In the summer I did a precis of "An Autobiographical Family History" by W. W. Wrathall from the Canadian section for the Wharfedale Family History Group Newsletter ; not so much for the fine detail of the family tree but for the story of the trip up the Skeena river etc.. I subsequently received a letter from Dr. Donald Wrathall Verity, also a member of the Group, who recognised some of the names mentioned and the family lore about "Uncle Willie" owning a railroad in Belgium. He drew particular attention to the paragraph which reads:" My father's brothers were named Robert, John, and William. His sisters named Tom Verity, Harry Lee. Willis Haigh, and I think he had another sister but I forgot the name."Donald's grandfather was Tom Verity who married Jane Wrathall, the eldest sister of Robert, John and William. From the 1871 census in particular it is clear that the sisters were Jane, Mary, Alice and Annie. Annie died at age 14 so presumably Mary and Alice married Harry Lee and Willis Haigh, although it is not clear which sister married which man. It would appear that there is a block of text missing in the original document or in a transcription.
Donald lives in Wensleydale so I paid him a visit and he showed me two letters of condolence his mother received on the death of his father in 1965. They were both from the same address in Suffolk, one from "Effie" Wrathall and one from "Sally" de Salis. In the churchyard at Linton there is a gravestone with the inscription:Clara Elizabeth Wrathall, wife of William, died Nov 14th 1922, aged 59. Also Sara Isabel Garston Fane de Salis, daughter of the above & mother of Timothy and Peter, died Nov 28th 1970 aged 74. Also Kathleen Mary Garston Paul, daughter of the above and wife of Russell Paul, died April 30th 1979, aged 81."[Click HERE to view Peter Fattorini's photo of Clara Elizabeth Wrathall's Headstone ]
The William referred to is the youngest of the brothers Richard Parker, Robert, John and William and is the "Uncle Willie" referred to in the autobiography.
From telephone directories I have tracked down the Timothy de Salis named on the gravestone and in turn he has put me in contact with the siblings of Sara Isabel Garston Wrathall. I am attaching a first draft of the family information [Descendants of William WRATHALL of Linton, below] but I think I will get more detail when I contact Sheila Mary Rushworth (Wrathall). There are many interesting anecdotes about "Willie", and more about the Belgian connection, but I will save these for another time. The de Salis family has an ancient history, being an old Swiss family apparently. I have asked Timothy de Salis to send me a potted history which I think will be interesting - a de Salis ancestor was an ambassador to the Court of Queen Anne in 1704 and his son married Lady Mary Fane and settled in England.
Hopefully I will soon have sufficient information to consider the tree completed and all the anecdotes to pass on for the record.