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George MILLS + Alice Maria SMART - Cheltenham, Manawatu

Journal by ngairedith

George MILLS was born in Christchurch Canterbury on 7 September 1855
- he was a son of William MILLS (1815-1904) & Anne HARRIS (1818-1890) who had arrived on the "GRASMERE" into Lyttelton from Gravesend on 9 May 1855
- he married Alice 'Maria' SMART (1855-1939) 26 March 1883 in Christchurch

Alice was a daughter of Edmund SMART (1831-1919) of Moulton Northampton who arrived in 1850 on the "RANDOLF" and Sarah Jane COX (1835-1870)

George & Alice had 13 known children:

- born 18 July 1884 in Christchurch
- he was 30-34 during WWI (1914 - 1918), don't know if he served
- he married Caroline Helen HALL (1888-1978) about 1906
- a daughter of George HALL & Ann PIPER
- they were Dairy Farming in Dannevirke
- one of their sons, George William Alfred Mills (1915-1942) served in WWII as Pilot Officer (Air Gunner) NZ411769. He was KILLED IN ACTION over Germany and buried GRAVE 16 F 8-10, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
- William died 26 April 1970 aged 85
- Caroline died 4 Oct 1978 aged 90
- they are buried PLOT 18 - BLOCK LH at Mangatera cemetery

- born 13 February 1886 in Christchurch
- she married Joseph Charles KING in 1907
- 2 children found at this time:
1908 - Charles King
1911 - Annie King
- she died 29 September 1967 aged 81

- born 7 September 1887 in Christchurch
- he was 27-31 during WWI (1914 - 1918), don't know if he served
- he married Mary Gertrude KELLY (1898-1930) in 1925
- 1 of 2 daughters of Edward KELLY & Catherine WHELAN
- Charles died 31 August 1956 aged 69

- born 7 February 1889 at Puharakekenui (Styx River), 11km north of Christchurch
- he was a Garage Attendant - Motor Mechanic
- he was 25-29 during WWI (1914 - 1918)
- he served as Gunner 50218 with NZEF, 28th Reinforcements New Zealand Field Artillery embarking from Wellington 14 July 1917 on the "WAITEMATA", destination Plymought England. His NEXT OF KIN was his brother, William George Thomas Mills of Ruaroa (via Dannevirke)
- he married Effie Muriel SCADDEN (1899-1992) 10 March 1920
- they had 5 known children: Alan John, Rita Muriel, June, Barnett George, Beth,
- Effie was born 7 June 1899 in West Clive (Napier), a daughter of George William SCADDEN (1866-1950) & Phoebe HUTCHING (1864-1927) and granddaughter of Stephen HUTCHING (1834-1919) & Maria STAINES (1838-1920) who, with 6 chldren and 1 on the way, arrived in 1873/74 on the 'HELEN DENNY' and settled in Woodville, where they lived all their lives. Stephen & Maria and an assortment of family are buried in the Old Gorge Cemetery
- Phoebe died 28 December 1992 aged 93
- Frank was living at 140 Tremain Ave Palmerston North
- he died 19 January 1952 aged 62 in a Motor Vehicle Accident
- he is buried PLOT 014 - BLOCK 009 - AREA D at Kelvin Grove

- born 28 October 1890 in Feilding
- Frederick was a Farmer, Farm Labourer in Whetukura, Dannevirke
- he was 23-27 during WWI (1914 - 1918)
- he served as Rifleman 26/495 with NZEF, 4th Battalion, B Company, embarking from Wellington 5 Feb 1916. His NEXT OF KIN was his mother Mrs C. Pope of Cheltenham, Feilding (Alice Maria had by then remarried, see below)
- Frederick married Alberta Isabel PILCHER in 1920
- she was the 11th of 12 children of Edward PILCHER (1851-1933) & Rose CHURCHER (1859-1939)
- she was a grandaughter of Stephen PILCHER & his 2nd wife Bennett Mather HOOK
- Alberta died 11 July 1962 aged 64
- she is buried PLOT 62 - BLOCK LB at Mangatera
- Frederick died 5 August 1975
- he had been living in Maharahara, Dannevirke
- he is buried PLOT 5 - BLOCK 5 - RSA LAWN SECTION Mangatera cemetery

