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George Clark Wilkinson (b. November 17, 1804, d. August 8, 1862)George Clark Wilkinson (son of John Wilkinson and Mary Clark) was born November 17, 1804 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, and died August 8, 1862 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.He married Hannah Frank Appleyard on January 26, 1837 in Hull, Yorkshire, England, daughter of Frank Appleyard and Elizabeth ?Ingle.
Notes for George Clark Wilkinson:
Captain George Clark Wilkinson, Master Mariner, was husband of Hannah Frank Appleyard and father of Mary Elizabeth b.1841, George Clark W.,b.1844, Rachel Ann W., christened 1846, Frank Appleyard W., christened Jan. 1851 and John Thomas W., christened 22 Dec. 1852. He was Captain of the barque "Fanny".Shipping registers in the Hull Public Records Office show that he bought the ship in 1844 and in 1850 he owned 22/64 with partners Heneage Ferraby, Law Stationer and Charles Rowland Morehead, Builder owning 21/64 each.
A note left by his granddaughter Abbie to her niece Nancy Wheater says that"the barque "Fanny" was the first ship to bring tea direct from China into the port of Hull.On his last voyage he sailed the "Fanny" in 1855. He never went to sea again after his wife died which was Dec 14 (sic) 1855.The Fanny was lost soon after."Hull records show the captain sold most of his shares in 1856 and the registration of the ship was transferred to Liverpool.He died in 1862 leaving properties on Gt. Thornton St. (the family home) and on Adelaide St. on Trust to his brother William and to Thomas Rymer, Confectioner, presumably for the benefit of his minor children.His son George Clark W., Jr. died in 1867 aged 23.Mary Elizabeth married William Shepherdson in 1864 and manorial court records show that when Thomas Rymer died in 1872 William Shepherdson was appointed to succeed him as co-executor and trustee with William Wilkinson of the estate of George Clark W.In the 1881 Census, Frank A. Wilkinson, unmarried, was living at the hotel owned by his brother-in-law William Shepherdson, in Whitefriargate, Hull.
Mary Elizabeth died in 1879 aged 38.She was buried with her brother and her parents in Hull General Cemetery in the vault purchased by Captain Wilkinson in 1855.The Certificate of Purchase for the vault shows that for the sum of Fourteen Guineas Mr. George Clark Wilkinson of Lister Street, Master Mariner purchased a vault seven feet six ins long and three feet wide numbered 6106 in compartment No. 59 in the Hull General Cemetery on the twenty sixth day of December 1855.The cemetery registers are now in the Hull Public Record Office and from them we were able to discover the names and dates of the burials and details of cause of death for vault #6106/59.
Nancy Michel has family portraits of the Wilkinson family and of Hannah Frank's father Mr. Appleyard (Christian name unknown at time of writing).
Shipping Register in Hull Public Record Office states the "Fanny" was built 1822 at South Town in Suffolk; registered in Hull 18 Jan 1823; 1 deck; 3 masts; Extreme length aloft 100ft.9 1/2in; Extreme breadth 26ft.3in; Depth of hold 17ft.4in; Tons burthen 308 31/94; Kind of vessel: Square sterned ship; Flush deck. First owners were John Beadle and Gardiner Egginton merchants of the parish of Sculcoates in the County of York with investors John North and Jos. Egginton.In 1831 Joseph Smyth Egginton became owner. "George Wilkinson" is named 11 June 1844, presumed to be the date of purchase. On 5 April 1850 he entered into partnership with Ferraby and Morehead (see above) and on 7 June 1850 the ship was mortgaged by a firm of warfingers to William Laverack, Gentleman to secure 1600 pounds sterling plus interest @ 5 pounds per cent per annum, presumably to outfit her for a voyage. On 12 March 1856 George Clark Wilkinson sold all but 8/64 of his shares to others and the registration was transferred to Liverpool.
From Amy Wrightson Green family papers: a Certificate of Purchase of a lot in Hull General Cemetery by George Clark Wilkinson dated 26 Dec 1855 enabled us to find cemetery records in Hull City Record Office for plot number 6106 in compartment No. 59 for four interments. (Hannah Frank W., Capt. GCW, son GCW, Jr. and daughter Mary Elizabeth)
Family tradition referred to GCW as Captain of the Barque Fanny.Hull City Record Office supplied references and turned up the ship register and cemetery records. The Record Office has a card index with cards for individuals whose names appear in city records and there is a card with several entries for GCW.In addition to the ship ownership and manorial court (change of executor) entries mentioned in the biography there is a record in the court rolls regarding a conveyance of land from Heneage Ferraby to GCW in 1856.
GCW is listed in the Family Index of the LDS (Mormon) Church Family History Library. The Index is compiled from church records microfilmed by the Mormon Church. He was christened at Filey, the son of John Wilkinson and Mary, on 19 November 1805. His birth date is given on his Master's Certificate of Service as 17 November 1804. The certificate, in the Michell family papers, states that "he has been employed in the capacities of Apprentice, Mate and Master 32 years in the British Merchant Service principally in the foreign trade." The certificate was issued on 31 December, 1850 so he must have first gone to sea as an apprentice at the age of fourteen. His marriage and the christenings of his children are taken from the registers of Holy Trinity Parish Church, Hull through the IGI listings of the Mormon Family History library. The date of his death, also those of his children, as related above, were found in records relating to his estate and cemetery records at the Hull City Record Office.
Addition to notes, Jan. 25, 2003:
On the same visit to the Colindale newspaper archives when I found William Shepherdson's 1891 obituary in the Scarboro paper, I also tried to verify the story of Captain Wilkinson bringing tea from China direct into the port of Hull in 1852. I have just rediscovered some notes I made and never finished entering into these Notes, as follows:From The Hull Packet and East Riding Gazette
August 27, 1852,Foreign Arrived: August 22, "Fanny", Wilkinson, fromPetersburg
October 8, 1852, Foreign Sailed: October 5, "Fanny", Wilkinson, for Petersburg
October 15, 1852 Page 3: Hull, October 12:
The Fanny, Wilkinson, which sailed hence for Petersburg onthe 6th instant, has put back with loss of foretopmast yards,jibboom, and other damage.
In 2002-03 the Michell family has done more research into the voyages of the Fanny and a complete schedule of the ship's working life was compiled from Hull Trinity House and Lloyd's Register of Shipping. This is to be found in the file folder "Family Tree Stuff".
More About George Clark Wilkinson:
Burial: August 12, 1862, Hull General Cemetery.
Cause of Death (Facts Pg): Disease of the heart.
Residence at death: 1862, 19 Coltman St. Hull.
More About George Clark Wilkinson and Hannah Frank Appleyard:
Marriage: January 26, 1837, Hull, Yorkshire, England.
Children of George Clark Wilkinson and Hannah Frank Appleyard are:
- +Mary Elizabeth Wilkinson, b. March 1841, Hull, Yorkshire, England169, d. September 24, 1879, Ferriby, Hull, Yorkshire, England.
- George Clark Wilkinson, b. October 18, 1844, Hull, Yorkshire, England169, d. November 27, 1867, Hull, Yorkshire, England.
- Frank Appleyard Wilkinson, b. January 1851, Hull, Yorkshire, England169, d. June 3, 1887, Hull, Yorkshire, England.
- Rachel Ann Wilkinson, b. December 1846, Hull, Yorkshire, England169, d. May 1848, Hull, Yorkshire, England170.
- John Thomas Wilkinson, b. Abt. November 1852, Hull, Yorkshire, England171, d. June 14, 1908, 13 Esplanade, Scarborough, Yorks..