THOMAS BARLOW MILLS (1843 - 1902)

ALDAM MILLS was the third son of THOMAS and MARY MILLS and my wife's great grandfather. THOMAS AND MARY MILLS (nee MARSHALL) are therefore my wife's great great grandparents. THOMAS was the eldest son of the Sheffield cutlery manufacturer HENRY MILLS and his wife SARAH.

THOMAS and his wife MARY appear on the 1871 Census living at 56 Orchard Road, Sheffield (GRO Ref RG10/4962 Page 104 - 79 Brightside Bierlow) which I believe was in the Parkwood Springs area of Neepsend, Sheffield

SURNAME

Age

Rel Occupation Place of Birth
THOMAS BARLOW MILLS 27 Head Cutlery Manufacturer Sheffield Yorkshire
MARY ELIZA MILLS 23 Wife   Sheffield Yorkshire
WILLIAM HENRY MILLS 1 Son Sheffield Yorkshire

This is two years after their marriage in 1869 at St Philips Church, Shalesmoor, Sheffield. The registers give the following details

MARSHALL, Mary Eliza (Spinster, age Full, ~, residing at Owlerton). Married Thomas Barlow MILLS, on July 5, 1869, by Creswell Roberts (Banns) at St Philips Church, Shalesmoor. Father's name is Robert William Marshall (Manufacturer). Married in the presence of Robert William Marshall, Henry Abdiel Rodgers.

MILLS, Thomas Barlow (Bachelor, age Full, Manufacturer, residing at Pitsmoor). Married Mary Eliza MARSHALL, on July 5, 1869, by Creswell Roberts (Banns) at St Philips Church, Shalesmoor. Father's name is Henry Mills (Manufacturer). Married in the presence of Robert William Marshall, Henry Abdiel Rodgers.

The next record I have of Thomas and Mary is derived from the 1881 Census 

Dwelling: 131 Upperthorpe, Road Census Place: Nether Hallam, York, England Source: FHL Film 13421116 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4621 Folio 78 Page 420

SURNAME

Age

Rel Occupation Place of Birth
THOMAS B MILLS 37 Head Manager Cutlery Trade Sheffield Yorkshire England
MARY E MILLS 33 Wife   Sheffield Yorkshire England
WILLIAM H MILLS 11 Son Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire England
MARION MILLS 9 Daughter Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire England
ANNIE MILLS 7 Daughter Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire England
THOMAS BARLOW MILLS 5 Son Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire England
ALDAM M MILLS 2 Son   Sheffield Yorkshire England
SARAH G MILLS 3 months Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire England

ALDAM MARSHALL MILLS birth was registered  in the September quarter of 1878 (GRO Ecclesall Bierlow Volume  9c Page 314) which confirms his age in the Census. It also reveals that he married ELLEN OTTER in the March quarter of 1899 (GRO Sheffield Volume 9c Page 475). His sister ANNIE MILLS was registered in the March  quarter of 1874 (GRO  Ecclesall Bierlow Vol 9c Page 309)

The same source also confirms the details of ALDAM's older brother THOMAS BARLOW MILLS who was named after his father. He was born in the March quarter of 1876 (GRO Ecclesall Bierlow Volume 9c Page 342). There are also details of his marriage in the September quarter of 1898 (GRO Sheffield Vol 9c Page 695) to an ELEANOR VIVIA SHELDON. Eleanor was slightly older than Thomas for the records show that she was born in the September quarter of 1875 (GRO Sheffield Volume 9c Page 498). She was the daughter of JOSEPH and MARIA SHELDON. They lived on the same road as the MILLS family in 1881 - The MILLS lived at 131 Upperthorpe Road whist the SHELDONS lived at 89. ( Dwelling: 89 Upperthorpe Road Census Place: Nether Hallam, York, England Source: FHL Film 13421116 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4621 Folio 63 Page 12)

Thomas and Eleanor would almost certainly have known one another as children. THOMAS died at the age of 59 in the September quarter of 1902 (GRO Sheffield Volume 9c Page 339) 

A THOMAS BARLOW MILLS was born in the December quarter of 1900 (GRO Sheffield Volume 9c Page 629) making three generations with the same name. My initial suspicion was that he was the son of Thomas and Eleanor Mills (nee Sheldon) but in February 2010 I received the following information from a fellow researcher. 

"I have in the 1901 census

William Henry Mills b1871
Jessie A wife b 1871
Robert William son b.1894
Aldam son b.1897
Albert E son b.1898
*Thomas B son b.1900*
Could this be the same one as you are thinking was born to Thomas and Eleanor ? Robert William was my G G Grandfather".

It appears that it was WILLIAM HENRY MILLS who named two of his children ALDAM and THOMAS BARLOW after his brothers, and not Thomas and Eleanor as I first thought.

Note Births Dec 1898 Mills Albert Edward Sheffield Volume9c Page608

ALDAM's second name MARSHALL was his mothers maiden name. In the September quarter of 1869 MARY ELIZA MARSHALL married THOMAS BARLOW MILLS making them my wife's great great grandparents. (GRO Sheffield Volume 9c Page 496) 

The 1891 Census has the family living in the Tinsley area of Sheffield (Source: PRO Ref RG12 Piece 3848 Entry157. It is very difficult to make out the address on the transcription but I believe it is 4 Burns Terrace, Tinsley, Sheffield.

SURNAME

Age

Rel Occupation Place of Birth
THOMAS BARLOW MILLS 47 Head Living on his means Sheffield Yorkshire
MARY E MILLS 43 Wife   Sheffield Yorkshire
MARION MILLS 19 Daughter Sheffield Yorkshire
THOMAS BARLOW MILLS 15 Son Post Office Boy Sheffield Yorkshire
SARAH GERTRUDE MILLS 10 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire


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