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William and Mary Preece of Stoke Prior


THE PREECE FAMILY OF BYTON, KINGSLAND, EYE AND STOKE PRIOR


 

(?) Evan Price alias Preece and Mary Higgins (?)

of Titley, Herefordshire

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John Preece (1773-) and Elizabeth Davis

of Byton, Herefordshire

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William Preece (1808c-1887) and Mary Rawlings (1816c-1894)

Labourer of Kingsland, Eye and Stoke Prior, Herefordshire

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 Mary Preece (1843-1897) and Thomas Duffell

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 Ann Duffell and Arthur John Noad

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Florence Noad and Edward Percy Barton

 


 

WILLIAM PREECE, Great III Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of John Preece and Elizabeth (nee Davis)

Husband of Mary Rollings

Father of Mary Duffell

Also Father of John, William, Elizabeth Millichap, Thomas, James and Eliza Hart

William Preece was born on 16th April 1806 according to his eleven-year-old son’s Family Bible. He was probably baptised on 2nd May 1808 at Byton in Herefordshire. His parents were given as John and Elizabeth Price.

On 8th May 1838 William Preece married Mary Rollings, a minor, at Kingsland Parish Church. William was of full age and a Labourer of Cobnash, Kingsland and Mary was a spinster and from Becknall in the same parish. Neither of them could sign their names. William was described as the son of John Preece, a Labourer and Mary was described as the daughter of John Rollings, a labourer. The witnesses were John Rollings and Jane Goodwin and both made their mark.

Their older children were baptised at Kingsland in 1839, 1843 and 1845 and 1848. In the 1841census return William and his family were living at Aston in the Parish of Kingsland. William was described as a thirty-year-old Agricultural Labourer and Mary, his wife, was twenty. Their son, John, was aged two years.

Their eldest daughter, Mary was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

By the time of the 1851 Census they had moved to Moreton in the Parish of Eye and William was described as a forty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton in Herefordshire. He was working for William Yates who was farming 135 acres with twenty-four labourers. Mary Preece, his wife, was described as thirty-four and born in Kingsland. The children included John, aged ten; Mary, aged eight; William, aged five and Elizabeth, aged two. All of the children were recorded as born in Kingsland. They also had a lodger living with them, Haggar Bicker, a sixty-year-old pauper who had been born in Bumfield.

They can only have lived at Eye for a period between November 1848 and October 1854 and no children seem to have been born there. The younger children – Thomas, James and Eliza – were born between 1854 and 1862 according to the Family Bible. The eldest son, John, mysteriously disappeared during his youth, which caused the family considerable anguish. The second son, William, had no hands and was buried at Stoke Prior on 9th November 1859, aged fourteen years

From the time of the 1861 census return we discover that the family had been living at Stoke Prior since about 1854. William was described as a fifty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton. Mary was now forty-four and their children included twelve-year-old Elizabeth born in Kingsland, six-year-old Thomas and two-year-old James. The two boys were both born in Stoke Prior.

In the 1871 census the family was still in the village of Stoke Prior. William was shown as a sixty-five-year-old farm labourer and his wife as a fifty-five-year-old ‘Farm Workwoman’. Living with them was their daughter Eliza who was described as a nine-year-old scholar born in Stoke Prior.

In 1881 William and Mary were living with their sons Thomas and James. William was described as an ‘out pauper’ who had formerly been a labourer. He was aged seventy-five years and he stated that he had been born in Byton, Herefordshire. Mary, his wife, was aged sixty-five, was working as a general farm servant and she said that she was born in Kingsland. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior. Sometime between 1881 and 1887 their son, Thomas, moved away to work as a railwayman in Bolton.

William Preece died on 13th October 1887 at Stoke Prior aged eighty-one years. He was described as an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as Senile Decay and Exhaustion and was certified by Octavius Edwards L.R.C.P. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 14th October 1887 and the informant was James Preece, his son, who was present at the death and also lived at Stoke Prior.

William Preece was buried in Stoke Prior Churchyard. He has a fine gravestone.

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Grave of William and Mary Preece at Stok Prior

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According to probate records William Preece of Stoke Prior, labourer, died on 11th October 1887 and administration was granted on 28th April 1892 to Mary Preece, widow. Effects were valued at £33-10-0d.

His Bible:

‘William Preece Stoke Prior Herefordshire 24th March 1850’

Family Entries in the Bible of his son Thomas (aged eleven years):

‘Thomas Preece his book June the 14 1866’

‘June 2nd 1865 William Preece Born April 16th 1806’

‘Mary Preece Born October 11th 1816’

‘Mary Preece born Jan 1888’ (?)

‘William Preece in his 60 year

(Next 7 entries duplicated)

Mary Preece in her 51 yeare

John Preece in his 28 yeare

William Preece in his 20 yeare

Elisabeth Preece in her 17 yeare

Thomas Preece in his 12 yeare

James Preece in is 7 yeare

Elisa Preece 4 years old

John Preece Born April 4th 1837

Mary Preece Born January 10th 1841

Elizabeth Preece Born October 5th 1848

Thomas Preece Born October 5th 1854

James Preece Born October 12th 1858

Eliza Preece Born February 1st 1862’

 


MARY PREECE, Great III Grandmother 

Daughter of John Rollings and Mary (nee Wanklin)

Wife of William Preece

Mother of Mary Duffell

 Also Mother of John, William, Elizabeth Millichip, Thomas, James and Eliza Hart

Mary was probably baptised at Kingsland on 14th March 1819. She was the eldest of six children of John and Mary Rollings or Rawlings. According to her eleven-year-old son’s Family Bible she was born on 11th October 1816, nearly two years before her parents were married, but this is possibly an inaccurate record. John Rollings was an agricultural labourer of Becknall in Kingsland, Herefordshire. Her mother had an illegitimate child, Elizabeth in 1811.

