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Date of birth:
Tuesday 24th February 1807.
1833-1842 - Kings Street, Dover, Kent, England.
Tuesday 15th June 1819 - Saturday 24th March 1821 - Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, England.
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Admit number: 4195.
Admission: 10 guineas per annum [£10.50 in today's money, measuringworth's calculator would say the relative value is £921.30.].
Life at Ackworth.
Caroline remained at Ackworth for the full duration of her education, meaning she had no contact with her family for two-years.
Caroline, Sophia, Thomas Enock and Thomas Gilkes, would have only seen one another at meeting for worship or other public occasions. To spend time together, the relatives would have congregated on a path running midway between the two wings known as "The Flags".
Scholars studied during the day, and undertook some manual work out-of-hours.
The curriculum between 1819-1821 consisted of:
Manual work included:
An essential feature to education at Ackworth
was meeting for worship. A small part of every day was devoted to silent and
Relatives who attended Ackworth in the past:
'I have just checked the Rochester minutes & certs, but no indication she or the family transferred to the Rochester Meeting. There is merely a burial note recorded and the cert was sent to the Folkestone meeting where she was still a member. She is not interred in Rochester Friends Ground, so presumably her body was taken back to her home. She appears to have been on a visit to her in laws when she died, but her husband had stayed in Dover.' - Catharina Clement
The family after Caroline's death:
'He gave up his post as registrar for the Folkestone meeting in September 1842 and removed to Birmingham meeting with his 4 children in January 1843. (Mary Caroline is still alive then), but deceased by the time the family come to Rochester in March 1848. She either died in Hants or Birmingham. I would assume he went to his in laws the Enock's. From there the family moved to Basingstoke MM in late 1846 where he joined the Mechanics Institute and gave his first recorded lectures and patented his invention in 1847. By 1848 he is briefly at Rochester meeting, but returns a few months later back to Hants without his children. They all leave for Southwark MM in Sept 1849 & the family to 47 Nelson Square in London.
Edmund jnr came back to Rochester for two years in 1852-4 as a minor, presumably to undertake an apprenticeship before returning to join his father at Finsbury Circus in London - Catharina Clement
'1842 - Death of Caroline Wheeler:
Additional information on Caroline and family can be found here:
Thomas Robinson Will.
The will of Thomas Robinson (Caroline's maternal grandfather) is detailed in the 'Reports of Cases Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery - Volume 3.' Pages can be seen here or by clicking the image below.
'A devise of land to trustees in fee, upon trust to pay the rents to Sarah (Caroline's mother), for life and after her death to apply them in the maintenance and education of all and every child and children during their minority, and when and as soon as all such children, if more than one, should have attained twenty-one, upon trust to sell, and to pay the proceeds of such sale "to and amongst all and every such child or children, share and share alike if more than one, and if but one, then the whole thereof to such only child'.
Thomas Robinson's will (click to enlarge).
Page updated 9th September, 2015.