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Alice May Millard

#4851, b. 23 January 1911, d. May 1990
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
     Alice May Millard was born on 23 January 1911 in Woodstock, Buckinghamshire, England.1,2 She married Percival Claude Bishop, son of Thomas Nicholas Bishop and Lydia Annie Coltman, in 1934 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.3 On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Alice May Millard was listed as living at 134 Tavistock Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, with her parents in law Her husband Percival is not listed in the household.2 She married Sidney Harold Greathead, son of Sidney Arthur Greathead and Florence Hannah Field, in 1958 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England.4 Her husband Sidney died on 1981 in Sandwell, Lancashire, England.5,6 Alice died in May 1990 in Dudley, Staffordshire, England, aged 79.7,8

Sources of Information

  1. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1911/Q1 Woodstock Volume 3a page 1100.
  2. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/5587e/003.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1934/Q3 Birmingham Volume 6d Page 1570.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1958/Q1 Wednesbury Volume 9b Page 2232.
  5. [S4262] Emails between Margaret Hadley née Greathead and Jan Cooper from 7 April 2003.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1981/Q2 Sandwell Volume 33 Page 0910.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - Dudley May 1990 33-623-590.
  8. [S40000] Website www.westmidlandsbmd.org.uk - ROB/12F/265.

Frederick Abbley1,2

#4852, b. 29 October 1855, d. 1897
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Appears on charts:
Chart 14 - Thomas Greathead
     Frederick Abbley was born on 29 October 1855 in Walgate, Yorkshire, England.2 He was the son of William Abbley.2 He married Margaret Wells, daughter of John Wells, on 25 August 1880 in The Centenary Chapel, Weslyan Methodist, York, Yorkshire, England, The ceremony took place after the issue of a certificate and was witnessed by Thomas Wells and Jane Walker.

Frederick was a confectioner and gave his address as Hungate, York. Margaret lived at Grosvenor Terrace, York. Both their fathers were described as deceased.3 His wife Margaret died on 2 July 1887 in 2 Lime Street, St Saviour, York, Yorkshire, England.4 He married Isabella Margaret Huitson, daughter of William Huitson and Elizabeth Greathead, on 8 March 1890 in The Centenary Chapel, Weslyan Methodist, York, Yorkshire, England, The ceremony took place following a certificate being issued and was witnessed by James Cook and Marg Cook.

Frederick was a widower and confectioner living at 2 Lime Street, York. Isabella had not previously been married and gave her address as 2 Parliament Street, York.5,3,6 Frederick died in 1897 in York, Yorkshire, England.2,7

Child of Frederick Abbley and Isabella Margaret Huitson

Sources of Information

  1. [S6252] Emails between Neal Huitson and Jan Cooper from 26 March 2003.
  2. [S105] E-mails between Chris Abbley and Jan Cooper from 13 March 2005.
  3. [S46000] General Register Office, I hold a copy of marriage certificate Copy kindly sent to me by Chris Abbley.
  4. [S47000] General Register Office, I hold a copy of death certificate 1887/Q3 York Volume 9d Page 27 age 29 - Kindly sent by Chris Abbley.
  5. [S6252] Emails between Neal Huitson and Jan Cooper from 26 March 2003 Neal believed that Isabella married William. Chris has the certificate to disprove this theory.
  6. [S129] E-mails between John Hornby Huitson and Jan Cooper from 13 November 2005.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1897/Q4 York Volume 9d Page 44 age 42.
  8. [S177] E-mails between Bob Easby and Jan Cooper from 12 November 2006.