On 8th May 1838 Mary Rollings, a minor, married William Preece at Kingsland Parish Church. He was described as of full age and a Labourer of Cobnash, Kingsland and she was a spinster and from Becknall in the same parish. Neither of them could sign their names. William was described as the son of John Preece, a Labourer and Mary was described as the daughter of John Rollings, a labourer. The witnesses were John Rollings and Jane Goodwin and both made their mark.

Children were baptised at Kingsland in 1839, 1843 and 1845 and 1848. In the 1841 census return William and his family were living at Aston in the Parish of Kingsland, close to the Rawlings at Becknall. William was described as a thirty-year-old Agricultural Labourer and Mary, his wife, was twenty. Their son, John, was aged two years.

Their eldest daughter, Mary, was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

By the time of the 1851 Census they had moved to Moreton in the Parish of Eye and William was described as a forty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton in Herefordshire. He was working for William Yates who was farming 135 acres with twenty-four labourers. Mary Preece, his wife, was described as thirty-four and born in Kingsland. The older children included John, aged ten; Mary, aged eight; William, aged five and Elizabeth, aged two. All of the children were recorded as born in Kingsland. They also had a lodger living with them, Haggar Bicker, a sixty-year-old pauper who had been born in Bumfield.

They can only have lived Eye for a period between November 1848 and October 1854 and no children seem to have been born there. The younger children – Thomas, James and Eliza – were born between 1854 and 1862 according to the Family Bible. The eldest son, John, mysteriously disappeared during his youth, which caused the family considerable anguish. The second son, William, had no hands and was buried at Stoke Prior on 9th November 1859, aged fourteen years.

From the time of the 1861 census return we discover that the family had been living at Stoke Prior since about 1854. William was described as a fifty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton. Mary was now forty-four and their children included twelve-year-old Elizabeth who had been born in Kingsland, six-year-old Thomas and two-year-old James. The two boys were both born in Stoke Prior.

In the 1871 census the family was still in the village of Stoke Prior. William was shown as a sixty-five-year-old farm labourer and his wife as a fifty-five-year-old ‘Farm Workwoman’. Living with them was their daughter Eliza who was described as a nine-year-old scholar born in Stoke Prior.

In 1881 William and Mary Preece were living with their sons Thomas and James. William was described as an ‘out pauper’ who had formerly been a labourer. He was aged seventy-five years and he stated that he had been born in Byton, Herefordshire. Mary, his wife, was aged sixty-five, was working as a general farm servant and she said that she was born in Kingsland. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

William Preece died on 13th October 1887 at Stoke Prior aged eighty-one years. He was described as an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as Senile Decay and Exhaustion and was certified by Octavius Edwards L.R.C.P. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 14th October 1887 and the informant was James Preece, his son, who was present at the death and also lived at Stoke Prior.

William Preece was buried in Stoke Prior Churchyard. He has a fine gravestone.

The administration of his estate was granted to Mary Preece on 28th April 1892 and the value was assessed at £33-10-0d. The date of his death was given as 11th October 1887.

In the 1891 census return Mary was living with her son James at Stoke Prior. She was described as a seventy-five-year-old widow and her son was a thirty-five-year-old agricultural labourer.

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Ada Preece believed this to be a photograph of her grandmother Mary Preece, my Great III Grandmother

Mary Preece died at Stoke Prior on 17th January 1894 in the Village of Stoke Prior aged seventy-nine-years. She was described as the Widow of William Preece, an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as a Malignant disease of the Stumoch, Haematemesis and Exhaustion and the death was certified by Wm. White M.R.C.S. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 18th January 1894 and her son, James Preece, was the informant and in attendance at the death. He also lived in Stoke Prior village.

Mary Preece was buried with her husband in Stoke Prior Churchyard and a gravestone was erected in their memory.


  1. JOHN PREECE, Great III Uncle 

John Preece was baptised on 7th April 1839 at Kingsland. According to his Bible he was born on 4th April 1837. In 1841 he was recorded as two-years-old in the census return and in 1851 he was described as ten-years-old and living at home. He does not appear in the census for Stoke Prior in 1861. He apparently disappeared from the family causing great anguish to them for many years. The date in his Bible – 29th April 1859 – may be significant.

His Bible:

‘John Preece Stoke Prior April 29 1859’

‘John Preece Born April 4th 1837’


2. MARY DUFFELL, Great II Grandmother 

Daughter of William Preece and Mary (nee Rollings)

Wife of Thomas Duffell

Mother of William, Ann Noad, Thomas Duffell and Elizabeth Harris

Mary Preece was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

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Mary Duffell

Mary Preece was the second child and eldest daughter of William and Mary. According to notes written in a Family Bible by Thomas Preece, her brother, in 1866 Mary was born on 10th January 1841 but this is clearly inaccurate information.

