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Family of Mary Ann Poole, born Birmingham 1809

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Avryll Report 29 Mar 2013 22:22

Researching children's family lines. Mary Ann Poole married William Wallis Mason in 1834 in Birmingham, she had brothers William and James, and sister Sarah. My children descend from their son James Collett Mason. hoping to find living descendants from either the Mason children (mostly girls) or from the Poole Family. Both William and James were artists and I think there is another brother George, also an artist........
Thanks :-)


ErikaH Report 29 Mar 2013 22:45

Start by looking in 'search all trees'

How much research have you done yourself?


Gins Report 30 Mar 2013 08:39

Cripes, he must have a very successful artist!

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name: James Collett Mason
Probate Date: 8 Feb 1930
Death Date: 14 Dec 1929
Death Place: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Registry: London, England

£127750 11s to Jessie Sussett Collett Mason (Widow) & Henry Leck McNaughton, stockbroker


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 30 Mar 2013 10:10

Is this of any use to you?

As for other descendents of the original couple, use census, and BMD to bring them into the 20th Century at which point members can help you trace living relatives. Without more recent names, it's the equivalent of asking us to research your whole family tree ;-)

Do you subscribe to Ancestry? There are several trees on there about this family. If you don't, register with to access the public trees. That might allow you to confirm your own research and to give us more up to date information


PricklyHolly Report 31 Mar 2013 09:41

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
about William Wallis Mason
Name: William Wallis Mason
Probate Date: 24 Nov 1885
Death Date: 15 Oct 1885
Death Place: Gloucestershire, England
Registry: Gloucester

The will of William Wallis Mason late of Heath Cottage Shortwood Nailsworth in the County of Glucestershire Gentleman who died 15 Oct 1885 at Heath Cottage was Proved at Gloucestershire by Louisa Sarah Mason of South Abbotsfield Great Malvern in the County of Worcester and Sarah Mason of Heath Cottage Spinsters the Daughters two of the Executors.

Personal Estate: £3,444 15s 2d


PricklyHolly Report 31 Mar 2013 10:17

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
about Jessie Susette Mason-Collett
Name: Jessie Susette Mason-Collett
Probate Date: 29 Apr 1937
Death Date: 15 Dec 1936
Death Place: Worcestershire, England
Registry: London, England

of Melton lodge Malvern Worcestershire widow.

to William Wallis Collett Collett-Mason of no occupation and Paul Braddon solicitor.

Effects: £8823 14s 6d


PricklyHolly Report 31 Mar 2013 10:35

Household transcription
1911 census

Person: MASON, William Wallis Collett
Address: Standerwick Northdown Avenue Margate

HESLOP, Walter Head Married M 58 1853 Private Tutor Lancs Manchester VIEW
HESLOP, Annie Alison Wife Married23 years F 51 1860 Kent Bromley Common VIEW
HESLOP, Irene Alison Daughter Single F 22 1889 Cheshire Lymm VIEW
HESLOP, Walter Theodore Barry Son Single M 18 1893 Student Kent Margate VIEW
BEVARS, Arthur Robert Visitor Single M 22 1889 Student Kent Margate VIEW
BALBERNIA, Arthur George Boarder Single M 17 1894 Student China Shanghai Resident VIEW
PENN-SIMKINS, Wallace George Boarder Single M 19 1892 Student India Baugatore Resident VIEW
MASON, William Wallis Collett Boarder Single M 15 1896 Student Argentina Santa Fe Resident VIEW
KNOX, Stuart George Edge Ireman Boarder M 14 1897 Student India Allahabad Resident VIEW
GOODSON, Alan Richard Lawson Boarder Single M 15 1896 Student Cheshire Knutsford VIEW
TURNER, Mary Maud Servant Single F 32 1879 Cook Domestic Kent St Lawrence VIEW
CHEWLEY, Alice Emily Servant Single F 25 1886 House-Parlourmaid Domestic Kent Margate VIEW
RG number: RG14
Piece: 4498
Reference: RG14PN4498 RG78PN185 RD63 SD2 ED16 SN211
Registration District: Thanet
Sub District: Margate
Enumeration District: 16
Parish: Margate St John the Baptist
Address: Standerwick Northdown Avenue Margate
County: Kent

