Since my last post on them, I’ve been tracking Mr. W. A. V. Waldron and Miss B. Waldron through Ancestry.com. Here’s some of what I’ve been able to piece together.
William Arthur Vaughan Waldron was born in 1876 in Kent and died in 1933 in Penzance. Tracking this name through the census records revealed the most likely candidate as the William Waldron who, in 1891, was living in Hampstead, London with his dad Herbert, who was a retired army captain, and two sisters, Lilian and Kathleen.
Going back to the 1871 census, a few years before William was born, yields more information about this family. At that time, Herbert and Margaret Waldron were living in Sussex. They had four-year-old twin daughters, Beatrice M. and Lilian C., who were born in Southsea, and a ten-year-old son.
The 1901 census records 24-year-old Vaughan Waldron, born in Kent and working as a secretary, living with his 34-year-old sister M. Beatrice, born in Southsea. The names are slightly different, but the ages and birthplaces match my earlier finds. Beatrice apparently had not married, leaving her “Miss B. Waldron.” They lived, with a cook from Barbados, at 154 Sauderdale Mansions in London.
Were these the W. A. V. and B. Waldron of skating fame? It seems possible, but there is much more work to be done.
1871 England Census, Colgate, Sussex, digital image s.v. “Lilian C Waldron,” Ancestry.com.
1891 England Census, Hampstead, London, digital image s.v. “William Waldron,” Ancestry.com.
1901 England Census, Paddington, London, digital image s.v. “M Beatrice Waldron,” Ancestry.com.
“Cornwall, England, Parish Registers, 1538-2010,” digital image s.v. “William Arthur Vaughan Waldron,” Ancestry.com.
“England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915,” digital image s.v. “William Arthur V Waldron,” Ancestry.com.