Her parents, William and Mary Preece, at the time of the 1841 census, were living at Aston in Kingsland Parish. William Preece was then employed as an Agricultural Labourer.

For further information see my blog:

Thomas Duffell (1836-1880), Labourer of Kempley, King’s Caple and Llanbaddock

https://wp.me/p4BX9P-oT

3. WILLIAM PREECE, Great III Uncle

William Preece was baptised on 28th September 1845 at Kingsland. In the 1851 census he was described as a five-year-old who had been born in Kingsland. He had no hands. He died on 9th November 1859 and was buried at Stoke Prior.

4. ELIZABETH MILLICHAP, Great III Aunt 

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Great III Aunt Elizabeth Millichip (1848- ). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece. 

Elizabeth Preece was baptised on 5th November 1848 at Kingsland. According to her brother’s Family Bible and her grave stone at Birley she was born on 5th October 1848. The 1851 census return describes her as a two-year-old who had been born in Kingsland. In the 1861 census return she was twelve years old and living with her parents. Her place of birth was again given as Kingsland.

She married George Millichap on 24th May 1870 at Kingsland in the Leominster Registration District. George was born on 19th April 1849 according to his grave stone at Birley and a George Millichap was born in Weobley Registration District during the second quarter of 1849, son of Benjamin Millichap.

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Great III Uncle George Millichip, with his wife Elizabeth Millichip (1848- )and one of their daughters. A copy of an original belonging to Elsie Preece. 

The 1871 census return has them living at Knapton in Birley parish and describes George as a twenty-one-year-old Agricultural Labourer, born in Weobley; Betsey, his wife, was aged twenty-two-years, and born at Kingsland. Their son, George, was aged one month and born at Birley. From about 1872 until 1878 the family was living at Dilwyn.

Some time between 1878 and 1880 George and Elizabeth moved to what is known as Lady Grove Lodge. It is still largely untouched and has commanding views over Dilwyn, Birley and the surrounding area.

At the time of the 1881 census Elizabeth was living with George in a house next to the Vicarage at Bush Bank, Birley, Herefordshire (presumably Lady Grove Lodge). Elizabeth was described as a thirty-two-year-old wife who had been born in Kingsland. Her husband was a year younger, an Agricultural Labourer and his place of birth was given as Weobley. They had six children. George, the eldest was born in Birley in 1871, Louisa was born in about 1872 at Dilwyn, Benjamin was born in about 1875 at Dilwyn, Mary was three years-old and born in Dilwyn, Lizzy was aged two years and was born in Dilwyn and John, aged two months was born in about 1881 at Birley.

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Lady Grove Lodge

The 1891 census return finds George and Elizabeth at Lady Grove Lodge, Bush Bank, Birley. George was described as a forty-one-year-old Groom and Gardener born at Weobley and Elizabeth was now forty-two-years-old and born at Kingsland. The children who were living with them included Lizzy aged twelve years, Ann aged eight years, James aged five years and Dora aged three years. Lizzy, the eldest was a scholar, born in Dilwyn, whilst the three younger children were all born in Birley.

In the 1901 census return George and Elizabeth are still living at Lady Grove, Birley. George was now a fifty-one-year-old groom and gardener born at Shawls Bank; Elizabeth was aged fifty-three-years and born at Kingsland; Benjamin aged twenty-six-years, a farm labourer, born at Dilwyn; James aged fifteen years, a farm labourer, born at Birley; Dora aged thirteen and born at Birley and Jane was aged eight years and born at Birley.

In 1911 George and Elizabeth Millichap were living in four rooms at the Old Vicarage, Birley. He was described as sixty-one-years-old, a farm labourer, married for forty years with fifteen children of whom nine (or ten – a confusing alteration) were still alive. George was a worker born in Weobley. Elizabeth was sixty-three-years-old and had ten children who still living and she was listed as born at Kingsland.

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George Millichap died on 13th April 1918 and was buried next to three of his children at Birley. His widow, Elizabeth Millichap, died on 18th May 1926.

5. THOMAS PREECE, Great III Uncle 

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Great III Uncle Thomas Preece (1854-1900c). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.

 

Thomas Preece was born on 5th October 1854 according to his Family Bible. The 1861 census return shows Thomas at home with his parents and aged six-years. His place of birth was given as Stoke Prior. In the 1881 census his parents, William and Mary Preece, were living with their sons Thomas and James at Stoke Prior. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

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Great III Uncle Thomas Preece (1854-1900c). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.Enter a caption

Thomas was a Railwayman and it was probably in connection with his work that he moved from Stoke Prior to Bolton. Here he married Caroline Conroy in 1884 within the Bolton Registration District. The family moved to Swinton between the birth of their elder daughter in 1889 and the night of the 1891 census.

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Caroline the wife of Great III Uncle Thomas Preece (1854-1900c). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.

By the time of the 1891 census the couple were living at 88 Manchester Road, Worsley, Swinton, Barton-upon-Irwell. Thomas was described as a Foreman Plate Layer, aged thirty-six-years, and born in Stoke Prior. His wife was thirty-one-year-old Caroline who had been born in Bolton. With them was their two-year-old daughter Betsy who had also been born in Bolton. Also in residence was Betsy Conroy, Caroline’s mother who was described as a sixty-year-old widow, also born in Bolton.

