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William Henry Warner

William Henry Warner

b 6 May 1818 St. Pancras, London

m Ann Martin 25 August 1833 Old Church, St. Pancras, London

buried 16 May 1852 Christ Church, Southwark


Clara 1834-?

William Thomas 1838-1838

Martha Ann 1842-?

Charlotte 1844-1845

Mary Ann 1846-1927

Catharine Eliza 1847-1915

Henrietta 1850-1906


Baptism record

Marriage in Parish register

Birth & marriage certificate of Catharine Eliza

Baptisms of all children

1841 and 1851 census records

Burial reord in Parish Register



An extremely common name in the 19th century.  It is apparently Teutonic in origin meaning will and resolve, but was taken to England by the Normans as Guillaume.  I currently do not know where his names come from.


Guillaume, Gwilym, Wilhelm


Bill, Will, Billy, Willy.  Wills is a current version.



Another popular name - particularly of Kings of England - we have had eight of them, but it’s not from the Bible.  It’s origin is Teutonic and means ‘house ruler’. Rather out of fashion now though.  I don't know where this name comes from, in terms of family, either


Henri, Heinrich


Harry, Hal, Hank

Until recently I had drawn a complete blank as to William Henry Warner's origins, and for a while, with the help of Ancestry's London parish records I thought I had found his parents.  But unless he married at the age of fifteen (not likely from the marriage certificate) I now see that I was wrong.  I am not quite back to square one though - I have a few other leads, one of which looks promising, so the search continues.  He is one of my great-great grandfathers from my father's side of the family.  And I have  to say also, that I don't have a very clear image of him in my mind, although I am not sure why.

Also until recently, all I knew about him was that he died young, somewhere in the 1850s and that he was a painter and glazier.  I still do not have his death certificate but I do now know for sure that he died young - 34 or so.  I have yet to find out why.  The portrait I have chosen to represent him is a self-portrait by the British artist Sir Thomas Lawrence.  So not at all the same class of person.  Rather too refined and dashing looking.  Our William was a painter - but not an artist.  He was a painter and glazier.  Nevertheless Lawrence began life as the son of an excise officer, so not so very high up in society.  It's an arresting face anyway and I wanted to use it.  It's actually very difficult to find pictures of the Regency lower classes - they don't seem to have been the subject of artists' work, unless it is in somewhat derogatory cartoons.

William's was a short life, so short in fact, that his children may not have remembered him - the oldest would only have been ten and the youngest just two when he died.  Indeed such a short life that I do not have a lot to say, although maybe once I start I shall find more!