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The Staniar family of Wilmington Delaware

The Wildrick Family

“The Wildrick Family”, written by H. G. Wildrick in 1949, contains the lines:-

163-4-2 Edward White Wildrick Jr. (6) married November 4, 1939, to Jean Ross Stanier, of Wilmington, Delaware. They have two children:

This page attempts to show how Jean Ross Stanier links to other Stanier families.

US 1920 census: Jean R Staniar

Jean Ross Stanier is presumably the Jean R Staniar listed in the 1920 census of 1019 Park Place, Wilmington DE (Roll T625_203, Page 8A)

Place of BirthOccupation
James F BALLHead66MarriedDelawareDelawarePennsylvaniaLawyer
Ida M BALLWife61MarriedDelawareDelawareDelaware 
Ethel B STANIARDaughter34MarriedDelawareDelawareDelawareCurtain Rod Maker?
Jean R STANIARGranddaughter7SingleDelawareNew JerseyDelaware 
Hylah GAINSServant23SingleVirginiaVirginiaVirginiaServant

US 1930 census: Jean R Staniar

The 1930 census of Park Place, Wilmington (Roll 290, Page 18B) shows

Place of BirthOccupation
Ethel Ball STANIARHead44DivorcedDelawareDelawareDelawareAntiques Dealer
Jean R STANIARDaughter17SingleDelawareNew YorkDelaware 
Emma R BALLCousin48SingleDelawareDelawarePennsylvania 
Mary WALSHServant50SingleNorthern IrelandNorthern IrelandNorthern IrelandServant

Tracking back through census returns to find cousins named Ethel B Ball and Emma R Ball leads to this partial tree:-

¹ The household in the 1870 census included a Jane Ross, born 1817 PA. She appears to be a visitor rather than an employee, so perhaps she was Hannah's elder sister. This would explain Jean Ross Staniar's second name, as it would have been her grandmother's maiden name.

Obituary: Jean Staniar Wildrick

The Florida Times-Union, 29 August 2000

WILDRICK - Jean Staniar Wildrick, Jacksonville resident for over 50 years, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2000. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Jean was the daughter of William Staniar, who was the former head of the Mechanical Engineering Department for the DuPont Company, and Ethel Ball. She attended Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, where she was Captain of the Womens Field Hockey Team. She was also the Director of The Delaware Antiques Show, one of the foremost antique shows in the United States, for 25 years. In the mid 1920s, her mother, Ethel Ball Staniar established the antique show which was held annually in Wilmington at the Hotel DuPont. Jean was the Technical Advisor in the establishment of the Charlotte Mint Museum Antique Show in Charlotte, NC and an appraiser of silver and antiques for estates in Jacksonville. She was an active member of St. Marks Episcopal Church, the Florida Yacht Club, and the Junior League of Jacksonville. She was on the Board of Directors for the Childrens Home Society of North Florida, Secretary of the English Speaking Union of Florida, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross Family Consultation Services. Mrs. Wildrick was predeceased by her husband, Edward W. Wildrick, Jr. on December 12, 1998 and is survived by her sons, Edward W. Wildrick, III (Patricia) of Nashville, TN and William S. Wildrick (Jennifer) of La Jolly, CA; grandchildren, Edward S. Wildrick, Edward W. Wildrick, IV, Charles ' Tad' W. Wildrick II, Ashley E Wildrick and Austin S. Wildrick; and step-grandchildren, Howard J. Nason Jr., Elizabeth C. Pergande, and Carol W. Chitwood. Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, September 1, 2000 at St. Marks Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Childrens Home Society of Florida, Buckner Division, at 3027 San Diego Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32207. Arrangements are being handled by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave.

US 1910 Census: William Staniar

William Staniar is shown as living with his mother Florence in the 1910 census of West Street, Wilmington DE (Roll T624_147, Page 8B)

Place of BirthOccupation
Florence STANIARHead51MarriedNew JerseyNew YorkNew York 
William STANIARSon26SingleNew JerseyNew JerseyNew JerseyMechanical engineer

US 1900 Census: William Staniar

William Staniar's father is shown as Walter in the 1900 census of Belleville NJ, where the family was lodging in the household of Frederick J Wisschusen (Roll T623_969, Page 8B)

NameRelationDate of BirthMarital
Place of BirthOccupation
Walter STANIARBoarderFebruary 1849Married 20 yearsNew JerseyEnglandEnglandBook Keeper
Florence STANIAR 1859Married    
William STANIARBoarderOctober 1883Single   Book Keeper

US 1880 Census: Walter Staniar

In 1880 Walter was living with his parents and siblings in William Street, Belleville (Roll 779, Page 323D). He was divorced, and must have married Florence soon after the census was taken.

Place of BirthOccupation
William STANNIERHead57MarriedEnglandEnglandEnglandWire Manufacturor
Elizabeth STANNIERWife54MarriedEnglandEnglandEnglandKeeping House
Walter STANNIERSon31WidowedNew JerseyEnglandEnglandClerk in Store
Clarissa STANNIERDaughter29SingleNew JerseyEnglandEnglandAt home
Mary STANNIERDaughter25SingleNew JerseyEnglandEnglandAt home
Lavinia STANNIERDaughter24SingleNew JerseyEnglandEnglandAt home
William STANNIERSon21SingleNew JerseyEnglandEnglandWorks in Wire Mill
George W STANNIERSon17SingleNew JerseyEnglandEnglandAt School

US 1860 Census: Walter Staniar

In 1860 the family were living in Belleville, sharing a house with what appear to be Walter's grandmother and 2 uncles. (Roll M653_690, Page 306)

NameAgeOccupationPlace of Birth
William STANIER35Wire Cloth ManufacturerEngland
Elizabeth STANIER32 England
Walter STANIER11 New Jersey
Clarissa STANIER9 New Jersey
Mary STANIER7 New Jersey
Lavinia STANIER3 New Jersey
William E STANIER1 New Jersey
Hannah STANIER64 England
Peter STANIER31BlacksmithEngland
James STANIER27TinsmithEngland

US 1850 Census: Walter Stanier

In 1850 the family were living in Belleville, with no other relatives (Roll M432_449, Page 131A). This might mean that William and Elizabeth went to America first, and were later joined by his mother and brothers.

NameAgeOccupationPlace of Birth
William STANIER26Wire MakerEngland
Elizabeth STANIER23 England
Walter STANIER1 New Jersey

England 1841 Census: Hannah Stanier

The names, dates of birth, and occupations of the Stanier family match very closely with one listed in the 1841 census of Pitt Street, Manchester (HO107/572/14 f27 p7).

NameAgeOccupationPlace of Birth
William STANIER45Wire WorkerLAN
William STANIER16Wire WorkerLAN
Richard STANIER14Plate WorkerLAN

This may be the correct family, but the absence of William Sr, Richard, and Hannah Jr would need to be explained. None of the three appear in UK censuses after 1841.

Suggested Family Tree of Jean Ross Staniar

² Familysearch lists only one marriage in England between a William Stanier and a Hannah between 1814 and 1824: William Stanier married Hannah Britain, 8 August 1820 Wolstanton LAN. But that family continued in Wolstanton past 1841.