- born 16 October 1891 in Feilding
- he was 22-26 during WWI (1914 - 1918)
- he served as Private 10244 with NZEF, 11th Reinforcements, J Company, embarking from Wellington on 1 April 1916. His NEXT OF KIN was his brother William George Thomas Mills of Ruaroa (via Dannevirke)
- he married Lucy Esther TAYLOR (1899-1973) in 1920
- a daughter of George TAYLOR & Ellen Esther COTHELL
- Walter died 19 August 1965 aged 73

- born 3 December 1892 in Feilding
- Nellie married Charles Ernest 'Charlie' MARTIN (1879-1951) 20 June 1922
- Charles was born in Homewood, Pelorous Sounds, Marlborough
- 5th of 11 children of Henry Thomas MARTIN (1850-1892) & Sarah Kibbler MARSHALL
- Charlie died 15 April 1951 aged 71
- Nellie died 26 December 1966 aged 74
- they are buried together PLOT 951B - ROW 95 - BLOCK 2 at Feilding cemetery

- born 16 December 1893 in Feilding
- he was 20-24 during WWI (1914 - 1918), don't know if he served
- he married Mary Elizabeth Graham FALLS in 1916
- 4th of 11 children of David FALLS (1864-1942) & Rebecca CASSELLS (1868-1930)
the children of David & Rebecca Falls:
1890 - Alexander Falls
1891 - Margaret Rodgers Falls
1894 - David Falls
1895 - Mary Elizabeth Graham Falls
1899 - Susan Falls
1902 - Ethel Falls
1904 - Gilbert Falls
1904 - Annie Harriet Falls
1907 - Edith Falls
1909 - 1909 Eric Stanley Falls
1911 - Isabella Falls
- Isaac Mills died 20 August 1972 aged 78

- born 10 December 1894 in Feilding
- he was 19-24 during WWI (1914 - 1918)
- he served as Trooper 16317 with NZEF, 16th Reinforcements NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade, embarking from Wellington on the `MOERAKI` 10 Aug 1916. His NEXT OF KIN was his mother, Mrs Pope of Cheltenham, Feilding
- he died 25 April 1975 aged 80 in Dannevirke
- buried PLOT 4, BLOCK 3, RSA section at Mangatera Cemetery

- born 8 January 1896 in Feilding
- Jane married David Samuel CURTIS (1890-1952) in 1914
- a son of David & Mary Ann CURTIS
- Jane died 9 May 1994 aged 98

- born 25 April 1897 in Feilding
- he was 17-21 during WWI (1914 - 1918)
- he served as Private 59691 with NZEF, 30th Reinforcements F Company, embarking from wellington 13 October 1917 for Liverpool, England on the `CORINTHIC`. His NEXT OF KIN was his sister Nellie Alice Mills of Kiwitea
- Herbert married Mavis Etta WILTON (1904-1980) in 1931
- a daughter of John Hedley WILTON (1874-1943) & Ida Salome McEWEN (1978-1957)
- they were farming in Lockwood Rd, R.D.5 at Kairanga, Palmerston North
- Mavis died 27 June 1980 aged 76
- Herbert died 16 July 1982 aged 85
- they are buried PLOT 052 - BLOCK 009 - AREA Q at Kelvin Grove

- born 22 September 1898 in Feilding
- he was 15-19 during WWI (1914 - 1918) he didn't serve
- Leslie moved to Landsborough, Queensland
... (my typo in below comments states his mother died 1929, should read 1939)
- he is in the Queensland census from 1925 to 1968
* 1925 Landsborough a farmer
* 1936 Landsborough a farmer
* 1937 Landsborough a farmer
* 1943 Landsborough a farmer
* 1949 Landsborough a farmer
- he then moves to Peachester which is 14km SW of Landsborough
* 1954 Peachester a labourer
* 1958 Peachester a labourer
* 1963 Peachester a labourer
* 1968 Peachester a labourer
- sometime after 1968 Leslie returned to the Manawatu and was living in Longburn
- he died 15 April 1970 aged 71
- he is buried PLOT 064 - BLOCK 012 - AREA Q at Kelvin Grove

- born 16 December 1900 in Feilding
- May had a base born son who may have been brought up by her parents
- she married Richard James Baden COLE (1900-1980) in 1929
- a son of James & Dora Frances COLE
the known children of James & Dora were:
1895 - Maud Ethel Cole
1900 - Richard James Baden Cole
1902 - Hector Robert Cole
- Richard died 1980 aged 80
- May died 28 March 1997 aged 96

George Mills died in Cheltenham, Manawatu 23 April 1908 agd 53
- he is buried PLOT 455 - ROW 107 - BLOCK 2 at Feilding

