Edward WAKEFIELD 
- Born: 29 Jul 1774, London MDX
- Marriage (1): Susannah CRUSH  on 3 Oct 1791 in St Dunstan LND MDX
- Marriage (2): Frances DAVIES  on 3 Aug 1823 in British Embassy Chapel Paris Seine France
- Died: 18 May 1854, London MDX aged 79
- Buried: Kensal Green Cemetery MDX
Edward occupied a farm near Romford, Essex, at the time of his marriage, aged 17. Then in 1814 he was acting as a land agent at 42 Pall Mall, then a surveyor. He served on Parlimentary Commissions on the condition of the poor and insane. Produced a work under his own name on the economical condition of Ireland.
After his second marriage he travelled widely in Europe settling in Blois France.
Much of this data has been sourced from Byegone Days by F H Torlesse. However some of it is incorrect and has been amended from data supplied by Tony Cairns in 2006.
1. Edward Wakefield (Snr): Miss Torlesse her brothers & sisters &Miss Emily Wakefield, 14 Jan 1841, Desden.
Bygone Days Page 258 - 260 See Books section
TO ALL MY DEAR GRANDCHILDREN AT STOKE.
" I write to you the last thing, we are all packed up, and I hope to be on the railroad for Leipsic in the course of two hours. You would have all been highly diverted here, to have seen all the world upon sledges. We yesterday saw a party of 60 or 70 with the King at their head, the horses decked out with all manner of fine trappings. Grooms in scarlet, their caps and cuffs with fur. There was in most of the sledges a lady and gentleman and a driver behind, who held long reins and a long whip. When they returned at night, for they went
somewhere in the country to an early dinner and a Ball afterwards, each of the men behind held a lighted torch as well as each of the grooms on horseback. A very large sledge, drawn by four horses, was fitted with musicians, thus they were accompanied by a band all their journey. The river, of which you have the picture, is entirely frozen over, but it is so covered with snow that all skating has ceased. I expect that you have had a very merry Christmas party, and that you have been very happy at Charles' return and the visit of your cousin Emily and all which you have heard from your uncle Arthur. I should have been pleased to have been amongst you all, and altho' I was so far from you, still you were the constant object of my thoughts. Notwithstanding the severity of the season here the market is well supplied with Spring flowers, which must all be produced in a greenhouse. On one side the large market-place I was yesterday looking at many stands of them, on which the sun shone ; there were also many tame birds on sale, particularly canary birds which sang with great glee, and I thought it a curious contrast to the streets all under deep snow, and everybody and thing moving on sledges. I lately visited the hospital for blind people, in which there are 73 inmates, their proficiency in music is very striking, they appear to enjoy life as much as others, many of them born blind and consequently insensible of their misfortune, others from long habit have forgotten their former situation. They make baskets as quick as if they had sight, and an invention has lately been adopted of raised letters, and by feeling they know them and read, altho' slowly, and with large wooden type they put words together ; their numbers make a large society amongst them-selves. We have 61 English miles to go to Leipsic on the Iron Road, and then two days' journey to Weimar, near which, at Jena, Napoleon beat the Prussians in a great battle in the year 1813, and there are, I believe, Universities, but at any rate large libraries at both Weimar and Jena which I expect to examine. From Weimar we shall go to Gotha, the capital of the Electorate of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, where the father of Prince Albert, who married Queen Victoria, reigns. At that city there is again a great library, and from Gotha we shall go to Frankfurt-sur-Maine, but where we cannot be, until the fourth
week in February, and I expect to find letters there from your mother, which will be a great pleasure to me, and afterwards we shall have a long journey of at least 350 miles to Paris. But I calculate that to-day we are really set off for the west, and yet we mean to visit everything worth seeing in the course of our journey, and the days will lengthen upon us. I always rejoice at the turn of the year, for during the long days I have so much more time than when I cannot see without artificial light. I suppose the little Catherine, who was a baby when I was last in England, is grown a fine fat girl, I should be very glad to see her. We have bought a great many prints, for there is here a vast gallery of pictures, one of the finest of the world, upwards of 2,000 pictures, and of the best of them, such as Corregio's and Raphael's, lithographic prints have been made which are sold at a cheap rate. The Royal library contains 300,000 volumes, and books are lent out to respectable persons even in other countries, as at Berlin and Prague, and on the register of books lent there are upwards of 2,000 names. But the more curious to my mind of all the collections is that of the porcelain, being an immense one from the more ancient times and of all countries, some as rough as clay can make and many of the most beautiful specimens of pictures made in china ; there is a celebrated manufacture of this sort at Vienna. The flowers on the china made there are of the most superb colors, one can hardly imagine it possible that so fine a picture could be painted on clay, but it is all done before it is baked. There are 14 collections of museums here, and there is not one of them which is not worthy of minute attention, and many so striking that altho' I have.given a preference to the porcelain, perhaps I am mistaken. " I wish this letter may entertain you. My blessing attends you all and each of you, not forgetting Emily, if she is with you, and with dear love to your parents,
"Believe me, my dearly loved children,
"Your ever affectionate grandfather,
" EDWARD WAKEFIELD."
Edward married Susannah CRUSH  [MRIN: 536], daughter of Robert CRUSH  and Mary GALIFANT , on 3 Oct 1791 in St Dunstan LND MDX. (Susannah CRUSH  was born between 1767 and 1775 in Felstead ESS, died in Feb 1816 in LND and was buried in LND.)
Edward next married Frances DAVIES  [MRIN: 537], daughter of Dr David DAVIES of Macclesfield  and Unknown, on 3 Aug 1823 in British Embassy Chapel Paris Seine France. (Frances DAVIES  was born about 1793 in London MDX.)