William WESTON was born abt. 1842 in Wootton, Northamptonshire, England. He married Louisa KNIBBS 12 August 1867 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. He died 05 February 1919 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England. Louisa KNIBBS, daughter of Joseph KNIBBS and Elizabeth WEBB , was born 1850 in Swerford, Oxfordshire, England. She died bef. 21 April 1934 in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, England.


Children of William WESTON and Louisa KNIBBS are:
1. Mary Elizabeth WESTON, b. bef. 17 January 1869
2. George WESTON, b. bef. 28 July 1872
3. John WESTON, b. abt. 1871
4. Wilfred James WESTON, b. 16 October 1873
5. Harry Robert WESTON, b. bet. January and March, 1876
6. Lilian WESTON, b. 16 April 1887

Marriage Notes for William WESTON\Louisa KNIBBS:

Witnesses to the marriage were Benjamin and Ann Webb.

William was a bachelor from Duns Tew, son of Charles, labourer
Louisa was a spinster, aged 18


Notes for William WESTON:

William's father was Charles Weston, a labourer
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The Swerford PR transcript shows William as of Swerford. I have learned from his ggggranddaughter Carys McCarthy that he was actually born in Wootton, Northants.
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I understand from Carys and her mother Shirley Williams, that William was a blacksmith, apprenticed to George Hunt in Kidlington, Oxon. He appears in the 1861 census aged 18, born in Glympton which is the next village to Wootton. However, in all other census' his birth place is given as Wootton.
He worked at Duns Tew and Chacombe before settling at the Smithy at Hook Norton in a house which was once an inn (The Talbot?). The house is still there but it's no longer a smithy.
George Hunt Head Mar 41 Grocers & Blacksmiths Oxon Finstock
Elizabeth Hunt Wife Mar 34 Oxon Chilson
James Hunt Son 4 Scholar Oxon Kiddington
Stephen Maycock Serv UnM 58 Blacksmith Oxon Charlbury
Herbert Hodges Apprentice UnM 28 Blacksmith Oxon Wooton
William Weston Apprentice 18 Blacksmith Oxon Glympton
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In 1871, we see William and his family living at the Cottage, Chacombe, Oxfordshire:
William Weston Head Mar 28 Journeyman Shoeing Smiith Oxon Wooton
Louisa Weston Wife Mar 21 Smiths Wife Oxon Swerford
Mary E Weston Daur 2 Oxon Wescot Barton
John Weston Son 6 months Oxon Northamptonshire Chacombe
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William appears with his family in the 1881 census for England and Wales, living at Hook Norton, Oxfordshire.
William Weston, born Wootton, Oxfordshire, aged 38 Blacksmith
Louisa Weston, born Swerford, Oxfordshire, aged 31
John Weston, born Chacombe, Northamptonshire, age 10, a scholar
Wilfred J Weston, born Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, age 7, a scholar
Harry R Weston, born Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, age 5, a scholar
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In 1891, we see William and family living at Jarrett Street, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire:
William Weston Head Mar 48 Blacksmiths Machinist Oxon Wootton
Louisa Weston Wife Mar 41 Oxon Swerford
Harry R Weston Son 15 Apprenctice to Father Oxon Hook Norton
Lillian Weston Daur 3 Oxon Hook Norton
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William also appears in the 1901 census still living at Hook Norton working as he described it, a General and Shoeing Smith.
William Weston58 Oxon WoottonOxfordGeneral & Shoeing Smith
Louisa Weston51 Oxon SwerfordOxford 
Lillian Weston13 Oxon Hook Norton OxfordMothers Help

Also living with this family, listed as a visitor, was George Knibbs, the grand-nephew of William's wife Louisa Knibbs. George is listed as aged 4 years. Why he was living with his great-aunt Louisa is a bit of mystery, but it could have been for any number of reasons. George was born at around the time his mother, Sara Georgina Knibbs Rose married Albert Turvey so we don't know for sure who George's father was.

Living next door are William's son Wildred with his young family:
Wilfred Weston27Oxon Hook NortonGeneral & Shoeing Smith
Sarah Weston24Hereford BraintonHook Norton 
Selina Weston6MOxon Hook NortonHook Norton
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In 1911, William was living at Hook Norton, Oxfordshire:
William Weston Head 68 Married Blacksmith Wootton Oxfordshire
Maria Weston Wife 61 Married (43 years) Swerford Oxfordshire
Mary Weston Visitor 51 Single Glympton Oxfordshire

The census shows that Maria had 6 children, 2 of whom died before 1911.

Sources for William WESTON:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. Personal Contact with Carys McCarthy, gggranddaughter of William Weston,
  3. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. 1861 British Census,
  6. 1871 British Census,
  7. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Louisa KNIBBS:

Sources for Louisa KNIBBS:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales Chipping Norton District, 3Qtrr1849 
  3. 1861 British Census,
  4. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,

Notes for Mary Elizabeth WESTON:

Sources for Mary Elizabeth WESTON:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,
  3. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1837-1983 

Notes for George WESTON:

Sources for George WESTON:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Swerford,
  2. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,

Notes for John WESTON:

It is understood from Carys Weston, John's ggrand-neice that John was a soldier. She believes he died in the 1940's in Northampton.

Sources for John WESTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Carys McCarthy, gggranddaughter of William Weston,
  2. 1881 British Census,

Notes for Wilfred James WESTON:

I am told by Shirley (Weston) Williams, Wilfrid James Weston's granddaughter that he married Sarah Cowper 8.4.1899 at Hook Norton Wesleyan Chapel.

Sources for Wilfred James WESTON:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Hook Norton,
  2. Personal Contact with Carys McCarthy, gggranddaughter of William Weston,
  3. GRO England & Wales,
  4. 1881 British Census,
  5. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Harry Robert WESTON:

The following information was received from Gerald Atkinson in July 2004. Gerald's wife is descended from Harry Weston:

Harry Robert Weston b.21.1.1876 in Hook Norton Oxfordshire he married Clara Dorricott b.1876 in Shrewsbury Shropshire they had four children my wife's mother Lillian Louisa Weston b.1913 married William Cyril Phillips b.1912 both born in Shrewsbury Shropshire my wife's parents. Harry's other children Leonard James Weston b,1904 Reginald Weston b.1911 and a Jack Weston no information on

Harry Robert Weston married Clara Dorricott 4/11/1903 St. Marys Church Shrewsbury

Sources for Harry Robert WESTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Carys McCarthy, gggranddaughter of William Weston,
  2. 1881 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD, FreeBMD gave date and Banbury District 
  4. GRO England & Wales,
  5. 1891 British Census,

Notes for Lilian WESTON:

Sources for Lilian WESTON:

  1. Personal Contact with Carys McCarthy, gggranddaughter of William Weston,
  2. 1901 British Census,