23 April 1908
... MILLS - On April 23, at his residence, Cheltenham, George Mills aged 53

23 April 1914 - IN MEMORIAM
... MILLS - In loving memory of our dear father, George Mills, who died at Cheltenham, April 23, 1908
Sleep on, dear father, and take your rest,
Your loving hands shall toil no more;
No more they kindly eyes shall weep.
Sleep, dearest father, gently sleep
- Inserted by his loving family

23 April 1917 - IN MEMORIAM
... MILLS - In loving memory of our dear father George Mills, who departed this life at Cheltenham on April 23, 1908
Death came stealing o`er his pillow
At the closing of the day;
Without a sigh, without a murmer,
Peacefully he passed away
- Inserted by his wife and family

his wife Alice Maria remarried 17 Oct 1910 to Richard Charles POPE (1853-1921)
17 October 1910 - MARRIAGE
... A very quiet wedding of interest to folks in Christchurch and Nelson was held at Chetenham at the residence of the bride on the 17th October. The parties were Mr Richard Charles Pope and Alice Maria Mills, widow of the late Mr George Mills. The bride looked very nice in a black cashmere dress, trimmed wth lace and white cap and orange blossoms, and was given away by Mr William ELLIS and was attended by Mrs Frances Minnie ANNISS (1886-1954), who was dressed in white blouse and black skirt, and Miss May M. Mills, dressed in white with blue sash. The ceremony was performed by the Rev C. E. Beecroft
- Richard was the 10th of 11 children of Richard Whiting POPE (1809-1891) from West Alvington, Devon & Mary Anne WILSON (1810-1892). At least 3 of his siblings, including a brother George Whiting Pope married CLIMO siblings
- Richard was 1st married in 1884 to Hannah WILLIS (1855-1906)
- Richard died in 1921 aged 68

Alice Maria nee Smart died in Cheltenham 11 November 1939
- she is buried with her 1st husband George Mills
- they are buried PLOT 455, ROW 107, BLOCK 2 at Feilding

Headstone of George & Alice Maria Mills at Feilding reads:
In loving memory of GEORGE
the beloved husband of
who died at Cheltenham
April 23. 1908.
aged 53 years.
Also of the above
who passed away Nov.11.1939,
Aged 83 years
"The Lord is my Shepherd'

any additions or amendments to this family would be very welcome
- please leave a comment below

Leslie Jacob Mills
SMART family in NZ


George Mills

by ngairedith Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2012-01-28 19:30:01

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by janilye on 2012-01-28 19:54:10

Well done NG and here I was thinking I would be left with a spare 'Mills'over here. No, I find no marriage, he seemed to spend his life as a labourer and living alone in the Landsborough area. It wasn't all that long ago maybe someone may still remember a man who spent 40 years of his life there, especially in a town with only about 400 people. I'm puzzled as to why a young man would move there in the first place. Either a woman or money!!

by ngairedith on 2012-01-28 20:19:33

I feel that is another interesting chapter in this story.
Who did he know over there in the first place? or did he just put a pin in the map?

he was aged about 30 when he went.
His parents were dead, his mother in Nov 1929. Maybe he left just after that.

* Siblings still alive when he returned to the Manawatu (betweeen 1968-70)

* Brother, William George Thomas died 11 days after him
Sister Ann Delia had died 3 years previosuly
Brother Charles Alfred had died 14 years previously
Brother Frank Henry had ied 18 years previously
* Brother Frederick Edmund died 5 years later
Brother Walter James had died 5 years previously
Sister Nellie Alice had die 4 years previously
* Brother Isaac died 2 years later
* Brother Arthur 'Pat' died 5 years later (3 months after Freerick)
* Sister Jane died 24 years later
* Brother Herbert John died 12 years later
* Sister May Maria died 10 years later

waiting for phill to come and add any more that he may have so we can get a 'bigger picture'. He had asked for descendants of Leslie Jacob Mills. Does he know there were some?
In your census results he was alone at his address for what? 26 years.
I am now doing a search on the cemetery he is in to find if he is buried with anyone

by ngairedith on 2012-01-28 21:59:14

Leslie left prior to his mother's death (1929) as he is in the 1925 census at Landsborough, Queensland. So he was 27 or younger when he left NZ

by janilye on 2012-01-29 03:31:49

I found these funeral notices in The Brisbane Courier dated 8 March 1923. This is a Mills family at Toowong in the Landsborough district. Perhaps a relative of Leslie Jacob's father, George. Or even William 1815-1904. A funeral of dead father's relative would be an incentive to visit!

