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Frederick William WakefieldAge: 7118631934

Name
Frederick William Wakefield
Given names
Frederick William
Surname
Wakefield
Birth April 26, 1863 28 33
Birth of a sisterAlice Wakefield
1864 (Age 8 months)

Birth of a brotherErnest Henry Wakefield
August 27, 1866 (Age 3)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: death of Ernest Henry Wakefield
Text:
born 27 Aug 1866 Birmingham, England died Vermilion, Ohio
Death of a sisterAlice Wakefield
1866 (Age 2)

Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Wakefield
1867 (Age 3)

Publication: pamphlet, 1999
Citation details: p. 2
Text:
He past away in the fall of 1867 after a life of hard work and a bare living, but he has a long rest before him.
Birth of a brotherArthur John Wakefield
October 26, 1872 (Age 9)
Immigration 1875 (Age 11)
Note: He had never seen tomatoes before coming to America.
Death of a brotherArthur John Wakefield
August 27, 1878 (Age 15)
Cause: diptheria
Occupation
wire mill worker
1880 (Age 16)
Source: 1880 census
Death of a motherSarah Wright
August 8, 1882 (Age 19)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001
Text:
Sarah Wakefield death, 08 Aug 1882 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Harvard St. Female 50 (estimated),married, white father's name John Wakefield Mother's name, Wakefield
Occupation about 1882 (Age 18)
Note: Went to work for uncle William Wilkshire to learn a trade.
MarriageCaroline “Carrie” MillerView family
September 21, 1887 (Age 24)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Marriage license
Note: Marriage was performed by Rev. William Gaston, pastor of North Presbyterian Church, Cleveland.
Occupation
art metalworker
1887 (Age 23)
Employer: C. A. Selzer Co., Importers
Text:
The Selzer Co., importers, had beautiful large showrooms with all kinds of bric-a-brac, statues, elaborate candelabras, crystal fixtures and lovely pieces in metal. Father spent some years there before he went on his own way. I have one mirror he made for my mother. I think his artistic talent was stimulated greatly while working there.
Publication: Lewis Publishing Company 1916
Citation details: Biography of Frederick W. Wakefield
Text:
Later he was employed for some time in the Cleveland establishment of C. A. Selzer, an importer of and dealer in lighting fixtures, brass goods, bric-a-brac, etc. He remained thus engaged about eight years, and thereafter established himself independently in a similar line of business in Cleveland.
Birth of a daughter
#1
Clara Mabel “Dearie Dee” Wakefield
July 24, 1888 (Age 25)
Death of a sisterEliza “Lizzie” Wakefield
May 14, 1890 (Age 27)

Publication: pamphlet, 1999
Text:
My daughter Eliza the wife of J. W. Matthews passed from this life May 14 1890 leaving her husband and 3 sons Willie, Ralph and Hyatt amd many that were Dear to her to mourn our loss but she is safe Dying in the Faith of Him who is able to save to the uttermost all those that come to God through Him. She rests in Harvard street Cemetery Newburgh.
Burial of a sisterEliza “Lizzie” Wakefield
1890 (Age 26)
Cemetery: Harvard St. Cemetery
Note: now Harvard Grove Cemetery
Death of a wifeCaroline “Carrie” Miller
March 18, 1893 (Age 29)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Death notice for Carrie M. Wakefield
Burial of a wifeCaroline “Carrie” Miller
March 21, 1893 (Age 29)
Religious marriageMary PoleyView family
February 14, 1895 (Age 31)
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Note: Marriage was performed by Rev. William Gaston, pastor of North Presbyterian Church, Cleveland.
Birth of a son
#2
Albert F. Wakefield
March 9, 1896 (Age 32)

