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Thomas Ridley Oswald                     1836-1916
  Thomas was born 29 June 1896, the son of William Oswald and Elizabeth Florence Laing, at Stepney, Middlesex.   His first shipyard was established in Sunderland in the eighteen-fifties on a site which was afterwards included in the yard of William Gray and Company, and he established rolling mills at Castletown to produce the iron he required.   In fact he created the village of Castletown to house his employees, and when the works closed down, the village became deserted.
  He transferred his shipbuilding business to a site later used by Short Brothers, and it was there that he that he launched a number of high-class steamers, several with passenger accommodations.   Eventually all was transferred to Southampton, and was accompanied by James Marr, who had worked for Thomas in his youth.   Marr returned two years later, however, and began his connection with Joseph L. Thompson.
Isabella Lambert                              1845-1872           (1st Wife)
Isabella was born about 1845, the daughter of Francis Devereux Lambert and Anne Colby, in London.
I have identified the following children.
  Arthur Lambert Born abt 1867   Bishopwearmouth Married Ethel Harper
Thomas Francis Born abt 1868   Bishopwearmouth  
Ella Frances Born abt 1868   Bishopwearmouth  
Edith Annie Born abt 1870   Bishopwearmouth  
Philip Stanley Born abt 1871   Bishopwearmouth Married Mabel Gertrude Harrison

Birth of Parents
Thomas Ridley Oswald b: 29 Jun 1836  c: 22 Sep 1836             St Mary, Lewisham, Kent
son of William Oswald and Elizabeth Florence Laing

Isabella Lambert b: abt 1845         London       1845 2Q Islington 3 252
daughter of Francis Devereux Lambert and Anne Colby

1861 Census RG9-3776 8 April 1861 South Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
1 Manor Place
Thomas R. Oswald
Jane A. (Sister)
William R. (Brother)
Plus 2 Servants
Age 24
Age 26
Age 17
Iron Shipbuilder

Iron Shipbuilder
Stepney
Lewisham
Stepney
Middlesex
Kent
Middlesex
29 Jun 1836
19 Jul 1834
17 Oct 1843

Marriage
12 Apr 1866
Thomas Ridley Oswald
Isabella Lambert
Marylebone, Middlesex       1866 2Q Marylebone 1a 996
Bachelor, Esquire, Bishopwearmouth, Father: William Oswald, Esquire
Spinster, Marylebone, Francis Devereux Lambert, Esquire
By License, Wit: F. D. Lambert, M. Lambert, F. Lambert

The Times, Saturday, Apr 14, 1866                         Marriages
  On the 12th inst., at Marylebone Church, by the Rev. J. Llewelyn Davies, M.A., rector of Christ Church, assisted by the Rev. W. L. Clay, M.A., Thomas Ridley Oswald, Esq., of Sunderland, second surviving son of William Oswald, Esq., of Highbury New-park, to Ella, second daughter of Francis Devereux Lambert, Esq., of 20, Devonshire-place, Portland-place.

Children
Arthur Lambert Oswald b: abt 1867               Bishopwearmouth       1867 3Q Sunderland 10a 489
son of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Isabella Lambert
Thomas Francis Oswald b: abt 1868               Bishopwearmouth       1869 1Q Sunderland 10a 545
twin son of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Isabella Lambert
Ella Frances Oswald b: abt 1868               Bishopwearmouth       1869 1Q Sunderland 10a 545
twin daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Isabella Lambert
Edith Annie Oswald b: abt 1870               Bishopwearmouth       1870 1Q Sunderland 10a 545
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Isabella Lambert
Philip Stanley Oswald b: abt 1871               Bishopwearmouth       1871 2Q Sunderland 10a 583
son of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Isabella Lambert

