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Suspicious Death of George Worster (1792)

City of London Coroners: Coroners' Inquests into Suspicious Deaths.
Can anyone fully decipher this? For full article see: LondonLives
It appears that George Worster was a child who died in suspicious circumstances, possibly falling out of a window.
And can anybody fit him into any of our trees?
Doris Lillian Worster of Rochester - Great Grandfather George Gerber Worster?

Doris Lillian Worster (spelled Wooster) was in the workhouse in Chatham, Kent from 6th June 1920 to 19th May 1921 when she died. Her DOB is given as 2nd Sep 1905 and her abode prior to admittance was 20 Ross Street, Chatham. On the 1911 census she is with her family at 86 Burritt Street, Rochester.

Her father was Charles Worster from Peckham, London. He was a boiler maker's assistant in the dockyard. Charles himself makes various appearances in the Chatham workhouse between 1927 and 1932, being admitted from St. Barts Hospital, Rochester, 141 High Street, Rochester and finally "brought in by police". Charles died in 1933.

His DOB was 2nd April, we believe 1860, although the date seems to vary between 1858 and 1866 across the various documents. He married Kate Burgess on 4th June 1892 at St. Pauls in Newington, London and his father is given as Thomas Worster (deceased) who was a licensed victualler.

Thomas Worster is on the 1861 census with his wife Rebecca and their family, including a one year old Charles, in Newington and his profession is given as "out of business". He was married as Thomas William Worster to Rebecca Hopkins on 3rd Feb 1845 at Newington. His address is given as Hill Street and his father is given as William Worster, also a victualler. There is quite strong circumstantial evidence that Thomas had been baptised as Thomas Walter Worster, namely the address being given as Hill Street and the fact that a burial record exists for Thomas Walter in 1862. His widow Rebecca remarried in 1863.

If this is the case then his parents are Martha Coles and George Worster, probably George Gerber Worster, a baker, who, in 1817 was acquitted of highway robbery.

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South African Woosters

Does anybody know how the following South African Woosters fit into the GWT?

Margaret Helen Wooster
REFERENCE 1036/1966
PART 1
DESCRIPTION DEVENISH, HERBERT HORATIO. BORN IN PRIESKA. S SP DEVENISH, MARGARET HELEN. BORN WOOSTER. DECEASED ESTATE.
REFERENCE 4461/1972
PART 1
DESCRIPTION DEVENISH, MARY HELEN. ALSO KNOWN AS MARGARET HELEN DEVENISH, (BORN WOOSTER). BORN IN LADYSMITH, NATAL. WIDOW. DECEASED ESTATE.
STARTING 19720000
ENDING 19740000

Frederick Clement Wooster (on the Hayward & Wooster tree)
REFERENCE 6855/55
PART 1
DESCRIPTION WOOSTER, FREDERICK CLEMENT.
STARTING 19530000
ENDING 19530000
REMARKS SURVIVING SPOUSE DOROTHY WOOSTER. (Was Dorothy South African?)

Cecil Harold Wooster
REFERENCE 4070/1965
PART 1
DESCRIPTION ILLIQUID CASE. PAYMENT. PRUDENTIAL BUILDING SOCIETY VERSUS CECIL HAROLD WOOSTER.
STARTING 19650000
ENDING 19650000
REFERENCE 3708/1966
PART 1
DESCRIPTION ILLIQUID CASE. PAYMENT. PRUDENTIAL BUILDING SOCIETY VERSUS CECIL HAROLD WOOSTER.
STARTING 19660000
ENDING 19660000
REFERENCE 12134/75
PART 1
DESCRIPTION WOOSTER, CECIL HAROLD.
STARTING 19750000
ENDING 19750000
REMARKS SURVIVING SPOUSE OLIVE WOOSTER.

Albert Edward Wooster Tree - Note the interchanging of the spelling of the name in this family

REFERENCE 302/1925
PART 1
DESCRIPTION OPPOSED APPLICATION. WILLIAM FRANCIS BOWEN VERSUS ALBERT EDWARD WOOSTER.
STARTING 19250000
ENDING 19250000
REFERENCE 318/1925
PART 1
DESCRIPTION OPPOSED APPLICATION. RANDLES BROTHER AND HUDSON LTD. VERSUS ALBERT EDWARD WOOSTER TRADING AS EMPIRE TEA ROOM.
STARTING 19250000
ENDING 19250000

Reginald George Wooster
From Raymond Gordon Wooster born in Boksburg/Benoni South Africa My dad Reginald George Wooster was born December 1929 I think in South Africa but he had a bad childhood so any talk of his family was taboo. He had a half sister Audry who is still going strong. I have very little family history that I know of. I understand that my father was raised by his grandmother who was of Scottish descent. In South Africa where I was born in Boksburg the were only 2 other Wooster that I know of. One was quite a famous boxing promoter apparently not directly related to us. The other was a 2nd world war vet with one leg who was apparently a con man specialising in young nurses. Selling clothing getting the cash and then moving on before delivering the goods. He apparently was related to my dad Reginald George Wooster.


