Michael Mills 1826

 

Birth: Michael Mils was born on 25th May 1826 and was baptised on 16 July 1826 at the Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England. Father, Michael Mills b 18 January 1797 Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwick, England. Mother Mary Borden Unknown

Marriage: 25 December 1847 at the Old Church, Saint Pancras, London. Michael Mills married Mary Ann Ambrose Truss.

Death: Abt 1910 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

Siblings of Michael Mills

Martha Mills b 1824, Saint Pancras, London, m 24 August 1848, Richard Pilbeam at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London

Michael Mills b 25 May 1826 Saint Pancras, London m 25 December 1847 to Mary Ann Ambrose Truss at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London

Mary Olive Mills 26 October 1828

George Henry Mills b 31 August 1831 m abt 1868 Lavina Sarah ?  Died abt 1978

 

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

Michael Mils was born on 25th May 1826 and was baptised on 16 July 1826 at the Old Church, Saint Pancreas, London, England. Father, Michael Mills b 18 January 1797 Saint Martin, Birmingham, Warwick, England. Mother Mary Borden Unknown. Michael had an older sister, Martha, and his two younger siblings were Mary Olive Mills and George Henry Mills.

 

The Michael Mills family had family connections in Surrey, however it appears that in the 1700s, the grandfather of Michael Mills, who was also called Michael Mills, had gone to Birmingham, where he had learnt the silver trade.

 

The 1841 Census of London shows that by age 15 years, Michael Mills had left the family home. On 25 December 1847 at the Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, Michael Mills married Mary Ann Ambrose Truss.

 

In 1841 two of Michael’s siblings, Martha Mills and George Henry Mills were still living with their parents.  By 1851 George Henry Mills was, like his father, a silver plate chaser, and Martha Mills had married Richard Pilbeam, who was a skilled craftsman and businessman.  The 1861 census shows that Richard Pilbeam employed 12 people.

 

1841 Census St Pancras Marylebone Middlesex

Name                      Relation  Marital     Gender   Age

Michael Mills          Head       M             Male        40 Mary Mills                          Wife        M             Female    40

Richard Pilbeam                                    Male        20

Martha Mills                                           Female    15

George Mills                                          Male        9

 


1851 Census Somer Town Marylebone Middlesex, England

17 Gyentster St

Name                      Relation  Marital     Gender   Age         Birthplace                                               Occupation

Michael Mills          Head       M             Male        54 yrs      Birmingham, Warwickshire Silver plate chaser

Mary Borden Mills Wife        M             Female    51            Hackney Middlesex

George Henry Mills Son                       Male        19            St Pancras,Somer Town       Silver plate chaser

Richard Pilbeam    S-in law  M             Male        34            Aldingly Sussex                    Clock smith

Martha Pilbeam      daughter M             Female    28            St Pancras, Middlesex

Henry Pilbeam                                       Male        15            Bloomsbury Middlesex         Clock smith           

Martha Pilbeam      1 year                      Female                    Bloomsbury Middlesex

 

Many Mills family baptisms and marriages happened at St Pancras Church,

 

St Pancras Chruch, London

  


Although 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.

 

The gravestones within the graveyard are also of great interest to the geologist, covering rock types from Granite to Greensand.

 

In 1853 Michael and Mary Mills (Truss) and their 2 young children immigrated to Victoria, Australia on the paddle steamer ‘Africa’.  Also on board was the family of Mary’s brother; John Nelson Truss, Maria Agnes Truss (Turpin) and their children.

 


Family 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, and which lured some of the family to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

 

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 Dimboola

 

The 1881 Census of England provides insights into what happened to the family that Michael Mills had left in England.  It seems that both his mother, Mary Borden Mills and sister Martha Pilbeam were well off, having an income stream from properties they owned, and also lived in a very good area of London.

 

1881 Census England

Household:

 

 Name                                     Relation Marital     Gender   Age         Birthplace                               Occupation

 George H. MILLS                                  Head       M             Male        49            St Pancras, Middlesex, Eng                 Silver Chaser    

 Lavinia S. MILLS                                   Wife        M             Female   45            Lambeth, Surrey, England       

 Lavinia M. MILLS                                  Dau                         Female   10            Bloomsbury, Middlesex, Eng               Scholar    

 Arthur J. MILLS                     Son                         Male        9              Bloomsbury, Middlesex, Eng               Scholar    

 Thomas H. MILLS                 Son                         Male        6              Bloomsbury, Middlesex, Eng               Scholar    

 

Dwelling   37 Bloomsbury St

  Census Place London, Middlesex, England

 

 

1881 Census England

Household:

 

 Name                                     Relation Marit        Gender   Age         Birthplace                               Occupation            Disability

 Martha PILBEAM                                   Head       W            Female    57            St Pancras, Middlesex, Eng Houses & Dividends    

 Elizabeth H. PILBEAM           Daur        U             Female   25            St Giles, Middlesex, Engla   None    

 Sarah A. PILBEAM                Daur        U             Female   20            St Giles, Middlesex, Engl     None    

 Charlotte PILBEAM               Daur        U             Female   16            St Giles, Middlesex, Englan None    

 M. B. MILLS                           Mother   W            Female   81            Hackney, Middlesex, Engl   Houses & Pension    

 Lewis ROBBINS                    Son In Law   M       Male        30            St Pancras, Middlesex, Eng Timber Merchant (Out Of Business)    

 Mary J. ROBBINS                 Daur        M             Female   27            St Pancras, Middlesex, England       

 Ethel M. ROBBINS                Gr Daur                   Female   2              Islington, Middlesex, England       

 Gertrude M. ROBBINS          Gr Daur                   Female   5 m           Islington, Middlesex, England       

 Kate BROWN                        Serv        U             Female    19            Melborne, Australia               Dom Serv

 

Dwelling   3 Pemberton Gardens

  Census Place London, Middlesex, England

 

It is interesting to note that the 1881 Census shows a Kate Brown 19 years from Melbourne, living with the Mills family in London.  It is probable that she had connections with the Mills family in Melbourne.  Further, the shipping records of 1879 have a George J. Mills travelling from England to Australia on the steamer ‘Lusitania”.

 

Michael Mills died in 1909 Melbourne and Mary Ann Mills died 1913 at Prahran, Melbourne Victoria.