MILLS-The Friends of Mrs. G. A. Mills and Family are respectfully
invited to attend the Funeral of their deceased Husband and Father
George Alfred Mills of Landsborough, to move from the residence of his sisters Misses A and E Mills Dean street Toowong,
THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON at 2.45 o'clock, for the Toowong Cemetery.
ALEX. GOW, Undertaker, &c Petrie Bight.

MILLS - The Friends of Mr F and Misses A and E MILLS are respectfully
invited to attend the Funeral of their deceased Brother George Alfred Mills
of Landsborough, to move from the residence of his Sisters Misses A and E Mills Dean street Toowong THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON at 2.45 o clock for the Toowong Cemetery.
ALEX. GOW, Undertaker, &c Petrie Bight.

MILLS - The Friends of Mr. and Mrs J. THOMAS Heal Street New Farm are respect
fully invited to attend the Funeral of their deceased Brother George Alfred Mills, of Landsborough to move from the residence of his Sisters, Misses A and E Mills Dean street, Toowong, THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON at 2. 45 o'clock for the Toowong
ALEX. GOW, Undertaker, &c Petrie Bight.

MILLS - The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. S. HOOD and Mr and Mrs P. Power are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their deceased Father,
George Alfred Mills, of landsborough to move from the residence of his Sisters Misses, A. and E. Mills Dean street Toowong, THIS (Thursday) AFTER-
NOON at 2:45 o'clock for the Toowong

by janilye on 2012-01-29 03:50:58

The children William Mills 1815-1904 and Ann Harris 1818-1890 were:-
Fanny Mills 1841 ? 1841
Fanny Mills 1842 ? 1922
William Mills 1844 ? 1925
Delia Mills 1846 ? 1848
Ann Dailia Mills 1848 ? 1921
Stephen Harris Mills 1851 ? 1933
Caroline Mills 1853 ? 1937
George Mills 1855 ? 1908
Harriet Mills 1858 ? 1935

by janilye on 2012-02-05 05:12:06

Phill must have found his answers

by ngairedith on 2012-02-05 05:18:04


by phill on 2012-02-10 17:27:40

Wow folks this is just tremendous. More information than I could hope for. I shall study the information provided and see if there is anything I can add. One quick correction though, Leslie's mother, Alice, died 1939 not 1929. I have a photograph of all the children of George and Alice taken at the time of Alice's funeral, I think I may have mentioned the photo in a previous journal. Ngairedith: you referred to a possible fourteenth child of George and Alice; have you had any luck searching this one? By the way the family links I'm interested in on my maternal side include: Cox, Hutchins/Hutching, Mills, Scadden, Smart. I've spent much of the last two years searching my wife's family so my family research has been on the backburner. I was a little appalled at how little she knew about her various family connections in Adelaide; some having been in this city and South Australia for over five generations. I've put together a book of some 100 pages with photos and all and distributed to various members of her family and they have been surprised and delighted with the result. Thanks again folks. Much appreciated.

by phill on 2012-02-10 17:43:40

Looking at the photo of my great grandfather, George, above I was wondering how one inserts photos in FTC. The family names I've mentioned above are just a selection of the ones in which I have an interest and the ones in which I have some information.

by phill on 2012-02-11 18:51:53

My dear gracious mentors ngairedith and janilye: It seems that Leslie Jacob returned to NZ in 1968 and lived with this brother Herbert John and nephew, Graeme and family (my first cousin, once removed) at Longburn ie the family farm. I hope to verify this with Graeme shortly. It appears that Leslie remained single all his life. I suspect that Leslie had a terminal illness or a serious chronic health problem and that may have been a principal reason for his return to NZ as he died two years later in his 72nd year; given the robust genes and lifestyle of the Mills in general who tended to live into their eighties and nineties 71 years seems to me to be a little premature. I note the children of William Mills and Ann Harris above ie George's parents. I have a certified copy of William's death certificate(aged 89 years 1904)in my files. And yes janilye your theory that Leslie could have been tempted to Qld after attending the funeral of a Mills' relative in Toowong bears further investigation. Unfortunately my files peter out at this point. I have William married to Flora (12 children), Cheltenham, NZ with photos, presumably George's older brother but nothing else on the other siblings or the siblings of William senior.

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