WILLIAM JAMES WILFORD first generation Belgium, came from Brompton near Northallerton Yorkshire UK and settled in Temse Belgium at 1 November 1828. In accordance to his father John William WILFORD founder of John Wilford & Sons Ldt., he founded in 1835 a linen manufactoring industry in Temse. This linen mill was a duplicate of the Brompton mill of his father. He was also manager of the " Société Anonyme de Navigation de Escaut et Rupel"1857 - 1907, better known as the "Wilfordsteamers". The offices were on the quay alongside the river Schelde later named on Wilfordquay in homage to the Wilford family. This office house on the quay was from 1995 and until 2002 a restaurant named "Wilford"
WILLIAM JAMES WILFORD
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7.WILFORD, William James born 22/5/1803 Brompton near Northallerton Yorkshire died Temse Belgium 4/4/1868 md Jane WARD 18/9/1848 at Temse Belgium, daughter John WARD and Ann FAWCETT
CHILDREN : Ann, Jane, John William, William, John James, Joseph, Charles, Georges, Henri Septimus, Henri Octavus, Arthur, Conrad
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8.WILFORD, Ann born 23/3/1830 at Rotterdam Nederland, md Johan Hendrik Christiaan WAGENER
Reverend J.H.C. WAGENER served the Protestant community of Sint Maria Horebeke from 1870 till 1879. In 1871 - 1872 a new church was built in Sint Maria Horebeke and the family WILFORD has contributed a considerable amount to its construction. The marble baptismal font was donated by Ann Wilford , two colored glass-in -lead windows were donated, one by her brothers William and John James and the other by the family WILFORD - DERHAM. In 1873 Ann Wilford founded the church choir which she conducted till 1879. In 1879 the Wagener's moved to the protestant church in Antwerp where she founded also a church choir.
CHILD : Eugénie LAUFF - WAGENER
8.WILFORD, Jane born 6/4/1832 at Temse Belgium md on 24/9/1868 at Temse Belgium Jacques GELLENS son Jean Baptiste Gellens and Caroline De Waele
8.WILFORD, John William born 31/8/1833 and died 6/9/1833 at Temse Belgium
8.WILFORD, William born 3/9/1834 at Temse Belgium died 3/4/1884 at Gent, md Mary DERHAM daughter Robert Derham and Mary Schann.
CHILDREN : Edith Grace Derham, Mary Elisabeth, Robert Percy, Algernon Ernest, William.
8.WILFORD, John James born 29/2/1836 died 18/3/1894 at Temse Belgium, md Maria LE JEUNE on 15/10/1861 at Temse Belgium, daughter August Le Jeune and Johanna Maria Vael.
Manager of the Manufacture William Wilford and of the S.A. Navigation Escaut & Rupel
CHILDREN : William John, Mary Alice Blanche, John Ward, Mary Margaret, Alice, Ernest, Edwin, Alice Marie, John Ward, Joseph.
8.WILFORD, Joseph born 4/1/1838 at Temse Belgium died 11/3/1871 Berchem Antwerpen Belgium
8. WILFORD, Charlesborn 31/7/1839 died 26/7/1906 at Temse Belgium, md Melanie Josephine BOSTEELS daughter Bernard Bosteels and de Smedt Joanna Coleta.
Charles Wilford, manager of a steam saw mill in Temse. Later he founded the "Ateliers de constructions mécaniques CH.WILFORD et fils, de Tamise. In 1897 Paul Wilford his son built the first Wilford car and about 1909 the biplan Wilford. Paul Wilford was one of the first to do car competitions followed later by his youngest brother Gustave.
CHILDREN : Albert, Emile, Maurice, Paul, Jenny, Gustave.
8.WILFORD, Georges born 7/2/1842 at Temse Belgium md ____ MOLINA on 18/9/1865 at Jerez de la Frontera Spain
8.WILFORD, Henri Septimus born 9/1/1844 died 6/7/1844 at Temse Belgium
8.WILFORD, Henri Octavus born 8/2/1847 at Temse Belgium died 12/8/1906 at Neder over Heembeek Belgium, md Coleta BOSTEELS daughter of Theodor Bosteels and Joana Coleta de Smedt.
CHILDREN : Helene, Nelly, John, Willy.
8. WILFORD, Arthur born 8/3/1851 at Temse Belgium died 23/12/1926 at St.Joost ten Node Belgium, md Rosalie TERCELIN du PICRY 9/8/1876 at London UK
Arthur WILFORD , musician grew into a brilliant piano - virtuoso. As a pianist and a young composer he travelled all over Europe Leipzig, London, Dresden. He studied in Vienna, Prague, Italy and finally settled in Antwerp 1890. He was an eminent music critic.
8. WILFORD, Conrad born 7/2/1852 at Temse Belgium died 18/4/1893 at Jette Belgium, md Sarah WILFORD
CHILD : Christine
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9.WILFORD, Albert born 19/5/1871 at Schaerbeek Belgium died at Temse Belgium 15/4/1946
9. WILFORD, Emile born 21/11/1872 at Schaerbeek Belgium died 31/1/1886 at Temse Belgium
9.WILFORD, Maurice born 21/11/1872 at Schaerbeek Belgium died 31/3/1954 at St.Gilles Bruxelles Belgium, md Maria VERBELEN
CHILDREN : Madeleine, Paula.
9. WILFORD, Paul born at Temse 28/12/1874 at Temse Belgium died 1958 at Berchem Antwerpen, md Fanny STREEL
9. WILFORD, Jenny born 29/4/1879 at Temse Belgium died 8/9/1958 at Antwerpen Belgium, md Arthur de SMEDT
CHILDREN : Willy, Simone, Louis
9. WILFORD, Gustaveborn 27/4/1887 at Temse Belgium died 4/12/1964 at Antwerpen Belgium, md Marie Philippine de SMEDT 3/9/1910 at Antwerpen Belgium
CHILDREN : Charles, Maggy
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10. WILFORD, Charlesborn at Temse 16/6/1911 died 25/6/1978 at Antwerp Belgium , md 1. de SMEDT, Julienne 31/8/1934 at Zele Belgium
CHILDREN : Jane (1936 - 1939 ) , Mary, Daisy, William
10.WILFORD, Maggy born at Temse 23/8/1913 died 20/7/2000 at Lokeren Belgium, md Georges RUBBENS
CHILDREN : Denise (1934 - 1965), Jean, Marie - Claire, Charles Benoit