Mary Ann Ambrose Truss 1822


Born: 1822, England

Married: 25 December 1847 Old Church, Saint Pancras, London Mary Ann Ambrose Truss to Michael Mills

Died: 1913 Prahran, Victoria, Australia



John Nelson Truss b1822

Robert Truss b1832


Children of Michael Mills and Mary Ann Ambrose Truss

Henry Michael Mills b 16 October 1848 St Pancras, London, m 1973 Ellen Neil, Victoria, Australia.  d 3 February 1919 Narrogin, Western Australia

George James Mills 10th August 1850, St Pancras London m 23 May 1883, Mary Ann Fothergill, Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

Martha Mills b1854 d1855, Melbourne

Thomas Cheston Mills, b1860, Shepparton Victoria, m abt 1885 Mary Ann Sevior.  Died 1939 Benalla.Victoria.

Elizabeth Mills b 1863, Daylesford, Victoria d 1876 Daylesford, Victoria, Australia

James Mills b 1866, Blanket A, Victoria

Sarah Mills, b 1869, Egans Town, Victoria


Life Sketch

Mary Ambrose Truss was born abt 1822

Mary Ann Ambrose Truss was married: 25 December 1847 at  Old Church, Saint Pancras, London to Michael Mills.  The Old Church Saint Pancras is on Pancras Road, just north of Pancras railway station.

Mary Anne's brother, John Nelson Truss had also married on 1 February 1845 at Old Church, Saint Pancras to Maria Agnes Turpin.


St Pancras Old Church is one of the oldest in England.  Athough the early history of St Pancras Old Church is sketchy, it is thought that a church has existed on the site since 313 or 314 AD.  Sections of Norman masonry and a scattering of Roman bricks and tiles give some indication as to the history of the Church. However, much rebuilding and restoration have obscured any view of the past.  In 1822 all parochial rights were transferred to the new parish church in Euston Road, leaving the Old Church to become a Chapel of Ease and gradually fall into disuse.


By 1847 the Church was derelict and virtually in ruins, but as the local population grew it was decided to restore and enlarge it. Since then there have been a number of restorations, particularly in 1948 following war time bomb damage.


St Pancras Gardens has itself only recently been restored by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A number of noteworthy people are buried there, including John Soane, JC Bach and John Flaxman.


In 1852 the Michael & Mary Mills family, and the John & Maria Truss families decided to emmigrate to Australia, and in April 1853 the families boarded the paddle steamer Africa, bound for Melbourne Victoria.


Name                     Age         Month     Year        Ship        Port         Fiche      Page      Born

MILLS , GEORGE 2             APR        1853       AFRICA B             034         001         1850

MILLS, HENRY     4              APR        1853       AFRICA B             034         001         1848

MILLS, MARY       30           APR        1853       AFRICA B             034         001         1822

MILLS, MICHAEL 29           APR        1853       AFRICA B             034         001         1823



Name                      Age         Month     Year        Ship        Port         Fiche      Page

TRUSS ELLEN       I               APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          001

TRUSS JOHN        8              APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          001

TRUSS JOHN        31            APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          001

TRUSS MARIA       30            APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          001

TRUSS ROBERT   21            APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          007

TRUSS SUSAN      5              APR         1853        AFRICA   B              034          001



The Michael Mills family settled in Victoria, living around lovely Daylesford area where the children grew up, and the family fossicked for gold


Martha Mills died 1855 in Melbourne, Victoria #2179

Henry Michael Mills married abt 1873 in Victoria, to Ellen Neil and had 9 children.  He died in 1919, at Narrogin Western Australia

Elizabeth Mills died 1876 age 13 at Daylesford, Victoria  #3771

George James Mills married 23-5-1883 Kilmore, Victoria Mary Ann Fothergill and had 6 children.  He died in WA

Thomas Cheston Mills married abt 1885 Mary Ann Sevior and has descendants.  Thomas died 1939 Benalla.Victoria, and Mary Ann Mills d 1847 Benalla age 85 years.


The 1904 Victorian PO Directory listing includes the following

Mils Geo J  34 Hastings Rd Hawthorn

Mills M 42 Athol St Moonee Ponds

Mills M Old Dandenong Rd Heatherton

Mills M  Sydney Rd Brunswick

Mills Frank DimboolaIn 1953


Mary Ann Mills died 1913 age 75 years Prn (Prahran), Victoria #11018  This date would place her birth at 1838, rather than around 1825, 10 years out