This unusual name is almost certainly a branch of the Warrington family, which originated in the Lancashire town of that name - the manor of Warrington was accorded by William the Conqueror to Roger de Poitou, who held all the lands from the Ribble to the Mersey from 1066. The spelling Wharington (or Wharrington) was found mainly in Durham and Yorkshire, but gradually disappeared, and today ours seems to be the only branch which maintains that form of the name.
Note: While not my direct ancestors, these Wharingtons are cousins who descend from my Goodwin family, and have been placed on this separate page for clarity.
Matthew Wharington was christened at St Peter's Church, Leeds on 20 August 1813, and was the son of Matthew Wharington and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. (An older brother William was christened there in 1808, but does not appear on English census returns.) By 1837, Matthew had migrated to Shropshire, and become a weaver in Bridgnorth, where he married Anna Maria Goodwin at St Leonard's Church on 25 January 1837. Anna Maria, daughter of Edward Goodwin and Mary Hancox, was born in Bridgnorth, and christened in nearby Quatt Malvern on 3 March 1819.
Matthew and Anna Maria had twelve children:
Mary Ann Wharington
Matthew Henry Wharington
m. Sarah Moreton, 1860
m. Alfred Owens, 1865
(died aged 4)
(died aged 11)
m. George Rothan, 1870
m. John Tatem Cowderoy, 1876
m. Mary Anne Moran, 1879
m. Mary Ann Moreland, 1879
(died aged 8 days)
(died aged 5)
They spent the early part of their married life in Bridgnorth, where the 1841 census shows Anna Maria's widowed father Edward and her two youngest brothers living with them, but after the weaving trade fell into recession, they moved to Wolverhampton in about 1850, and Matthew became a warehouseman.
Matthew died in Wolverhampton in 1875, and Anna Maria in 1879.
William Wharington, oldest son of Matthew Wharington and Anna Maria Goodwin, was born in Bridgnorth in 1837, and learned his father's trade of carpet weaving. He moved to Wolverhampton with his family as a teenager, becoming first a blacksmith and later a press tool setter, following the demise of cottage industries such as the carpet weaving trade. He married Sarah Moreton, daughter of George and Ann Moreton, in Wolverhampton in 1860, and the couple had eight children:
William and Sarah's son George Harry Goodwin Wharington emigrated to Australia in March 1884 on board the Sorata, and William and the rest of the family followed on the Ellora in December 1886, settling in the state of Victoria.
William died in Victoria in 1901, and Sarah in 1936, at the advanced age of 97.
William's younger brother Edward (b. 1849) never married, and eventually travelled out to Australia on the Commonwealth in 1911. He died in Victoria in 1930.
Elizabeth Wharington, oldest daughter of Matthew Wharington and Anna Maria Goodwin, was christened at St Mary's Church, Bridgnorth on 8 November 1839, and moved with her famly to Wolverhampton as a child. She married Alfred Owens, a carpenter, in Wolverhampton in 1865. Alfred was born in Wolverhampton in 1844, and was the son of Thomas Owens, a timber merchant's clerk, and his wife Eliza.
Alfred and Elizabeth had eight children:
Elizabeth presumably died between 1882 and 1889, when Alfred married Maria Gardner in Wolverhampton: there is a possible death record for Elizabeth under the surname Owen in Wolverhampton in 1888, but by then Alfred had already had two illegitimate children with Maria, so their marriage may have broken down earlier.
Alfred died in Wolverhampton, and was buried in Merridale Cemetery on 10 June 1909. Maria was buried in the same cemetery on 1 February 1917.
Ann Wharington, daughter of Matthew Wharington and Anna Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1852, soon after her parents moved there from Bridgnorth. In 1886, she married John Tatem Cowderoy, son of James Cowderoy and Sarah Tatem, in Wolverhampton. John was born in Hammersmith in 1855, and he was an Inspector of Nuisances - the old name for a sanitory inspector. He would have been employed by a parish or council to inspect for breaches of law, such as bad sanitary conditions, obstruction to footpaths and roads etc. (Refuse heaps, smells and insanitary conditions of all kinds were known as "nuisances".)
John and Ann lived in Wolverhampton during the early years of their marriage, before moving to Kidderminster in about 1885. The couple had seven children:
Henry James Cowderoy
John Edward Cowderoy
Emma Jane Cowderoy
Ernest George Cowderoy
m. William Foggs Baillie, 1903
m. Mary Preece Baylis, 1905
m. Ethel Johnson, 1914
m. Harry Ewart Partridge, 1913
Ann died in Kidderminster in 1926.