Ten years later in 1901 Caroline was described as a thirty-nine-year-old widow and she was living at 484 Wardley Lane, Worsley, in the parish of St Peter’s Swinton. With her were her two daughters Bessie and Edith. Bessie was twelve and born in Bolton and Edith aged three (clearly a mistake – should be eight!) and born in Swinton. Ling with them as lodgers were Thomas Yarwood a fifty-year-old coal miner – a hewer and John Smith a thirty-year-old plate layer.

Thomas Preece died in 1900 in Barton-on-Irwell Registration District. It is a family tradition that Thomas was killed on the railway.

The administration of Thomas Preece of 484 Wardley Lane, Worsley, a foreman plate layer, who died on 7th July 1900, was granted on 24th August 1900 at Manchester to Caroline Preece, widow, His effects were valued at £25. He was buried at Swinton Cemetery.

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Great III Uncle Thomas Preece (1854-1900c) on the railways. He is believed to be the ‘second right of the pole’. An original photograph belonging to Elsie Preece.

Caroline died on 16th February 1911 aged fifty-years in Barton-in-Irwell Registration District.

His Bible:

‘Thomas Preece his book June the 14 1866’

‘June 2nd 1865’

‘William Preece Born April 16th 1806’

‘Mary Preece Born October 11th 1816’

‘Mary Preece born Jan 1888’ (? 1838)

‘William Preece in his 60 year

(Next 7 entries duplicated)

Mary Preece in her 51 yeare

John Preece in his 28 yeare

William Preece in his 20 yeare

Elisabeth Preece in her 17 yeare

Thomas Preece in his 12 yeare

James Preece in is 7 yeare

Elisa Preece 4 years old

John Preece Born April 4th 1837

Mary Preece Born January 10th 1841

Elizabeth Preece Born October 5th 1848

Thomas Preece Born October 5th 1854

James Preece Born October 12th 1858

Eliza Preece Born February 1st 1862’

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6. JAMES PREECE, Great III Uncle 

 

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Great III Uncle James Preece (1858-1943). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.

 

James Preece was born on 12th October 1858 according to his brother’s Family Bible. James was two-years-old at the time of the 1861 census and his place of birth was given as Stoke Prior. He was not at home with his parents on the night of the 1871 census. In the 1881 census William and Mary Preece were living with their sons Thomas and James. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

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Great III Uncle James Preece (1858-1943). From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.

He was in attendance at the death of both his parents but on both occasions that he informed the registrar he was unable to sign his name.

In the 1891 census return Mary was living with her son James at Stoke Prior. She was described as a seventy-five-year-old widow and he was a thirty-five-year-old agricultural labourer.

He married Eliza Meredith during the second quarter of 1896 within Leominster Registration District and they had four children. He was a Railwayman of Leominster.

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The Meredyth Family of Bargates, Leominster. Granny Meredyth with Jack Meredyth. In the foreground left to right: Lizzie, Charlie and Ada Preece. An original given to me by Elsie Preece.

In the 1901 census return James and Eliza Preece were living at Pound Cottage, Eaton, in the out parish of Leominster. James was described as a thirty-nine-year-old Railway Plate Layer – a worker – who had been born in Stoke Prior. His wife Eliza was also described as thirty-nine-years-old and born in Leominster. Their two children were both born in Leominster out parish – Charles J. aged three years and Elizabeth S (sp?) aged one year.

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Great III Uncle James Preece (1858-1943) on the railways. An original belonging to Elsie Preece. (?) Extreme right.

In 1911 James and Eliza were living at Pound Eaton, Leominster. James was a forty-five-year-old Railway Plate Layer. He had been married for fifteen years had four children who were all alive and he was born in Stoke Prior. Eliza was forty-seven and born in Leominster. Children included Charles James aged thirteen-years, at school and born in Eaton; Elizabeth Sarah aged eleven at school, and born at Eaton; Ada Jane aged nine years and born at Eaton and Elsie Mary aged six and again born at Eaton.

‘Mother’ signed Lizzie’s Autograph Book

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James Preece on the right

Eliza died on 6th January 1942, aged eighty, and her husband, James Preece, died on 18th December 1943 aged eighty-five-years. They were buried at Stoke Prior.

The administration and will of James Preece of Greylands, Ryelands Road, Leominster, who died on 19th December 1943 (sic) was granted on 28th April 1944 to Elizabeth Sarah Preece, spinster. Effects were valued at £569-16-11d

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7. ELIZA HART, Great III Aunt 

Eliza Preece was born on 1st February 1862 according to her brother’s Family Bible. In the 1871 census return she was described as a nine-year-old scholar, born in Stoke Prior, and living with her parents.

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Great III Aunt Eliza Hart (1862-1888). An original taken by Weatherley Bros, Photographers, 4 Bradshawgate, Bolton. Given to me by Elsie Preece. 

Ten years later in 1881 she was working as a general servant at Ladymeadow, Yarpole. This was a 273 acre farm run by John C. Hinton, a twenty-nine-year-old farmer with four labourers and a boy. Living at Ladymeadow was his thirty-three-year-old sister Mary Hinton and an indoor farm servant, fourteen-year-old John Oliver. Eliza Preece was herself described as a nineteen-year-old general servant born at Stoke Prior.

