The Gosnell Family

Agnes Mary Gosnell

Birth: 7 June 1855, at 5 minutes past midnight, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: at home by the Rev. William Berkeley Leach, Independent Minister

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Occupation: Shop Assistant

Death: 18 October 1877, at Girton College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, of acute peritonitis after 4 days' illness, aged 22.

Buried: 20 October 1877, in Girton Churchyard. She was "followed to the grave by the whole of the Students."

Census:
1861: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire

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Agnes Gosnell

Birth: 1865, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Father: George Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Castle) Gosnell

Occupation: Warehousegirl

Census:
1881: 123 Ashted Row, Aston, Warwickshire

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Alan Geoffrey Gosnell

Alan Geoffrey Gosnell
Alan Geoffrey Gosnell
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photo from Jerry Gosnell
Birth: 16 September 1896, at Trinity street, College Town, South Australia, Australia
South Australian Register 18 September 1896 p4
BIRTHS.
GOSNELL. - On the 16th September, at Trinity street, College Town, the wife of A. W. Gosnell, of a son.

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Married: Margaret Lucy Daniell on 2 January 1922, in Atworth, Wiltshire, England.

Margaret was born on 8 November 1896 in Atworth, Wiltshire, the daughter of Charles Anstey Daniell and Mary Ellen Hart. She died on 24 February 1974, in Melksham, and is buried in St Michaels Church in Melksham.

Occupation: Clerk to the Wessex Electricity Company (1943)

Notes:
Formerly a Private numbered 1029 in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (320290 Corps of Hussars), Cadet Alan Gosnell was commissioned as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, on 25 September 1917 (London Gazette 12 October 1917 p10550). He was attached to the 14th Hussars. He was promoted to Temporary Lieutenant on 25 March 1919 in the 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, and relinquished that commission, retaining the rank of Lieutenant, on 25 November 1919 (London Gazette 25 February 1921 p1682). Attached to the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, Alan served in Afghanistan in 1919 and was awarded the India General Service Medal. His British War and Victory Medals are off the Reserve Regiment of Cavalry Roll. The address given on his MIC is Mount Pleasant, Ford, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Death: 17 August 1970, in Melksham, Wiltshire, England, in a traffic accident

Buried: St Michaels Church, Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Census & Addresses:
1901: Avondale House, Melksham, Wiltshire
1911: Melksham, Withshire: Alan Geoffrey Gosnell is aged 14
1943: 40 Scotland Road, Melksham, Wiltshire (will of father, Arthur W. Gosnell)

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Alfred Edward Gosnell

Birth: 7 February 1854, at 9 am, in Reading, Berkshire, England. Alfred was born prematurely.

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Death: 13 February 1854

Buried: Interred at Reading Cemetery. Minister Rev. S. Curwen

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Amy Mary (Gosnell) Stewart

Birth: 1871, in Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: William Watkin Gosnell

Mother: Margaret Ann (Woods) Gosnell

Married: Ernest Augustus Stewart in 1896 in Islington district, London, England

Ernest and Amy were second cousins once removed. Ernest's grandfather was Rev. George Watkins Marsh, the brother of Maria Marsh. Maria was Amy's great-grandmother.

Children: Census:
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Palace Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex
1911: Enfield Wash, Enfield, Middlesex

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Ann (Gosnell) Bryant

Baptised: 11 January 1792 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Jane (_____) Gosnell

Married: James Bryant on 30 March 1812 in Newport, Shropshire, England

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Arthur William Gosnell

Arthur William Gosnell
Arthur William Gosnell
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photo from Jerry Gosnell
Birth: 14 June 1861, at 4:02 am, in Newport, Shropshire, England
Newport Advertiser and North Shropshire Herald 15 June 1861:
On the 14th inst., at Newport, the wife of Mr. T. Gosnell, china and glass dealer, of a son.

Baptism: 21 July 1861, at the Independent Chapel in Newport, Shropshire, by the Rev. William Paton

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Education: Adams Grammar School (Newport, Shropshire) under T. Collins, M.A. Arthur went to Cavendish College, Cambridge when he was 17, and too young to take exams. (Cavendish College was formerly County College. It closed for lack of funds in 1892 and the premises were occupied by Homerton College in 1894.) When he turned 18, Arthur took the scholarship exam at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted on 7 October 1880. Arthur was Skeats' English Literature Prizeman, Adams' Exhibitioner and Goldsmith's Exhibitioner for Latin. He had "rooms out", but dined in the college. He graduated B.A. in 1884 (11th Senior Optime Maths Tripos, meaning second class honours in mathematics), then "stayed in" and did Science, Chemistry, Biology and Divinity, graduating M.A. (by proxy) in 1888.
In December 1895, Arthur was admitted ad cundem gradum to the University of Adelaide (Advertiser 19 December 1895)

Biographical Register of Christ's College 1505-1905 vol II p676 compiled by John Peile (1913)
Gosnell, Arthur William: son of Thomas: born at Newport, Salop, 14 June 1861. School: Newport, under T. Collins, M.A. Christ's. Admitted pensioner under Messrs Peile and Cartmell 7 Oct, 1880.
  B.A. (sen. opt.) 1884; M.A. 1888. Master at King's College, Taunton 1884-7; at Christ's College, Hobart, Tasmania 1887-92; at St Peter's College, Adelaide 1892-3; Principal Clifton House School, Adelaide 1893-9; Headmaster Melksham High School from 1900. Present address: The High School, Melksham.


Alumni Cantabrigienses by John Venn (1940-54) transcribed at A Cambridge Alumni Database
Gosnell, Arthur William. Adm. pens. at CHRIST'S, Oct. 7, 1880. S. of Thomas. B. [June 14, 1861], at Newport, Salop. School, Newport (T. Collins, M.A.). Matric. Michs. 1880; B.A. 1884; M.A. 1888. Assistant Master at King's College, Taunton, 1884-7; at Christ's College, Hobart, Tasmania, 1887-92; at St Peter's College, Adelaide, 1892-3. Principal of Clifton House School, Adelaide, 1893-9. Returned to England and became Head Master of Melksham High School, Wilts., 1900-29. Died Apr. 21, 1944, at Bridgwater. (Schoolmasters' Directories; Peile, II. 676; The Times, Apr. 25, 1944.)

Marriage Register entry for Arthur William Gosnell and Annie Ethelreda Plumbe
Marriage Register entry for Arthur William Gosnell and Annie Ethelreda Plumbe
entry scanned and posted at LINC Tasmania
Married: Annie Ethelreda Plumbe on 21 February 1889 in Holy Trinity Church, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Arthur William Gosnell is recorded as a schoolmaster, of full age. Annie Ethelreda Plumbe is recorded as a spinster, of full age. The marriage was officiated by George Wood Shoobridge and witnessed by P. E. Raynor, B. C. Hunt and J. Mitchell.

The engagement began in December 1886. The headmaster at King's College, Taunton, when Arthur worked there, was George Thomson, the husband of Louisa Plumbe, Annie's sister. The family story is that on his way down to London to sail for Tasmania Arthur went to Cookham and asked for one of the daughters hand in marriage - but no one knew which one he wanted to get engaged to! Turned out to be Annie. Before leaving, Arthur wrote ecstatically to his new fiancee:
"You can't think how happy you have made me.  The thought of going by myself all alone was too horrible.  Now I take you with me in my heart.  You will cheer up & be brave won't you.  Oh the delight of yesterday!  We must look forward and hope.  God bless you, my own.  It seems too good to call you mine.  You are sure you won't repent?"

Arthur left for Tasmania on 30 December 1886 and two years later Annie joined him in Hobart, where they married in 1889.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 2 March 1889
  MARRIAGES.
GOSNELL-PLUMBE.-On February 21, at Holy Trinity Church, Hobart, by the Rev. G. W. Shoobridge, assisted by the Rev. G. A. Brequet, Arthur William Gosnell Esq., M.A., Head Mathematical Master of Christ's College, Hobart, only son of Thomas Gosnell, Esq., of Bideford, Devon, England, to Annie Ethelreda, third daughter of the late Samuel Alderson Plumbe, Esq., M.D., of Maidenhead, Berks, England.