Frank Greathead1,2

#4853, b. 2 May 1914, d. 13 March 1990
Last Edited=13 Feb 2016
Relationship
3rd great-grandson of William Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 26 - William Greathead
Frank Greathead
     Frank Greathead was born on 2 May 1914 in Royal Oak Hotel, 171 Holyhead Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.3,4,5 He was the son of Sidney Arthur Greathead and Florence Hannah Field. On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Frank Greathead was listed as living at 171-175 Holyhead Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, with his parents Frank was an electrical engineer.5 He married Nellie Mary Sharpe on 8 February 1941 in Register Office, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Opposite the Crown and Anchor Pub, Frank said when in full of hope and out with an anchor.6,4
Frank and Nellie were both already enlisted and got weekend leave to have a double wedding in Birmingham with their best friends. The story goes that after a while they had a blue (Aussie for an argument!!) and Nellie put in for overseas duty in anger. When they made up Frank also put in for overseas - hoping they would get posted together but Nellie ended up on the Queen Mary in the first women troups to arrive in Egypt, she also served in Palestine and Italy while Frank was posted to India and Burma. Frank ended the war about two months early, being sent home to recover in hospital in England with Disentry. They had corresponded throughout the war, but as you can imagine - being apart for five years made Nellie hesitant as to whether they would be able to continue the married life they had started after living separately for so long. She went to visit Frank in hospital and they obviously decided to give it a go. Jobs were really difficult to get if you were a returning soldier, also accomodation was extremely scarce in England after the war. Nellie got pregnant with Kay pretty well straight away and they had two rooms upstairs of a house that they shared rent with an elderley gentleman. Nellie suffered repeats of Malaria that she had got from Egypt and suffered extreme "itchy feet" i.e. she couldn't settle down after the freedom she had known in the Army overseas - she said that she used to go down to the train station in Birmingham to "smell" the trains leaving and wonder where they might be going. Frank started his own business in partnership with a friend - they were electricians. Their work was mainly in the Jewellery business and it was about this time that there was a massive slump in this area and they went broke. It is not known for sure what they did then but they ended up in Northfield with Frank working at the Waterworks. The job came with a house, their daughter Mary was born there. They both felt that they wouldn't get ahead as well as they wanted to, the both missed the warmer weather and the adventures foreign countries had shown them - so they decided to emigrate.

They looked at Canada (too "bloody" cold, Nellie retorted according to Mary), New Zealand (they had a policy at that time the native born New Zealanders would get preference over immigrants for land purchases and jobs) and Australia - where Nellie's only sister and family had emigrated to about five years earlier. So Australia it was. Kay was ten and Mary was three. They first arrived and moved in with Nellie's sister and husband for about two months. Then they bought a terribly run down derelict house which had been empty for about a year. The windows were boarded up and cobwebs were everywhere - a real nightmare. Lots of work to make it liveable - newly emigrated English friends helped to get it liveable. They had to build an outdoor dry loo - no sewerage! There was a ceremonial planting of a honeysuckle climber on the wall to help combat the summer odours!

Frank got a good job with overtime immediately - there was a shortage of tradespeople then, and they also bought a very old second hand car pretty soon thereafter. The family lived in the old house for ten years, renovating, put on extensions and making it lovely, only to have it pushed down after they sold it for flats to be built! Frank and Nellie moved to the countryside after they retired and then back to the outer suburbs when they needed the security of having a hospital nearby. Their life was quite comfortable there. They never regretted going to Australia. Frank always said that they could never have done so well in England. They went back to England twice together for visits and Nellie went once with a friend, after Frank died. They went briefly for Frank's mother's death in 1968 leaving their daughters in Australia with her sister, their Aunt. Both Frank and Nellie always regarded themselves as "English" and both had Union Jacks on their coffins with an RSL (Returned Services League) funeral. They wrote to their family in England and enjoyed hearing how they were getting on. When Nellie passed away Kay and Mary knew that their Mum really wanted them to go and see England and meet with their relatives. They went in August/September 2001. Frank played the piano very well.4,7 He and Nellie Mary Sharpe emigrated on 1 April 1957 to Australia on Strathnaver (P&O line) on the £10 migrants package with their children Kay and Mary.4 Frank died on 13 March 1990 in Australia aged 75.2,4

Children of Frank Greathead and Nellie Mary Sharpe

  • Kay Frances Greathead
  • Mary Florence Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S4262] Emails between Margaret Hadley née Greathead and Jan Cooper from 7 April 2003.
  3. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1914/Q2 West Bromwich Volume 6b Page 1636.
  4. [S7073] Emails between Mary F O'Brien née Greathead and Jan Cooper from 10 January 2003.
  5. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/5624C/002.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1941/Q1 Birmingham Volume 6d Page 767.
  7. [S10276] Emails between Lainie Rusiniak and Jan Cooper from 5 December 2004.

