William James TILBURY, Shoeing Smith

Blacksmiths & Chairmakers
from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK

Extracts from Parish Registers courtesy of RobynC from AU ('Tilbury Magazine'); and the generosity of JimB
My thanks to all who have contributed to this page


William Tilbury, Ironmonger & Blacksmith
Frederick Tilbury, Master Chairmaker
1792 - 1901
Father, William TILBURY, Blacksmith
Mother, Mary
Frederick Herbert TILBURY Chr. 13 April 1817 High Wycombe (Minister: Mr. ANDREWS of Reading)
Margaret TILBURY Chr. 29 October 1820 High Wycombe (Minister: Thomas BOYS)
William James TILBURY Chr. 10 June 1827 High Wycombe (Minister: Johnathan Charles WILLIAMS)
From Robson's 1839 Directory, Buckinghamshire: TILBURY J., Smith; New Land, High Wycombe
From the 1841 Census:
lvg. Crown Lane Ann TILBURY age 20
Sarah TILBURY age 10
lvg. Crown Lane William TILBURY age 48 - Blacksmith
Mary TILBURY age 51
James TILBURY age 14
From the 1851 Census:
lvg. Crown Lane,
High Wycombe (Pt.2)
William TILBURY, Head, age 58, b. Wycombe - Ironmonger/Blacksmith
Mary TILBURY, Wife, age 60, b. Wycombe
William TILBURY, Son (U), age 24, b. Wycombe - Blackmith's son
Sarah J. TILBURY, Grandaughter, age 9, b. West Wycombe - Scholar
Ellen TILBURY, Grandaughter, age 6 b. West Wycombe - Scholar
lvg. West Wycombe (Pt.4) Fredrick H. TILBURY, Head, Widower, age 34, b. High Wycombe - Master Chairmaker
William F. TILBURY, Son, age 8, b.West Wycombe
Georgiana E. TILBURY, Daughter, age 20m, b.West Wycombe
Hypothetical Tree
1. William TILBURY b. c.1792 Wycombe (1851: Ironmonger/Blacksmith)
__m. Mary [--] b. c.1790 Wycombe< />

____2. Frederick Herbert TILBURY b. c.1816, Chr. 13 April 1817 High Wycombe
______(1851: Widower age 34; Master Chairmaker)
______m. Ellen BRIDGEWATER/FOX 4 August 1840 West Wycombe (see below)
______burial: 11 January 1851 West Wycombe
______(See Links page 'Tilbury m. Bridgewater; Carter' for Ellen's family)
________3. Sarah Jane TILBURY Chr. 31 May 1841 West Wycombe
__________burial 23 March 1864 West Wycombe
__________(1851: lvg. with grandparents; birthplace given as West Wycombe)
________3. William Frederick TILBURY Chr. 20 November 1842 West Wycombe
__________(1851: lvg. with father, age 8 b. W. Wycombe, Lt. Missenden) (1881/1901: NK)
________3. Mary Ellen TILBURY Chr. 19 January 1845 West Wycombe
__________(1851: 'Ellen' lvg. with grandparents; birthplace given as W. Wycombe, Lt. Missenden; Scholar)
__________m. John CARTER 25 February 1869 West Wycombe
________3. Arthur Bridgwater TILBURY b. 13 September 1847 Chr. 16 January 1848 W. Wycombe
__________(1901: Commercial Traveller)
__________m. Susanna HAKES 3Q 1868 Wycombe (3a/630-BKM), b. c.1846 Marylebone, Middlesex
__________1901: lvg. Tottenham Middlesex
____________4. [--]
____________4. George TILBURY b. c.1884 Stamfordhill, Middlesex (1901: Commercial Clerk)
____________4. Susy TILBURY b. c.1886 Stamfordhill, Middlesex (1901: Apprentice Dressmaker)
____________4. Herbert TILBURY b. c.1889 Stamfordhill, Middlesex

________3. Georgiana*° Elizabeth TILBURY b. 6 July 1849 Chr. 21 Oct 1849 West Wycombe
__________(1851: lvg. with father, age 20 mths b. W. Wycombe; 1901: b. High Wycombe)
__________m. Charles*° E. SKULL 3Q 1872 London City (1c/70-LND), b. c.1850 (High) Wycombe
__________(1881: Chair Manufacturer Employing 50 Hands; 1901: Chair Manufacturer)
__________Read the SKULL chair-making history, including photo of Georgiana (link below)
__________"In 1872 Walter Skull purchased a chair factory in High Wycombe
__________from a Mr John Tilbury"
__________1881: *lvg. 26 Newland St, Wycombe
__________(at 22 Newland St: Sarah Hannah & family, widow of James son of
__________William TILBURY & Ann JORDAN, see 'Blacksmiths & Chairmakers III')

