Sir William Thomas MADGE

Birth: 1845/10/06 Plymouth, Devon
Death: 1927/01/29 Wandsworth, London
Father: Thomas MADGE
Mother: Margaret Flexman ORR
Wife: Mary Ellen WEBBER married 1865/08/12 Plymouth, Devon 
Children: William Friend MADGE b.1866
  Maude Ellen MADGE b.1870
  Percy Frank MADGE b.1871
  Edith Emma MADGE b.1875 d.1957

Ancestry chart of Sir William Thomas MADGE

William MADGE
b. 1784 Plymouth, Devon
Thomas MADGE
b. 1817 Plymouth, Devon
d. 1880 Plymouth, Devon
b. 1788
William Thomas MADGE
b. 1845 Plymouth, Devon
d. 1927 Wandsworth, London
George ORR
b. 1792
d. 1878 Plymouth, Devon
Margaret Flexman ORR
b. 1824 Stoke Dameral, Devon
d. 1886 Plymouth, Devon

Descendants of Sir William Thomas MADGE

1. William Thomas MADGE b. 1845 Plymouth, Devon d. 1927 Wandsworth, London  
Mary Ellen WEBBER b. 1848 Plymouth, Devon d. 1891 Southend, Essex  
  m. 1865 Plymouth, Devon 
2. William Friend MADGE b. 1866 Plymouth, Devon  
2. Maude Ellen MADGE b. 1870 Strand, London  
Herbert Edward FORMAN b. 1870  
  m. 1896 Kensington, London 
3. Maude Ellen MADGE-FORMAN b. 1899 Fulham, Middlesex  
3. Wilfrid I MADGE-FORMAN b. 1906 Kensington, Middlesex d. 1994  
2. Percy Frank MADGE b. 1871 West Brompton, Middlesex  
Fanny Julia LIGHTBURN b. 1874 Everton, Lancashire  
  m. 1891 West Derby 
3. Helen Matilda MADGE b. 1892 Shepherds Bush, London  
3. Frank William MADGE b. 1897 Shepherds Bush, London  
3. William Thomas MADGE b. 1899 Shepherds Bush, London  
2. Edith Emma MADGE b. 1875 Chiswick, Middlesex d. 1957 Pancras, London  
Arthur BELLAMY b. 1869 Plymouth, Devon d. 1956 Hove, Sussex  
  m. 1898 Kensington, London 
3. Madge Ailsa BELLAMY b. 1899 Plymouth, Devon d. 1992 Dover, Kent  
Robert William HORNSBY  
  m. 1928 Punjab, India 
3. Doreen Avis BELLAMY b. 1905 Putney, London d. 1999 Wandsworth, London  
Wilfred Lawrence CARTER b. 1901 Calcutta, India d. 1995 Walton-on-Thames  
  [1] m. 1927 Kensington, London 
Bryan Lovell HUNTER  
  [2] m. 1945 Midhurst, Sussex 

Census extracts for Sir William Thomas MADGE

Census 1851 - 58 York Street, Plymouth, Devon
Name Relation Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation YOB?
Thomas MADGE Head Married Male 34 Plymouth, Devon Licensed Victualler 1817
Margaret MADGE Wife Married Female 27 Stoke Dameral, Devon   1824
William Thomas MADGE Son - Male 5 Plymouth, Devon   1846
Thomas William MADGE Son - Male 2 Plymouth, Devon   1849
Charles Orr MADGE Son - Male 1 Plymouth, Devon   1850
Elizabeth WILLIAMS Servant - Female 19 Towerdreath, Cornwall General Servant 1832
Census Place: St. Andrew, Plymouth, Devon
PRO Reference: HO107 Piece / Folio: 1879/342 Page: 3
Census 1871 - 3 Veira Villas, Lillie Road, Fulham, London
Name Relation Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation YOB?
William T MADGE Head - Male 25 Plymouth, Devon Newspaper Publisher 1846
Mary E MADGE Wife - Female 22 Plymouth, Devon   1849
William F MADGE Son - Male 5 Plymouth, Devon Scholar 1866
Maude E MADGE Daughter - Female 1 London, Middlesex   1870
Eliza FRIEND Servant - Female 49 Buckland, Devon Domestic Servant 1822
Ada LANG Servant - Female 44 Plymouth, Devon Domestic Servant 1827
Census Place: St John, Kensington, Fulham, London
PRO Reference: RG10 Piece / Folio: 70 / 68 Page: 31
Census 1881 - 1 St Stephens Avenue, Hammersmith, London
Name Relation Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation YOB?
William Thomas MADGE Head Married Male 35 Plymouth, Devon Manager Daily Paper 1846
Mary Ellen MADGE Wife Married Female 32 Plymouth, Devon   1849
William Friars MADGE Son - Male 15 Plymouth, Devon Scholar 1866
Maud Ellen MADGE Daughter - Female 11 Savoy Westminster, Middlesex Scholar 1870
Percy Frank MADGE Son - Male 9 West Brompton, Middlesex Scholar 1872
Edith Emma MADGE Daughter - Female 5 Gunnersbury, Middlesex Scholar 1876
Eliza FRIEND Servant Widow Female 60 Buckland Monachorum, Devon Nurse Domestic 1821
Mary Ann HENRY Servant - Female 23 Wapping Housemaid 1858
Census Place: London, Middlesex
PRO Reference: RG11 Piece / Folio: 0060/113 Page: 48
Census 1901 - 3 Albert Hall Mansions, Westminster, London
Name Relation Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation YOB?
William Thomas MADGE Head Married Male 55 Plymouth, Devon Newspaper Proprietor (Employed) 1846
Judith MADGE Wife Married Female 50 Midhurst, Sussex   1851
Percy Frank MADGE Son Married Male 29 West Brompton, Middlesex Mechanical Engineer (Worker) 1872
Edith Emma BELLAMY Daughter Married Female 25 Gunnersbury, Middlesex   1876
Madge A BELLAMY Grand Child Single Female 1 Plymouth, Devon   1900
Winifred BUTTERWORTH Servant Single Female 26 New Cross Parlourmaid 1875
Rose A FERRIS Servant Single Female 29 Wilts Tytherton Cook Domestic 1872
Mahela SAYER Servant Single Female 24 Westminster Housemaid 1877
Emily G THOMAS Servant Single Female 31 Cornwall Nurse Domestic 1870
Census Place: All Saints Knightsbridge, St Margaret And St John The Evangelist Westminster
PRO Reference: RG13 Piece / Folio: 83/136 Page: 3