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Great III Uncle Henry Hart (1856-), husband of Great III Eliza. An original taken by Weatherley Bros, Photographers, 4 Bradshawgate, Bolton. Given to me by Elsie Preece. 

On 28th June 1884 Eliza Preece, aged twenty-two-years, daughter of William Preece married Henry Hart, aged twenty-seven-years, son of Thomas Hart, was married at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire.

Henry was the son of Thomas Hart (1822-1890) and Mary Nuttal (1826-1912) and born on 5th December 1856.

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Great III Uncle Henry Hart (1856-), husband of Eliza (1862-1888). A copy of an original belonging to Elsie Preece.

In 1861 they were living at 51 John Taylor Street, Bolton. Henry was aged four and born in Bolton. His father was an iron turner.

In 1871 they were living at 52 Sidney Street in Holy Trinity Parish, Bolton-Le-Moors. Thomas was a forty-nine-year-old iron turner and his wife was a shopkeeper. Henry was a fourteen-year-old cotton piecer. His brother, William, sixteen, was an iron turner and Robert, eleven, and Mary, three, were scholars. All were born in Bolton.

In 1881 Harry was still at home at 18 Roundcroft Street, Bolton, a twenty-four-year-old foundry labourer.

A son Thomas was born in 1884 and was baptised at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors on 31st December 1884.

Eliza died during the last quarter of 1888 in Bolton.

Henry probably married Elizabeth Foster during 1889 in Bolton.

In 1891 Thomas and Elizabeth Hart were living at 23 Harris Street, Bolton. He was described as a thirty-four-year-old metal planer working for an engineer. His wife was aged thirty-four and born in Liverpool. Thomas was a six-year-old scholar born in Bolton and James was under a year and born in Bolton.

In 1901 they were at 67 Plover Street, St Bartholomew’s, Bolton-Le-Moors. Henry was aged forty-four, an iron planer; Elizabeth was aged forty-three, a cotton winder born in Liverpool; Thomas was a sixteen-year-old boiler maker born in Bolton; James aged ten, Beatrice and Elsie were aged nine and were born in New York, USA and Ethel aged five was born in Bolton.

In 1911 they were living at 22 Holder Street in three rooms. Henry and Elizabeth had been married for twenty two years, five children were alive and one had died.Henry was a fifty-two-year-old iron planer born in Bolton; Elizabeth, aged fifty-one, was a housewife born in Liverpool. James was aged twenty, a moulder’s apprentice at an iron works and was born in Bolton. Beatrice and Elsie were nineteen and born in New York. Beatrice was a fly tinter (?) at a cotton mill and Elsie a winder at a cotton mill. Ethel was aged eighteen, a setter for a framer at a cotton mill born in Bolton.

 


The Grandchildren of William and Mary Preece:

 

The Four Children of Thomas and Anne Duffell:

See my blog:

Thomas Duffell (1836-1880), Labourer of Kempley, King’s Caple and Llanbaddock

https://wp.me/p4BX9P-oT

The Fifteen Children of George and Elizabeth Millichap: 

1. GEORGE MILLICHAP

George was born in the first quarter of 1871 at Birley in Weobley Registration District. At the time of the 1871 census he was described as one month old and born at Birley. He was aged ten in the 1881 census and at home. In the 1891 census return we find George at Firs Farm, Michaelchurch Escley and his employer was Richard James, the Farmer. George was described as a nineteen-year-old servant, a single Agricultural Labourer, born at Burley (sic).

George married Annie Brooks during Oct.-Dec. 1897 in the Brecknock Registration District, Breconshire.  In 1901 he was living with his wife and family at The Vallets, Hope-under-Dinmore. George was described as a twenty-four-year-old Cattleman on the Farm and born at Birley. His wife, Annie, was aged twenty-six-years and born at Llanfrihangel in Brecon. Their children were listed as William, aged three-years, who was born at Brierley, Herefordshire, and Benjamin, aged ten months, and born at Rockford, Worcestershire.

A collection of postcards sent to Dora and Ann Millichap were purchased at Gloucester Antiques Centre on 7th October 2013:

Dec 6th 1904: To Miss A. Millichip, Devonshire Terrace, Morningham, Bradford, Yorkshire – ‘Annie is at present staying in Hereford for a change…’

In 1911 George Millichap was working as a general farm labourer and living with his family in three rooms at Vallets, West Hope Hill, Leominster, Herefordshire. He was described as forty-years-old, married and born at Hope. His wife Annie was aged thirty-six-years and born at Hope. They had been married for fourteen years and had six children. Their children were all born at Hope and these included Willie aged thirteen; Bennie aged ten, Thomas aged eight; Alice aged five; Charlie aged two and Evelyn aged three months. Willie and Bennie were at school.

George Millichap of Upper Hill, Hope-under-Dinmore died on 26th June 1936 aged sixty-five-years and his widow Edith Ann died on 7th September 1936 aged sixty-two-years. They were buried at Hope-under-Dinmore and there is a gravestone.

According to probate records George Millichap of Rose Cottage, Upper Hill, Hope-under-Dinmore died on 26th June 1936 at Hereford General Hospital. Administration was granted at Oxford on 8th September 1936 to William John Millichap, farmer and Thomas James Millichip, agricultural labourer. Effects were valued at £220-19-2d.