Matthew Henry Wharington, son of Matthew Wharington and Anna Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton on 21 January 1854, and moved to Manchester, where he married Mary Anne Moran at Christ Church, Bradford on 9 March 1879. Soon afterwards they moved to London, and later to Bristol, where six of their eleven children were born. Matthew was a coffee mill maker.
Alice Ann Wharington
Matthew Henry Wharington
Bartholomew James Wharington
Florence Jane Wharington
m. George Castle, 1904
m. William Charles Davis, 1903
m. Adelaide L Cole, 1929
m. Abraham Mercer, 1919
Mary Anne died in Wolverhampton in 1898, and Matthew Henry in Manchester in 1928.
George Wharington, son of Matthew Wharington and Anna Maria Goodwin, was born in Wolverhampton in 1857, and married Mary Anne Moreland there in 1879. Mary Anne was christened in St Mary's Church, Wolverhampton on 18 January 1857, and was the daughter of Scottish tailor John Moreland and his wife Harriet Wall. The couple had four children, all born in Wolverhampton:
George Edward Wharington
Joseph Henry Wharington
(died aged 6)
(died aged 5 months)
George died in Wolverhampton in 1887 at the early age of 30, and the 1891 census shows the two surviving children living with their mother, who is described as a tailoress.
A Mrs Wharington aged 45 and a Miss Wharington aged 29 travelled to Australia on the Monowai in May 1903: they were possibly Mary Anne and Annie, although Annie's age is not an exact match.
Alfred Moreton Wharington, oldest son of William Wharington and Sarah Moreton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1861, and in 1881 was an assistant school master. He emigrated to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1886, and settled near Melbourne. In 1899, he married Margaret Francis, daughter of William Francis and Annie Goulstone, and the couple had one daughter:
Marjorie Francis Wharington
Alfred died in Bentleigh in 1921, and Margaret in Malvern in 1963.
George Harry Goodwin Wharington, son of William Wharington and Sarah Moreton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1863, and worked in the japanning trade. (Japanning was a term used to describe the European imitation of Asian lacquerwork, originally used on furniture.) He emigrated to Australia in 1884, followed a couple of years later by his parents and siblings. They all settled in the Melbourne area, where George founded the Wharington Wolverhampton Japanning Works in 1889.
George married Elizabeth Emily Cooper, daughter of Henry Russell Cooper and Lucy Simpson in 1895, and the couple had four sons:
1. William Russell Wharington
2. George Alfred Wharington
3. Russell William Wharington
4. John Goodwin Wharington
m. Marie Isabel Jewell, 1933
m. Bertha Dorothy Jean Lewis, 1926
m. Estelle Hunter Ash, 1935
George died in Carlton in 1919, and Elizabeth in Caulfield in 1942.
William Albert Wharington, son of William Wharington and Sarah Moreton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1873, and emigrated to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1886. He made at least one trip back to England before marrying Annie Davies, daughter of John Davies and Maria Helen Smith in Victoria in 1900. The couple had four children:
1. William Harold Wharington
2. Clarice Dorothy Wharington
3. Constance Mary Wharington
4. Frank Norman Wharington
m. Beryl Goss Miller, 1937
William died in Werribee in 1935, and Annie in Caulfield in 1940.
Frederick Matthew Wharington, son of William Wharington and Sarah Moreton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1877, and emigrated to Australia with his parents and siblings in 1886. He married Lucy Ann Tatnall, daughter of Henry Tatnall and Jane Ann Orton in Victoria in 1901, and the couple had one son:
Philip Tatnall Wharington
m. Vera Xaphira Thomas, 1934
Lucy died in Malvern in 1935, and Frederick married Edith Marian Creaton in 1941. Frederick died in Heidelberg in 1964 at the age of 87.
Alice Mary Wharington, youngest child of William Wharington and Sarah Moreton, was born in Wolverhampton in 1880, and emigrated to Australia with her family as a young child. In 1907, she married Walter Percy Murphy, who was born in Inglewood in 1877.
Elizabeth Ellen Owens, daughter of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1865, and married iron moulder William Henry Pickering there in 1895. William was born in Wolverhampton in 1861, and was the son of another iron moulder, Benjamin Pickering, and his wife Mary Jane Instone.
