Wednesday, 26 September 2012

G-G-Grandmother Alice Millington in the 1911 Census

A record from the 1911 Census showing my g-g-grandmother, Alice Millington, nee. O'Hagan living with the family of her daughter Alice Harris in Sheepcote Street, Ladywood, Birmingham.

Name:Alice Millington
Age in 1911:66
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1845
Relation to Head:Head
Birth Place:Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
Civil parish:Birmingham
Street Address:4 Bk 34 Sheepcote Street Bham
Marital Status:Widowed
Registration district:Birmingham
Registration District Number:384
Sub-registration district:Ladywood
ED, institution, or vessel:3

Alice is listed as head of the household, which suggests it was her home. The full record also includes:

Henry James Harris, son-in-law aged 39, married for 12 years (therefore 1899). Born in Pontepool, South Wales. Occupation Smith Arikn (?) There is a company name but can not make it out.

Alice Harris, daughter, aged 32, married 12 years, has had 5 children and 5 survived.Born in Birmingham.

George, grandson aged 7. All three children born in Birmingham.

William Joseph, grandson aged 4.

Annie, grand-daughter aged 2.

I can't remember if I've ever noted this fact before that Henry James Harris was from South Wales. This information makes sense of a memory my father has that someone close to the Millingtons of Ladywood was Welsh. I have sometimes speculated whether it was Alice Millington's sister Mary for whom there is some evidence she may have worked as a servant in Wales and then, purely a guess, could have developed a Welsh accent.

However, it seems much more plausible that the Welsh connection was with Henry James Harris who might have been in his 60s or 70s when my father was a child.

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