Sudbury freemen surnames beginning with W

Sydney Gross Wheeler, having been a Volunteer in his youth, joined up with the 2/5 Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, and saw service in France, being promoted captain in 1917.

Sydney Gross Wheeler was a Freeman of the Borough of Sudbury and had an outstanding record of service to his native town.

He was educated at Sudbury Grammar School and became associated with his father, Frederick Wheeler, in his practice of auctioneer, valuers and estate agents and also in the timber firm of Wheelers Ltd. In 1939 he accepted an invitation to become Mayor, holding the office throughout the War years  and establishing a record of six years’ continuous service as the town’s chief citizen.

Admissions to the Freedom of the Borough of Sudbury in the early 19th century

The Waight family

Waight, John, victualler, admitted May 26th, 1809, borough and commons, by purchase

The Walsh family

Walsh, Sir John, of Warfield Park, admitted 21st October, 1831, Berks. & of Berkeley Sq., London, Baronet, M.P. Honorary Freedom

The Ward family

Ward, David, butcher, son of George, carpenter, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Ward, George, carpenter, admitted September 1st, 1800, borough and commons, by purchase

Ward, George, carpenter, apprentice to George Ward, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by apprenticeship

Ward, Thomas, of London, cordwainer, apprenticed to William Jones, cordwainer, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Wase family

Wase, Jeremiah, maltster, admitted November 10th, 1828, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Webb family

Webb, George, of Cross Street, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of William, bricklayer, admitted July 29th, 1839

Webb, Henry, weaver, son of James, soldier, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Henry, cordwainer, son of Thomas, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by birth

Webb, Henry, Sudbury, silkweaver, son of Henry, cordwainer, admitted May 29th, 1843

Webb, Henry, of Ballingdon, Sudbury, silkweaver, son of Henry of Ballingdon, harness maker, admitted August 3rd, 1860

Webb, Isaac, stonemason, apprenticed to John Leaning, stonemason, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, James, junior, weaver, admitted July 3rd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Richard, bricklayer, son of William, bricklayer, Capital Burgess, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Samuel, bricklayer, son of William, Capital Burgess, admitted July 30th, 1833, borough and commons, by birth

Webb, Stephen, of Melford, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, William, of Clare, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

Webb, Stephen, of Melford, bricklayer, apprenticed to William Webb, Capital Burgess, admitted May 22nd, 1826, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Webster family

Webster, George, of Melford, baker, son of Nathan, deceased, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough and commons, by birth

Webster, Nathan, silkweaver, son of Nathan, schoolmaster, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth

The Welham family

Welham, Henry, grocer, son of John William, of King Street, Sudbury, grocer and wine merchant, admitted May 6th, 1864

Welham, John William, grocer, apprenticed to Abraham Stevens Syer, grocer, admitted April 28th, 1831, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Wells family

Wells, Edward, junior, tailor, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wells, Edward, labourer, son of John, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wells, James, cordwainer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Thomas, cordwainer, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Thomas, baker, son of Thomas, deceased, admitted July 30th, 1833, borough and commons, by birth

Wells, Titus, Private in the East Suffolk Militia, son of John, admitted October 3rd, 1812, borough and commons, by birth

The Westrop family

Westrop, Hale William, grocer, admitted January 15th, 1831, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Wheeler family

Wheeler, Alfred, of Wigan End, (now East Street), Sudbury, bricklayer, son of Thomas, of Wigan End, Sudbury, bricklayer, admitted May 26th, 1857

Wheeler, Charles, of 89 East Street, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of Alfred, bricklayer, admitted May 2nd, 1879

Wheeler, Charles, of 23 Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of Thomas, innkeeper, admitted August 4th, 1896

Wheeler, Edward, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Edward, of Melford Road, silkweaver, son of James, silkweaver, admitted May 6th, 1859

Wheeler, Edward, of 36 Melford Road, Sudbury, furniture dealer, son of Thomas, innkeeper, admitted May 6th, 1881

Wheeler, Edward, of Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of Edward, butcher, admitted May 4th, 1888

