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Kathleen WICKS

My maternal grandmother was Kathleen WICKS (born 1871 at Piggots Farm, Abridge, Essex; died 27 Sep 1937, Ilford, Essex). She married Chatterton BROWN (b. 12 Dec 1860, West Butterwick, Lincolnshire; died 20 Aug 1945, Fordingbridge, Hants) on 31 Aug 1899 in St Mary's Church, Ilford, Essex - where my maternal grandfather was farm bailiff to Goodmayes Farm - a large estate belonging [rented Crown land - but with a number of sub-tenanted farms extending from the river Thames to Hainault Forest] to his cousin Robert George BROWN, married to one of his elder sisters, Katherine BROWN - grandfather was the baby of the family - no.11!!). Her parents were Charles Alfred WICKS (b. 1837, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, died 30 Mar 1909, Ilford, Essex and buried at Theydon Garnon Church, Essex) and Anne FORSTER (b. 1841, Brixton, Middlesex [London]; died 23 Jun 1917, Ilford, Essex, and buried with her husband).

Charles Alfred's farming failed, and - [I have found from the 1881 Census CD - not from the family !!!!] - they moved to Bury St Edmunds, where he is listed in the Census as Sheep Dresser Vet.

Two of my grandmother's brothers - Claxton (Tony) WICKS (b 16 Jan 1873) and Alfred Charles WICKS (b. 10 Jan 1876) went to Canada in 1894 to take up farming and had land grants [photocopies of which have kindly been provided to me by Archives Canada (at no cost !!!!!)] at Crossfields, Alberta - about 25 miles or so north of Calgary, where family tradition (from my grandmother's younger sister Dorothy (b. 1879), who visited them in Canada sometime around 1900) they fulfilled the land-grant requirement to build a house on their granted land, by building a shared house across the boundary!!

Great-uncle Tony developed a livery-stables to service wagons etc. going from Calgary to Edmonton, and was early involved in motor transport as well; and around 1913 the brothers decided to sell up and separate. Tony went to Vancounver and founded a motor and taxi business [I have heard, but have not checked, that his business became the largest taxi service in Vancouver, and still exists, though not in the family]. I also have the idea that he became involved in Provincial politics and became quite important. He died in Vancouver on 20 Feb 1951 and is buried in the Masonic Cemetary, Burnaby, BC - having married c. 1910 Mary McCONNACHIE (b. 22 Apr 1889 in Carradale, Argyll, Scotland, who survived him until 30 Jul 1964 and was cremated at Royal Oak Crematorium, Saanich, Vancouver Island, BC).

Their son Lyle WICKS (birth date unknown; married Agnes ? on 8 Nov 1940) and they live in Victoria, Vancouver Island. They visited us on a trip to England in around 1970 - and we correspong from time to time, though he has not filled me in very much with his life, though I believe he has legal qualifications and was involved mainly in real estate. Their son Robert, similarly, tho' I have not full details.

The other great-uncle Alfred Charles WICKS married Jessie Agnes CUNNINGHAM (b. 17 Jan 1894, in Canada???) on 20 Jul 1915 and they had 2 sons and 3 daughters. [We met him on our trip to Canada in 1972, when he was staying in a Nursing Home in Red Deer, ALTA - and we were calling on his daughter Bess and her family in Bowden, ALTa (about 60 miles N or Calgary). He died sometime in 1974 - by which time he must have been one of Canada's oldest immigrants!!!

When the brothers split their holding Uncle Alf (as he was known in England) or Charlie (as he was known in Canada) secured another land-grant on the prairie at Oyen, Alberta, but "was dried out year after year, so just left the farm and moved to Bowden", where he rented a quarter-section farm - which was still being worked by his daughter Elizabeth (Bessie) and her husband Sam TAYLOR when we visited in 1962. They gave up their farm and retired to Innisfail, ALTA in the mid 70s, but Sam died 11 Aug 1977 - we still keep in touch with Bess and her 4 sons - one of whom is, I think, still farming near Bowden.

I had hoped to visit them all again when we went "across the pond" in 1999, initially to a wedding of a friend's daughter in White Plains, NY and then to visit Margery's sister Dorothy [husband Sam MILLS] in Engelhart, N.ONT and her nephew and family living in Lively (near Sudbury ONT). But Margery, who has since had a hip-replacement operation, found she could not face another journey - and anyway her sister was rather poorly - so we had to abandon that plan. I DO hope we shall be able to go to Canada again in a couple of years - Margery's op in Npvember 2000 was a complete success.

I have Alfred Charles WICKS' (1837-1909) family traced back two generations. His parents were Claxton WICKS (b. 1807, St Benedicts, Cambridge) who married Mary RONAYNE (b. 1809, Saffron Walden, Essex). They had 6 sons and 1 daughter:

Ronayne Claxton WICKS (bap.1830 St Andrew-the-Great, Cambridge) - and all I know about him is a codicil excluding him from the will of his brother Aubrey (so I suppose he was something of a "naughty boy" !!!)

Agnes Mary WICKS (bap. 1831, St. Andrew-the-Great, Cambridge) - and nothing further.

Aubrey WICKS (bap. 1833, St Andrew-the-Great, Cambridge), from whom I have the diary of a schooner voyage from Sydney to England (the year after the explosion of the island of Krakatoa) on which he was ship's doctor - and which I transcribed on a typewriter for my great-aunts (granny's sisters) in around 1939/40. [A difficult job - as he had run out of pages in the notebook before the end of the voyage, so wrote OVER the first entries at right-angles!!!]. He then went to Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital in 1864 to study gynaecology (I have the certificates he gained), and became a general medical practitioner in Banbury, Oxon. [=Oxfordshire]. His parents were living with him at the 1881 Census. I have not found when he died.

James Ronayne WICKS (bap. 1835, St. Andrew-the-Great, Cambridge. No further details.

Theodore WICKS (bap. May 1842, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire - now a suburb of Cambridge City). He went to Uppingham School, Rutland (1853-61) and won a scholarship to Trinity College, Dublin in 1861. He joined the staff of Midleton College [a major public school in Co. Cork] as chaplain about 1875, and in 1882 became Rector of the parish church of Castletowne Roche, Co. Cork, where he died 21 Aug 1903.

[By the way my full name is Edward Chatterton APLING - CHATTERTON being the maiden name of my maternal grandfather's mother - and I have always been known - and prefer - the nickname Paddy. My career has been in the tradition of that side of the family, since my professional qualification is in Food and Drugs - by Royal Society of Chemistry examination, and my career has been involved with brewing, milling research and teaching in Food Science - all of which have kept me in close touch with both agriculture and medicine.]

Published on the web 7th June, 2001, minor corretionsJuly 2008.
Copyright E.C.("Paddy") Apling.

Harry Apling (1904-1989) Obituary
Stanley Apling (1899-1997) Obituary
Vera Apling (1908-1999) Obituary
History of the Appleyn family [by Ian Aplin, 1987, USA]
Paddy Apling's Home Page