Children: Occupation: Schoolmaster. Arthur's first teaching post was as assistant master at King's College, Taunton, Somerset from 1884 until 1887. The following recommendation was written in 1886 by the headmaster of King's College.
THE KING'S COLLEGE
TAUNTON
Nov. 5th 1886 Mr. A. W. Gosnell, B.A., Christ's, Cambridge, is now spending his third year as a Master in this School. In all that time I have never found him otherwise than thoroughly conscientious, loyal & painstaking. He has taken the highest Mathematical Form, & one of his pupils was 26th for Woolwich. He has also taken general work & Science. The School is young & has not yet read high in this subject; but several boys have evinced an interest in the subject which I consider largely due to the oral teaching & experiments with which Mr. Gosnell has supplemented an easy text-book.
  I should have no hesitation in entrusting him with more advanced classes, such as his Cambridge recommendations would entitle him to undertake.
  Under our system, the charge of the the School at Preparation has rested with him as his "week" comes round; & he is now successfully taking a Dormitory, for which a vacancy occurred only this Term.
  I should add that M
r. Gosnell is a high minded & consistent Churchman, of moderate views, a general favourite with both Masters & boys, & possesses a patient temper which never fails.
    G.O.L. Thomson, M.A.
    Head Master of the King's College, Taunton
    Nov. th 1886


Christ's College, Hobart, 1890
Christ's College in Hobart, Tasmania (1890). The building is now known as Domain House.
photo by Alfred Winter held at the State Library of Tasmania
Arthur then moved to Australia where schoolmasters, especially those with an English university education, were considerably better paid than in England. He taught at Christ's College in Hobart, Tasmania, at that time a high school that tried to provide an education reminiscent of the English public schools for the boys of Hobart, taking the job at a salary of 350 with board and residence. At his marriage in 1889, Arthur is described as the Head Mathematical Master at Christ's College.

The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 19 April 1887 p3 carried an advertisement for Christ's College, listing the educational achievements of its mathematical master:
MATHEMATICAL MASTER: A. W. GOSNELL, Esq., B. A., Christ's College, Cambridge, 11th Senior Optime, Skeats' English Literature Prizeman, Adams' Exhibitioner, Goldsmith's Exhibitioner ; late Assistant-Master at King's School, Taunton.

The school closed in the early 1890's (it was eventually resurrected as a college of the University of Tasmania), probably the impetus for Arthur to move to Adelaide. Arthur was appointed Senior Mathematical Master at St. Peter's College in Adelaide in October 1891 - the headmaster at St Peter's was P. E. Raynor who had previously been headmaster at Christ's College in Hobart. Arthur held the position until the end of 1892.
South Australian Register 14 October 1891 p5
ST. PETER'S COLLEGE. — Mr. A. W. Gosnell, M.A., of Christ's College, Cambridge, has been appointed Senior Mathematical Master at the Collegiate School of St. Peter. He took his degree in 1883, being Eleventh Senior Optime (2nd class) in the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos. He was also Skeat prizeman of his College for English language and literature; and after taking his degree he passed the London Matriculation and Intermediate Examinations. He has had eight years' experience in teaching —three years in England as Mathematical and Science Master at King's College, Taunton, and five years in the colonies, holding a similar position at Christ's College, Hobart.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA) 23 December 1891 p5
ST. PETER'S COLLEGE. ...
The HEADMASTER (Rev. P. E. Raynor, M.A.) read the annual report as follows :- ...
Anticipation is always pleasanter than regret; it is, therefore, with feelings not merely of glad hopefulness but of full assurance and confidence that I look forward to welcoming my old friend and colleague, Mr. Gosnell. You win doubtless have heard that he took a high degree in mathematics at Cambridge; but you may rest assured that it is not his academical distinction alone that will make him a valuable acquisition to the staff. He worked under me for three years in Tasmania as my second master, and therefore I speak with knowledge when I say that he is one of the few men who are born schoolmasters. He has that strong sense of justice, and that magic touch of sympathy which alone can make a man successful in dealing with boys.

South Australian Register 23 December 1892 p3
COLLEGIATE SCHOOL OF ST. PETER. ...
HEAD MASTER'S REPORT, 1892. ...
There have been no changes in the staff during the year, but there is one impending; Mr. Gosnell, I am truly sorry to inform you, is leaving us after tho holidays. A more loyal, conscientious, and hard-working colleague it has never been my lot to associate with; and he will be followed by the sincere regrets of both masters and boys, in whose affections he has so quickly gained a place; and our best wishes will also go with him for the success of the Preparatory School which he intends to start in East Adelaide, a district which seems to afford a most promising opening for such a school.


In 1893, Arthur founded the Clifton House Preparatory School on Trinity Street in College Town, Adelaide, and he was principal there until 1899. Two examples of newspaper reports on prize-givings at the school:
South Australian Register 21 December 1894 p3
CLIFTON HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL.
  The prize-giving at this school was held on Tuesday last, when the schoolroom, which had been nicely decorated, was filled with the parents and friends of the boys. After recitations in English by F. Weller, G. Reinecke, P. Robin, and R. E. Warburton ; in French by H. Stone and E. Paterson; in Latin, by M. Angel ; and in German, by C. Reid, P. Stone, and H. Stone, the Head Master (Mr. A. W. Gosnell, M.A.) read his annual report:—
  During the year the numbers had more than doubled. G. Stoltz, who had come to the school with a very scant knowledge of English and arithmetic had after a year's tuition, succeeded in passing the Preliminary. Athletic sports had been held with great success. The carpentery class had increased in numbers, and done good work, some of which was on view. A school library had been started, and was greatly appreciated by the boys. The school examination which had just been held had shown that marked progress had been   made as the result of the year's work. In conclusion, a prize was offered for the best collection   of objects of natural history made during the holidays, and boys were urged to practise swimming with a view to swimming sports next quarter.
  Dr. A. Paterson, before distributing the prizes, said he could not speak too highly of the system of education pursued at the school, which encouraged not merely mental attainments, but also everything that was manly, and sternly repressed everything that was mean. Carpentry classes were held, and a love of natural history was fostered. He gave the boys a motto, that of Lord Nelson and of Lord Lawrence. He warned the prize winners against resting on their laurels, and encouraged those hard-working boys who had not won prizes by reminding them of Sir Walter Scott, who, while at the Edinburgh High School, at which he himself had been educated, was by no means a shining light. He then presented the prizes. The Rev. R. Kenny, in moving a vote of thanks to Dr. Paterson for presiding, said that on every side he had heard great praise of the school. He drew attention to tho fine maps the boys had drawn. The proceedings terminated with cheers for Dr. Paterson, Mr. Gosnell, and Mrs. Gosnell.


South Australian Register 18 December 1897 p4
CLIFTON HOUSE PREPARATORY SCHOOL.
  At St. Peters Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon the annual display of the pupils attending the Clifton House Preparatory School. conducted by Mr. A. W. Gosnell M.A., was held. Dr. A. S. Paterson occupied the chair. A programme, consisting of recitations in various languages, a school scene, and a scene from "Midsummer's Night Dream," was carried out, those contributing being Masters Paterson (2), F. G. Bonython, W. Longbottom, Dean (2), Muller, A. Harvey, F. Angus, Lloyd, G. Short, and Dowling. Tba gymnastic performances formed a feature of the demonstration, the lads acquitting themselves dexterously on the horizontal bar and in the clubswinging exercises. Herr Leschen conducted the calisthenic display. At the close Mr. Gosnell read a report of the year's work, and tbe Chairman distributed the prizes as under :—
    PRIZE-LIST.
Senior Form (presented by Sir E. T. Smith)— H. Muller; Junior Form — A. Harvey. Scripture, Senior (presented by Sir E. T. Smith)— W. Longbottom. Scripture, Junior (presented by Mrs.   Harvey), A. Harvey. Mathematics — Senior (presented by Sir E. T. Smith)., H. Muller. Mathematics, Junior, W. S. Dean. Languages — Senior, H. Muller. Languages — Junior, A. Harvey. Drawing — E. T. Dean. Neatness in Exercise-books —Senior, F. Angus; junior, B. Dowling. Map— E. T. Dean. Music — T. B. Hardy. Collection of Natural History Objects— E. T. Dean. Gymnastics (presented by Herr H. Leschen)— B. Dowling. Club swinging (presented by Herr H. Leschen)— F. Angus,   E. T. Dean.
  THE CHAIRMAN said the boys were very fortunate in having such an excellent teacher as Mr. Gosnell, who fulfilled all the qualifications essential for a mentor of the youth with conspicuous success and ability. The most important function that any man could discharge was the education of the boys and girls who were to take the places of their fathers and mothers in developing the countries in which their lot was cast. Mr. Gosnell had a great admiration for the old principles which governed the profession of teaching, and apart from the mere secular knowledge which he imparted to his pupils be strove to inculcate honesty, truthfulness, and obedience. While boys might be clever in booklearning it all counted for naught if they lacked those other qualities which in after life gained them the respect and esteem of their fellow-men. His remarks must not be taken to mean that he deprecated scholarly attainments. On the contrary, culture should be encouraged, bat it was of little use without the possession of those manly qualities to which he had referred. Boys, like men, were often tempted to lie to get out of a difficulty ; but they should avoid this, and at all times tell the truth, no matter what the consequences might be. Truthfulness would conquer in the long run. He was pleased to find that athletic exercises were combined with mental culture in this school, for the one was an inseparable adjunct of the other, and be congratulated Herr Leschen on the excellence attained by the pupils in calisthenics, which had such a beneficial effect on the muscular development of boys. Mr. Gosnell was also to be congratulated on his endeavours to develop the faculties of observation by inducing the boys to take an interest in animal and vegetable life, than which there was no better instructor. In times of adversity. and when the worries of life were apt to sorely depress one, a solace could be found in wooing kind and sympathetic Mother Nature. He wished the boys a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  At the close cheers were given for Mr. Gosnell and the Chairman.