Wheeler, Frederick, of 31 Melford Road, Sudbury, butcher, son of James, toll collector, of 31 Melford Road, Sudbury, admitted May 3rd, 1872

Wheeler, Frederick, of Friars Street, Sudbury, auctioneer, son of Joseph, upholsterer, deceased, admitted May 4th, 1883

Wheeler, Frederick Benjamin, of Friars Street, Sudbury, estate agent, son of Frederick, auctioneer, admitted June 18th, 1897

Wheeler, George, son of James, admitted May 5th, 1865

Wheeler, George, of 77 North Street, Sudbury, cabinet-maker, son of George, butcher, admitted May 5th, 1896

Wheeler, George Harry Stephen, of 89 East Street, Sudbury, carpenter, son of Alfred, bricklayer, admitted August 3rd, 1883

Wheeler, George James, of Pimlico Road, London, greengrocer, son of Thomas, bricklayer, deceased, admitted August 5th, 1887

Wheeler, Henry, weaver, son of Henry, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, James, hostler, son of John, hostler, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough and commons, by birth

Wheeler, James, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted July 28th, 1830, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, James, son of James, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, James, son of Henry, of 21 North Street, Sudbury, worsted weaver, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, James, son of James, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, John, weaver, son of Henry, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, cordwainer, son of John, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough and commons, by birth

Wheeler, John, silkweaver, son of Joseph, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, silkweaver, admitted July 29th, 1837, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, John, son of John, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Joseph, weaver, son of Joseph, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Joseph, silkweaver, admitted August 25th, 1837, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Joseph, son of John, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Raymond, Laburnum Villa, Lavenham Road, (now Waldingfield Road/East Street), Sudbury, tailor, son of John, cordwainer, deceased, admitted June 12th, 1891

Wheeler, Thomas, weaver, son of Thomas, weaver, admitted June 10, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Thomas, bricklayer, son of John, weaver, admitted June 10th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wheeler, Thomas, weaver, son of Joseph, junior, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 29th, 1843

Wheeler, Thomas, son of James, of Walnuttree Lane, Sudbury, admitted May 2nd, 1856

Wheeler, Thomas, of Sepulchre Street, (now Gainsborough Street), Sudbury, painter, son of Thomas, admitted May 7th, 1858

Wheeler, Thomas, of Melford Road, Sudbury, publican’s assistant, son of Thomas, publican, admitted May 4th, 1888

The Wife family

Wife, Joseph, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Wilkinson family

Wilkinson, Henry Watts, admitted 1st February, 1825, clerk, Honorary Freedom, perpetual Curate of St. Gregory and St. Peter, in that town, as a mark of respect for his zealous and faithful performance of the duties of his sacred office during a period of 18 years.

The Williams family

Williams, Thomas, of London, plasterer, apprenticed to John Lake, plasterer, admitted April 7th, 1828, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Williamson family

Williamson, John, victualler, admitted May 31st, 1821, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Willingham family

Willingham, James, baker, admitted June 12th, 1801, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wilsmore family

Wilsmore, Edward Matthias, cabinet maker, admitted September 4th, 1820, borough and commons, by purchase, 30 guineas

The Wing family

Wing, Samuel, baker, admitted May 10th, 1804, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wiskin family

Wiskin, William, of London, cordwainer, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by birth

The Witts family

Witts, Richard Parish, wine merchant, borough and commons, by purchase, 15 guineas

The Woods family

Woods, Thomas, linen draper, apprenticed to Henry Haywood, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by apprenticeship

The Woolby family

Woolby, Thomas Brackett, bookbinder and printer, admitted June 18th, 1802, borough only, by servitude

Woolby, William, draper and tailor, admitted May 17th, 1807, borough and commons, by purchase

The Wordley family

Wordley, William, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

The Worts family

Worts, Mannister, brazier, admitted September 2nd, 1805, borough and commons, by purchase

Worts, Mannistre, brazier, son of Mannistre, brazier, admitted July 28th, 1834, borough and commons, by birth