Florence Gertrude Greathead1,2,3

#4854, b. 14 February 1903, d. June 1992
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
3rd great-granddaughter of William Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 26 - William Greathead
     Florence Gertrude Greathead was born on 14 February 1903 in Royal Oak Hotel, 171 Holyhead Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.4,5,6,7 She was the daughter of Sidney Arthur Greathead and Florence Hannah Field. She was baptised on 6 May 1903 in St James, Handsworth, Warwickshire, England, the family lived in The Royal Oak, Holyhead Road and her father was the publican.8 In the census of 2 April 1911 in 171 Holyhead Road, Handsworth, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of Sidney Arthur Greathead She was at school.9 On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Florence Gertrude Greathead was listed as living at 171-175 Holyhead Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, with her parents Florence was an assistant with barmaid duties.7 She married Bill Arrowsmith in 1944 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.10 Florence ran the pub herself until her retirement. Florence died in June 1992 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, aged 89.1,11

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S4262] Emails between Margaret Hadley née Greathead and Jan Cooper from 7 April 2003.
  3. [S48] E-mails between Mary Round née Carroll and Jan Cooper from 6 January 2004.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1903/Q1 West Bromwich Volume 6b Page 851.
  5. [S7073] Emails between Mary F O'Brien née Greathead and Jan Cooper from 10 January 2003.
  6. [S5] Jan's thoughts based on information from GRO or Parish record entries.
  7. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/5624C/002.
  8. [S7] Ancestry.com - Birmingham Baptisms, 1813-1912.
  9. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 17208 RG78 Piece 1059 Registration district 371 Sub district 1 Enumeration district 3 Schedule number 4.
  10. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1944/Q4 Birmingham Volume 6d Page 758.
  11. [S3] GRO Indexes - June 1992 Birmingham Volume 32 Page No 147 Reg No 692.

Annie Elizabeth Morris1

#4856, b. 1 November 1901, d. 2 July 1982
Last Edited=27 Feb 2017
     Annie Elizabeth Morris was born on 1 November 1901 in Redruth, Cornwall, England.1 She married William Henry Greathead, son of William Greathead and Ann Sophia Ellis, in 1930 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.2 On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Annie was listed as living at 27 Soho Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England, with her husband William. With I assume their children Dorothy and John, their records are currently closed. William and Annie were Manager and Manageress of a Public House.3 Her husband William died on 11 January 1946 in 27 Soho Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.1,4,5 Annie received Probate on her husband'e effects on 20 December 1946 together with Dorothy Eveline Trussell who was the wife of Charles Leonard Trussell.5 Annie died on 2 July 1982 in Croftlands Wheel Trefusis, South Downs, Redruth, Cornwall, England, aged 80.1,6,7 Annie did not leave a will. Administration papers were issued on 19 July 1982 in Bristol. Her effects were described as not exceeding £25,000.7

Children of Annie Elizabeth Morris and William Henry Greathead

  • Dorothy L Greathead
  • John William Geo Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1930/Q2 Birmingham S Volume 6D Page 630.
  3. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/5255H/007/16.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1946/Q1 Smethwick Volume 6d Page 964.
  5. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1982/Q3 St Austell Volume 21 Page 0397.
  7. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office 820802472B.

