Wednesday, 6 January 2010

More about Andrew and Elizabeth’s family – the Millingtons of Wellington

We have already learnt that Andrew and Elizabeth Millington had five children: William, Mary, Sarah, Joseph and James, and that the family were recorded living at New Street in Wellington in the 1821 census. We also know that the oldest of these children, William, born in about 1799, was our own direct ancestor.

We have only scant information about what became of Mary, Sarah and Joseph. I now believe that the person named John Millington, against whom there was a court judgement in 1837 was actually the brother Christened Joseph in 1806 (he is also recorded as John in the 1821 census).

John Millington is recorded in the 1841 census as a 30 year old agricultural labourer living in a house in New Street in Wellington with his brother James and wife Mary. James is recorded as a shoe maker.

10 years later John Millington is recorded again at number 32 New Street, Wellington in the 1851 Census. He is recorded as a 40 year old day labourer born in Wellington. He resides in the home of his sister Mary Ann Berks who is listed as the head of the household, a 48 year old baker. Mary Ann’s children are listed as 17 year old Edwin Berks (a baker), 16 year old Joshua (cabinet maker’s apprentice) and 13 year old Sarah.

There is a record for Mary Ann’s marriage to John Berkes on 31st December 1833 at Wombridge in Shropshire and the family are recorded at 171 New Street in the 1841 census, but their surname spelt as Birch not Berks. John Birch was a 27 year old shoe maker in 1841, Mary was 35, Edwin 7, Joshua 5 and Sarah 3.

I wish here to thank Andrea Walker of Shropshire for information about the descendants of Sarah Berkes from this family. Sarah (born 1840) married William Jordan (also of Shropshire—born in 1836 to Robert and Ann Jordan). Sarah and William had 6 children: Florence (b.1859), Lora (b.1864), Amey (b.1868), Albert (b.1871), Lilly (b.1876) and Joshua (1877). Andrea’s grandfather was Albert, he married Ethel Bingham and the couple had one daughter named Kate Jordan born in Wellington in 1914. Kate married Cecil Walker and they are the parents of my correspondent Andrea, in an email in September 2006 Andrea told me:

“Sarah their daughter married William Jordan and they lived with Mary. Eventually after being a sawyer William and his son Albert were butchers in what we think was the same shop as Mary had 44 New Street later renumbered to 97. Albert my grandfather demolished the front and rebuilt it. Mother is able to remember all this. That was were my mother was born and I can remember as a child. The property as far as I know is still there but is now a funeral parlour. We moved from Wellington and now live in Stone, Staffs.”

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