The Wrangham family

Wrangham, Digby Cayley, admitted 21st October 1831, of Wilton Crescent, Hyde Park, London, Esqre., M.P. , Honorary Freedom

The Wright family

Wright, Adam, appears on a list of Sudbury Freemen from 1729 showing what animals they depastured on the Commons and the fees they paid. Adam depastured one mare and paid a fee of three shillings.
Wright, Cecil Gipson, of Fairfield View, York Road, son of William Henry Wright, brewer’s clerk, deceased, admitted July 8th, 1913.
Wright, David, hortar, (gardener), admitted May 5th, 1724 (David may have been the son of another David Wright, gardener, who apprenticed John Hewett, on March 24th, 1723. It is also possible that David took an apprentice before he was formally admitted to the Freedom.)
Wright Edward, Son of Wright John of Sudbury aforesaid Tinman was by & with his sd father’s consent bound apprentice unto Robert Vale of Sudbury weaver to serve for 7 years from date of Indrs dated 25th Feby appears (1718 /1719?)
Wright, Isaac, weaver, son of Richard, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough only, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Isaac Wright of the said Borough weaver, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, only, as being the son of Richard Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Isaac, jun., a Private in the East Essex Militia, son of Isaac Wright of sd Borough, weaver, born in the Borough, admitted October 28th, 1806, borough only, by birth and he took the Oath (Father sworn) (Sudbury Borough Draft minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1791 – 1815)
Wright, James, maltster, admitted October 14th, 1805, borough and commons, by purchase (Sudbury Borough Draft Minute Book of the court of orders and decrees 1791 – 1815: June 23rd, 1809 “James Wright of the said Borough and maltster is elected into the office of a Capital Burgess of the said Borough in the room and place of Isaac Olive deceased”; elected Bailiff September 2nd 1811 for the year ensuing and sworn October 14th 1811; elected Chief Constable September 7th 1812. February 1815, James Wright was declared bankrupt.)
Wright, James, shopkeeper, admitted January 31st, 1800, borough, and commons, by purchase (Sudbury Borough Draft minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1791 – 1815: “James Wright is a single man. James Wright of this Borough shopkeeper purchased the Freedom of this Borough and of the Commons thereunto appertaining at the price of fifteen guineas which he paid to the Treasurers and is admitted accordingly, and he affirmed according to the oath of a Freeman of the Borough.”)
Wright, John, by purchase, listed in a 1703 register of electors, as a Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury
Wright, John, victualler, admitted October 11th, 1756, by purchase. (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1750 – 1771: “At this Court Mr. John Wright of the said Borough Victualler is elected one of the Free Burgesses of this Borough and Common Lands thereunto belonging upon payment of the sum of Fifteen Pounds and fifteen Shillings which sum he immediately paid into the hands of the Treasurers (William Humphry and Richard Gardiner) of the said Borough. And the said John Wright was Sworn one of the Free Burgesses of the Borough aforesaid, and hath no child.”)
Wright, John, brasier, admitted February 28th, 1772 (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “John Wright Brasier who served seven years apprenticeship within this Borough to Mr William Humphry one of the aldermen of this Borough, after the said William Humphry was made free of this Borough”)
Wright, John, brazier, son of Thomas, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “John Wright of the said Borough Brasier claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, and of the Commons thereunto appertaining, as being the son of Thomas Wright, a free burgess, and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly, and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Richard, Apprentice to William Lee, appears on a register of electors in 1703 as a Free Burgess of the Borough of Sudbury
Wright, Richard, shoemaker, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough only, by apprenticeship (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Richard Wright of the said Borough shoemaker, claimed to be admitted to the the Freedom of the said Borough, only, having served seven years of apprenticeship within the said Borough, to Thomas Elliston, a free Burgess, and was admitted accordingly, and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Richard, shoemaker, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough only, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Richard Wright the elder of the said Borough shoemaker, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, only, as being the son of Richard Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Richard, labourer, son of Thomas, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Richard Wright of the said Borough labourer, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, and of the Commons thereunto appertaining, as being the son of Thomas Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Samuel, house servant, admitted February 28th, 1772, Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780