1871 Census RG10-5006 3 April 1871 South Bishopwearmouth, County Durham
The Cedars
Thomas Ridley Oswald
Ella (Wife)
Arthur L.
Thomas Francis
Ella Frances
Edith Annie
(Unnamed) (Son)
Sophia Laing Oswald (Sister)
Elizabeth M. Oswald (Sister)
Plus 6 Servants
Age 34
Age 26
Age 3
Age 2
Age 2
Age 1
Age 1 Mon
Age 29
Age 25
Ship Builder, Employing
about 1,900 Men & Boys
Stepney
Stepney
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Bishopwearmouth
Stepney
Stepney
Middlesex
Middlesex
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Durham
Middlesex
Middlesex
29 Jun 1836
abt 1845
abt 1867
abt 1868
abt 1868
abt 1869
abt 1871
15 May 1841
21 Sep 1845

Death
Isabella (Lambert) Oswald Died abt 1872, Age 27,       1872 4Q Sunderland 10a 329

Have not confirmed that this is our Isabella, but the timeframe and age seems to match. Don't know what happened to all the children, however Ella Frances is found with her grandmother in the 1881 census.

  In 1872 there were liabilities against his firm amounting to £300,000.   In 1876, Thomas Ridley Oswald, closed his yard on the River Wear and opened a new shipyard on the banks of the River Itchen at Woolston, Southampton.   In 1878 he formed a partnership with John Henry Mordaunt of Warwick, changing the name of the business to Oswald Mordaunt and Company.   Between 1876 and 1889 the yard launched over 100 ships.   Despite that success, the Woolston yard also experienced some financial difficulties.   In 1881 an official receiver was appointed to manage the company.   Shipbuilding continued at the yard for a few years, but in 1889, Oswald Mordaunt and Company sought a new yard in South Wales and closed the yard in Woolston.



Wilhelmina Catherine Russell             1852-1930           (2nd Wife)
Wilhelmina was born about 1852, the daughter of Dr. Christopher Russell, M.D., in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
I have identified the following children.
  Edith Kathleen Oswald Born abt 1877   Southampton  
Evelyn Mary Oswald Born abt 1878   Southampton  
William Digby Born abt 1880   Southampton Married Catherine Mary Yardley
Lilian Elizabeth Oswald Born abt 1881   Southampton Married Rupert John Vernon
Ethel Margaret Oswald Born abt 1884   Southampton  
Mabel Victoria Oswald Born abt 1887   Southampton  

Birth of New Wife
Wilhelmina Catherine Russell b: abt 1852         Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
daughter of Dr. Christopher Russell, M.D.

Marriage
abt 1875
Thomas Ridley Oswald
Wilhelmina Catherine Russell
      1875 4Q Lewisham 1d 1376

Children
Edith Kathleen Oswald Oswald b: abt 1877                     1877 1Q Southampton 2c 30
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell
Evelyn Mary Oswald Oswald b: abt 1878                     1878 3Q Southampton 2c 20
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell
William Digby Oswald b: abt 1880                     1880 1Q Southampton 2c 31
son of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell       KIA 16 Jul 1916

1881 Census RG11-1212 4 April 1881 Southampton, Hampshire
1 Newplace House
Thomas R. Oswald
Mina C. (Wife)
Edith K. O. (Dau)
Evelyn M. O. (Dau)
William D. (Son)
Plus 5 Servants
Age 44
Age 29
Age 4
Age 2
Age 1
Shipbuilder (1200 Men) Stepney
Enniskerry Wicklow
Southampton
Southampton
Southampton
Middlesex
Ireland
29 Jun 1836
abt 1852
abt 1877
abt 1878
abt 1880

Lilian Elizabeth Oswald Oswald b: abt 1881               Southampton       1881 4Q Southampton 2c 31
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell
Ethel Margaret Oswald Oswald b: abt 1884               Southampton       1884 3Q Southampton 2c 22
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell
Mabel Victoria Oswald Oswald b: abt 1887               Southampton       1887 2Q Southampton 2c 3
daughter of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Russell