Alfred and Elizabeth had just one child:
m. Edward J Watson, 1924
Sarah Ann Owens, daughter of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1866, and married Henry Lloyd there in 1893. Henry was a railway signal fitter, born in Heath in 1869. The couple had three children:
1. Sarah Owens Lloyd
2. William Lloyd
3. Sidney Lloyd
Alfred Charles Owens, son of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1870, and married Mary Smith there in 1894. Alfred was a brass dresser, and the couple had two children:
1. Amy Lilian Owens
2. Alfred William Owens
m. Fellows Cuthbert Holland, 1929
William Henry Owens, son of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was christened in St James' Church, Wolverhampton on 2 September 1872. He was a carpenter's labourer, and married Emma Davies in Walsall in 1900. The couple had one child:
Ethel Grace Owens
m. Leslie Tallis, 1937
Albert Edward Owens, son of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1874, and married Alice Gaudern there in 1903. They had five children, all born in Wolverhampton:
1. Ida May Owens
2. Alice Owens
3. George Edward Owens
4. Ethel Owens
5. Minnie Owens
m. Arthur William Goodman, 1928
m. George Boswell, 1934
m. Miriam Reece, 1931
m. Joshua George Lees, 1946
m. Frederick George Spruce, 1940
Lilian Beatrice Owens, daughter of Alfred Owens and Elizabeth Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1882, and married Albert Fones there in 1908. Albert, a motor painter, was born in Wolverhampton in 1881, and was the son of brass founder John Fones and his wife Emma Forrester. Albert and Lilian had two children:
1. Lilian Fones
2. Albert Fones
m. Matthew Turner, 1937
Annie Cowderoy, oldest daughter of John Tatem Cowderoy and Ann Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1877, and married William Foggs Baillie, a librarian in Kidderminster in 1903. William was born in about 1876 in St Cuthberts, Midlothian, and was the son of William Finley Baillie, an ironmonger, and his wife Margaret. William and Annie had two daughters, both born in Kidderminster:
1. Violet Annie Baillie
2. Mary Baillie
m. Albert L Reynolds, 1930
Henry James Cowderoy, son of John Tatem Cowderoy and Ann Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1880, and married Mary Preece Baylis in Martley in 1903. Mary was born in Stourport in 1877, and was the daughter of John Baylis, a licensed victualler, and his wife Mary Preece. Henry and Mary had one son:
John Baylis Cowderoy
m. Daphne J Ducat, 1943
John Edward Cowderoy, son of John Tatem Cowderoy and Ann Wharington, was born in Wolverhampton in 1884, and married Ethel Johnson in Worcester in 1914. They had one child:
Roma Ellen Cowderoy
m. Cyril A Roberts, 1936
Edith Cowderoy, daughter of John Tatem Cowderoy and Ann Wharington, was born in Kidderminster in 1889, and married Harry Ewart Partridge there in 1913. Harry was born in Kidderminster in 1886, and was the son of Samuel Southall Partridge, a joiner, and his wife Phoebe Ann Bell. Harry and Edith had two children:
1. Robert Southall Partridge
2. Harry Partridge
Alice Ann Wharington, oldest child of Matthew Henry Wharington and Mary Anne Moran, was born in Manchester in 1879. As a child, she moved with her family first to London, and then to Bristol. She married George Castle in Portsmouth in 1904, and had one daughter:
m. Hilary L Primmer, 1930
Elizabeth Wharington, daughter of Matthew Henry Wharington and Mary Anne Moran, was born in Amwell, Middlesex on 26 June 1884, and moved with her family to Bristol as a small child. She married William Charles Davis there on 13 April 1903. William was born in Bishopsford, Bristol in 1882, and was the son of William Davis and Sarah ELizabeth Oldfield. William and Elizabeth had seven children, all born in Bristol:
1. William Henry Davis
2. Ellen Florence Davis
3. Florence Jane Davis
4. Hilda May Davis
5. Lily Davis
6. Doris Irene Davis
7. Francis James Davis
m. Maud Lilian Jones, 1926
m. Austin Matthew Merchant, 1948
m. Leonard Charles Woodland, 1928
m. Bernard Joseph Newport, 1935
m. Thomas James O'Shea, 1940
m. Betty Johns, 1945
William Wharington, son of Matthew Henry Wharington and Mary Anne Moran, was born in Bristol in 1892, and married Adelaide L Cole in Llanelly, Camarthenshire in 1929. They had one daughter:
Florence Jane Wharington, youngest daughter of Matthew Henry Wharington and Mary Anne Moran, was born in Bristol in 1894, and married Abraham Mercer in Portsmouth in 1919. They had four children:
1. Cornelius Abraham George Mercer
2. Sidney Mercer
3. Joan Mercer
4. Raymond Mercer
m. Noreen M Andrews, 1956
m. Gordon J Musson, 1942
Plymouth Naval Memorial, The Hoe
Cornelius Abraham George Mercer was a submarine telegraphist in WW2, and was killed in action on 25 February 1942. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, which is one of three memorials for members of the Royal Navy who gave their lives at sea and were either lost or buried at sea.