Family History of Midshipman Nathaniel Newton Wade

Midshipman Nathaniel Newton Wade was obviously at sea at the time of the 1881 census but I have been able to establish some facts about his family from the 1881 census.

His great grandparents were JOHN WADE, born about 1705, and ELIZABETH CHILD.

His grandparents were NATHANIEL NEWTON WADE, born about 1730 at Henbury, Glos, and ELIZABETH TAYLOR.

His father, a Baker & Confectioner employing 3 men and a boy, was NATHANIEL WADE, born 7.12.1830 at Bristol, Glos. He was married to AMELIA born at Bridstow, Hereford.

In 1881 his parents were both living at The Link Bakery. Malvern, Worcs with their children:-
ERNEST WADE age 16 - born at Horsefield, Glos. (referred to as 'Ern' in the diaries)
LOUISA G WADE age 15 - born at Horsefield, Glos
JAMES J WADE age 12 - born at Link House, Malvern. (referred to as Jimbo in the diaries - see letter below)
STEPHEN WADE age 9 also born at Link House, Malvern.

They also had a shop assistant, domestic servant and a lodger/gardener living with them.

There are several other Wade families in the area who could be related to Nathaniel. One in particular has a female head of household running a Bakery.
The others are all shop owners of various kinds, and could all be Nathaniel's aunts and uncles.

This is a letter to Nathaniel (Newt) from his brother James J Wade (Jimbo).

The address which has been cut off is -

148 Clare Road


and is dated Dec 18th 1891



Page 1 of Wade letter.

Page 2 of Wade letter

Page 3 of Wade letter

The letter reads: -

Dear Old Newt,

I just received this card from A - L or A-J? ( card says 'with Love from Aunty Currie), she says that you had called on her. I had not even heard of your safe arrival at Amsterdam, so you may guess I was surprised. I hope you received my letter from Liverpool. Left ship yesterday, called to see Ann and cousins last night and was just coming away when met Chas who asked me over to night for dinner, so of course I must go. Haven't seen the Edwards yet, but going just now, promised Mary I would call there and also Bristol but now I feel more like clearing off by next train but as you know it won't do, but I will come as soon as I can. Just drop me a line in answer to this c/o J J Wade as I shall be there tomorrow or Sunday. I haven't heard from home since I left Liverpool, do hope Mother is keeping up well. Did she know you were coming so soon? I hadn't heard a word about you since I received your letter from Malta. Must hurry up now, so goodbye old son for a day or so, give my love to Mother, say I will be there Monday at the latest.

Your affectionate brother


There is a reference on the internet to a Colonel Nathaniel Wade House at 78 County Road, Ipswich. It says that this house was built by Captain Thomas Wade in 1727 for Colonel Nathaniel Wade on land owned by Giles Firman. Unfortunately this site has now lapsed.

I wrote to Ipswich Council in England and they said that they did not have a County Road.

I wrote to Ipswich in USA but didnot get a reply.

I have recently come across a batch of postcards that I had not noticed before. These are all sent by Private Stephen l Wade S/2 S/R04278 from hospital in Rouen in the first World War. He was in the Field Bakery making it quite positive that he was related to the Bakery Wades of The Link.

I will add the results of further research done on this generation

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