Melksham High School
The High School, Melksham, Wiltshire
The family (then with five children) returned to England in 1899 and Arthur took a position as headmaster of Melksham High School, in Melksham, Wiltshire,  holding that post until his retirement in 1929.

Notes:
Arthur sailed to Tasmania aboard the Tainui, leaving London on 30 December 1896, and arriving in Hobart on 10 February 1887.
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 11 February 1887 p2
    SHIPPING
  ARRIVED.—-February 10.
Tainui, R.M.S., 5,031 tons, B. J. Barlow, R.N.R., from London, December 31. Passengers — 1st saloon for Hobart ; Mrs. E. Ware; Misses Alice Swindells, R. M. Shoobridge, Annie Stuart ; Messrs. P. McMorland, Glover, Walter, Sheart. Second saloon: Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and family (3), Mr. J. S. Laurie and family (3), Mr. Ed. Moore, Mr. McCleod, Mrs. McDougal and child ; Messrs. Robt. Sizer, M. L. Thorpe, John A. Ferguson, A. N. Gosnell, J. S. and A. E. Clements, J. Harding; and 41 in the the steerage. Agents—W. Crosby and Co.

RMS Tainui
R.M.S. Tainui
in Wellington Harbour, 1880s
photo by William Williams posted at Shipspotting.com
ARRIVAL OF THE R.M.S. TAINUI.
The R.M.S. Tainui, another of the magnificent boats of the Shaw-Savill and Albion line, which now call regularly here, arrived in the stream from London, via the Cape, at 11:30 yesterday morning. After some slight difficulty, owing to a mild case of scarlet fever on board, our representative was allowed to board her, and obtained the following particulars of tho trip from the energetic chief-officer, Mr. De Putron. The Tainui left the Royal Albert docks, London, on December 30th, 1886, but owing to adverse fogs did not reach Gravesend until 1st ult., and Plymouth at 9 a.m. next day, where after embarking passengers and mails a start was made for Teneriffe, which was reached on 6th ult. One of the passengers had to be landed there in a very weak state of health, he having burst a blood vessel, but he intends to come on to Hobart as soon as his condition will allow. After coaling, a start was made for Cape Town, and the anchor was dropped there on the 21st ult, being some 19 days out from Plymouth. Experienced N.W. and northerly winds with fine clear weather until 5deg. W., afterwards two days of variable winds with much rain. The S.E. trades were met with, blowing fresh and steady, with considerable head sea until within one day's sail of tho Cape. After em- barking passengers and mails the Tainui once more pointed her head east for Hobart, the weather being at times what some of the passengers called boisterous, but on the whole, a very fine voyage was experienced. The passengers all speak in the highest terms of the commander and officers of the vessel. Many concerts took place in the first, second, and third class saloons, vieing with each other, who could do most to make all happy. A weekly newspaper was also published, and afforded great amusement. Some of the copies on being submitted by public auction brought as much as 7s. apiece. The money thus acquired going to augment the funds of the Fishermans and Mariners' Benovolent Society. The officers of the ship are the same as on her last passage here, with the exception of the doctor and purser, these offices being now filled respectively by Dr. Eccles, formerly of the R M.S. Arawa and Doric of the same line, and Mr. J. R. Hut- ford, late of the White Star Line of Atlantic steamers. Our old friend, Mr. Kane, we understand, has retired. The coast of Tasmania was sighted at day break yesterday, the Derwent Lighthouse breasted at 10 a.m., and finally arrived as above, after a very enjoyable run of 39 days 7 hours from Plymouth. The Tainui brought some 68 passengers for Hobart, and has a great number more for Now Zealand ports. She left again at 3 p.m. yesterday for Auckland.

At the end of 1891, Arthur put his house in Shoobridge street, Hobart, on the market in preparation for his move to Adelaide. The advertisement in The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania) 30 December 1891 p4 contains a description of the house:
MONDAY, January 4, 1892,
At 12 o'clock noon.
G. S. CROUCH
Has been favoured with instructions from Mr. A. W. Gosnell, who is leaving the colony, to sell at his mart, Collins-street, as above,
HIS COMPACT W.B. COTTAGE, situate Shoobridge-street, Glebe.
  It contains 6 rooms and a bathroom, verandah (front and rear) ; there is also a cart entrance, garden, and outbuildings.
  Title correct. Terms at sale


Arthur and family (then with five children) returned to England in 1899. Arthur's father had died the year previously, and perhaps he was obligated to care for his mother and sisters. The family sailed on the Orient which was cleared to leave Adelaide on 29 June 1899, arriving in England on 5 August 1899.
Chronicle (Adelaide, South Australia) 8 July 1899 p6
    CLEARED—June 29.
Orient, R.M.S., for London. Passengers—Mr. J. Bristowe, Mr. A. D. Carmichael, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Gosnell and family (7 in all), Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Charlton, Mr. and Mrs. H. Gratwicke, Mr. and Mrs. J. Kewler, Miss Florence Baker, Mrs. E. Argent, Miss M. Argent, Miss Sarah Kerr, Mr. Henry Clark, and Mr. James Cailey. For Albany—Misses L Kaines, H. J. Preston. T. R. Lawe, E. F. Sitzell, C. Jobson, W. Caul. H. Johns, D. Morgan, S. James, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Kent, Mr. G. W. Gray, Mrs H. J. Preston; Mrs. M. Johnstone, Mrs. E. D. Johnstone and three children, Mr. Holiday, Mr. O'Connor, and original passengers.


During World War II, Arthur, then in his eighties, was evacuated to Bridgwater in Somerset, to live with his daughter Joan.

Death: 21 April 1944, in Bridgwater, Somerset, England

Will:
I ARTHUR WILLIAM GOSNELL formerly of "Ranamere" Knebworth Road Bexhill in the County of Sussex but now residing at "Rishworth" Bouverie Road Bridgwater in the County of Somerset Retired Schoolmaster HEREBY REVOKE all former Wills and Codicils made by me AND DECLARE this to be my last Will.

1. I APPOINT my daughter PHYLLIS CONSTANCE GOSNELL of "Ranamere" Knebworth Road Bexhill aforesaid Spinster and my son ALAN GEOFFREY GOSNELL of 40 Scotland Road Melksham in the County of Wilts Clerk to Wessex Electricity Company (hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will.

2. I GIVE to the said Phyllis Constance Gosnell or in case she shall die before me then to my daughter Joan Winifrid Griffin of "Rishworth" Bouverie Road Bridgwater aforesaid and in either case free of legacy duty all my "Personal Chattels" as defined by Section 55 (i) (x) of the Administration of Estates Act One thousand nine hundred and twenty-five with the request that she will dispose of the same in accordance with any existing or future memorandum written or signed by me and deposited with this my Will or left among my papers at my death but I DECLARE that the foregoing expression of my wishes as to the disposal of the said articles shall not create any trust or legal obligation even if the same shall be communicated to either of them the said Phyllis Constance Gosnell or Joan Winifrid Griffin in my lifetime.

3. I GIVE to my Trustees free from all duties such sum as may be necessary to defray the contributions due or to become due by my daughter Enid Mary Gosnell in respect of the Pension Scheme under the Widows' Orphans' and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act One thousand nine hundred and thirty-six UPON TRUST to pay thereout the said contributions as and when they fall due until my said daughter shall become eligible to receive a pension under the said Act.

4. I DEVISE the following free of all duties:-
(a). To the said Phyllis Constance Gosnell my freehold house known as "Ranamere" Knebworth Road Bexhill aforesaid and my freehold plot of land adjoining thereto on the South side thereof.
(b). To my Trustees my four freehold cottages known as Nos. 1 to 4 Park View Harefield in the County of Middlesex UPON TRUST to sell the same with power to postpone such sale for such period as they shall in their absolute discretion think fit and to hold the proceeds of such sale and the net income until sale for my son Wilfrid Bertram Gosnell of Ellangowan R.R. No. 1 Enderby British Columbia Canada absolutely PROVIDED ALWAYS that out of the proceeds of the said sale my Trustees shall deduct the sum of Three hundred and thirty pounds (being the amount paid by me in respect of a mortgage and other debts in connection with the said property) and the said sum of Three hundred and thirty pounds shall fall into and form part of my residuary estate and be divided accordingly.

5. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all the remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal not hereby or by any Codicil hereto otherwise disposed of unto my Trustees UPON TRUST to sell call in and convert the same into money with power in their discretion to postpone the sale calling in and conversion thereof and after payment thereout of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and the legacies bequeathed by this my Will or any Codicil hereto and the duties on any such legacies bequeathed free of duty to hold the same UPON TRUST for my children the said Enid Mary Gosnell Kenneth Arthur Gosnell the said Alan Geoffrey Gosnell and the said Joan Winifrid Griffin in equal shares absolutely PROVIDED ALWAYS that if any of the said Enid Mary Gosnell Kenneth Arthur Gosnell Alan Geoffrey Gosnell or Joan Winifrid Griffin shall die in my lifetime leaving issue living at the time of my death who being male attain the age of twenty-one years or being female attain that age or previously marry such issue shall stand in the place of such deceased child and take per stirpes and equally between them if more than one the share of my estate which such deceased child would have taken if he or she had survived me.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Seventh day of September One thousand nine hundred and forty-three.
A. W. Gosnell
Heb Turner 7th September 1943.
Ethel A. Turner. 7th Sept 1943

SIGNED by the said Arthur William Gosnell as and for his last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:-
A. W. Gosnell
Hubert Clement Turner. Heb Turner 36 Quantock Road Bridgwater Somt. Accountant
Ethel. A. Turner 36 Quantock Rd. Bridgwater. Married.


Probate:
From Probate records in Somerset House, London 1945:
GOSNELL Arthur William of Rishworth Bouverie-road Bridgwater Somersetshire died 21 April 1944 Probate Llandudno 2 January to Phyllis Constance Goswell spinster and Alan Geoffrey Gosnell clerk. Effects 4396 18s 2d.

Census & addresses:
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1881: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1888: Christ's College, Hobart, Tasmania (letters written to Annie Plumbe)
1890: "Monkendons", Shoobridge Street, Glebe, Hobart, Tasmania (birth notice of daughter Enid)
1893: Trinity Street, College Town, Adelaide, South Australia (birth certificate of son Kenneth)
1901: Avondale House, Melksham, Wiltshire
1911: Melksham, Withshire: Arthur William Gosnell is aged 49
1913: The High School, Melksham, Witshire (Biographical Register of Christ's College 1505-1905 Vol II p676)
1937: "Ranamere", Knebworth Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex (from wedding announcement of daughter Joan)
1943: "Ranamere", Knebworth Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex (from will)
1944: "Rishworth", Bouverie Road, Bridgwater, Somerset (at time of death)

Sources:

Catherine Elizabeth (Gosnell) Freshwater

Birth: 1860, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Father: George Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Castle) Gosnell

Married: William Isaac Freshwater in 1893, in Aston district, Warwickshire, England. William was born in 1865, in Enfield, Middlesex, the son of Henry Freshwater and Emma. He was a dairyman.
1881: 29 Little Green Lane, Aston, Warwick
1891: 85 Little Green Lane, Aston, Warwickshire

Death: 1930, in Meriden district, Warwickshire, England, aged 69

Census:
1881: 123 Ashted Row, Aston, Warwickshire
1891: 18 Wyndcliffe Rd, Aston, Warwickshire

Sources:

Charles Edward Gosnell

Birth: 22 January 1857, at 4:15 am in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 2 January 1858, at home by the Rev. William Paton, Independent Minister

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Death: 3 January 1858, at 2:30 am

Buried: Wellington Road Cemetery - Minister Rev. W. Paton

Sources:
Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennfather
Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennfather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts

Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Birth: 22 February 1863, at 6:15 pm,  in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: April 1863, at the Independent Chapel in Newport, Shropshire, by the Rev. William Paton

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Married: Robert Forbes Pennefather on 1 February 1886 in Anerstsar, Bengal, India

Children: Death: 3 June 1923, in St. Pancras district, London, England, aged 60

Notes: The family bible has her name as Alexandra Eleanor, but official documents (birth certificate, marriage index, census) have her as Eleanor Alexandra.

Census:
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1881: Grafton House, London, Middlesex
1891: Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: Eleanor A. Pennefather is aged 38, born in Newport, Shropshire (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Eleanor Alexandra Pennefather is aged 48. Occupation: Shopkeeper (Confect & Tobacconist)


Sources:

Elizabeth (Gosnell) Plant

Birth: 1851, in High Offley, Staffordshire, England

Baptism: 1 June 1851, in High Offley, Staffordshire, England

Father: William Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Johnson) Gosnell

Married: Thomas Plant on 20 September 1875 in St Marys, Stafford, Staffordshire, England. Thomas is listed as aged 23, the son of Thomas Plant. Elizabeth is listed as aged 24, the daughter of William Gosnell.

Children:
Census:
1881: 39 Gaol Road, Stafford, Staffordshire

Sources:

Emily Gosnell

Birth: 1862, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Father: George Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Castle) Gosnell

Occupation: Servant

Census:
1881: 123 Ashted Row, Aston, Warwickshire

Sources:

Enid Mary Gosnell

Enid Mary Gosnell
Enid Mary Gosnell
(click for full photo)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Birth Register entry for Enid Mary Gosnell
Birth Register entry for Enid Mary Gosnell
entry scanned and posted at LINC Tasmania
Birth: 31 March 1890, at Monkendons, Shoobridge Street, Glebe, Hobart, Tasmania
The Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 2 April 1890
    Births.

GOSNELL - On March 31, at Monkendons, Shoobridge-street, Glebe, the wife of Arthur W. Gosnell: a daughter.

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Occupation: Missionary

Notes: Enid emigrated to Canada, arriving in the port of Quebec aboard the Aurania of the Cunard line on 5 May 1935.

Death: 24 September 1975, at Parklane Private Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 85. The cause of death was cerebral ischemia (a form of stroke) resulting from arteriosclerotic vascular disease.

Buried: 29 September 1975, in Mountain View cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Plot: JONES/*/26/*/0318)

Census & Addresses:
1901: Grammar School, 11 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
1911: Watford Urban, Hertfordshire
1975: 950 W. 58th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada     (British Columbia Archives Death Registration 1975-09-014398)

Sources:

George Gosnell

Born: 1828/9, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptised: 4 January 1829 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Married: Mary Castle in 1852, in Birmingham district, Warwickshire, England. Mary was baptised on 29 December 1824, in Cherington, Warwickshire, the daughter of Thomas Castle and Catharine. In the 1891 census, Mary is shown living apart from George as a boarder at the home of Mary Taylor, also in Aston, and her marital status is shown as widowed, even though George is still living, a few streets away.
1891: 16 St Andrews Rd, Aston, Warwickshire

Children: Occupation: Plumber and Glazier; later also a painter
General & Commercial Directory of Birmingham, 1858 p140
Gosnell George, plumber and glazier, 50, Lichfield st

The Post Office Directory of Birmingham for 1878 p312
Gosnell George, plumber & painter, 123 Ashted row

Death: 1910, in Aston district, Warwickshire, England, aged 82

Census & Addresses:
1841: Water Lane, Newport, Shropshire
1858: 50 Lichfield Street, Aston, Warwicksgire (General & Commercial Directory of Birmingham, 1858 p140)
1878: 123 Ashted Row, Aston, Warwickshire (The Post Office Directory of Birmingham for 1878 p312)
1881: 123 Ashted Row, Aston, Warwickshire
1891: 18 Wyndcliffe Rd, Aston, Warwickshire

Sources:

George Gosnell

Birth: 1853, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

Father: George Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Castle) Gosnell

Married: Maria Harvey in 1874, in King's Norton district, Worcestershire or Warwickshire, England. Maria was born in 1848, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the daughter of Maria.

Occupation: Warehouse Clerk

Census:
1881: 112 Ryland St N, Birmingham, Warwickshire
1891: 87a Mansfield Rd, Back Of, Aston, Warwickshire

Sources:

Henry George Gosnell

Birth: 1821, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptised: 24 April 1821 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: William Gosnell

Mother: Maria (Marsh) Gosnell

Married (1st): Ann Loal on 22 February 1845, in St Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England

Ann died in 1847, in Hackney district, Middlesex.