According to probate records Edith Annie Millichap of Rose Cottage, Upper Hill, Hope-under-Dinmore died on 7th September 1936. Probate was granted at Oxford on 13th October 1936 to Thomas Matthews and Frederick Moses Beaumont, farmers. Effects were valued at £220-13-9d.

2. LOUISA HAYNES

Louisa was born in the first quarter of 1872 at Dilwyn in Weobley Registration District. She was aged nine in the 1881 census. On the night of the 1891 census she was at Lady Grove, Bush Bank, Birley, where she was employed as Cook by Susanna Parry, a seventy-two-year-old widow. Louisa was described as a nineteen-year-old single servant, born in Leominster. Her parents and family were living at Lady Grove Lodge at this time.

A Louisa Millichip married in Weobley Registration District during the final quarter of 1900.

Louisa seems to have married Richard Haynes and they were living in five rooms at The Lodge, Dolmelynllyn, Dolgelly, Llanelltyd, Merioneth. He was a forty-three-year-old domestic gardener, born at Ludlow. Louisa was aged thirty-nine-years, born at Birley. They had been married for eleven years and had four children, three of whom were still alive. Their children included Annie, aged ten, born in Ludlow; George aged eight, born at Ganllwyd, Merioneth and Emily aged seven, born at Llanelltyd, Merioneth. The children were all at school.

3. BENJAMIN MILLICHAP

Ben was born in the third quarter of 1874 at Dilwyn in Weobley Registration District. He was aged six in the 1881 census. On the night of the 1891 census he was living at 41 Church Street, Aberystruth, Blaina, in Monmouthshire. He was described as a sixteen-year-old single coal miner born in Dilwin (sic), Herefordshire. In 1901 he was back at home, aged twenty-six-years and working as an agricultural labourer.

A Benjamin Millichip married Emma Pritchard during the second quarter of 1904 in Weobley Registration District.

In 1911 Benjamin and Emma were living in five rooms at Park Villa, Little Hereford, Tenbury. Benjamin was a thirty-six-year-old cowman working on a farm and born at Dilwyn. The census said he had been married for seven years with four children. Emma was thirty-eight and born at Stantonwye (sic). Children included Nora aged seven born in Birley; Lillie aged five and born at Birley; Amy aged two born in Little Hereford and Edith aged ten months and born in Little Hereford.

During the second quarter of 1957 a Benjamin Millichip died aged eighty-two-years, in Weobley Registration District. During the second quarter of 1927 we find the death of an Emma Millichip in Weobley District aged fifty-seven-years.

4. MARY {POLLY) JONES

Mary was born in the first quarter of 1878 at Dilwyn in the Weobley Registration District. She was aged three in the 1881 census. On the night of the 1891 census Mary was living at Bush Bank, Canon Pynon. Her employer was James Griffiths the Registrar of Births and Deaths and Assistant Overseer. She was described as a thirteen-year-old General Domestic Servant born at Dilwyn.

In 1901 we find Mary Millichap (sic) employed as the Cook at St Matthew’s Vicarage, 29 Bilton Road, Rugby, the home of the Reverend Henry Auriol Barker, aged forty-eight-years. She was described as a twenty-three-year-old Domestic Servant, born at Dilwyn.

She married George Jones in Apr.-Jun. 1907 in the Weobley Registration District, and at the time of the 1911 census they were living at Ivy Cottage, Marden, Herefordshire. George was described as aged twenty-nine-years, a cowman, farm labourer, born at Bodenham. Mary was aged thirty-three and born at Dilwyn.

5. LIZZY MOORHOUSE

Lizzie (sic) was born during the third quarter of 1879 at Dilwyn in Weobley Registration District. She was aged two in the 1881 census and she was described as a thirteen-year-old scholar in 1891. In 1901 she was a domestic servant in the home of  Thomas Pickles of 5 Mornington Villas, Bradford. She was a twenty-one-year-old domestic cook, born at Dilwyn.

On 3rd January 1903 she married Arthur William Moorhouse at St. Peter’s Church, Bradford (Cathedral); her father was entered as John Millichap, farmer, and it was witnessed by Annie Millichap.  In 1911 they were living at 29 Hebden Street, Bradford with three children. He was a thirty-two-year-old breweryman, a brewery worker, born at Tong. Lizzie was aged thirty-one and born at Birley. Their children included Percy aged seven, George aged five and Doris aged three. All were born in Bradford.

6. JOHN MILLICHAP, infant 

John Millichip was born on 25th January 1881 during the first quarter of 1881 at Birley in Weobley Registration District. He was described as two months old in the census of that year. He died in 1882 and was laid to rest in Birley churchyard and there is a gravestone. The recorded death of one-year-old John Millichip in Weobley District during the final quarter of 1882 refers to him.

7. ANN MEE

Ann Millichip was born during the final quarter of 1882 at Birley in Weobley Registration District. She was described as eight in the 1891 census return. In 1901 we find an Annie Millichip working as a Cook at the Rectory, Withington, the home of the Reverend Richard Powell, a seventy-six-year-old widower who was born in Ireland. She was described as a twenty-one-year-old domestic servant, born at Dilwyn.

