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James William Wilkinson

James William Wilkinson

Male 1869 - 1909  (40 years)

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  • Name James William Wilkinson 
    Born 24 Feb 1869  19 Lower Albion Street, Manchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Christened 07 Mar 1869  St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Chapel, Granby Row, Manchester, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • According to Gerard Lodge of Manchester Family History Research, the entry was in Latin. Parents are shown as Joseph Wilkinson and Ann (nee McGuire). Godparents James and Emily Moor.

    Gender Male 
    Emigration 05 Jun 1888  Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Passenger manifest (at Hawaii State Archives) shows on board S.S. Australia from Honolulu to San Francisco 
    Emigration 28 Aug 1888  San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Passenger manifest (at Hawaii State Archives) shows on board S.S. Australia from San Francisco to Honolulu. 
    Occupation 1890  Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Hawaii Directory (1890) shows J. Wilkinson as a fireman on the steamer Mikahala, owned by Inter Island Steam Ship Navigation Co.

    Honolulu, Hawaii Directory, 1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: Honolulu, HI, 1890. Honolulu, HI, USA: The Pacific Press Publishing Company, 1890. 
    Imigration 13 Aug 1900  Honolulu, Hawai USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Naturalization Petition - Volume 1, Page 17. Filed and admitted 13 Aug 1900.

    Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Index to Naturalizations of the US District Court for the District of Hawaii, 1900-1976 (M2074); Microfilm Serial: M2074; Microfilm Roll: 22. 
    Died 7 Jul 1909  Oahu Insane Asylum, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper Article 09 Jul 1909  Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Obituary from the Hawaii Gazette, 9 Jul 1909, page 8-3. "In this city, July 6, 1909, J.W. Wilkinson, a member of the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association and the Oceanic Lodge, No. 3?, F.&A.M. Funeral this Wednesday at 3 o'clock from the Masonic Temple." 
    Buried Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1900 Census: Living aboard S.S. Claudine, docked in Kailua/Kona. He was First Engineer. The only other person on board at the time of the census was the engineer, William Lycett born 1875 from Australia. Both James and William Lycett spoke English and Hawaiian. James was born in April, 1869 in England and immigrated to Hawaii in 1888 when he was 19. He was a naturalized citizen. His parents were both born in England. He was married (and it looks like someone noted that he had one child, and then tried to erase or smudge the "1"). At the time of the census he was 31 years old. Census ED5, page 154.

      Per Allen W. Hoof, Archivist, State of Hawaii (e-mail dated July 2, 2003): SS Claudine was built on the Clyde in 1890 and steamed from Glasgow to Hawaii in the same year. She was registered in Hawaii (number 291 (new)) and ownership was transferred to the Wilder Steamship Company. She carried the Hawaiian annexation delegation to San Francisco following the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893; grounded on a reef outside Honolulu Harbor in 1907; and was scrapped in 1928.

      We made a phone call and determined that Wilder Steamship Company went out of business in 1905. Since SS Claudine remained in service after that, it is apparent that ownership was transferred to another company, but we have no records of such transactions after 1900. Perhaps that information would be in Lloyd's Register.

      July 8, 2003: Lloyd's Register confirmed that the S.S. Claudine was a steel screw schooner rigged steamer built by Napier, Shanks & Bell in Glasgow in 1890. It had triple expansion engines with three cylinders, built by Dunsmuir & Jackson, Glasgow. Tonnages and dimensions first recorded: 785 gross tons, 431 net tons, 623 underdeck, 184.0 feet length, 32.0 feet breadth, 15.9 feet depth. Official number 127431, call letters KPWG. 1906-07 transferred to Inter Island Steam Navigation Co., Ltd. 1929-30, listed as broken up.

    • I contacted June Watanabe - who writes the Kokua Line column in the Honolulu Star Bulletin - for her help in getting information from St. Andrew's Cathedral about James William Wilkinson's marrige. June wrote an informtive column on the process on 21 June 2008: http://starbulletin.com/2008/06/22/news/kokualine.html [6]
    Person ID I19  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree | Craig
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2017 

    Father Joseph Wilkinson,   b. 02 Dec 1847, 29 Spear Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1910, Barton upon Irwell RD, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Ann McGuire,   b. 10 Aug 1849, 4 Whiteman's Buildings, Manchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1875, 11 Medlock Square, Manchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1867  St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Chapel, Granby Row, Manchester, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Documents
    Marriage Certificate - Joseph Wilkinson and Ann Maguire
    Marriage Certificate - Joseph Wilkinson and Ann Maguire
    In Saint Augustine's Chapel, Manchester, on 28 Jul 1867. Witnesses John Heron and Elizabeth Walker.
    Family ID F849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emilia Katharina Wyser,   b. 5 Apr 1873, Niedergosgen, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1959, Eugene, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 2 Jun 1895  St. Andrews Cathedral, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • According to Stuart Ching, the Histographer at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Honolulu, Hawaii (e-mail dated 24 MAY 2008):

      I am happy to report that I did find the entry in the St. Andrew's Cathedral register for the marriage of your great grandparents on June 2, 1895. Because the brittle pages of the Cathedral register would be at risk of crumbling, here is a typescript of the marriage entry:

      1895 marriage solemnized in the Cathedral Church of S. Andrew.