Children: Married (2nd): Fanny Sillitoe on 19 December 1853, in Moreton Say, Shropshire, England

Fanny was born in 1814, in Longdon upon Tern, Shropshire and baptised there on 20 November 1814, the daughter of William Sillitoe and Ann Snape. In the 1851 census, her occupation is listed as a confectioner. Fanny died in Islington, Middlesex, on 22 September 1888, aged 74.
Census:
1841: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1851: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1861: Cambridge Road, Islington, Middlesex
1871: Islington, Middlesex
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex

Occupation: Carpet warehouse clerk

Notes: On 5 January 1852, Henry appeared at the Old Bailey as a witness in a case involving the theft of his watch.
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 5 January 1852 p78
   195. LEVY TOBIAS was again indicted for feloniously receiving 1 watch, value 5l.; the goods of Henry George Gosnell, well knowing, &c.
      MESSRS. RYLAND and LOCKE conducted the Prosecution.
  HENRY GEORGE GOSNELL. I am a clerk, and live at Helena-cottage, Kingsland-road. On 2nd Dec., in the evening, about half-past 8 o'clock, I was walking through Hoxton, and had a watch in my pocket—this (produced) is it—I met a female, spoke to her, and walked 500 or 600 yards with her—a man came up, she ran away, and I found my chain hanging down, and my watch gone—I am quite sure I had it safe before I met her—his is the chain (produced)—the watch was in my waistcoat-pocket, and the key through a button-hole—the chain was attached to the watch by a swivel, which is gone.
  Cross-examined by MR. GIFFORD. Q. You were not quite sober? A. I had been drinking, but knew what I was about—the female was not dressed as a Bloomer—I only noticed her bonnet—I never thought I lost my watch while among Bloomers—I said so at home, but that was not true—we were talking and laughing together—she represented herself as a servant girl—we walked together from Whitmore-place to Bridport-place—Bridport-place is a twilight place, and there are very few people passing there—we were not above five minutes together—we did stand still talking.
  Q. Where you only talking to her? (The witness declined answering.)
  MR. RYLAND. Q. Did you give her the watch as the price for any favours? A. No.
See original Click to see original
  WILLIAM CHRISTIE. I am a watchmaker, of Cannon-street. This watch was brought to me in June last, by Mr. Gosnell, to repair, and was returned to him; it has my private mark—the outer case is gold—it is worth 4l. or 5l.
  GEORGE TREW (City-policeman, 26). I found this watch at the prisoner's, up-stairs, in a drawer, with several others—the prisoner was not present; he was down-stairs—he was shown this and other watches afterwards, and said they were bought at sales, some at Debenham's, and some at other auction places.
  COURT. Q. Was anything said to him about this being a stolen watch? A. Not at that time—the case was heard before the Lord Mayor—he did not give any account of it then.
      NOT GUILTY.

Death: 1884, in Islington district, Middlesex, England, aged 63

Census:
1841: Great Homer Street, Walton on the Hill, Lancashire
1851: West Hackney, Middlesex; Henry is listed as a widower
1851: Helena Cottage, Kingsland road, Hackney, Middlesex   (The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 5 January 1852 p78)
1861: Cambridge Road, Islington, Middlesex
1871: Islington, Middlesex
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex

Sources:

Jane Gosnell

Married: Thomas Gosnell

Children:

Jane Gosnell

Baptised: 29 October 1814 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Occupation: Housekeeper

Notes:
Emily De Bunsen, the daughter of Jane's employer was born in Lilleshall, Shropshire in 1848/49. If Jane was working for the rector at this time, it might explain why her brother Thomas chose to get married in Lilleshall in 1853 instead of in his home town (Newport, Shropshire) or that of his wife (Truro, Cornwall).

Death: 1898, in Bideford district, Devon, England, aged 83

Census:
1881: Rectory, Donington, Shropshire
1891: 7 South View Terrace, Bideford, Devon

Sources:

Janet Elizabeth Gosnell

Janet Elizabeth Gosnell
Janet Elizabeth Gosnell
photograph from "The School on the Hill, a history of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School 1889 to 1989" by Priscilla M. Douglas
Janet Elizabeth Gosnell
Janet Elizabeth Gosnell (center) 1947
This photograph is of the first three Headmistresses of Hitchin Grammar School. Left is Miss A. Chambers (1919-1945), center is Miss Janet Gosnell (1889-1919) and right is Miss A. Badland (1945 - 1962)
photograph from "The School on the Hill, a history of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School 1889 to 1989" by Priscilla M. Douglas
Birth: 11 June 1858, at 1:15 pm, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 13 March 1859, in the Independent Chapel, Newport, by the Rev. William Paton

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Education: Janet was educated in private schools and by a private tutor from 1877 to 1880. She matriculated in London in January 1880 while studying in Newport. Janet attended University College, Bristol from April 1884 to July 1884, taking Intermediate B.A. from London in July 1884, and attended University College, Bristol, again from January 1886 to July 1887, graduating B.A. Div. 1, from London in October 1887.

Occupation: School Headmistress
Janet first taught at Oxford High School as a temporary mathematical mistress from September to December 1880. She returned to Newport where she provided private coaching from January to July 1881 (and where we find her in the 1881 census). She taught at Jersey Ladies' College from September 1881 until December 1883, returning to Bristol to study, and again from September 1884 until December 1885. After obtaining her B.A., Janet was headmistress of Cheltenham High School from January 1888 until December 1888 and then in 1889 Janet founded Hitchin Girls' Grammar School in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in 1889, and was headmistress there until 1919, with an annual salary of 100. Janet taught scripture throughout the school, as well as French. She also specialized in classics and mathematics.

Hitchin Girls School 1890-1908
Hitchin Girls Grammar School at its initial location on Bancroft Road, Hitchin (1890-1908)
photograph from "The School on the Hill, a history of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School 1889 to 1989" by Priscilla M. Douglas
Hitchin Girls School 1908
The new buildings of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School in 1908
photograph from "The School on the Hill, a history of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School 1889 to 1989" by Priscilla M. Douglas
In 1908, the school was moved from it's initial location on Bancroft Road, Hitchin, into the new buildings on Windmill Hill, in which the school is still housed. While Janet was headmistress, two notable attendees at the school were Lady Rose and Lady May Bowes Lyon who were the sisters of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother nee Bowes Lyon who lived not far from Hitchin.

Death: 23 October 1949, in Hitchin district, Hertfordshire, England, aged 91

Notes:

Will:
This is the last Will and Testament of  me Janet Elizabeth Gosnell of 49 Queens Road Tunbridge Wells in the County of Kent   Spinster.
  1. I revoke all former Wills and other Testamentary dispositions at any time heretofore
    made by me.
  2. I appoint Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather of 22 Ember Farm Way East Molesey in the County of Surrey  Railway Clerk to be the Executor of this my Will.
  3. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my two nieces Gladys Eleanor Forbes Pennefather and Bessie Theodora Forbes Pennefather both of 49 Queens Road Tunbridge Wells aforesaid in equal shares or to the survivor of them living at the date of my death.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of June One thousand nine hundred and forty #.    Janet E. Gosnell
Signed by the above named Janet Elizabeth Gosnell as and for her last Will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses

G. Eldridge.
33 Vernon Rd. Tunbridge Wells Kent
Married

Mary Louisa Gosnell
49 Queens Road Tunbridge Wells
Spinster


Census & Addresses:
1861: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1881: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1884: 32 Upper Belgrave, Clifton, Gloucestershire
1888: Bideford, Devon
1888: 7 Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Gloucestershire
1891: 86-90 High Street, Cookham, Berkshire (Janet is visiting the Plumbes in Berkshire; her brother, Arthur, was engaged to Annie Plumbe at the time)
1901: Grammar School, 11 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
1911: Hitchin Girls' School, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Sources: 

Joan Winifred (Gosnell) Griffin

Joan Winifred Gosnell
Joan Winifred Gosnell
(click for full photo)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Birth: 30 January 1901, in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Married: Harold William Scalding Griffin on 25 January 1937, at St Stephens, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Harold was born on 29 September 1900, in Langton Budville, Somerset, the son of W.H. Griffin, and died on 17 January 1967, in Bridgwater, Somerset.
Wiltshire Times (1937)
GRIFFIN - GOSNELL
    Jan 25th at St Stephens, Bexhill-on-Sea Harold eldest son of Mr & Mrs W H GRIFFIN of WELLINGTON, Somerset to JOAN youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs A W GOSNELL of Ranamere, Knebworth Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, late of the High School, Melksham.

Death: 3 October 1983, in Pueblo, Pueblo county, Colorado, United States

Census & Addresses:
1901: High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
1911: Hitchin Girls' School, Hitchin, Hertforshire, aged 10, born Melksham, Wiltshire
1943: "Rishworth", Bouverie Road, Bridgwater, Somerset (will of father, Arthur W. Gosnell)

Sources:

John Gosnell

Birth: 1793/4, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptised: 28 September 1794 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Jane (_____) Gosnell

Married: Elizabeth Vigers on 4 July 1814, in Edgton, Shropshire, England

Occupation: Butcher
Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory (1828-9) p683: Shropshire: Newport
BUTCHERS.
Gosnell & Plant, Water Lane


Pigot & Co.'s Directory (1835) p364
: Shropshire: Newport
BUTCHERS.
Gosnell John, Water Lane


Pigot's Directory of Shropshire (1842) lists under Butchers:
Goslell John, Water Lane, Newport

by 1850, John had moved from Water Lane onto the High St. and we find in Slater's Directory of Shropshire (1850) under butchers
Gosnell John, High St., Newport
then, by 1851, another move, to Lower Bar; in Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer & Directory of Shropshire, 1851 p410: Newport
Gosnell John, butcher and shopkeeper, Lower Bar

and Slater's Directory (1859) p31: Shropshire, Newport:
BUTCHERS.
Gosnell John, Lower Bar


Children: Death: 5/6 August 1867, in Newport, Shropshire, England.
The death notice for John in the Newport Advertiser and Market Drayton Chronicle on Saturday 17 August 1867 reads:
On the 5th inst., at Newport, Mr. John Gosnell, in the 73rd year of his age. 