Full Names Surname Date of Birth Spouse
HERBERT ARTHUR WOOSTER 19180625
REGINALD GEORGE WOOSTER 19291230 BIRKLEY JOYCE
BIRKLEY JOYCE WOOSTER 19320326 REGINAL GEORGE
STEPHEN WOOSTER 19451115
EARL WOOSTER 19470611

Arthur J Worcester - tree
The AngloBoerWar website gives two records, both in Kitchener's Fighting Scouts.
1. A J Worcester no. 26936: Demise: Died of disease - enteric fever 15 Apr 1901 Place: Klipkraal Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
2. Arthur John Worcester no. 844: Served in 1st KFS. Joined Cape Town 14 Jan 01 died of wounds 15 Apr 01 Graaff Reinet Source: Nominal roll in WO127.
It seems inconceivable that these two people are not the same person.
The only UK record which appears to match is a baptism record for an Arthur Worcester, baptised 25 Jul 1881 at St Giles, Camberwell. Born in the workhouse to mother Maria Worcester.
Melville Charles Wooster (b. 1882)

We know very little about Melville after he emigrated to the USA. He appears on the US Draft Cards WWI collection, born in England ca. 1882, from the district of Columbia. We know he returned to the UK for a two month visit in 1956, when he was an "executive". Can you help?
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Victoria Prison Registers

Is the Mary Ann Wooster at the top of the list this one. Her father John is at the bottom of the list. And who is this Royal T Worcester? Register
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Wooster's Bakery at Bardwell, nr Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

One of our members brought this along to our family gathering in July 2017. Does anybody know how this family fit into the GWT?
Sons of Peter Wooster and Emily Payne

Some of these are thought to be the sons of Peter Wooster (b. 1854) and Emily Payne.

Can anybody identify any of them?
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Thomas Wooster of Abbots Langley, Chatham and Ontario, Canada

Can you place him on the GWT?

Thomas Wooster was born around 1833 in Hertfordshire, England. He was a carpenter and the 1871 census claims Abbots Langley as his place of birth. He married Emma Barnett (b. 26 Aug 1834, Chatham, Kent) in the Medway area of Kent in 1854.

They had six children that we know of, Thomas Henry (b. 14 Jun 1856), Ellen (b. 1860), Emily (b. 1862), Frederick (b. 1864), Sarah (b. 1866) all in Chatham and Annie (b. 1869) in Gillingham, Kent.

In 1871 Thomas and the eldest son, Thomas Henry sailed to Canada on the ship Niger, arriving in Quebec on the 29th May. They were recorded with the surname Worcester.

It would seem that Emma and the remaining children went into the workhouse in Chatham and were discharged on 12th June 1872 with the reason given as "Emigrated to Canada". They sailed, again under the surname Worcester, on the Adelia and arrived in Quebec on 4th July.

Thomas must have died before 1881 as the family appear on the 1881 Canada census, under the name Wooster, in the East York district of Ontario, and Emma is recorded as a widow.

We can't find any history of Thomas before 1861 and therefore cannot place him on the GWT.
Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft (1828), Transported and Killed by a Bull (1844)

Thomas Wooster was accused, along with John Munday and William Dimmock of breaking into the house of Sarah Parsons at Grendon Underwood and stealing money and goods to the value of twenty-four pounds.

He was subsequently convicted and transported for life to Australia.

Transportation Register. Note his co-defendant William Dimmock is the next name on this list.

Thomas also appears on a Prison record, where more details are found.

Thomas married Mary Gray in Melbourne, Victoria and his name is spelled variously as Wooster and Worster; his widow married as Woster and his three children grew up always spelled Worcester.

In 1844 he was killed by a bull and on his gravestone his age is given as 33 and does not tally with the other evidence. Could this have been a mistake by the stone mason, 33 instead of 38?

Thomas was working from the River Murray area - Wahgunyah at a property called "The Pelican".