Wright, Samuel, labourer, son of Thomas, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Samuel Wright of the said Borough labourer, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, and of the Commons thereunto appertaining, as being the son of Thomas Wright (Gaoler) a free burgess, and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.”)
Wright, Samuel, tailor, son of Richard, gaoler, admitted October 2nd, 1812, borough, and commons by birth
Wright, Thomas, victualler, admitted February 28th, 1772, Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780 (He may be the TW appointed overseer of the Cornmarket in 1750 and father of Thomas Wright, carpenter admitted 28.2.1772)
Wright, Thomas, carpenter, admitted February 28th, 1772 (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: “Ordered that the Indenture of apprenticeship of Thomas Wright the younger with the consent of Thomas Wright of the said Borough victualler his father to Daniel Moulton of said Borough carpenter from this date thereof for seven years in consideration of eight pounds Dates 26th April 1753 be inrolled”)
Wright, Thomas, senior, gaoler, son of John, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: Thomas Wright the older, keeper of the common gaol, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, and of the Commons thereunto appertaining, as being the son of John Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.)
Wright, Thomas, weaver, son of Thomas, admitted July 9th, 1778, borough only, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: Thomas Wright of the said Borough weaver, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, only, as being the son of Thomas Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.)
Wright, Thomas, carpenter, son of Thomas, admitted July 10th, 1778, borough and commons, by birth (Extract from the Sudbury Borough Minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1771 – 1780: Thomas Wright carpenter, claimed to be admitted to the Freedom of the said Borough, and of the Commons thereunto appertaining, as being the son of Thomas Wright, a free burgess and born within the said Borough; and was admitted accordingly , and took the oath of a Freeman of the said Borough.)
Wright, Thomas, late of the said Borough, weaver, but then a private soldier in his Majesty’s first, or Chatham Division of Marines, son of Thomas Wright of North Street in sd Borough, weaver, admitted May 24th, 1781, borough only, by birth Mary, the wife of Fras Noble being sworn says the sd Thos Wright was born in North Street within the Borough. (Sudbury Borough Draft Minute Book of the court of orders and decrees 1781 – 1785)
Wright, Thomas, of Deptford Dock Yards, Kent, admitted October 27th, 1806, borough, and commons, by birth (Sudbury Borough Draft minute book of the court of orders and decrees 1791 – 1815: Thos Wright of Deptford Dockyards was admitted to the freedom of Town and Commons as son of John Wright late of said Borough brazier deceased and born in said Borough and he took the Oath. Francis Fyler uncle sworn, that nephew was born in borough and of age)
Wright, Thomas, son of Isaac, weaver, admitted June 17th, 1818, borough only, by birth
Wright, Thomas, silkweaver, son of Isaac, silkweaver, deceased, admitted May 26th, 1857
Wright, William, silkweaver, son of Isaac, silkweaver, deceased, admitted May 26th, 1857
Wright, William Henry, of Church Row, Sudbury, brewer’s clerk, son of William, silkweaver, admitted August 2nd, 1878 (Sudbury Cemetery W27: Headstone: Born January 17th, 1857, died April 23rd 1906 / Singing evermore on high alleluia / also of Caroline Wright his wife died August 14th 1932 aged 78 years)

The Wyatt family

Wyatt, John, of Braintree, silkweaver, son of Peter, weaver, admitted June 18th, 1818, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, John, of the Croft, Sudbury, bricklayer, son of William, whitesmith, deceased, admitted August 5th, 1859

Wyatt, John Storer, of Glemsford, cordwainer, son of John, late, admitted July 22nd, 1833, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Richard, whitesmith, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Richard, a Private soldier belonging to the 83rd Regiment of Foot, son of William, whitesmith, late, admitted June 12th, 1826, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, Thomas, weaver, admitted July 2nd, 1802, borough only, by birth

Wyatt, William, of Sudbury and Worthing, Sussex, whitesmith and engineer, son of William, whitesmith, late, admitted July 29th, 1830, borough only, by birth