Will:
This is the last Will and Testament of me John Gosnell of Newport in the County of Salop Butcher made this first day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty five I devise and bequeath all the real and personal estate and effects I shall die entitled to unto Benjamin Rees of Newport aforesaid Relieving Officer his heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon trust thereout to pay my debts funeral and testamentary expences and to permit my Wife to have the use and enjoyment of my household goods and effects and to receive the income of my real and personal estate during her life she thereout keeping my real estate in repair and paying the interest on the Mortgage secured thereon And on her decease (or in her lifetime with her consent in writing to make sale of the said real and personal Estate either by Public sale or Private contract under such conditions of sale he or they may see fit with liberty to buy in the same and to resell again without incurring any responsibility for loss occasioned thereby and to do and execute all such assignments and assurances to vest the same in the purchaser or purchasers thereof And I hereby declare that the receipt of the said Benjamin Rees his executors administrators or assigns shall be an effectual discharge to any purchaser or purchasers or other person paying money under this my Will or the trusts thereof And I hereby declare that he or they shall stand possessed of the proceeds of the sale of my real and personal estate after defraying the expences attendent thereupon Upon trust to pay to my Granddaughter Mary Jane the daughter of my deceased son John a Legacy of ten pounds (a note in the margin at this point reads "8 fifths mentioned. Original so.) And as to two fifth parts of the residue thereof Upon trust to pay the same to my son William his executors administrators and assigns And as to two other fifth parts thereof Upon trust to pay the same to my daughter Jane her executors administrators and assigns And as to two other fifth parts thereof Upon trust to pay the same to my son Thomas his executors administrators and assigns And as to the remaining two fifths parts thereof Upon trust to divide the same equally between my daughter Mary Ann and son George their respective executors administrators and assigns I devise all Mortgage and trusts estates vested in me unto the said Benjamin Rees his heirs executors administrators and assigns subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same And I hereby expressly declare that the said Benjamin Rees his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall not incur any responsibility by reason of my Wife having the use of my Goods and Effects or the income of my real and personal estate for life or for any depreciation or diminuition in the value or quantity thereof And that he or they shall be chargeable only to the extent of his or their actual receipts and be exempt from responsibility for involuntary losses And that he and they shall retain all costs and expences incurred in the execution of the trusts of this my Will or in relation thereto And I appoint the said Benjamin Rees sole Executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills I declare this only my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have to the foot or end of this my Will set my name the day and year first above written ______ J. Gosnell ____
Signed by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses ____Jno. Sarjeant ____ Robert Jones } Clerks to Mess. Hearne & Son Solicitors Newport Salop _________

Proved at Shrewsbury the twenty third day of May 1870 by the Oath of Benjamin Rees the sole Executor to whom administration was granted

The Testator John Gosnell was late of Newport in the County of Salop Butcher and died on the 6th day of August 1867 at Newport aforesaid.
Under 100.

R.N. Hearne
Solicitor, Newport, Salop

Census:
1841: Water Lane, Newport, Shropshire
1851: Lower Bar, Newport, Shropshire

Sources:

John Gosnell

Baptised: 25 December 1825 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Married: Rosannah Shaw in 1848, in Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England. John is listed as the son of John Gosnell. Rosannah is listed as living in Wolstanton, the daughter of Enoch Shaw. Rosannah was born on 25 September 1823, in Burslem, Staffordshire, the daughter of Enoch Shaw and Ann, and was baptised on 4 January 1824 in Wesleyan, Tunstall, Staffordshire. After John's death, Rosannah married George Latham in 1862, in Wolstanton district, Staffordshire. She died in 1891, in Wolstanton district, Staffordshire, aged 68.
1881: 89 Hall St, Burslem, Staffordshire

Children: Death: 1855, in Wolstanton district, Staffordshire, England

Sources:

John Gosnell

Birth: 1848, in Newport district, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 17 December 1848, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: William Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Johnson) Gosnell

Sources:

Kenneth Arthur Gosnell

Kenneth Arthur Gosnell
Kenneth Arthur Gosnell c.1942
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Title: Colonel Kenneth Arthur Gosnell, O.B.E.

Birth:
17 March 1893, at Trinity Street, College Town, Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Married: Annie Kathleen Maxwell Kilroy on 31 October 1922, in St. Paul's Church, Nasirabad, Rajputana, India

Occupation: Army Officer. Ken served with the Indian Army, in Mesopotamia and India in 13th Rajputs (The Shekhawati Regiment) which became the 10th (Training) Battalion of the 6th Rajputana Rifles in the 1922 army reforms. On 16 March 1917, Temporary 2nd-Lt. Gosnell relinquished the acting rank of Lieutenant on ceasing to hold an appointment on the permanent establishment in the Training Reserve, and was transferred to the General List (London Gazette 17 April 1917 p3608). On 6 May 1917 2nd-Lt. Gosnell of the the 11th Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment, was attached to the 13th Rajputs, with rank from 24 March 1917 (London Gazette 8 March 1918 p3005). From 22 July 1917 until 19 December 1917, and from 8 January 1918, Lieutenant Gosnell became acting Captain while commanding a company in the 13th Rajputs (London Gazette 7 February 1919 p1965). He was promoted to Captain on 19 March 1920 (London Gazette 7 March 1924 p2028). On 28 March 1931, Ken was appointed as Staff Captain in the 2/6th Rajputana Rifles (London Gazette 12 June 1931 p3843), and on 4 July 1931, he was appointed as Brigade-Major (the brigade's chief of staff), vacating his previous appointment (London Gazette 9 October 1931 p6467). He was promoted to Brevet Major on 1 July 1932 (London Gazette 8 July 1932 p4470) and to Major on 9 March 1934 (London Gazette 27 April 1934 p2709). Ken vacated his appointment as Brigade-Major on 25 March 1935 (London Gazette 10 May 1935 p3052). He was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 July 1935 (London Gazette 2 July 1935 p4260) and on 15 December 1936, he was appointed as General Staff Officer (2nd Class) (London Gazette 5 March 1937 p1498). On 3 March 1940, Major and Brevet Lt-Col Gosnell was promoted to Colonel, with seniority from 1 July 1938 (London Gazette 17 September 1940 p5565). Ken was awarded an O.B.E. on 1 January 1946 (London Gazette 28 December 1945 p20).

Death: 9 February 1981, in White River, Transvaal, South Africa

Buried: 12 February 1981, in the Garden of Remembrance, White River, Transvaal, South Africa

Census:
1901: Avondale House, Melksham, Wiltshire
1911: Melksham, Withshire: Kenneth Arthur Gosnell is aged 18

Photographs:

Kenneth Arthur Gosnell   Ken Gosnell & Kay Kilroy wedding   Ken Gosnell Karwar   Ken Gosnell Bexhill 1935   Kilroys fishing Lough Sheelin   Ireland 1935   Yatung, Tibet 1941   India 1945   Father of the Groom 1957   White River 1978

Ken as a young man c.1911
photo from Jerry Gosnell

Wedding
(1922, Nasirabad)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

Beach vacation
(1933, Karwar, India)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

At Bexhill-on-Sea
(March 1935)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

Fishing with Kay (Kilroy) Gosnell and Tony Kilroy
(Lough Sheelin, May 1935)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

On the West Coast of Ireland
(August 1935)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

At Yatung, Tibet with Major Gloyne
(Aug 1941)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

In India
(1945)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

Father of the Groom
(1957)
photo from Jerry Gosnell

with Kay (Kilroy) Gosnell
(White River, 1978)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Left Arrrow scroll with your mouse to see more pictures; click on an image for enlargement Right Arrrow
Sources:

Margaret Fanny (Gosnell) King

Birth: 1880 in Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: William Watkin Gosnell

Mother: Margaret Ann (Woods) Gosnell

Married: Raymond Fuller King in 1923 in Edmonton district, Middlesex, England

Raymond was born in 1852, in Oxford, Oxfordshire, the son of Frederick King and Mary Hawkins Rose. In 1871  and 1881, Raymond's occupation is listed as a clerk to a company, in 1891 it is recorded as "Trade Protection Enquiry Office" and in 1901 he is a commercial traveller. He married, firstly, Lydia Sarah Brice in 1883 in Mile End Old Town district, Middlesex, and had at least five children (Lydia, Muriel, Raymond, Hilda and Gladys). Raymond died in 1933, in Edmonton district, Middlesex, aged 80.
Census:
1861: Church Lane, Headington, Oxfordshire
1871: Battersea, Surrey
1881: Battersea, Surrey
1891: Alexandra Road, Croydon, Surrey
1901: Holtwhires Hill, Enfield, Middlesex
1911: Chase Side, Enfield, Middlesex

Occupation: Packer in Laundry (1901).