      No: 936 - When married: June 2, 1895

      Name and Surname: James William Wilkinson
      Age: 26
      Condition: Bachelor
      Rank or Profession: Machinist

      Name and Surname: Lillie Wyser
      Age: 21
      Condition: Spinster

      Residence at the Time of Marriage: Honolulu

      Groom:
      Father's Name and Surname: Joseph Wilkinson
      Rank or Profession of Father: organ builder
      Bride:
      Father's Name and Surname: Bruno Wyser
      Rank or Profession of Father: tanner

      Married in the Cath. Church of St. Andrew according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England by license or after___by me Alexr. Mackintosh

      This marriage was solemnized between us, James William Wilkinson Lillie Wyser

      In the presence of us,
      Thomas Henderson
      Mrs. Mary Burn
    Notes 
    • Territory of Hawaii Marriages, 1890-1896, Book 2. Marriage performed by A. MacIntosh, witnesses Thos. Henderson, Mary Burn. Marriage at St. Andrews Cathedral, Honolulu.
    Children 
    +1. Albert Joseph Wilkinson,   b. 11 May 1896, Honolulu, Hawaii - Alapai and King Streets Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1975, Hale Nani Convalescent Hospital, 1677 Pensacola Street, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +2. James William Wilkinson,   b. 12 Dec 1897, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Aug 1957  (Age 59 years)
    +3. Charles Henry Wilkinson,   b. 28 Mar 1905, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1975, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Documents
    James William Wilkinson - Lillie Wyser Marriage Certificate
    James William Wilkinson - Lillie Wyser Marriage Certificate
    License issued 31 May 1895, married 2 Jun 1895 at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Last Modified 8 Nov 2008 14:28:36 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Feb 1869 - 19 Lower Albion Street, Manchester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Passenger manifest (at Hawaii State Archives) shows on board S.S. Australia from Honolulu to San Francisco - 05 Jun 1888 - Honolulu, Hawaii Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - The Hawaii Directory (1890) shows J. Wilkinson as a fireman on the steamer Mikahala, owned by Inter Island Steam Ship Navigation Co. Honolulu, Hawaii Directory, 1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Original data: Honolulu, HI, 1890. Honolulu, HI, USA: The Pacific Press Publishing Company, 1890. - 1890 - Honolulu, Hawaii Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewspaper Article - Obituary from the Hawaii Gazette, 9 Jul 1909, page 8-3. "In this city, July 6, 1909, J.W. Wilkinson, a member of the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association and the Oceanic Lodge, No. 3?, F.&A.M. Funeral this Wednesday at 3 o'clock from the Masonic Temple." - 09 Jul 1909 - Honolulu, Hawaii Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Lily and James Wilkinson
    Lily and James Wilkinson
    Photo courtesy of Carolyn and James Wilkinson Jr.
    James Wilkinson with his sons James (left) and Albert (right)
    James Wilkinson with his sons James (left) and Albert (right)
    Photo courtesy of Carolyn and James Wilkinson Jr.
    The Wilkinson Family in Hawaii - Charles, James, Albert, Lily, and James Jr.
    The Wilkinson Family in Hawaii - Charles, James, Albert, Lily, and James Jr.