Birth of a daughter
#3
Alice M. Wakefield
June 11, 1898 (Age 35)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: death record for Alice Wakefield
Birth of a son
#4
William Ralph Wakefield
1900 (Age 36)
Religion
Franklin Circle Church of Christ
1900 (Age 36)
Text:
Religion - both mother and father were on the roll of Franklin Circle Church of Christ. We had been baptized there at Franklin Ave. and Fulton St. My father would take me occasionally. I remember holding onto one finger when walking with him. But my grandfather often took me to church there.
Birth of a daughter
#5
Ruth Marion Wakefield
November 19, 1903 (Age 40)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003
Text:
19 Nov 1903 father Frederick William Wakefield mother Mary Poley
Occupation
owned lighting business
1905 (Age 41)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol IX, No. 32, Jan. 18, 1906
Text:
The businessmen of Vermilion have received a proposition from F. W. Wakefield of F. W. Wakefield Brass Co., manufacturers of Standard Universal Lighting Fixtures of Cleveland ....
Property
purchased summer home
August 10, 1905 (Age 42)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 9, Aug. 10, 1905
Text:
It is reported that Miss Cora Thompson has sold her place to Commodore Wakefield, of the Lakewood Yacht Club, for a summer home.
Property
flagpole
August 31, 1905 (Age 42)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, no. 12, Aug. 31, 1905
Text:
A 50-foot flagpole is being placed near the lakefront on Com Wakefield's place. Messers Giddings and Quigley are doing the work.
Misc.
Commodore of Lakewood Yacht Club and owned yacht "Unique"
1905 (Age 41)
Citation details: December 15, 2012
Text:
In 1905 a fellow by the name of F.W. "Fred" Wakefield, who owned an interest in a light fixture company in Cleveland, sailed his yacht "Unique" into Vermilion harbor and, it is said, turning to his companions told them that he thought it looked like a good place to locate a factory. And that is precisely what he did. In 1906 he sold his interest in the Cleveland firm, and went to work building what became the F. W. Wakefield Brass Company just south of the Nickel Plate rails on River Road in Vermilion.
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 32, Jan. 18, 1906
Text:
Mr. Wakefield is quite well known here having recently purchased property on the lakefront. He is also commodore of the L.Y.C. [In 1908 the Lakewood Yacht Club and the Cleveland Yacht Club merged under the latter name.]
Event
visited Vermilion, Ohio
August 3, 1905 (Age 42)

Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 8, Aug. 3, 1905
Text:
...registered at the Lakeside Inn... Among those there at present are...Com. Wakefield and family of Cleveland...
Note: Lakeside Inn is now the Gilchrist House.
Occupation
built brass illuminating fixture manufacturing company
1906 (Age 42)
Employer: F. W. Wakefield Brass Co.
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 23, Aug. 21, 2010, Archive Issue # 388
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vo. IX, No. 32, Jan. 18, 1906
Text:
... F. W. Wakefield ... proposes to erect a factory building 150x40 ft. and to contain all the necessary equipment to manufacture brass illuminating gas fixtures, gas, electirc and combination under the F. W. Wakefield letters patent ....
Note: Factory built by John Gegenheimer. First paychecks issued 1906. August 1, 1910 Wakefield Brass Factory incorporated. Directors were F. W. Wakefield, A. C. Hofrichter, E. H. Wakefield, A. J. Copeland, and W. T. Dunmore. 1911-12 added two-story,fire-proof addition.
yachting
launched power boat the Lotus
May 1906 (Age 43)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 52, June 7, 1906
Text:
F. W. Wakefield's Gasoline boat the Lotus has been launched. The boat has been greatly improved by a house over the engine and painted.
Death of a fatherWilliam Wakefield
June 25, 1907 (Age 44)
Property
planted trees at F. W. Wakefield Brass Works Co.
1907 (Age 43)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: May 23, 1907
Text:
The F. W. Wakefield Brass Works Co., have been having some shade trees placed around their buildings and will in short time make their grounds one of the prettiest views in town.
Birth of a son
#6
Frederick Wright “Fred” Wakefield
February 17, 1908 (Age 44)
Marriage of a childAlbert Clifford “Bert” HofrichterClara Mabel “Dearie Dee” WakefieldView family
Type: Religious marriage
June 4, 1908 (Age 45)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Albert C. Hofrichter, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958
Text:
Albert C. Hofrichter birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Clara Mabel Wakefield Spouse's birth date: 1889 Spouse's birth place: Cleveland, Ohio Spouse's age: 19 Event date 04 Jun 1908 Father's name: Joseph A. Hofrichter Mother's Name: Julia Rolshouse Spouse's father's name: Frederick W. Wakefield Spouse's mother's name: Carrie Miller
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: June 11, 1908
Text:
married at Christian Church, Vermilion minister E. B Bagby of Franklin Circle Christian Church, Cleveland Best man was brother Chas. H. Hofrichter
Residence 1909 (Age 45)
Address: 480 Main Street Vermilion, Ohio
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: November 18, 1909
Text:
Locals F. W. Wakefield and family are moving into their beautiful new home.
Note: Harbor View was donated to the Great Lakes Historical Society in1953 by eldest son, Albert F. Wakefield, as the Wakefield Museum. Later it became the Inland Seas Maritime Museum.
Birth of a son
#7
George Patterson Wakefield
April 11, 1910 (Age 46)
Birth of a son
#8
Theodore Dunmore Wakefield
1912 (Age 48)
volunteer position
President, Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
1912 (Age 48)
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: April 21, 1949
Note: Persuaded Louis A. and James R. Dall to locate Dall Motor Parts in Vermilion.
elected office
mayor
between 1912 and 1915 (Age 48)
Citation details: Vol. 7, Issue 26, September 12, 2009
yachting
charter member of Vermilion Boat Club
1913 (Age 49)
Citation details: Tuesday, June 5, 1934, "Fred Wakefield Dies, Vermilion," p. 1.
Text:
He had also served as president of the Lakewood Yacht Club, and was a charter member of the Vermilion Boat Club.
Birth of a son
#9
Ernest Henry Wakefield
February 11, 1915 (Age 51)
Occupation
President
1915 (Age 51)

Employer: Wakefield Brass Company
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010 Archive Issue #391
Note: Company invented (1) a battery-operated light for small boats, and (2) an auto spotlight that could be changed instantly to a red danger light.
Event
member of Masons
1915 (Age 51)
Publication: Lewis Publishing Company 1916
Citation details: Biography of Frederick W. Wakefield
Text:
In his home city he is affiliated with Ely Lodge No. 424, Free and Accepted Masons, and he retains membership in the chamber of Commerce in the City of Cleveland.
Death of a daughterAlice M. Wakefield
March 23, 1918 (Age 54)
Cause: died during surgery
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Occupation
President
1918 (Age 54)
Employer: Wakefield Brass Company
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010 Archive Issue #391
Note: During WWI, company production entirely consisted of building lanterns for the U.S. Navy.
Marriage of a childAlbert F. WakefieldMary Ada ParsonsView family
Type: Religious marriage
September 6, 1919 (Age 56)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Misc
commodore of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA)
1920 (Age 56)
Death of a sisterClara Wakefield
March 12, 1923 (Age 59)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Clara Wakefield Patterson death
Misc
Purchased power yacht Tobermory II
1924 (Age 60)
Citation details: Vermilion Views, January 23, 2010
Text:
The Tobermory II was the first of its kind on the Great Lakes. It was commissioned to be built by the Crossley Lead and Machine Company of Erie, Pennsylvania. ...This was possibly the first power yacht on Lake Erie that was constructed entirely of galvanized sheeting.
Misc.
Wakefield Brass Co. destroyed by fire
December 4, 1924 (Age 61)
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010
Note: Plans made to rebuild a 12,000 sq. ft. fireproof factory.
Death of a sisterEmily Ann Wakefield
March 1928 (Age 64)
Citation details: January 22, 2011
Text:
The "Aunt Emily" in the photo was my greatgrandmother, Emily Wakefield Copeland, who died in March, 1928.
Death of a brotherErnest Henry Wakefield
June 16, 1929 (Age 66)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: death of Ernest Henry Wakefield
Misc.
Received order to furnish lighting fixtures for Parcel Post building in NYC
January 1933 (Age 69)
Citation details: January 16, 1933
Event
member of Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, and Masons
1934 (Age 70)

