Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Was William Willson your ancestor's Goaler

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Last year Mike asked about WILLSON, Gamels Hall, Rush Green, Little Amwell, circa 1850, where in 1841 the farmer was William Willson. William went on to be the governor of Bishops Stortford workhouse. 

Now Ian has asked about John Byde Willson, whose father was the same William Willson. It turns out that the Willson family were governors of Hertford Goal and Bridewell for about 80 years, starting with a Cornelius Willson who was appointed in 1756. For more information on the Willson family and the Hertfotd prison see WILLSON, Governors of Hertford Goal, 1756-1838


  1. Exploring possible connection of an "Elizabeth Wilson/Willson who appears in the 1851 Census in Surrey as a 60 y.o. Occupation - "Fundholder & Houses," born 1791 @ St Michaels Hertfordshire.

    1. See Post: William Wilson, Chief Constable, St Albans, 1797-99


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