    Documents
    James William Wilkinson Death Certificate (Territory of Hawaii)
    James William Wilkinson Death Certificate (Territory of Hawaii)
    Died 7 Jul 1909 at Oahu Asylum of general paresis, which is defined as "paralytic dementia; a form of neurosyphilis in which chronic meningoencephalitis causes gradual loss of cortical function, progressive dementia, and generalized paralysis." Onset 1 year. Birthplace shown as Wales, age 40. Date of birth unknown.
    James William Wilkinson - Birth Certificate
    James William Wilkinson - Birth Certificate
    'Fireman Becomes Insane' - Hawaiian Gazette, 8 Nov 1901
    "Fireman Becomes Insane" - Hawaiian Gazette, 8 Nov 1901
    The story about how Ah You, a Chinese fireman on the steamer Mikahala, "became suddenly insane from the heat of the furnace" and was led back to his cabin by James Wilkinson. Ah You "gave no more trouble."
    1871 Census - Joseph Wilkinson and Family
    1871 Census - Joseph Wilkinson and Family
    Census shows Joseph Wilkinson (age 24), an organ builder, living with his wife Ann (age 22) and sons James (2 yrs) and Joseph (2 months) at 9 Altrincham St in Manchester. Living with James Maguire (age 60, a labourer, born Ireland) and Ann Maguire (age 50) - both presumably Ann Wilkinson's parents.
    James Wilkinson - United States Inspector's License to Chief Engineers
    James Wilkinson - United States Inspector's License to Chief Engineers
    License 12 (31155) issued by the now-defunct Inspector of Hulls and Inspector of Boilers on 24 Feb 1906
    Census of the Hawaiian Islands - 25 June 1900 - James William Wilkinson
    Census of the Hawaiian Islands - 25 June 1900 - James William Wilkinson
    The census report shows James Wilkinson, age 31, on the S.S. Claudine. Date of birth shown as Apr 1869, which isn't quite accurate - birth certificate shows 24 Feb 1869. He is shown as being naturalised, and having emigrated to the United States in 1888. He is the 1st Engineer.
    James W. Wilkinson Obituary - <b>Hawaii Gazette</b> 9 Jul 1909, page 8-3.
    James W. Wilkinson Obituary - Hawaii Gazette 9 Jul 1909, page 8-3.
    "In this city, July 6, 1909, J.W. Wilkinson, a member of the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association and the Oceanic Lodge, No. 3?, F.&A.M. Funeral this Wednesday at 3 o'clock from the Masonic Temple."
    'Cutting Scrape:  Running Amuck [sic] of a Ranchman at a Picnic'
    "Cutting Scrape: Running Amuck [sic] of a Ranchman at a Picnic"
    The Daily Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii - 7 November 1892
    'Hope Led to a Violent Death'
    "Hope Led to a Violent Death"
    Pacific Commercial Advertiser - Honolulu, Hawaii - 5 August 1907
    'Made Insane By Heat - Chinese Fireman Tried to Jump Overboard'
    "Made Insane By Heat - Chinese Fireman Tried to Jump Overboard"
    The Hawaiian Star - Honolulu, Hawaii - 6 November 1901 - Page 1
    James William Wilkinson - Obituary
    James William Wilkinson - Obituary
    Pacific Commercial Advertiser - Honolulu, Hawaii - 8 July 1909 - Page 9
    'James W. Wilkinson [has] taken the oath to the Republic'
    "James W. Wilkinson [has] taken the oath to the Republic"
    The Daily Bulletin - Honolulu, Hawaii - 7 February 1895 - Page 5
    'The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association Number 100 have installed the following named officers to serve for the ensuing year:  Treasurer - James W. Wilkinson.'
    "The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association Number 100 have installed the following named officers to serve for the ensuing year: Treasurer - James W. Wilkinson."
    Evening Bulletin - Honolulu, Hawaii - 14 January 1909, Page 3
    Complete List of Foreigners Who are Now Citizens of the United States
    Complete List of Foreigners Who are Now Citizens of the United States
    James W Wilkinson - By Judge Estee - From 14 June to 1 September 1900 - "The Hawaiian Gazette" - Honolulu, Hawaii - 4 September 1900
    A Cutting Scrape
    A Cutting Scrape
    Evening Bulletin - Honolulu, Hawaii - 7 Nov 1892
    With the First Regiment - Hawaiian Star - 12 Feb 1896
    With the First Regiment - Hawaiian Star - 12 Feb 1896

    Headstones
    James William Wilkinson - Grave at Oahu Cemetery
    James William Wilkinson - Grave at Oahu Cemetery
    In the Masonic Lodge section

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Family Search Website, (http://www.familysearch.com), Family Search Ancestral File v4.19.
      February 1872 date of birth (in England) from Family Search website. The website indicates, "Ancestral File is a collection of genealogical information taken from Pedigree Charts and Family Group Records submitted to the Family History Department since 1978. The information has not been verified against any official records. Since the information in Ancestral File is contributed, it is the responsibility of those who use the file to verify its accuracy."
      Submitter: Naomi Luika Wilkinson, 45-618 Keole Street, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744. Microfilm 1394470, submission AF86-000827.

    2. [S54] 1900 United States Federal Census, ED5-B, Sheet 39.
      The 1900 United States Census - Census of the Hawaiian Islands shows that James indicated he was born in Apr 1869, and emigrated to the United States (Hawaii?) in 1888. I believe this date of birth is probably more accurate than the one from the Family History website.

    3. [S4901] U.K. General Register Office, Manchester Registration District, 1869 Birth, London Road, 198509-1 (Reliability: 3), 15 May 2008.
      James William Wilkinson born 24 FEB 1869 at 19 Lower Albion Street, Manchester. Birth registered 5 APR 1869.

    4. [S4916] Manchester Family History Research, Gerard Lodge (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S4962] Nanette N. Napoleon Report, Nanette N. Napoleon (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S59] Honolulu Star Bulletin (Reliability: 3), 21 Jun 2008.

    7. [S4901] U.K. General Register Office (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S4902] St Andrew's Cathedral - Honolulu, Stuart Ching - Historiographer, Stuart Ching - E-mail dated 24 May 2008 (Reliability: 3).