A collection of postcards sent to her and her sister Dora were purchased at Gloucester Antiques Centre on 7th October 2013:

Dec 6th 1904: Miss A. Millichip, 7, Devonshire Terrace, Morningham, Bradford, Yorkshire

She married George Edward Mee on 28th September 1907 at St. Jude’s Church, Manningham, witnessed by Ada Mee and Arthur Moorhouse.  In 1911 they were living in three rooms at 35 Naples Street, Bradford.  He was described as a twenty-six-year-old mill mechanic, a mill comber, born in Bradford. She was twenty-eight and born in Birley. Later they lived at 283 Burngreeve Road, Pittsmore, Sheffield

8. ALICE MILLICHAP, infant 

Alice Millichap was born on 12th March 1884 and died on 20th April in that year. She was laid to rest in Birley Churchyard with her brother John and there is a gravestone.

9. JAMES MILLICHAP

James was born during the last quarter of 1885 at Birley in Weobley Registration District. He was described as five-years-old in the 1891 census return. In 1901 he was still at home and working as a farm labourer.

December 5th 1909 Card sent to Dora Millichip from Jim, her ever loving brother from Henwood, Dilwyn.

In 1911 James Millichap was living with his family in four rooms at Gas House, Foxley, Yayor, Weobley, Herefordshire. He was described as a twenty-five-year-old under gardener (domestic) and he was born at Lady Grove Lodge. His wife Mary Ann was aged twenty-three-years and they had been married for thirteen months and had one child. Mary Ann was born at Llwydcoed, Glamorgan. Their child George Edward was aged five weeks and was born at Foxley, Yayor.

10. DORA MATTEY

Dora was born during the last quarter of 1887 at Birley in Weobley Registration District. She was described as three-years-old in the 1891 census return. In 1901 she was still at home aged thirteen years.

A collection of postcards sent to her and her sister Ann were purchased at Gloucester Antiques Centre on 7th October 3013:

Aug 11th 1905: Lady Grove Lodge, Birley, Nr. Leominster

July 7th 1906: Wisterton Court, Marden, Nr. Hereford

July 26 1909 The Gables, Norton, Radnorshire

Sept 4 1918 Buckland, Docklow, Nr. Leominster

In 1911 Dora was a patient at the City Isolation Hospital at 41 Foley Street, Hereford. She was then described as a twenty-seven-year-old single housemaid born at Burley.

She married Benjamin Mattey in Weobley Registration District during the second quarter of 1930. He was born during the second quarter of 1887 in Hereford Registration District.

 

Dora Mattey died on 23rd August 1962 within Weobley Registration District, aged seventy-four-years. Her husband, Benjamin Mattey, had died on 7th June 1961 within Weobley Registration District aged seventy-four-years. Both are buried together near to her parents and three infant siblings, namely John, Alice and Thomas Millichap in Birley churchyard and there is a gravestone

11. THOMAS MILLICHAP, infant  

Thomas Millichap was born on 24th January 1890 and died on the 29th January in that year. He was laid to rest in Birley churchyard with siblings John and Alice and there is a gravestone.

 12. JANE MILLICHAP

Jane was born in about 1892 at Birley. She was at home and aged eight years at the time of the 1901 census.

In 1911 Jane was working for Henry Ripley as a parlour maid at twenty-five-roomed Ashley Manor, London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. She was described as eighteen-years-old, single, and born at Birley, Herefordshire.

POSSIBLY THREE OTHER MILLICHAP CHILDREN WHO SURVIVED THE WOMB

See the 1911 census return


 

The Two Children of Thomas and Caroline Preece:

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Bessy and Eddie Preece the daughters of Gt III Uncle Thomas Preece (1854-1900c)
From an original belonging to Elsie Preece.
Left to right: Betsy Preece (1889- ), Edith Preece (1893- ).

1. BETSY ASTLE

Betsy was born in the second quarter of 1888 within Bolton Registration District, Lancashire. She was aged two years in the 1891 census and twelve in the 1901 census return. In 1911 she was listed as a twenty-two-year-old winder in a cotton mill, born in Bolton.

She married Harry Astle, a collier, on 16th August 1913 at St. Peter’s Church, Swinton, witnessed by Thomas Hart.  Harry was born in the second quarter of 1890 at Barton and died there in 1955 aged sixty-five-years.  Betsy died in 1963.

2. EDITH ROTTENBURY

Edith was born in the third quarter of 1892 at Swinton in Barton-in-Irwell Registration District, Lancashire. She was described as aged three years in the 1901 census return but this cannot be correct. In 1911 she was given as an eighteen-year-old winder in a cotton mill and born in Swinton.

She married John Rottenbury, a stoker, at St Peter’s Church Swinton, on 14th June 1913 in Barton Registration District. He was born on 8th March 1889 at Chowbent, Atherton, Lancashire, and was the son of Robert Henry Rottenbury (1854-1938) and Elizabeth Snell (1859-1929). He died on 2nd April 1951 aged sixty-two-years, and Edith died in February 1984 at the age of 91 in Wandsworth.