1891 Census RG12-4533 6 April 1891 Steynton, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Castle Hall (Mansion)
Thomas R. Oswald
Wilhelmina C. (Wife)
Arthur L.
Edith K. O.
Evelyn M. O.
Lilian E. O.
Ethel M. O.
Mabel V. O.
Age 54
Age 39
Age 23
Age 14
Age 12
Age 9
Age 6
Age 4
Shipbuilder

Ship Draughtsman
Stepney

Bishopwearmouth
Southampton
Southampton
Southampton
Southampton
Southampton
Middlesex
Ireland
Durham
Hants
Hants
Hants
Hants
Hants
29 Jun 1836
abt 1852
abt 1877
abt 1878
abt 1880
abt 1881
abt 1884
abt 1887

1901 Census RG13-5127 1 April 1901 Milford, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Castle Hall
Thomas R. Oswald
Wilhelmina C. (Wife)
Thomas F..
Edith K. O.
Ethel M. O.
Mabel V. O.
Ethel G. D. McCoy (Niece)
Plus 6 Servants
Age 64
Age 49
Age 32
Age 24
Age 16
Age 14
Age 33
Shipowner Stepney

Bishopwearmouth
Southampton
Southampton
Southampton
Sierra Leone
Middlesex
Ireland
Durham
Hants
Hants
Hants
Africa
29 Jun 1836
abt 1852
abt 1877
abt 1878
abt 1884
abt 1887
abt 1867

1911 Census RG14-202 3 April 1911 Greenwich, London
River View, Beaconsfield-road, Blackheath   (10 Rooms)
Thomas Ridley Oswald
Wilhelmina Catherine (Wife)
Plus 2 Servants
Age 74
Age 59
Naval Architect Stepney
EnnisKerry, Co. Wicklow
Middlesex
Ireland
29 Jun 1836
abt 1852

Death
Thomas Ridley Oswald Died 22 Jun 1916, Age 79,           Surrey       1916 2Q Grenwich 1d 1084

The Times, Saturday, Jun 24, 1916                         Death
  OSWALD - On the 22nd inst., at River View, Beaconsfield-road, Blackheath, Thomas Ridley Oswald M.I.N.A., shipbuilder and Naval Architect, in his 80th year.   Funeral at Southampton on Tuesday.
LONDON   17 Jul 1916                         Probate
OSWALD, Thomas Ridley, of River View, Beaconsfield-road, Blackheath, Kent, died 22 June 1916, Probate, London 17 July, to Wilhelmina Catherine Oswald, widow.
  Effects £213 17s. 7d.
IN Memory of
Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM DIGBY OSWALD
D S O

5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's)
and 12th Bn., West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Who Died Age 36
ON 16 July 1916

Son of Thomas Ridley Oswald and Wilhelmina Catherine Oswald;
husband of Catherine Mary Oswald,
of St. Winning, Weymouth, Dorset

REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR
DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC,
Somme, France
BLANDFORD   19 Sep 1917                         Probate
OSWALD, William Digby, of Wellington House, Melcombe Regis, Dorsetshire, a major in the 5th Dragoon Guards, D.S.O., died 16 July 1916, in France, Probate Blandford, 19 September, to Catherine Mary Oswald, widow.   Effects £300.

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Death
Wilhelmina Catherine (Russell) Oswald Died 8 Dec 1930, Age 78,           Surrey       1930 4Q Kingston 2a 513

The Times, Wednesday, Dec 10, 1930                         Death
  OSWALD - On Dec 8, 1930, sudddenley, at Wimbledon, Wilhelmina Catherine (Mina), widow of Thomas Ridley Oswald, daughter of the late Christopher Russell, M.D., of Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.   Funeral at Southampton opn Friday at 2 p.m.   Flowers to 6D, Lansdowne-road, Wimbledon
LONDON   3 MAr 1931                         Probate
OSWALD, Wilhelmina Catherine, of 6a Lansdowne-road, Wimbledon, Surrey, died 8 December 1930, Probate London, 3 March, to Edith Kathleen Oswald and Mabel Victoria Oswald Oswald, spinsters.
  Effects £1,232 15s. 5d.