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From: "Ron Lankshear (Sydney Aust)" <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] MILLS conundrum
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2006 22:53:13 +1000
I cannot see how they got WITTS - WILLS perhaps.
And I cannot see any other REG* MILLS of that age in 1901.
Ann* c1849 there are but not married to a reg*
I think the symmetry of the names etc really says its them
1901 he showed Bricklayer and perhaps he decided to retire and open a
sweet shop. Somerset Maugham had a great story about a vestry clerk who
did just that. After all a "nation of shopkeepers"
1891 he is a rent collector and repairer of houses - so it seems he was
a good at money as well - by the way the son is transcribed as Reginald
Conard but the n looks like a w
Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1908
has 99 Railton Rd as Charles Dunton contectioner.
So it sounds like a long term sweet shop which he acquired for his
This should go to the page (actual 292 but 301 of 859 in Leicester uni site)
Ron Lankshear - many Links at http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~lankshear/
Gail Oliver wrote:
> Hi List
> Thanks to Judy who found my MILLS family transcribed as WITT.........the
> transcriber must have had sore eyes.
> I would like your opinion on the following.....
> Reginald MILLS and his family lived in Stepney Green for many years - he was
> a house builder and rent collector. His wife was Anne Maria MILLS and one
> of his sons was a Reginald Edward MILLS. In 1901 there they were as usual.
> I have a death certificate for a Reginald MILLS in 1921 (age 81 which fits)
> and his wife Anne Maria MILLS in 1927 ( age 78 which also fits.
> In both cases the information was R E MILLS, son present at the death.
> Sounds good eh ? But there is a catch.
> Old Reginald is shown as a master confectioner AND is living in 99 Railton
> Road Brixton...... and his wife is shown as widow of Reginald MILLS
> confectioner at the same address!!
> How likely would it be that a man previously a builder etc (1901) would
> suddenly be a master confectioner 20 years later???
> Additional info....... a later directory (1934 I think) shows that a
> confectioner (no relation) is living at the same address, so presumably it
> could have been a shop.
> And further.... I know that a long lost cousin was born in Brixton sometime
> in the 1940s. R E MILLS is shown as living at 50 Saltoun Road Brixton.
> I know MILLS isn't exactly a rare name .... but the coincidences are rather
> too many to swallow don't you think. I have looked for any another MILLS
> family living in Brixton in the 1901.... with no success.
> Opinions please.
> Gail in NZ
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