History of West Mersea

West Mersea © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
The Strood, West Mersea, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

History of West Mersea >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.

If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 census. There are a number of commercial providers of census returns. These include:


Genes Reunited

Find my past

The Genealogist

Note: the directory lists the names in the following order: Surname, First Name. It also abbreviates names. These have been reversed and typed in full to assist research.

My ancestor lived here at this time, but why aren't they listed here? Answer: Not everyone appeared in a trade directory. Please read our Trade Directories article.

You should also consider newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors. Discover how to explore newspaper archives.

John Bacon, butcher
Henry Banks, tailor
William Boley, shoemaker
John Collard, coast guard
Charles Downes, miller and baker
William Francis, policeman
Daniel Halls, coal and corn merchant
John Haxall, parish clerk
Lieut, J.B. Kooystra, commander of the coast guard schooner
John Ladbrook, bricklayer
William McCullen, riding officer
Henry John May, oyster merchant
Thomas May, Esq.
Joseph Munson, blacksmith
Samuel Munson, wheelwright
William Munson, tailor
John Sargeant Norman, surgeon
Miss Overall, schoolmistress
Stephen Overall, coal merchant
William Skelton, decoyman
Charles Southgate, ship owner
William Robert Stedman, victualler, White Hart
Capt. Alfred Edward Williams, Hall

Robert Gentry
William Rogers

Simon Baldery

White Hart Corner, West Mersea © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
White Hart Corner, West Mersea
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.

Edwin Bean
Henry Bean
Francis Blyth
Thomas Blyth
Thomas Boley
Matthew Bonner
Thomas Brand
Charles Cock
George Croyden, Brick House
Thomas Fenner, (and baker)
Martin Harvey, Pette Hall
Thomas Green Harvey
Henry Medcalf Hawes
John Hawes
Thomas Keable
Thomas Strutt
Thomas Tracey
Arthur Watling
Joseph Watson, Bocking Hall

Fishermen (Oysters, etc.)
Arnold Freshwater
Thomas Freshwater
William Freshwater
John Innes
Henry John May
William Spitty

Elijah Pullen
John Pullen
Mrs. Pullen

Grocers, etc.
James Kemp
William White (and draper)

Back to History of West Mersea

my ancestors logo

My Ancestors.

Are your ancestors from West Mersea? Why not tell us their story: My Ancestors.

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.

Find your ancestors in the newspapers.
Try our example search to discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.

Also look at other newspaper archives and learn how they can help you research your ancestors. >>more

West Mersea - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

West Mersea - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0

Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?


Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.