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
about William Wallis Mason
Name: William Wallis Mason
Probate Date: 29 Oct 1957
Death Date: 28 Aug 1957
Death Place: Tunbridge Wells
Registry: London, England

William Wallis Collett Mason otherwise William Wallis of 71a Mount Ephraim Tunbridge Wells died 28 Aug 1957 at Calverley Hotel Tunbridge Wells.

to David Drummond solicitor and Kenneth Forbes Davison farmer and Peter Mason Opie author.

Effects: £72795 7s 8d


ErikaH Report 1 Apr 2013 10:16


Avryll Report 2 Apr 2013 10:04

Thanks everyone. i have a comprehensive history of the Collett-Mason family, and over years have undertaken research of gargantuan proportions on my own lines and on my children's lines. This Poole line was not researched, because it had always been thought that William W. Mason married twice, and therefore the line was not descended from any Poole contribution. Now it is confirmed that there was only one marriage, therefore I am focusing on this Poole line.
I knew from another source that the parents for Mary Ann Poole 1809 were William and Sarah. Census records - and yes I am aware how to check census records...gave me the names of two brothers william & James plus their occupations as Artists. another GR member kindly sent me the Obituaries for both William and James, which gave me the name of another brother Rev. George Poole, and advised that there were three sons and two daughters.

i wondered if a GR person had better chances of research than I had to find the marriage of William and Sarah, parents to these five Pooles. I think the marriage to Sarah Bardell looks likely and I will see if Freereg has such a record, although of course this site is still a work in progress. Fortunately the Poole's were a close knit family and each census record shows them flitting between homes, thus I was able to piece together the siblings.

Also I was rather hoping that a modern day Poole descendant might spot the post and get in contact. Findmypast, GR, Freebmd Freecen Freereg, Argentina .com LDS. oh and a few more.....I have more than thought of using them.......they have been good friends to me since 2005.
Peter Mason Opie as listed above, is Grandfather to my two Opie children....sadly they did little research into any of their lines...too busy writing books I suppose.

Thanks troops for all your help - i seldom ask for help and am grateful for your research,,,,,,,and the comments.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 2 Apr 2013 10:54

It's unlikely that any Poole descendents will happen upon this thread, but it would come up on an internet search.

Just make sure that GR always have your most up-to-date email address to that if they see it in the future they can subscribe and send you a personal message by click on your name.

If you can fnd any confirmed GRO index entries on Freebmd, you could leave a 'Post'em' message with a dedicated email address, not your day-to-day one! You could get a new email address from Gmail for instance.


Julia Report 10 Oct 2015 18:36

Hi I am checking out the history of Ashurst Place in Langton Green James Collett Mason lived here in 1922 -1927 ?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 10 Oct 2015 19:49

Julia, send Avryll a message by clicking on her name. If she still has the same email address, she'll be notifed that you are hoping to get in contact with her.


Avryll Report 6 May 2022 04:26

Julia ........this must be a shock, all these years later........have not used G.R. for ages, but am re-visiting the various Collett-Mason, Mason and Poole lines as I have found one or two discrepancies...always the way isn;t it, you think you have it all straight and has to be checked out again. I have been spending time on my Irish lines which has been exhausting, so my children's family lines have taken a back seat........
James Collett-Mason was G. Gt grandfather to my two Opie children. I have just recently had a pencil drawing of his, done by his his William Wallis, re framed and re mounted...........He was very short, only about 5'5" and his daughters and son had his stature. thank goodness we plebs have introduced some inches into the lineage.
Do you want some info on G.G. James C-M.......


ErikaH Report 6 May 2022 08:51

Send a PM to Julia by clicking on her name. I doubt very much that she is monitoring your thread after all this time, especially as the post above is the only one she has on the site.

She has not returned, as she obviously didn’t follow the advice about sending you a PM