In 1901 Robert Henry Rottenbury was working as a Railway Engine Driver at Amington and Stonydelph, Tamworth. He was born in West Bromwich and aged forty-six, his wife, forty-one, was born in Plymouth; his son Robert, eighteen, a Railway Engine Stoker, was born in Boston, Lincs.; Rose, fifteen, was born at Islam-on-the-Heights, John twelve, was born at Atherton, Lancs; Emily, eight, at Irlam and Nellie, seven, at Neston in Cheshire.

In 1891 Robert Henry Rottenbury and his family were living at 26 Low Road in Gorton.


 

The Four Children of James and Eliza Preece:

1. CHARLES JAMES PREECE

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Charles John Preece

Charles J. Preece was born on 27th September 1897 at Eaton, Leominster. In the 1901 census he was described as three-years-old. He was at home and attending school at the time of the 1911 census.

He joined up on 10th October 1916 at Leominster and was dispatched to Shrewsbury on 14th October as a Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. His occupation was given as a domestic gardener and his health was considered C1. He was described as 5’3 ½ “ tall with a chest of 36 ½ . He was in need of some dental treatment. He was later transferred to the Labour Corps where he was engaged in agricultural activity and was stationed at the Britannia Barracks, Norwich for a time. He spent two years and two hundred and seventy three days in the UK and from 14th July 1919 until 12th February 1920 he was part of the Rhine Army and based in Cologne. He was demobilised at Nottingham on 19th March 1920. His character was described as ‘good’.

During his service his address was given as The Pound House, Eaton, Stoke Prior, and his next of kin was given as Joseph (mistake) Preece, his father, and at the end of the war, his mother, Eliza Preece.

He signed Lizzie Preece’s autograph Book on 27th December 1923

A Charles James Preece married Hilda Matthews at Gloucester during the final quarter of 1929 and died aged sixty-eight-years in 1967. According to probate records he died on 22nd January 1966 at Cross House Hospital, Berington, Shropshire and was described as of 8 New Street, Ludlow. His widow Hilda was granted probate at Birmingham on 18th March 1966 and his estate was valued at £1,979. His widow probably died in 1967 aged sixty-five-years.

2. ELIZABETH SARAH PREECE

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Elsie (1904-1992), Ada (1902- ) and Lizzie (1898- ) Preece, daughters of Great III Uncle James Preece (1858-1943)

Lizzie Preece was born on 10th December 1900 at Eaton, Leominster. In the 1901 census she was described as one-year-old. She was at home and at school at the time of the 1911 census.

At Christmas 1923 she was given an Autograph Book by A. McEway and this contains many signatures of family members. She signed it herself in August 1924.

She died during the third quarter of 1983 in Hereford Registration District.

3. ADA JANE PREECE

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Lizzie (1898- ), Elsie (1904-1992) and Ada (1902- ) Preece, daughters of Great III Uncle James Preece (1858-1943)

Ada Preece was born on 1st March 1902 at Eaton and lived at Leominster. In 1911 she was at home aged nine years. She probably signed her sister’s Autograph Book on 19th March 1924 and later in May of that year.

She died during the first quarter of 1983 in Leominster Registration District.

4. ELSIE MARY PREECE

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Elsie Preece

Elsie Preece was born on 22nd April 1904 and lived at Leominster. She was at home aged six years at the time of the 1911 census. She died sometime between 1992 and 1995.

She died during the second quarter of 1992 in Leominster Registration District.


The Child of Henry and Eliza Hart:

1. THOMAS HART,

Thomas Hart was born in 1884 and was baptised at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors on 31st December 1884. In 1891 he was at home and a six-year-old scholar. In 1901 Thomas was a sixteen-year-old boiler maker at home and born in Bolton.

There are a number of Thomas Harts who were born in Bolton during the early 1880s but the below named was working as a chauffeur after the First World War. This confirms family tradition.

Thomas Hart married Mary Bennett Wood on 25th December 1910 at Wentworth Parish Church. Children were born, namely Gladys May, born 2nd November 1912, and Eileen Barbara, born on 24th September 1914. The family lived at 13 Lichfield Street, Pemberton, Wigan.

At the time of the 1911 census they were living at 13 Lichfield Street, in four rooms. Thomas was a twenty-seven-year-old colliery horse clipper (permanent below ground) born in Bolton. His wife, Mary Bennett Hart, was aged twenty-seven and born at Wentworth.

During the First World War Thomas served as a driver and when he was demobbed we know from his discharge/pension papers that he worked as a chauffeur.

On 21st February 1919 Mary Bennett Hart, aged thirty-six-years, was buried at Christ Church Walmsley together with their six-year-old daughter Gladys May Hart. At the time they were living at 352 Darwen Road, Bramley Cross. (Grave No 722 Ang.) Thomas’s father-in-law, Thomas Wood, was buried on 2nd January 1923 and was living at the time at 163 Darwen Road, Bramley Cross.

Their children were Gladys and Eileen. Gladys May Hart was born on 2nd November 1912. On 21st February 1919 Mary Bennett Hart, aged thirty-six-years, was buried at Christ Church Walmsley together with their six-year-old daughter Gladys May Hart. At the time they were living at 352 Darwen Road, Bramley Cross. Eileen Barbara Hart was born on 24th September 1914. She married Frederick C. Howlett in Paddington Registration District during the last quarter of 1938. She died in Fakenham, Norfolk, Registration District during the second quarter of 1988.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FAMILY CONTACT:btsarnia@gmail.com

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