Citation details: Tuesday, June 4, 1934
Death June 4, 1934 (Age 71)
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Death date for Frederick Wakefield
Family with parents - View family
father
mother
 
Marriage: October 9, 1853St. Thomas Parish Church, Birmingham, England
13 months
elder brother
17 months
elder sister
4 years
elder sister
9 months
elder sister
3 years
20 months
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
6 years
younger brother
Arthur John Wakefield
Birth: October 26, 1872 38 42England
Death: August 27, 1878Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Family with Caroline “Carrie” Miller - View family
wife
 
Marriage: September 21, 1887Cuyahoga County, Ohio
10 months
daughter
Family with Mary Poley - View family
wife
 
Marriage: February 14, 1895Cleveland OH
13 months
son
2 years
daughter
small Alice M. WakefieldAlice M. Wakefield
Birth: June 11, 1898 35 24Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Death: March 23, 1918Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
3 years
son
4 years
daughter
4 years
son
2 years
son
3 years
son
3 years
son

Occupation1880 census
Marriagefamilysearch.org
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Marriage license
OccupationLetter from Clara Hofrichter to Alice Wakefield, 1966
Text:
The Selzer Co., importers, had beautiful large showrooms with all kinds of bric-a-brac, statues, elaborate candelabras, crystal fixtures and lovely pieces in metal. Father spent some years there before he went on his own way. I have one mirror he made for my mother. I think his artistic talent was stimulated greatly while working there.
OccupationA Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
Publication: Lewis Publishing Company 1916
Citation details: Biography of Frederick W. Wakefield
Text:
Later he was employed for some time in the Cleveland establishment of C. A. Selzer, an importer of and dealer in lighting fixtures, brass goods, bric-a-brac, etc. He remained thus engaged about eight years, and thereafter established himself independently in a similar line of business in Cleveland.
Marriagefamilysearch.org
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
ReligionLetter from Clara Hofrichter to Alice Wakefield, 1966
Text:
Religion - both mother and father were on the roll of Franklin Circle Church of Christ. We had been baptized there at Franklin Ave. and Fulton St. My father would take me occasionally. I remember holding onto one finger when walking with him. But my grandfather often took me to church there.
OccupationVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol IX, No. 32, Jan. 18, 1906
Text:
The businessmen of Vermilion have received a proposition from F. W. Wakefield of F. W. Wakefield Brass Co., manufacturers of Standard Universal Lighting Fixtures of Cleveland ....
EventVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 8, Aug. 3, 1905
Text:
...registered at the Lakeside Inn... Among those there at present are...Com. Wakefield and family of Cleveland...
PropertyVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 9, Aug. 10, 1905
Text:
It is reported that Miss Cora Thompson has sold her place to Commodore Wakefield, of the Lakewood Yacht Club, for a summer home.
PropertyVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, no. 12, Aug. 31, 1905
Text:
A 50-foot flagpole is being placed near the lakefront on Com Wakefield's place. Messers Giddings and Quigley are doing the work.
Misc.www.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: December 15, 2012
Text:
In 1905 a fellow by the name of F.W. "Fred" Wakefield, who owned an interest in a light fixture company in Cleveland, sailed his yacht "Unique" into Vermilion harbor and, it is said, turning to his companions told them that he thought it looked like a good place to locate a factory. And that is precisely what he did. In 1906 he sold his interest in the Cleveland firm, and went to work building what became the F. W. Wakefield Brass Company just south of the Nickel Plate rails on River Road in Vermilion.