Birth, Marriage Death Records (Civil Registration)

Type Year Month Name District Vol. Page Age
Birth 1845 Oct-Nov-Dec William Thomas MADGE Plymouth  IX  394 
Marriage 1865 Jul-Aug-Sep William Thomas MADGE Plymouth  5b  429 
Marriage 1865 Jul-Aug-Sep Mary WEBBER  Plymouth  5b  429 
Marriage 1892 Jan-Feb-Mar William Thomas MADGE Christchurch  2b  918 
Marriage 1892 Jan-Feb-Mar Judith KETCHELL  Christchurch  2b  918 
Death 1927 Jan-Feb-Mar William T. MADGE Wandsworth  1d  936  81 

Newspaper Articles

Deaths, The Times Monday, Jan 31, 1927; pg. 16; Issue 44493; col A
SIR WILLIAM MADGE, formerly proprietor of the Globe newspaper, whose death is announced. He was the founder of the People, retiring in 1922.

SIR WILLIAM MADGE, formerly proprietor of the Globe newspaper, whose death is announced. He was the founder of the People, retiring in 1922.

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Obituaries, The Times, Monday, Jan 31, 1927; pg. 15; Issue 44493; col D

Sir William Thomas Madge, Bt., who died at Putney on Saturday at the age of 81, was formerly a well-known newspaper proprietor. Born on October 6, 1845, the son of Mr. Thomas Madge, of Plymouth, he began his career as a bank clerk, but soon entered the office of the Western Morning News, where he spent six years in gaining experience in various departments. In August, 1866, he came to London to join the staff of the Globe, the oldest London evening newspaper, and resigned in 1908, though he was proprietor from 1912 to 1914. During his period of control the price of the journal was reduced from 4d. to 2d. and later to 1d. In 1867 he was appointed to be its publisher, and subsequently for many years he was its manager. Of the enterprise which he showed in the conduct of the journal the most conspicuous example was the publication, on May 30, 1873, of the terms of the Schouvaloff treaty between Great Britain and Russia, the existence of which had been officially denied.

In conjunction with the late Sire George Armstrong, his colleague on the Globe, Mr. Madge determined to establish a popular weekly organ for the propagation of Conservative principles, and in October, 1881, the first number of the People was issued. As managing director, he was largely responsible for the success of the paper, paying special attention to its distribution. He was also active in news-getting, and prided himself on having secured the confession of the Tichborne claimant and the news of Mrs. Maybrick’s reprieve. He was also the first to realize that the first two “Jack the Ripper” murders in East London were committed by the same man, He was less successful in him attempt with the Sun, an evening newspaper, which he conducted in 1904-6.

Sir William, who was created a baronet in 1919, married, first, Miss Mary Helen Webber, of Plymouth : she died in 1891; and, secondly in 1892, Judith, daughter of Mr. Samuel Ketchell. His elder son died in 1899, leaving a daughter, and his second son died in 1914, leaving a son, Mr. Frank William Madge, who was born in 1897, and now succeeds to the baronetcy.

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