His two sons became the pioneers of Omeo and Benambra (Gippsland Alps area) - still cattlemen. Same with most of the next generation - then two Worcester brothers became gynaecologists (plus their cousins who were regularly locked up !!)

We have plenty of information about him but who is he? There doesn't appear to be a good fit on the GWT.
Thomas Wooster Witnesses Theft - 1850

George Williams was convicted of theft of a paletot in Aylesbury in 1850. Thomas Wooster was a witness. Do we know who this Thomas Wooster is?
Thomas Wooster Convicted of Theft and Accused of Assault - 1828

Thomas Wooster was convicted, along with William Hart, of stealing a trap in 1828. He was also accused of assaulting the Constable in the execution of his duties. There is also a Thomas Wooster, accused in 1832 of stealing beans and peas in Chepping Wycombe. Is this the same Thomas Wooster or a different one?
John Wooster Steals a Duck - 1829

Could this be John Bailey Wooster. There is no age given, but it looks like his accomplice was 15, the same age as John Bailey Wooster would have been in 1829.
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James Wooster - Tythingman of Chepping Wycombe (High Wycombe)

Richard Wall was accused in 1821 of assaulting a James Wooster, who was described as a "tythingman" of Chepping Wycombe.

Was this the same James Wooster who had two pigs stolen from his custody in 1817? He appears to have had some official status.

Also was he the same James Wooster who was involved in the conviction of a John Wooster who stole two ducks in 1829?

Is there a possibility that he could have been the James Wooster - constable of Bradley (or Bradenham?) in the story below?
James Wooster, Constable of Bradley (Bradenham?) 1842

James Wooster described as the Constable of Bradley in the Windsor and Eton Journal.

He was involved in a case with a stolen bill hook. The case centres around West Wycombe so where is Bradley and have they mistaken it for Bradenham?

Also who is this James Wooster? There are several candidates on the tree.

Could he be the James Wooster - Tythingman in the story above?
Police Sergeant George Wooster

Sergeant George Wooster presenting evidence at the Central Criminal Court in an attempted murder trial.

Who is he? There is a Geo. Wooster on the 1851 census (Registration district: West London, Sub-registration district: West London South, ED: 7c, Household schedule number: 113, Piece: 1527, Folio: 364, Page 34) who would fit, and he was born ca. 1821 in Bucks, but no further detail.
Joseph Wooster Convicted of Stealing Coal (1848)

Who is the Joseph Wooster convicted of stealing coal in 1848 and given six weeks hard labour?

On the same day, James Wooster of Chepping Wycombe was convicted of assault.
Charles Wooster - Victim of Theft

John Donough and Timothy Caden were convicted of the theft of a loaf of bread from a Charles Wooster of Chepping Wycombe (High Wycombe) in 1851. Which Charles Wooster? Very likely to be one of these father/son.
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Mrs Wooster of Owlswick

Mrs Wooster of Owlswick collects for the Princes Risborough Poppy Day in 1934.

Do we know who she is?
Miss Wooster of Exeter

Miss Wooster of Exeter gives a sweet-making demo at the Women's Intitute.

Do we know who she is? There are no obvious candidates on the GWT.
Dr C C Wooster Drought

Dr C C Wooster Drought attends a sad case of a baby placed in a gas oven.

Do we know who he is and how he picked up "Wooster" as one of his middle names?
Arthur Wooster of Putney

Arthur Wooster of Putney fined for a breach of the lighting regulations.

Do we know which Arthur this is?
Rosa Wooster Assaulted

Do we know who this Rosa Wooster is and how she fits into the GWT?
Jeremiah Challenger Wooster - Cabinet Maker

Born, Newcastle-upon-Tyne ca. 1802. Parents John Wooster and Ester Harrison.

Any ideas how he fits into the GWT?
Portrait of Henry Worster in National Portrait Gallery

Henry Worster by and published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray mezzotint, 1690.

National Portrait Gallery

What we know:

1695 Henry Worster, buried at St Faith's, 24 May 1694-5, from St Matthew Friday St. His father: Hy. Worster, mercer, p. St. Fayth, Ldn - 1656 marr Elizabeth Webb at South Mimms, Herts; 1673 Henry listed as citizen + draper - a master. Abode (?) 7 stars Paternoster Row, Spread Eagle; Com Gen Index IV 246 wife Elizabeth; Orphans 8; Died 1682 Buried at S Faiths; Will 1692 Pcc 18 Coker of widow Elizabeth; Children - Henry, Thomas, Anna. Burials at S. Faiths: 1682 Henry (senior); 1695 Henry; 1697 Thomas.

