William Clarke Sones

Brief Life History of William Clarke

When William Clarke Sones was born on 10 July 1823, in Halesworth, Suffolk, England, his father, Zachariah or Zechariah Sones, was 25 and his mother, Lydia Clark, was 22.

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Zachariah or Zechariah Sones
Lydia Clark
William Clarke Sones
Lydia Clarke Sones
Sarah Ann Sones
William Sones
Zachariah Sones
Elizabeth Sones

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  • William Clarke Sones, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"

World Events (8)


Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

1854 · The Crimean War

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

English (Suffolk):

perhaps an altered form of Soames; see Somes .

variant of Soane, with post-medieval excrescent -s (see Son ). The -o- in Middle English and early modern English son(e) is a conventional spelling of /u/ before an n. This /u/ became /ʌ/ in Standard English, hence the current pronunciation of Son. If /u/ was lengthened it became /o:/ in Middle English, and then /u:/ in modern English, hence the occasional spelling Soon. In some speakers' dialects, however, it seems that Middle English /u/ may have been lowered to /ɔ/ and lengthened to /ɔ:/, becoming modern English /əu/ represented in the spelling Soane. At any rate, Soon and Soane (also Sone) appear together in the same counties and are presumably alternative pronunciations of the same name.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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