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.
|Age in 1911:||66|
|Estimated Birth Year:||abt 1845|
|Relation to Head:||Head|
|Birth Place:||Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England|
|Street Address:||4 Bk 34 Sheepcote Street Bham|
|Registration District Number:||384|
|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.