I have looked at the page concerning Leonard Langdale Wrathall and am sure that the obituary of LEONARD L. WRATHALL (The Keighley News, Saturday 19th May 1928, page 6) is for the man that G. Pike is researching. However, as he died aged 36 in 1928, that made his birth year 1892 and in the St. Catherine's House Index is the entry for him in the 1st quarter of 1892, registered at Keighley. I have also looked for the birth of his father, Charles Coulton Wrathall, but without success, I did however find his marriage in the 2nd quarter of 1889 again at Keighley. This rather eliminates any connection with Hornby. Charles Coulton Wrathall died in his 75th year according to his obituary so he was born around 1863. I will look again at the St.CHI around that time when I am next in Halifax. A small point, but I noticed that C. C. W.'s residence at the time of his death was called Langdale.Derek also found 3 other items on Leonard Langdale and his father Charles Coulton :
Last week I was going through a lot of the copies of letters and papers given to me by Jim Wrathall of Garstang [Roy Wrathall's brother James Stephen, who died in Garstang August 15, 2002] when I first started looking into our family history. One caught my eye, being from Josephine Wrathall of New South Wales, Australia, and I will quote extracts from it:Mrs. De Salis was Leonard's second cousin (see Descendants of William WRATHALL of Linton).I will give you all the information I can as my husband, David, was killed in a tractor accident 18 years ago and was an only child. He was not well informed about his relatives and his father, Leonard Langdale Wrathall, died when he was 8 years old in Timor on an oil search expedition for Timor Oil ( I think). His Mother, Nellie Medwin Wrathall (Williams) was Australian but David was born in London on 16 July 1918, registered at Brentford, County Middlesex. At the end of the war Leonard retirned to exploring for oil as a geologist travelling all over Europe and Finally in Timor where he died of blackwater fever, a result of malaria, at the age of 36 years. Nellie and David came back to Australia to live with her mother and stepfather. Leonard's parents were cotton millers in Filey, Yorkshire [south of Scarborough, on the east coast] and he had a sister, Mollie, whom we met in 1956 on a visit to England. Mollie lived in Scarborough but was a widow and I have no record of her married name.....................................I have no other records to draw on and the only other inquiry I have had was 45 years ago when Mrs. De Salis arrived at my home, then in Mosman, Sydney, to ask if we were related as she had been a Wrathall, but my husband couldn't help..........................My son, Thomas Charles Wrathall has 4 sons to carry on the name and I am sure the boys will be keen to know more of the Wrathall origins as time goes by.This letter was written to Cathie Sibbick in 1995. I rang Cathie to see if she had had more recent contact but she has had to put family history aside for a while.... Around 1995 she had regular contact with Jim Wrathall and had written to many Wrathalls, including a number in Australia. With her husband she had visited Australia and New Zealand and had in fact had her photograph taken by the Wrathall sign at Mangonui. I will write to Josephine and pass on copies of the newspaper cuttings re Leonard Langdale Wrathall and his parents.
Regarding the sister of Leonard L Wrathall, I think this would be the Ethel Maud born 1890 1st quarter and registered in Keighley - from the St. Catherine's House Index. There doesn't seem to be much consistency as to what "Molly" is a diminutive for. In the Wrathall/De Salis tree I have been looking at, I note that Kathleen Mary Garston Wrathall was known as Molly.In Mar. 2009, Tim Charlton [charlton(at)manson(dot)demon(dot)co(dot)uk] sent a document with all the references to Leonard Langdale Wrathall that he found in the Argus (Melbourne) newspaper:
I came across your web page on Leonard Langdale Wrathall whilst researching the history of oil exploration in Timor. There are several references to him in the Argus newspaper of Melbourne from his appointment as company geologist of the Timor Petroleum Company Limited in November 1925 up to his death in April 1928. The references can be found at the following website: http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ .In May 2009, Tim Charlton mentioned the following:
If any of your family have any documents relating to his time in Timor (photographs, technical geological data or notebooks) I would be very interested to see them. I am a consultant/academic geologist specialising in the geology of Timor and surrounding islands. Timor is still pretty much terra incognita, so any old data has potential interest.
