John Wilson & Co.

Wine & Spirit Merchants

     John Wilson was born in Manchester around 1809, likely baptised 5th March in Manchester Cathedral, son of William Wilson and Mary.

    "Married, on the 2d inst., at the Abbey Church, Bath, by the Rev. Wm. Marshall, Mr. John Wilson, draper, of Chippenham, Wilts, to Georgiana, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Tremlett, of Union-street, Bath." (Salisbury and Winchester Journal - Monday 11th July 1831 p.4.)

    John and Georgiana had five children: William (b.1833 bapt. 25th Aug.); Angelina (b.1835 bapt.24th May); John (b.1841 bapt. 26th Nov.); Mary (b.1843 bapt. 22nd Dec.); Georgiana (b.1839 bapt. 5th June).

    In the 1851 census his premises is in the Market Place between James Brinsden, Innkeeper at the Five Alls and William Hall, Innkeeper at the Rose and Crown. By 1861 he has moved to the High Street, next door to Edwin Bartlett at the George Inn. 

    By 1864 John has moved to Walcot in Bath where wife Georgiana died suddenly on 20th June 1864, in the 1871 census he is at 4 Norfolk Crescent, Walcot, with daughter Georgiana, sister Ann, and grandson John Palmer, and he is living off income from property. In 1881 he is at the same address, a "retired wine merchant", still living with sister Ann. John died at 4 Norfolk Crescent, Bath, on 14th December 1885 with a personal estate of over £27,155.

    Georgiana, his daughter, married Frank Prentis on 11th Sept. 1879 in Bath: "FASHIONABLE MARRIAGE AT TRINITY CHURCH.- On Thursday the marriage of Mr. Frank Prentis, of Chalk, Kent, to Miss Georgiana Wilson, daughter of Mr. John Wilson, of 4, Norfolk-crescent, was celebrated at Trinity Church, where a large congregation had assembled to witness the celebration of the nuptials. The celebration was performed by the Rev. W. W. Waite, curate. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of rich cream coloured satin, with trimmings and kiltings of lace and satin of the same colour, and headdress of orange blossoms. The bridesmaids were the Misses Alice and Annie Prentis (sisters of the bridegroom), and Mrs. McKenzie (sister of the bride). Their dresses were of cream coloured cashmere with ruby trimmings. The wedding party returned to Norfolk-crescent after the ceremony, where a numerous company had assembled. Immediately after the wedding breakfast, which was of a recherché description, the happy couple departed by the Midland Railway for the Lakes, where the honeymoon will be spent. The breakfast was supplied by Messrs. Whatley and Son." (Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Thursday 18 September 1879 p.8.)

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Impressed:  John Wilson & Co. / Wine & Spirit Merchant / Chippenham.


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