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Significant Memorials, Headstones and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

John James Wilson

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Wilson (thank you David Hewick researcher). John James Wilson was born in Lambeth, London around 1818, where he was also baptised in 1833. John James married Elizabeth Parker in 1845 and started his family with the birth (in Bayswater, London) of Elizabeth Parker Wilson in the same year. In the 1851 census, she is listed (age 5) along with Charles (age 1) and the wife's sister Josephine Parker (age 22). The address is recorded as 13 Park Place, Milton, near Gravesend, Kent. At this time John James' wife is recorded as visiting, with 3-year-old daughter Mary, the home (in Reigate, Surrey) of Charles Davidson, his wife Ann and family, By the 1861 census, the family was living at 3 West Terrace Folkestone, Kent, and circumstances had significantly moved on. John James' children are listed as Mary B (age 13, born Redhill, Surrey), Charles J (age 11, born Redhill, Surrey), Robert B (age 9, born Leicester, Leicestershire), John M (age 7, born Gravesend, Kent), William (age 6, born Folkestone), Frank (age 5, born Folkestone), Amy (age 3, born Folkestone), Vernon (age 5 months, born Folkestone). There is no mention of the 15-year-old daughter Elizabeth. Josephine Parker is recorded as 'Sister in law' and 'Fundholder'. By the 1871 census, Sidney, Ada and Minnie (aged 7,6 and 4 respectively) had also been born. John and Vernon were no longer listed. The latter having died later in 1861. Josephine Parker (age 42), the unmarried sister-in-law, is still mentioned as living wth the family. The address at the time is given as Belle Vue House, Folkestone John James Wilson exhibited at the main galleries and societies throughout the British Isles. These included the Royal Academy of Arts (55 paintings), the British Institution (57 paintings), Royal Society of British Artists (384 paintings), the Royal Scottish Academy (106 paintings) Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (3 paintings), and the Royal Hibernian Academy (14 paintngs). He exhibited his first painting (Cottages near Southampton) at the British Institution in 1834. In 1875, the year of his death, three paintings (The old 'Star' Newington, Kent; On the coast, Etretat, Normandy; Trawler going out-Normandy) were exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) priced at £35, £30 and £50 respectively. These paintings were submitted by his widow. At the age of around 28, the quality of John James Wilson's work was recognised when he was elected a member of the RBA in 1845. Many of his seascapes featured locations around the English Channel. These and his other paintings are still popular and are sold at auction rooms around the UK and elsewhere. Examples of the prices for some of his larger marine paintings are as follows. 'Fishing Vessels off the Isle of Wight', £7200, 24x43in (Sotheby's, London, 29 March 2003); 'The approaching storm, South Coast possibly off Folkestone', £5434, 24x36in (Lyndsay Burns, Perth, Scotland; 14 December 2010); 'Watching for the return of the fishing fleet, Calais', £3000, 24x36in (Christie's, London, 7 June 2017). The approaching storm, South Coast possibly off Folkestone. Oil on canvas, signed with initials and dated 1871. His works can also be purchased from well-established dealers, one of whom says 'Wilson's work was vigorous, bright and attractive and compares favourably with many of the better artists of his time'. The enduring popularity of John James Wilson's paintings is evident in that prints and painted copies of his works are readily available, and that eighteen of his paintings are distributed in public art collections throughout the UK. More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Wilson  
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS
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Significant Memorials,

Headstones

and Plots

Over the last 150 years Folkestone and district has been a very fashionable place to visit attracting many well connected and interesting people - as well as being the place where many senior military figures retired. As we discover significant memorials or plots we will add them to these pages.

John James Wilson

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Wilson (thank you David Hewick researcher). John James Wilson was born in Lambeth, London around 1818, where he was also baptised in 1833. John James married Elizabeth Parker in 1845 and started his family with the birth (in Bayswater, London) of Elizabeth Parker Wilson in the same year. In the 1851 census, she is listed (age 5) along with Charles (age 1) and the wife's sister Josephine Parker (age 22). The address is recorded as 13 Park Place, Milton, near Gravesend, Kent. At this time John James' wife is recorded as visiting, with 3- year-old daughter Mary, the home (in Reigate, Surrey) of Charles Davidson, his wife Ann and family, By the 1861 census, the family was living at 3 West Terrace Folkestone, Kent, and circumstances had significantly moved on. John James' children are listed as Mary B (age 13, born Redhill, Surrey), Charles J (age 11, born Redhill, Surrey), Robert B (age 9, born Leicester, Leicestershire), John M (age 7, born Gravesend, Kent), William (age 6, born Folkestone), Frank (age 5, born Folkestone), Amy (age 3, born Folkestone), Vernon (age 5 months, born Folkestone). There is no mention of the 15- year-old daughter Elizabeth. Josephine Parker is recorded as 'Sister in law' and 'Fundholder'. By the 1871 census, Sidney, Ada and Minnie (aged 7,6 and 4 respectively) had also been born. John and Vernon were no longer listed. The latter having died later in 1861. Josephine Parker (age 42), the unmarried sister-in-law, is still mentioned as living wth the family. The address at the time is given as Belle Vue House, Folkestone John James Wilson exhibited at the main galleries and societies throughout the British Isles. These included the Royal Academy of Arts (55 paintings), the British Institution (57 paintings), Royal Society of British Artists (384 paintings), the Royal Scottish Academy (106 paintings) Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (3 paintings), and the Royal Hibernian Academy (14 paintngs). He exhibited his first painting (Cottages near Southampton) at the British Institution in 1834. In 1875, the year of his death, three paintings (The old 'Star' Newington, Kent; On the coast, Etretat, Normandy; Trawler going out-Normandy) were exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) priced at £35, £30 and £50 respectively. These paintings were submitted by his widow. At the age of around 28, the quality of John James Wilson's work was recognised when he was elected a member of the RBA in 1845. Many of his seascapes featured locations around the English Channel. These and his other paintings are still popular and are sold at auction rooms around the UK and elsewhere. Examples of the prices for some of his larger marine paintings are as follows. 'Fishing Vessels off the Isle of Wight', £7200, 24x43in (Sotheby's, London, 29 March 2003); 'The approaching storm, South Coast possibly off Folkestone', £5434, 24x36in (Lyndsay Burns, Perth, Scotland; 14 December 2010); 'Watching for the return of the fishing fleet, Calais', £3000, 24x36in (Christie's, London, 7 June 2017). The approaching storm, South Coast possibly off Folkestone. Oil on canvas, signed with initials and dated 1871. His works can also be purchased from well- established dealers, one of whom says 'Wilson's work was vigorous, bright and attractive and compares favourably with many of the better artists of his time'. The enduring popularity of John James Wilson's paintings is evident in that prints and painted copies of his works are readily available, and that eighteen of his paintings are distributed in public art collections throughout the UK. More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Wilson  
SIGNIFICANT MEMORIALS