Master Saddler and Harness Maker. A member of the Conservative Party, Councilor, representative of the Westgate Ward.


Born: 1803, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Baptised: 2nd April 1803, St. Mary’s Church, Woodbridge.
Father: George Wade.
Mother: Anna Wade (nee Read).



1841 1841 Cornhill, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.

Samuel was 35 years old, a Saddler.
He was married and head of the household.
Hannah, 30.
George, 8.
Ellen, 5.
James, 3.
Maria, 1.
1 female house servant.


1851 Cornhill, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.

Samuel was 48 years old, a Master Saddler and Harness Maker – employing 10 men. He was married and head of the household.
Hannah, 41.
George, 18, an Assistant Sadler and Harness Maker.
James, 13.
Hannah, 5.
2 female house servants.
1 lodger – Charles Josselyn, 68, a Landed Proprietor, born Belstead, Suffolk.


On the 22nd September 1831, at Ipswich, Samuel married Hannah Ashkettle, born 1808, Ipswich – daughter of James Ashkettle and Hannah Ashkettle.


Hannah and Samuel had 5 children:

In November 1846, Mr. John Howes, of Ipswich, a saddler, assigned over all his estate and effects to Samuel for equal benefit of his creditors.

Samuel was a member of the Conservative Party, on the 1st November 1850, he was elected as one of the representatives of the Westgate Ward, for the term of three years. In November 1853, Samuel was once again elected for a further term of three years.

Samuel Wade died 29th October 1855, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

After Samuel’s death, Hannah submitted regular announcements in the newspaper, to inform the nobility, clergy, and gentry of Ipswich and its neighbourhood that the business conducted for many years by her late husband, will in future be carried on by herself, in conjunction with her son George.

In April 1860, Hannah and George assigned over all their estate and effects to Walton Turner, of Ipswich, Leather Merchant, and Edward Banton, of Walsall, Saddler’s Ironmonger, for equal benefit of his creditors. The announcements were ineffective.

By direction of the Assignees under a Deed of Assignment for the benefit of the creditors, the entire stock from the late Samuel’s business was sold by auction, by Garrod and Turner, at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich, at 11am, on Monday, 2nd July 1860.

Hannah Wade died 12th May 1861, after a long and severe illness at her home, 81, Victoria Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest 16th May 1861, at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

In November 1861, George Wade, and his brother James Wade, who traded in partnership as saddlers and harness makers, in Tavern Street, Ipswich, declared bankrupt.



On Monday, 7th April 1862, at the Bankruptcy Court, George Wade and his brother James Wade appeared before Commissioner Fonblanque, on their own petition. Their statement of accounts shows the causes of failure to have been “want of capital, losses in trade, long illness of their mother, Hannah and heavy medical and nursing expenses; also maintenance of their sister; also heavy law expenses.” Mr. John Metcalfe Pollard, of Ipswich, was the solicitor.

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