Person:Alfred Whitaker (1)

Alfred Whitaker
d.Bet Jul 1852 and Sep 1852 (Jul - Sep 1852) Frome Registration District, Somerset, England
m. 19 Jun 1798
  1. Alfred Whitaker1799 - 1852
  2. Joshua Whitaker1801 - 1864
  3. Edward Thomas Whitaker1802 - 1877
  4. Philip Whitaker1803 -
  5. Emma Whitaker1805 -
  6. Anne Whitaker1807 -
  7. Anne Whitaker1807 -
  8. John Whitaker1810 - 1864
  9. George Whitaker1811 - 1882
  10. Edwin Eugene Whitaker1814 -
  11. Edward Eugene Whitaker1814 - 1880
  • HAlfred Whitaker1799 - 1852
  • WSarah Waylen1800 - Abt 1823
m. Abt 10 Jun 1823
m. 1828
  1. Alfred Romilly Whitaker - 1835
  2. Edgar Whitaker1831 - 1903
  3. Edward Whitaker1833 -
  4. Edith Rose Whitaker1835 - 1885
Facts and Events
Name Alfred Whitaker
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 Jul 1799 Bratton, Wiltshire, England
Christening? 27 Jul 1799 Bratton, Wiltshire, England
Marriage Abt 10 Jun 1823 Devizes, Wiltshire, EnglandSt. John the Baptist
to Sarah Waylen
Marriage 1828 Stratford le Bow, Middlesex, EnglandSt. Mary
to Catherine Mary Woolbert
Death[2] Bet Jul 1852 and Sep 1852 (Jul - Sep 1852) Frome Registration District, Somerset, England

Alfred Whitaker was born on 27 Jul 1799, at Bratton, Wiltshire, England, the son of Philip Whitaker and Anne Andrews.



The first recorded evidence that Alfred Whitaker was practising as a solicitor in Frome, Somerset is on May 6, 1823, Alfred Whitaker, Solicitor, Frome and his clerk J. Buller are witnesses to the will of James Clement, Clothier of Frome. Both of them were also witnesses to a codicil to the will dated March 22, 1825. The will was proved on May 11, 1825 by the executors at PCC London.

On Monday, August 29th, 1825 the Salisbury and Winchester Journal reported the forthcoming sale of the Estate of Messrs. C. and R. Willoughby on Thursday the 20th day Of September, 1825. Mr.Whitaker, solicitor of Frome is given as one of the solicitors, ‘at whose respectable Offices plans of the Estates may be seen’.

In 1827 a rate of 1s 6d was being charged for a house and office, etc., in Cork Street occupied by Whitaker and owned by a Thomas Bunn.

The Robson’s 1839 Directory, the 1840 and 1842 General Directory for the County of Somerset list Alfred Whitaker of Cork Street as Solicitor, Master Extraordinary in Chancery, Perpetual Commissioner, Commissioner of Bankrupts & Clerk to the Trustees of the Bath & Warminster Roads. In the 1843 Law Lists, Alfred Whitaker is listed as a Country Attorney practising at Frome and is the agent for the London Solicitor, E.T. Whitaker. (Probably his brother, Edward Thomas Whitaker).


According to Pallot’s Marriage Index for England: 1780 – 1837, Alfred Whitaker of Froome (sic) Selwood married Sarah Waylen at St. John the Baptist, Devizes, Wiltshire,England in 1823. This was on or after June 10, as the Wiltshire Family History Society records a Marriage Licence Bond for the same couple dated Devizes St. John, June 10,1823 , Alfred Whitaker Attorney of Frome Selwood, Somerset, a batchelor and Sarah Waylen a spinster of Devizes St. John, Wiltshire. The Bondsman was Robert Waylen Jun., Silk Throwster of Devizes. In 'The House of Wayland' published by James Waylen in 1886 he states: 'Sarah, born 1800; mar. 1823 to Alfred Whitaker of Frome, solicitor, and died three months afterwards'.

Pallot’s Marriage Index for England: 1780 – 1837 records the marriage of Alfred Whitaker of Froome Selwood, Somerset to Catherine Mary Woolbert a minor at St.Mary, Stratford Le Bow in 1828 (consent of Thos Dedrich Woolbert the father)

On March 5, 1835 the Bath Chronicle reported the death of Alfred Romilly Whitaker on March 1, the eldest child of Alfred Whitaker, esq; solicitor, Frome, aged 4 years and 10 months. I was probably this event which prompted the mass baptism of the remaining children. On August 5, 1835 three children were baptised at St. John the Baptist, Frome to parents Alfred and Catherine Whitaker, Edgar (born 26 Sep 1831), Edward (born 11 Mar 1833) and Edith Rose (born 31 Mar 1835).


Census Returns

Pallot's Marriage Index


  1. Church of Later Day Saints, International Genealogical Index, Batch C152351.
  2. General Register Office, England and Wales, Civil Registration Indexes, Frome Volume 5c Page 364.