Occupationwww.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 23, Aug. 21, 2010, Archive Issue # 388
OccupationVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vo. IX, No. 32, Jan. 18, 1906
Text:
... F. W. Wakefield ... proposes to erect a factory building 150x40 ft. and to contain all the necessary equipment to manufacture brass illuminating gas fixtures, gas, electirc and combination under the F. W. Wakefield letters patent ....
yachtingVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: Vol. IX, No. 52, June 7, 1906
Text:
F. W. Wakefield's Gasoline boat the Lotus has been launched. The boat has been greatly improved by a house over the engine and painted.
PropertyVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: May 23, 1907
Text:
The F. W. Wakefield Brass Works Co., have been having some shade trees placed around their buildings and will in short time make their grounds one of the prettiest views in town.
Residencewww.inlandseas.org
ResidenceVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: November 18, 1909
Text:
Locals F. W. Wakefield and family are moving into their beautiful new home.
volunteer positionVermilion News
Publication: Vermilion, Ohio
Citation details: April 21, 1949
elected officewww.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vol. 7, Issue 26, September 12, 2009
yachtingSandusky Star-Journal
Citation details: Tuesday, June 5, 1934, "Fred Wakefield Dies, Vermilion," p. 1.
Text:
He had also served as president of the Lakewood Yacht Club, and was a charter member of the Vermilion Boat Club.
Occupationwww.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010 Archive Issue #391
EventA Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
Publication: Lewis Publishing Company 1916
Citation details: Biography of Frederick W. Wakefield
Text:
In his home city he is affiliated with Ely Lodge No. 424, Free and Accepted Masons, and he retains membership in the chamber of Commerce in the City of Cleveland.
Occupationwww.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010 Archive Issue #391
Miscwww.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vermilion Views, January 23, 2010
Text:
The Tobermory II was the first of its kind on the Great Lakes. It was commissioned to be built by the Crossley Lead and Machine Company of Erie, Pennsylvania. ...This was possibly the first power yacht on Lake Erie that was constructed entirely of galvanized sheeting.
Misc.www.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: Vol. 8, Issue 26, Sept. 11, 2010
Misc.www.vermilionohio.org
Citation details: January 16, 1933
EventSandusky Star-Journal
Citation details: Tuesday, June 4, 1934
Deathfamilysearch.org
Publication: www.FamilySearch.org
Citation details: Death date for Frederick Wakefield
Immigration
He had never seen tomatoes before coming to America.
Occupation
Went to work for uncle William Wilkshire to learn a trade.
Marriage
Marriage was performed by Rev. William Gaston, pastor of North Presbyterian Church, Cleveland.
Marriage
Marriage was performed by Rev. William Gaston, pastor of North Presbyterian Church, Cleveland.
Event
Lakeside Inn is now the Gilchrist House.
Occupation
Factory built by John Gegenheimer. First paychecks issued 1906. August 1, 1910 Wakefield Brass Factory incorporated. Directors were F. W. Wakefield, A. C. Hofrichter, E. H. Wakefield, A. J. Copeland, and W. T. Dunmore. 1911-12 added two-story,fire-proof addition.
Residence
Harbor View was donated to the Great Lakes Historical Society in1953 by eldest son, Albert F. Wakefield, as the Wakefield Museum. Later it became the Inland Seas Maritime Museum.
volunteer position
Persuaded Louis A. and James R. Dall to locate Dall Motor Parts in Vermilion.
Occupation
Company invented (1) a battery-operated light for small boats, and (2) an auto spotlight that could be changed instantly to a red danger light.
Occupation
During WWI, company production entirely consisted of building lanterns for the U.S. Navy.
Misc.
Plans made to rebuild a 12,000 sq. ft. fireproof factory.
Note
had never seen tomatoes
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