I have come across a couple more documents referring to L. L. Wrathall, one referring to his appointment as a petroleum geologist/assistant to Dr. Arthur Wade in Papua in 1913, and a second documenting his enlistment in the military in October 1915. Visit RecordSearch - National Archives of Australia and search "Wrathall".Note: this website may not work well with older browsers. However, it gives 28 results for "Wrathall", including 4 or 5 for L. L. Wrathall and family. Many of the records have digitised copies of the original documents.
|Ellen WRATHALL||Head||Other||Female||37||Dacre Ripon, York, England||Dressmaker|
|Charles Coulton WRATHALL||Son||Unmarried||Male||17||Darley Hampsthwaite, York, England||Foreman In A Worsted Factory|
|Mary Jane WRATHALL||Daur||Unmarried||Female||15||Steeton Kildwick, York, England||Spinner In Worsted Factory|
|Ada WRATHALL||Daur||Female||12||Steeton Kildwick, York, England||Spinner In Worsted Factory|
|John Benson WRATHALL||Son||Male||10||Steeton Kildwick, York, England||Scholar|
|Thomas WRATHALL||Son||Male||8||Steeton Kildwick, York, England||Scholar|
|Alice WRATHALL||Daur||Female||5||Steeton Kildwick, York, England||Scholar|
Fleece MillsSee also the obituary of Charles Coulton Wrathall.
..... Keighley's biggest mill built 1820 by William Sugden ..... Mr. Charles Coulton Wrathall of Langdale, Thornhill Road, Steeton ... was for several years in business on his own account at Fleece Mills, Keighley.
[In Dec. '03] I spent an hour in Keighley library. I first looked at the 1871 census for Steeton and found the family at 9 Lane End, Steeton as followsIn Jan. 2004, Derek learned the following about Richard Coulton Wrathall's family:
I also looked at the 1881 census on film and found Ellen as Head of household with W (i.e. widow) as marital status, not "Other". However, I am confident that Richard Coulton Wrathall and his wife Ellen were the parents of Charles Coulton Wrathall and that CCW was born either just before or just after they were married.
- Richard Wrathall - Head - Married - 42 - Maltsters Assistant - born Burnsall
- Ellen Wrathall - Wife - Married - 27 - born Ripon
- Charles C. Wrathall - Son - 8 - Scholar - born Darley
- Mary Jane Wrathall - Dau - 5 - Scholar - born Steeton
- Ada Wrathall - Dau - 3 - born Steeton
- John B. Wrathall - 4m - born Steeton
- John Wrathall - Brother - Unmarried - 34 - Ag. lab. - born Burnsall
To hopefully throw more light on the Richard Coulton Wrathall family, I sent for a copy of his marriage certificate, which arrived this morning. I had hoped that the full addresses of Richard and his bride would be given, and give a pointer as to where to look for the registration of the birth of Charles Coulton Wrathall.
Richard married Ellen Hall on 16 January 1864 at the Parish Church of Hampsthwaite. He was stated to be a bachelor, of full age, farmer, of Keighley, father, John Wrathall, farmer, and she was a spinster, aged 19, of Darley, father Benson Hall, labourer. The witnesses were Thomas Airton and Mary Longbottom. Richard could not write and there is just his mark. In my letter to the registrar I explained about Charles Coulton and my inability to find a record of his birth. On the compliment slip accompanying the certificate the registrar had written, "We have been unable to find any trace of Charles C Wrathall in Darley or Harrogate". I wonder now if his birth was ever registered.
The forename of Ellen's father explains why Charles' brother was called Thomas Benson Wrathall, but it crossed my mind that Richard and Ellen could have been cousins, given that her maiden name and her mother-in-law's maiden name were the same - Hall. Otherwise, I wonder how they got together, given the distance between Keighley and Darley.