 1790s (63 KB)
    This was the family home known as Undershore House in Walhampton, Hampshire. It appears today much as it did in the 1790s

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