____________4. Walter* C. SKULL b. c.1872 Wycombe, d. age 13
__________1901: °lvg. High Wycombe
____________4. Frederic*° SKULL b. c.1873 (High) Wycombe (1901: Chair Manufacturer)
____________4. Edith* Nellie SKULL b. c.1876 Wycombe
______________m. 3Q 1900 Wycombe (3a/1453) [[?William WARD?]]
____________4. Percy*° Car. SKULL b. c.1877 (High) Wycombe (1901: Chair Manufacturer)
____________4. Charles Arthur° SKULL b. 1880 High Wycombe, d. age 10 mths
__________1881: Mary* SAUNDERS b. c.1865 Stokenchurch, Oxford Domestic Servant
____________4. Charles Arthur° SKULL b. c.1881 High Wycombe (1901: Furniture Salesman)
____________4. Mabel° SKULL b. c.1882 High Wycombe (1901: No Occupation)
____________4. Arthur SKULL b. 1885, d. 1886 age 13 mths
____________4. Maud° SKULL b. c.1887 High Wycombe (1901: At School)
____________4. Dorothy° SKULL b. c.1889 High Wycombe (1901: At School)

____2. Margaret TILBURY Chr. 29 October 1820 High Wycombe
______m. Thomas THOMPSON 23 March 1841 Wycombe (Clothier)
______(Margaret, minor, lvg. Paul's Row, High Wycombe)
______Witnesses: William, William, Frederick Herbert & Ellen TILBURY
______1881: lvg. 161 High St (Corn Chandlers Shop), Deptford St Paul, Kent
______Thos. THOMPSON, Head age 61 b. High Wickham, Buckingham (Cornchandler)
______Margaret THOMPSON, Wife age 60 b. High Wickham, Buckingham
________Lily Alice THOMPSON, Daur (U) age 26 b. Lambeth, Surrey
________Margaret B. THOMPSON, Daur (U) age 19 b. Greenwich, Kent

____2. William˛ James TILBURY b. c.1826, Chr. 10 June 1827 (High) Wycombe
______(1841: James, age 14) (1851: William age 24, Blacksmith's Son) (1881: General Smith)
______1881: ˛lvg. 11 Easton St, Wycombe
______m. Caroline˛ PHILLIPS 3Q 1871 Wycombe (3a/687), b. c.1837 Wycombe
________(A Caroline PHILLIPS Chr. 9 October 1836 Chepping Wycombe, Buckingham
________was the daughter of Sarah TILBURY & Thomas PHILLIPS;
________this Sarah was probably the daughter of William TILBURY, blacksmith, & Ann JORDAN)

________3. Florence˛ C. TILBURY b. c.1872 Wycombe
________3. Laura˛ M. TILBURY b. c.1874 Wycombe
______Kate WOOD˛ Serv (U) b. c.1857 Speen (1881: Gen Serv)

______1901: lvg. High Wycombe (Pg.20573464-IDs.28852149-51)
______William TILBURY age 74 (Retired Shoeing Smith)
__________Florence TILBURY age 28 (unmarried)
__________Laura TILBURY age 26 (unmarried)


Christened Ellen BRIDGEWATER; father: William BRIDGEWATER, whose Will mentions:
"..my deceased daughter Ellen who was the wife of Frederick Herbert TILBURY..."

Referred to as Ellen Bridgewater FOX only in records of Church & Civil marriage.
West Wycombe parish registers of marriage: signed as Ellen FOX, (apparently an X after her signature therefore unable to read or write).
Other possible explanations:
1) a previous marriage to FOX (but Ellen married as "spinster");
2) her father (William BRIDGEWATER) may have been the illegitimate son of William BRIDGEWATER and Elizabeth FOX; however in Census and early records he appears as William BRIDGEWATER.
The above details concerning Ellen by courtesy of JimC - my thanks. ('Tilbury m. Bridgewater; Carter', Links page)

NB: In the High Wycombe parish register of marriages, as transcribed by RobinC of AU (see 'The Tilbury Magazine' website), Frederick TILBURY m. Ellen FOX, father: William Bridgewater FOX - were the church authorities insisting on exactitude according to their record rather than any civil register?

An Illustrated History of the Skull Family

Chairmaking in High Wycombe, illustrated by many photos
including a photo of Georgiana Elizabeth with her Skull husband
The rise and fall of the fortunes of chairmaking in High Wycombe

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