Probably the son of Henry Worster (born Dinton, Bucks; marr Eizabeth Webb of South Mimms), lived in London.
Frederick Norman Wooster

Military Record

We cannot place him on the GWT. Can you help?

Frederick was born on 5th May 1889 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Frederick Norman Wooster's parents were Thomas Henry Wooster and his second wife, Mary O'Brien.

Frederick Norman lived at 207 Albany Avenue, Toronto and was a fire alarm telegraph operator when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916.

Thomas Henry was born 14 June 1855 in Chatham, Kent and in 1871 he emigrated with his father, Thomas to East York, Ontario, arriving on the Niger on 29 May 1871. They are listed on the immigration records both as Thos. Worcester. Thomas Henry worked as a carpenter (like his father). He married Margaret O'Brien on 14 June 1883 but she died on 9 Feb 1886 (in Toronto) and Thomas then married Margaret's sister Mary on 2 Nov 1887.

Thomas (snr) was born ca. 1833 in Abbots Langley in Hertfordshire, but we cannot trace him any further back than the 1861 census. His wife was Emma (b. 26 Aug 1834, Chatham, surname unknown) and she followed to Canada the following year with their other children, arriving on the Adalia on 4 Aug 1872 and also listed under the name Worcester. The other children (Thomas Henry's siblings) were Ellen Eliza (b. 1860), Emma Amy (b. 1861), Frederic(k) S (b. 1864), Sarah E (b. 1866) and Annie (b. 1869)

Edward Wooster of Norwich, UK/ Christchurch, New Zealand

One of our members sent us the death certificate of Edward Wooster, which states that he was born in Norwich (UK) in 1938 and his parents were Albert Joseph Wooster (farmer) and Margaret Jane Capley.

As yet we are unable to connect this family to the GWT and there is no sign of any of these people on the BMD index.

Death Certificate
Thomas & Sibill Worster & Goodman & Robert Woster Named in Wills

Thomas Worster was named in the will of Sibell Brudenell in Stoke Mandeville: Will

Likewise, Goodman and Robert Woster were named in the will of William Mortimer: Will

None of these people are known to us. Can you help?
Convict - Joseph Worster

Joseph Worster convicted of theft and sentenced to Transportation for 7 years in 1837 aged 15.

He then spent time on two hulks, the York in Gosport and then the Euryalus in Chatham

Anybody know how/if he fits into the GWT?

Adelaide Woosters

Does anybody recognise either of these two Woosters?

Death

YEAR REG SURNAME GIVEN NAME RELATIVE NAME DISTRICT

1956 844/3788 WOOSTER William Charles L WOOSTER [S] Adelaide

Newspaper birth notices              Parents

Advertiser    WOOSTER    Philip    Reg & Maureen 1971

Frank Rupert Wooster

We have his military record but cannot place him on the GWT. Can you help?

These directions to Orira cemetery where he is buried are taken from the CWGC website and mention the orchard which is connected with his family: "To reach Orira Cemetery, take the side turning at Umawera from SH 1 into Te Tio Road heading towards Orira. Te Tio Road eventually becomes Harrison Road. The end of this road is marked by a cattle grid which is the entrance to Woosters Orchard. About 100 metres before this grid, a track branches off to the right and the cemetery is at the end of this track."

Canal Side, High Wycombe. Thomas Wright, Thomas Wooster & the Williams Family

I was researching my ancestor Thomas Wright who lived Canal Side, High Wycombe. The 1851 census showed him living as an orphan with the Williams family.

He was a chair polisher. I noted that there were 2 lodgers who were also chair polishers and thus possibly worked together. One was Thomas Wooster b1828 Bradenham.

I would be grateful if you know where Canal Side was located in Wycombe, where Thomas W worked or if there was any other connection with the Williams family.

Allan Wright rr73555@gmail

Henry Victor Wooster

Served in the Boer War. We have information about him and his family but do not know where this family fit into the GWT. Can you help?

Family file
Sad Story from UK (Holbeach, Lincs/Norwich)

See attachment

What we know is mainly about Nellie Elizabeth's family, but the question for us is how does she connect with our tree? Who is Albert R Wooster?

1. There is a marriage record (Vol 7a, Page 965) in 1922 of Nellie Elizabeth Lewis marrying Albert R Wooster in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (Lincs). Consistent with news story)

2. Possibly born 1st qtr 1899 in Holbeach. (Vol 6b, Page 48)

3. Possibly daughter of Louisa Lewis who was the daughter of Elizabeth Lewis. (1911 Census) Place of birth does not match but Holbeach residence does.

