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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameMills, William
Date of Birth1848
Location/CommunityAblington
NotesBirth / baptism
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1848, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 11, p. 365, William Thomas Mills;
Chedworth, Gloucestershire, 14 December, 1848 [AB];

Marriage
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1873, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 6a, p. 787, William Thomas B. Mills probably married Mary Ann Habgood.

Death / burial
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1920, Jan, Feb, Mar, Vol. 6a, p. 519, age, 71, William T. B. Mills died;
29 January, 1920 [AB]

Williams / others notes
Literate [AB]

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 31/1/20 p.5 [Local news, Bibury]

DEATH OF MR WILLIAM MILLS

By the death of Mr William Mills, which took place on Monday last at the age of 72 years, the village of Bibury loses a popular and familiar figure who will be greatly missed. Mr Mills was a member of an old and well-known Cotswold farming family, being the oldest son of the late Mr William Mills, of Ablington. Unlike the other members, he had little taste for practical farming, but he was ardently devoted to all kinds of country sport, his knowledge being encyclopaedic, and his skill with the rod and gun phenomenal. In addition to his sack business for many years he acted as keeper on the Ablington Manor estate a post to which he was appointed at his own request. In later years his sporting occupation was mainly confined to coaching and assisting the many anglers attracted during the fishing season to the famous Bibury water, there being few days when he was not so engaged, his services being eagerly sought after, for he could usually be relied on to land a brace or two of trout when nobody else could move a fish. Mr Mills figured as Tom Peregrine in Mr J. Arthur Gibbss book A Cotswold Village and some extracts relating to him will be found in Ramblers Chit-Chat notes.

My particular thanks to Dr. C J Bearman who researched a number of Gloucestershire singers as part of the Singing Landscape Project, 2008 - 2010 with whose kind permission this obituary is reproduced.
Census InformationCensus 1911
Place of birth, Bibury, Gloucestershire, c. 1849, age, 62; address, The Bridge, Arlington, Bibury, Fairford, Glloucestershire; occupation, sack contractor; living with, wife, Mary Ann, age, 58; place of birth, Barnsley, Gloucestershire; son, Arthur William, age, 33; place of birth, Bibury; occupation, assistant to the above.

Census 1901
Place of birth, Chedworth, Gloucestershire; c. 1850; Age, 51; address, Bridge, Arlington, Gloucestershire; occupation, sack contractor; living with, wife, Mary Ann, age, 48, place of birth, Barnsley, Gloucestershire; daughter, Elsie May, age, 28; place of birth, Arlington.

Census 1891
Place of birth, Chedworth, Gloucestershire; c. 1849; Age, 42; address, Bridge House, Arlington; occupation, corn dealer; living with, wife,Mary Ann, age, 38; place of birth, Barnsley, Gloucestershire; daughter, Elsie Mary, age, 17; son, Arthur William, age, 13; scholar; son, Alfred Edward, age, 9; scholar. PLace of birth all siblings Ablington. Also, Edith Rosa Hunt, age, 14; place of birth Naunton, Gloucestershire; occupation, servant.

Census 1881
Place of birth, Chedworth, Gloucestershire; c. 1849; Age, 32; address, in village, Arlington; occupation, corn dealer; living with, wife, Mary A., age, 28; place of birth, Barnsley, Gloucestershire; daughter, Elsie, age, 7; scholar; son, Arthur W., age, 4; place of birth bith siblings, Ablington. Also, Sarah, Hewer, age, 16; place of birth, Ashbrook, Gloucestershire; occupation, domestic servant.

Census 1871
Place of birth, Chedworth, Gloucestershire; c. 1849; Age, 22; address, in village, Bibury, Gloucestershire; occupation, farmers son; living with father, William, age, 46; place of birth, Ablington, Gloucestershire; occupation, farmer of 600 acres, employing 11 men, 2 women and 6 boys; mother, Elizabeth, age, 36; place of birth, Down Ampney, Gloucestershire; brother, Edwin, age, 12; scholar; brother, Ablert, age, 10; scholar; sister, Mary, age, 8; scholar; sister, Ellen,age, 5; scholar; sister, Annie, age, 3; scholar; brother, Raymond, age, 3 months; place of birth all siblings, Ablington.

Census 1861
Not traced. But his father, mother, and two siblings are listed in Bibury.

Census 1851
William Thos. [Thomas] Bridger Mills. Place of birth, Chedworth, Gloucestershire; c. 1842; age, 9; address, in village, South Cerney; living with father, William, age, 26; occupation, farmer; mother, Sarah, age, 27; place of birth, Winchcombe. Also, Jane Whitman, age, 13; place of birth, South Cerney, Gloucestershire; occupation, house servant.
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