Death: 1929, in Midhurst district, West Sussex, England, aged 49

Census:
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Palace Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex: Margaret is living with her sister, Amy
1911: Enfield Wash, Enfield, Middlesex: Margaret is living with her sister, Amy

Sources:

Margaret J. Gosnell

Birth: 1915 in Edmonton district, Middlesex, England

Father: William Herbert Gosnell

Mother: Leonora Beatrice (Swinnerton) Gosnell
 
Sources:

Mary Ann (Gosnell) Harker

Born: 1816-19

Baptised: 18 January 1819 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Married: Francis Harker on 8 January 1850, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Occupation: Dressmaker

Slater's Directory of Shropshire (1850) lists under Shopkeepers & Dealers in Groceries & Sundries
Gosnell Mary Ann, High St., Newport

Census:
1841: Water Lane, Newport, Shropshire

Sources:

Mary Jane (Gosnell) Wainwright

Birth: 1851, in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Rosannah (Shaw) Gosnell

Married: Joseph Wainwright in 1871, in Wolstanton district, Staffordshire, England

Children:
Death: 1917, in Wolstanton district, Staffordshire, England, aged 66

Census:
1881: 16 Newport St, Burslem, Staffordshire

Sources:

Mary Louisa Gosnell

Birth: 10 December 1859, at 3:45 pm,  in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 10 March 1860, in the Independent Chapel, Newport, by the Rev. John Maysey, of Wellington, Shropshire

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Mary (Andean) Gosnell

Death: 7 June 1955, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England

Will:
I Mary Louisa Gosnell of Benslow Nursing Home, Hitchin
in the County of Hertford Spinster hereby revoke all testamentary
impositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my
last will which I make this 29th day of June 1953.
I appoint Francis Goerge Shilliton of Hitchin, Herts Solicitor
to be Executor and Trustee of this my will.
After payment of my of my just debts and funeral and
testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath all
honest residue and remainder of my estate of what nature
or kind soever unto and equally between my nieces
Phyllis Gosnell of Ranamere, Bexhill on Sea, Mrs B.
Griffin of Rushworth, Bouverie Rd, Bridgwater, Somerset
and Enid Gosnell.
In witness whereof I have heretofore set my hand this day
and year first above written.
                                 M L Gosnell

Signed by the above named Mary Louisa Gosnell as her last
will in the presence of us both present at the same time who in
the presence of each other have hereto set our names as
witnesses
     Constance P Davre       Violet K Mc Dowall
                                                                Benslow Nursing Home
                                                                           Hitchin
                                                                                   Nurse.

Census & Addresses:
1861: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1881: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1891: 7 South View Terrace, Bideford, Devon
1901: Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
1940: 49 Queens Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (will of Janet Elizabeth Gosnell)

Sources:

Phyllis Constance (Gosnell) Toy

Phyllis Constance Gosnell
Phyllis Constance Gosnell
(click for full photo)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Phyllis Constance Gosnell
Phyllis Constance Gosnell (1935)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Postcard written by Phyllis Constance Gosnell
Postcard written by Phyllis c1919 organizing a hockey match
Birth: 3 December 1898, in College Town, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Married: Leslie Toy on 25 September 1954, in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. Leslie was born in 1888, in Exeter, Devon and died on 17 August 1981, in Bexhill-on-Sea.

Death: 14 December 1980, in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England

Census & Addresses:
1901: Avondale House, Melksham, Wiltshire
1911: Hitchin Girls' School, Hitchin, Hertforshire, aged 12, born South Australia
1943: "Ranamere", Knebworth Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex (will of father, Arthur W. Gosnell)

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Sarah Jane Gosnell

Birth: 1859, in Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Baptism: 19 March 1859, in Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Father: William Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Johnson) Gosnell

Occupation: Housekeeper

Census:
1881: 28 Gaolgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire

Sources:

Stanley George Gosnell

Birth: 1882 in Islington district, Middlesex, England

Father: William Watkin Gosnell

Mother: Margaret Ann (Woods) Gosnell

Death: 1892, in Marylebone district, London, England, aged 9

Census:
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London

Sources:

Thomas Gosnell

Married: Jane

Children: Notes: In the 1841 census, there is a Thomas Gosnell living two doors down from the John Gosnell in this family, on Water Lane. In the 1851 census, they appear living close by again, now on the Lower Bar. This Thomas is recorded as aged 62 in the 1851 census which makes this Thomas, a maltman, born in 1788 or 1789. Almost certainly he is the Thomas Gosnel recorded in the IGI as baptised in Newport on 7 December 1788, the son of Thomas Gosnel and Ann. This Thomas married Margaret Breeze on 31 March 1834, in Newport. It is possible that the father is the same Thomas, with Ann as the first wife and Jane as a second wife. The fact that Thomas and John lived so close together gives some support to this theory, as does the fact that neither of Thomas and Jane's two sons were given the name Thomas, but we certainly have no direct evidence of it yet.

In 1791, a Thomas Gosnell is recorded as a victualler at the Swan in Newport. This must have been one or other of Thomas (m. Ann) or Thomas (m. Jane), or himself if he married both! There exists today a Swan on Lower Bar in Newport,. but I don't know if this is the same one. One further note is that in 1828, the Swan was being run by a William Plant. The curiosity is that at the same time, John Gosnell (Thomas's son) was running a butchery on Water Lane with a Plant (Gosnell & Plant Butchery) - clearly there are at least business links between the Gosnell and Plant families. Thomas's grandaughter, Elizabeth Gosnell, married Thomas Plant from Newport in 1875.


Thomas Gosnell

Baptised: 29 September 1822 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Death: 3 December 1828

Sources:

Thomas Gosnell

Thomas Gosnell
Thomas Gosnell
Birth: 16 January 1831, at 10 minutes past 10pm, in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 23 January 1831 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Married: Mary Andean on 16 June 1853, at Lilleshall Church, Lilleshall, Shropshire, England, by the Rev. Henry George Bunsen, vicar.

Children:
Gosnell shop in Newport, Shropshire
Thomas Gosnell's china shop on High Street, Newport from a painting of the celebration of coming of age of Sir Thomas Boughey of Aqualate in 1857.
The shop had once been the Crown Inn. (click on image for the full painting)

The building today
image from Google Maps Street View
Occupation: Printer, China and Glass Merchant
It seems that Thomas was originally a printer, but opened a china shop and seemed to have both businesses simultaneously, with the china business edging out the printing.
In the painting shown done in 1857, T. Gosnell's china shop is shown, although in the 1861 census and in his will dated 1864, Thomas is listed as a printer.
The Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol (1863) p725 shows Thomas a quite the jack-of-all-trades:
Gosnell Thomas, china, glass & earthenware dealer, lamp warehouse & news agent, High Streetand on the next page (p726)
INSURANCE AGENTS:-
Liverpool & London Fire, Thomas Gosnell, High Street; William Fieldhouse, High Street

Slater's Directory of Shropshire (1868) lists:
China, Glass &c Dealers
Cartwright William, High St. Newport
Gosnell Thomas, High St. Newport
Griffiths John, High St. Newport

which tells us of Thomas's competition at this point.
Thomas is still listed as a china dealer on High St. in Edward Casey and Co's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Shropshire in 1871 and Owen's Directory of Shropshire (1879).
The 1881 census also shows Thomas as a glass merchant. At this time, it is likely that they lived above the store in which Thomas worked. On one side of Thomas's shop was a milliner and dressmaker's shop, and next door but one on the other side was an Inn.

Thomas advertised his glass shop in the Newport Advertiser. This is an example from August 22 1868.
CHINA, GLASS, AND EARTHENWARE
ESTABLISHMENT
------
T. GOSNELL Most respectfully draws attention to his well-selected stock of
CUT GLASS, CHINA, AND EARTHENWARE
which he feels confident will give perfect satisfaction.
The Show Room contains a large variety of English and
Foreign ORNAMENTS of various kinds from which no
difficulty can be experienced in a good selection.
All kinds of Brown and other ware kept in Stock.

Notes: When Thomas owned the china shop on High Street, Newport, he and his family would have lived above ths shop. In 1863, an auction lot included this description of Thomas's shop "a capital front shop, sitting room, kitchen and three bedchambers. Now in the possession of Mr Gosnell, glass and china dealer." which gives us some idea of his living arrangement.