4. 1901 census tends to support the above. Head was Elizabeth (53 - widow, born Ilford) with two daughters Louisa (25, born London - mother of Nellie, 2 - born Lincs) and Nelly 17, born London.

5. Pearl Louisa Wooster was born in 1924 in Holbeach (Vol 7a, Page 693)

6. The other child, John, is possible Everitt J Lewis, born 1919 in Holbeach (Vol 7a, Page 563)

7. Albert R Wooster is a mystery. I have tried some very random searches using keywords such as "Pearl" in the hope that the child was name after his mother/sister, etc but nothing has turned up.

A Worcester Stray - Liverpool

William Thomas

Baptism 18 Jan 1833, St Peter Church, Liverpool

Son of Richard & Mary Worcester

Father's occupation: Shipwright

Address - Fonerroy Street

Other children of this couple:

Louisa Clarke Worcester Bap 27, Feb. 1832

Mary Thomas Worcester Bap. 27,Feb 1832

Both on the same day at St. Peters, Liverpool

David Wooster of Cheddington, Bucks & North Haven, Maine

From Judy Loukides.

I found your website with the Great Wooster Tree, but couldn't find my ancestor on it. David is my 4th great-grandfather, and I've been searching for his lineage for 3 years. Ancestry.com has nothing about him. The Vinalhaven, Maine and North Haven, Maine historical societies have nothing except a photo of his grave and some census records that only list his name and the number of people in his household.

I have fairly reliable information that he was born at Cheddington (possibly as early as 1732), and baptized in 1735 at High Wycombe. The story I found said his parents died when he was a boy and he emigrated to America with an uncle in 1744, settling first in Massachusetts, then Maine. He married, at Falmouth, Maine around 1758, Lucy Crockett, with whom he had 7 children. I don't know when they came to North Haven, Maine. David's gravestone in North Haven states that he was born 22 February 1732 in Chester, Cheshire, England. But another descendant hired a researcher in the UK who was not able to find a record anywhere in Cheshire for anyone named Wooster (alternate spellings also checked) born any time near 1732. He did find a record at High Wycombe with the information above, and there was only one David. But we still can't prove that he's "our" David until we find more information.

If you know anything about him, or if you know of some more resources I could check, would you please let me know? I'm at a complete impasse, and any new information would be greatly appreciated.

Judy Loukides

Ivy C Wooster

Ivy C Wooster 1912-1977, b. Edmonton, London, UK We believe she may be associated with the family of William Wooster and Charlotte Emma Fitzjohn. Any ideas/confirmation?

1820 Settlers Website

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 Mystery Photos

A Wooster Wedding in Hoddesdon in 1914

This is the wedding photo of Frederick Arthur Wooster (1888-1971) and Amy Maria Hewett (1889-1973) on 09 Nov 1914 at the parish church, Hoddesdon, UK. Frederick's parents (Aaron Wooster & Emily Alice Wheeler) are sitting second and third right from Frederick as we look. Do you recognise anybody else on the photo? The man at the back is thought to be John Wigginton Wooster. The lady sitting next to the groom is his sister Ada (b. 1892).
Unknown Lady

The lady in the photo is unknown and the man is thought to be Frank Wooster (b. 1883).
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Sergeant George Wooster

Photograph taken in Cairo during WW1. There is no AIF or NZEF connection so we think he may be British
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The Wedding of Molly Wooster & Albert Prince

The wedding took place on Christmas day 1935 in Alperton, near Wembley and many of the people on there are unknown. Can you help?
A Wooster Wedding in Harrow?

Probably a Wooster wedding taken in Harrow, UK. ca. 1898. The gentleman second from right at the back is Harold Wooster (1877-1955) and the groom has a strong family resemblance. Can anybody name any of the other people on the photo?
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Unknown Wooster Family - possibly Hoddesdon area?

An unknown Wooster family, possibly from the Hoddesdon area
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Unknown Wooster Wedding

An unknown Wooster Wedding
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Lancashire Woosters?

Believed to be a Wooster family from Colne, Lancs. Can anybody recognise them?
Lancashire Woosters?

Believed to be taken in Nelson/Colne, Lancs. We think the man at the back on the right is Greaves Shaw (husband of Bertha Wooster). The others are thought to be Wooster siblings/spouses. Any ideas?
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