NAUNTON, William Johnson

1861 - 1959

William Johnson Naunton was born at Woodbridge, Suffolk on 3 January 1861, third child and eldest son of Charles Naunton (c.1832-1915), a watch & clock cleaner, and his wife Emma née Fisk (c.1833-1916), who married at Ipswich in 1856. In 1861, William was newly born, living at Church Street, Woodbridge with his parents, 29 year old Charles and 26 year old Emma, with siblings Martha E. 4 and Laura E. 3. As Mr. W. J. Naunton he exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the New Street Assembly Rooms from Woodbridge in 1880 six drawings 'Landscape', 'Ladies Head', 'Man's Head', 'Ruined Castle' and two entitled 'Sea View'. William married at Woodbridge in 1888, Bessie Smith and in 1891 a 29 year old watchmaker, living at St Johns Street, Woodbridge with his 25 year old wife Bessie and their 2 year old only child William Johnson Smith and by 1911 had moved to New Street, Woodbridge. His wife Bessie died at Woodbridge in 1912, aged 45, and he married secondly at Ipswich in 1913 Blanche Mary Pearl (20 January 1886-1976). In 1939 they were living at 20 Church Street, Woodbridge where William died in 1959.