Death: 13 October 1898 in Bideford, Devon, England

Will:
This is the last and only Will and Testament of me Thomas Gosnell of Newport in the County of Salop Printer made this twelfth day of October One thousand eight hundred and sixty four. I direct payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses immediately after my decease. I devise and bequeath all the real and personal Estate I shall be entitled to at my decease whether in possession reversion remainder or expentancy with the appurtenances Unto and to the use of my dear Wife Mary her heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely. And I appoint my said Wife Mary sole Executrix of this my Will. In witness whereof I have to the foot or end of this my Will set my name the day and year first above written. ___________Thomas Gosnell.____________ Signed by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subsribed our names as witnesses. _______Jno. Sarjeant____________Jno. Slaney.___________Clerks to Hearne & Son Solts. Newport. Salop.____ On the thirtieth day of November 1898 Probate of this Will was granted at Exeter to Mary Gosnell Widow the Relict the sole Executrix.

Probate:
From Probate records in Somerset House, London 1898:
GOSNELL, Thomas of 7 North Down-road Bideford Devonshire gentleman died 13 October 1898 Probate Exeter 30 November to Mary Gosnell widow Effects 3699 12s 1d.

Census:
1841: Water Lane, Newport, Shropshire
1851: Lower Bar, Newport, Shropshire
1861: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1871: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1881: High Street, Newport, Shropshire
1891: 7 South View Terrace, Bideford, Devon
1893: South View Terrace, North Down Lane, Bideford, Devon (Kelly's Directory 1893, Private Residents)

Sources:

Wilfred Bertram Gosnell

Wilfred Bertram Gosnell
Wilfred Bertram Gosnell
(click for full photo)
photo from Jerry Gosnell
Wilfred Bertram Gosnell signature
Wilfred's signature (1916)
Birth: 2 October 1894, in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Father: Arthur William Gosnell

Mother: Annie Ethelreda (Plumbe) Gosnell

Married: Sybil Mary Salt on 12 October 1915, in Enderby, British Columbia, Canada. Wilfrid Bertram Gosnell is a bachelor, aged 21, born in Adelaide Australia, the son of Arthur William Gosnell and Annie Ethelreda. Sybil Mary Salt is a spinster, aged 22, born in Haderell, England, the daughter of Gerald Cholmondeley Salt and Agnes Montgomery Tillar.

Sybil was born on 18 May 1893, in Astley Lodge, Astley, Shropshire, the daughter of Gerald Cholmondeley Salt and Agnes Montgomerie (Sillar) Salt. She died on 28 June 1983 in New Westminster, British Columbia, and was buried on 12 July 1983, in Mountain View cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Occupation: Farmer

Notes: Wilfred's attestation papers in 1916 describe him as 5ft 10 inches, of fair complexion with blue eyes and light brown hair. His religion is noted as Church of England.

Death: 19 February 1959, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 64

Buried: Mountain View cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Plot: HORNE1/5/01/001R/0010 (948))

Census & Addresses:
1901: Avondale House, Melksham, Wiltshire
1911: Watford Urban, Hertfordshire
1916: 1736 Hampshire Road, Victoria, British Columbia (attestation papers)
1943: Ellangowan R.R. No. 1 Enderby, British Columbia (will of father, Arthur W. Gosnell)

Sources:

William Gosnell

Baptised: 6 October 1793 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: Thomas Gosnell

Mother: Jane (_____) Gosnell

Married: Maria Marsh on 6 April 1820 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Maria was born in 1789/80, in Newport, Shropshire, and baptised on 11 March 1790 in Newport, the daughter of Watkin Marsh and Sarah Booth. She married, secondly, Henry Key, a victualer, on 10 May 1831 in St Mary, Walton on the Hill, Lancashire. At the time of their marriage, both Henry and Maria were residents of Walton on the Hill. The marriage was witnessed by Catherine Howell and Thomas Hayes. In the 1861 census, Maria's occupation is listed as fundholder.
Census:
1841: Great Homer Street, Walton on the Hill, Lancashire
1851: West Hackney, Middlesex; Maria is listed as a widow
1861: Cambridge Road, Islington, Middlesex

Children: Death: 9 January 1825

Sources:

William Gosnell

Born: 1826/7 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Baptised: 4 January 1829 in Newport, Shropshire, England

Father: John Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Vigers) Gosnell

Married: Elizabeth Johnson in 1848, in Stone district, Staffordshire, England. Elizabeth was baptised on 26 October 1823, in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, the daughter of Abraham Johnson and Elizabeth. In the 1881 census, she is listed living a a different residence to William.
1881: 4 Bath Street, Stafford, Staffordshire

Children: Occupation: Butcher

Death: 1897, in Newport district, Shropshire, England, aged 70

Census:
1841: Water Lane, Newport, Shropshire
1881: 28 Gaolgate Street, Stafford, Staffordshire

Sources:

William Watkin Gosnell

Birth: 1845, in Dalston, Hackney district, Middlesex, England

Father: Henry George Gosnell

Mother: Ann (Loal) Gosnell

Married: Margaret Ann Woods on 12 August 1869 in St Phillip the Evangelist, Islington, Middlesex, England
William Watkin Gosnell is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Henry George Gosnell, clerk. William is a warehouseman, resident at 39 Morton Road. Margaret Ann Woods is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of  William Barnett Woods, accountant. Margaret is resident at 39 Morton Road. The marriage was witnessed by Henry Geo. Gosnell and Elizabeth M. J. Marsh.

William and Margaret were first cousins by marriage. Margaret's mother was Mary (Sillitoe) Woods, the sister of William stepmother, Fanny (Sillitoe) Gosnell.

Mary was born in 1846, in Newport, Shropshire, the daughter of William Barnett Woods and Mary Sillitoe. She spent most of her young life living with uncles and aunts. Margaret died in 1928, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, aged 84.
Census:
1851: Gnosall Union Workhouse, Gnosall, Shropshire
1861: Cambridge Road, Islington, Middlesex
1871: Islington, Middlesex
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Digby Road, Stoke Newington, London
1911: Enfield, Middlesex

Children: Occupation: Warehouseman (1869); Furniture Designer
William is recorded as a warehouseman on his marriage register entry in 1869, and in the censuses as a Designer Draughtsman (1871), Furniture Designer Cabinet Maker (1881), Furniture Designer (1875, 1891, 1901)

Death: 1917, in Edmonton district, Middlesex, England, aged 72

Census:
1851: West Hackney, Middlesex
1871: Islington, Middlesex
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Digby Road, Stoke Newington, London

Sources:

William John Gosnell

Birth: 1855, in Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Baptism: 25 December 1855, in Gnosall, Staffordshire, England

Father: William Gosnell

Mother: Elizabeth (Johnson) Gosnell

Occupation: Attendant on Insane

Census:
1881: "The County Lunatic Asylum", Hopton & Coton, Staffordshire

Sources:

William Herbert Gosnell

Birth: 16 November 1874, at 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex, England

Baptism: 30 May 1875, in St Philip the Evangelist, Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: William Watkin Gosnell

Mother: Margaret Ann (Woods) Gosnell

Married: Leonora Beatrice Swinnerton in 1898 in Islington district, London, England

Leonora was born in 1876, in Islington, Middlesex, the daughter of Thomas Frederick Swinnerton and Sarah Jane Barnard. Leonora died in 1964, in Aylesbury district, Buckinghamshire, aged 89.
Census:
1881: Halliford Street, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Chatterton Road, Islington, London
1911: Wood Green, Middlesex

Children: Occupation: Lithographic Student (1891); Artist Designer (1901)
Catalog of Copyright Entries: Works of art. Part 4 1913 pp192-3
TANQUERAY, GORDON & CO., LTD., London.      [10796-10801
  Dolly Varden; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Front view of lady wearing soft hat and colonial dress with fishu around neck.] 1 c. Mar. 28, 1912; G 40339.
  Little Nell and her grandfather; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Old man in knee breeches, long coat and tall hat seated with young girl in poke-bonnet standing by his side.] 1 c. Mar. 29, 1912; G 40343.
  Mr. Micawber; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Man in frock coat and tight trousers standing resting one hand on table and holding wine glass in the other.] 1 c. Mar. 28, 1912; G 40338.
  Mr. Pickwick; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Portly baldheaded old man standing on chair with right hand outstretched and left tucked under coat-tail.] 1 c. Mar. 29, 1912; G 40342.
  Mrs. Gamp; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Old woman in shawl and bonnet with frills, carrying bundle and closed umbrella.] 1 c. Mar. 28, 1912; G 40341.
  Oliver and the workhouse master; by William Herbert Gosnell. [Small boy with bowl and spoon in hands standing before large man wearing apron.] 1 c. Mar. 28, 1912; G 40340.


Death: 1957, in Wycombe district, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 82

Census:
1881: 39 Morton Road, Islington, Middlesex
1891: Morton Road, Islington, London
1901: Chatterton Road, Islington, London
1911: Wood Green, Middlesex

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