Monday, 1 October 2012

Millington family in the 1911 Census

I recently came across this record of the Millngton family in the 1911 Census for Birmingham.

The record shows my great grandparents with four of their children, in my grand father Willam Joseph.

The address is Number 5 Kayles Back of Wheeleys Lane, Birmingham.

The family includes:

Terence Millington, head of household, aged 29, a labourer in brass and copper tubes works, born in Birmingham.

Martha Millington, wife, aged 30

William, son, aged 11

Emily, daughter, aged 8

George, son, aged 7

John, son, aged 2

All 4 children were born in Birmingham. William is the only one listed as being at school.

I find it interested that my great grandmother has given her first name as Martha. Her birth name and the one she used on most other records was Phoebe. I wonder why she chose to use the name Martha just in the 1911 Census?

She is listed as having been married to Terence for 11 years. She has had 5 children and 4 have survived.

It is interesting to consider this information against previous records and anecdote that we have about Terence and Phoebe's children. There are stories in the family that (1) a baby died when it fell from a pram, and (2) Phoebe died in childbirth.

Records I have researched identify a baby named Iris which was born to Phoebe Millington, nee. Adderley in 1911 and what seems likely to be the same child registered as dieing in 1912.

Phoebe (aka Martha) died at the age of just 32 in 1914 at the Workhouse Infirmary at Western Road, Winson Green. The address on the death certificate was given as 5 back of Wheeleys Lane, as above. I have been unable to find a record for another birth to Terence and Phoebe around this time and she died of a burst cyst and ulcer.

Terence remarried Jane Guy in 1921 and they had a daughter named Violet Jane Millington.

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