Betty Margaret Tucker1

#4858, b. 22 August 1932, d. 20 May 1994
Last Edited=27 Jan 2017
     Betty Margaret Tucker was born on 22 August 1932 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England.2,3,4 She was the daughter of Frank N Tucker and Elizabeth Kirkham.3 On 29 September 1939 in the National Register Betty Margaret Tucker was listed as living at 209 Wellington Road, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, with her parents.5 She married John William Geo Greathead, son of William Henry Greathead and Annie Elizabeth Morris, in 1957 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England, 1st wife.6 Divorce papers were filed with the Supreme Court in New South Wales on 8 October 1970 and completed on 15 June 1971. Why this took place in Australia I do not know.7 Betty died on 20 May 1994 in Halvasso, Ashfield Road, Elmswell, Suffolk, England, aged 61.8,9 Betty was buried in Municipal Cemetery, Elmswell, Suffolk, England.10 Administration papers were issued with a will on 30 June 1994 in Ipswich. Her effects were described as not exceeding £125,000.9

Children of Betty Margaret Tucker and John William Geo Greathead

  • Paul M Greathead
  • Nigel W Greathead

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S5] Jan's thoughts based on information from GRO or Parish record entries.
  3. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  4. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1932/Q3 West Bromwich Volume 6b Page 1154.
  5. [S41939] National Register 1939 - Find my pastRG101/5639D/012.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1957/Q2 Smethwick Volume 9b Page 774.
  7. [S40000] Website http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx
  8. [S3] GRO Indexes - Bury St E May 1994 7421C-C11D-25-594.
  9. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office 9451509480L.
  10. [S263] Emails between Charles Sale and Jan Cooper from 29 April 2009.

Nellie Louisa Greathead1

#4867, b. 1882, d. 16 October 1929
Last Edited=6 Nov 2016
Relationship
2nd great-granddaughter of William Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 26 - William Greathead
     Nellie Louisa Greathead was born in 1882 in Balsall Heath, Worcestershire, England.1,2,3 She was the daughter of William Greathead and Ann Sophia Ellis. In the census of 5 April 1891 in 57 Longmore Street, Kings Norton, Warwickshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of William Greathead Nellie was a scholar.4 In the census of 31 March 1901 in 5 Cosford Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of William Greathead Nellie was a barmaid.5 In the census of 2 April 1911 in London Stores, 27 Soho Street, Smethwick, Kings Norton, Warwickshire, England, she was listed as the daughter of William Greathead Nelly was a barmaid.6 She died on 16 October 1929 in Alcester Road, Hollywood, Wythall, Worcestershire, England, She was unmarried.1,7,3,8 Nellie did not leave a will. Administration papers were issued on 30 January 1930 in Birmingham to her brother William Henry Greathead a public house manager. Her effects were valued at £1676 12s 9d.8

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1882/Q3 Kings N Volume 6c Page 426.
  3. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  4. [S41891] UK Census 1891 (RG12) - 5 April 1891 RG12 Piece 2352 Page 4.
  5. [S41901] UK Census 1901 (RG13) - 31 March 1901 RG13 Piece 2813 Folio 39 Page 21.
  6. [S41911] UK Census 1911 (RG14) - 2 April 1911 RG14 Piece 17976 RG78 Piece 1094 Registration district 383 sub district 4 enumeration district 34 schedule number 248.
  7. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1929/Q4 Bromsgrove Volume 6c Page 232.
  8. [S9] Wills Index in TNA and Probate Office.

William Greathead1

#4870, b. about 1781, d. 1852
Last Edited=1 Jan 2016
Relationship
Son of William Greathead
Appears on charts:
Chart 26 - William Greathead
     William Greathead was born about 1781 in Warwickshire, England.2 He was the son of William Greathead and Sarah Irons. He married Anne Chinn.3 His wife Anne died on before 1841.2 William was listed as the head of the family on the census of 6 June 1841 in Tanworth, Warwickshire, England, William was a blacksmith, his daughter Sarah, son in law and grandaughter were living with him.4 In the census of 30 March 1851 at Tanworth, Warwickshire, England, he was listed as the father in law of William Green William was described as a pauper blacksmith and was living with his daughter and son in law.5 William died in 1852 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England.6

Children of William Greathead and Anne Chinn

Sources of Information

  1. [S4857] Letters between John W Greathead and Jan Cooper from 2 March 2003.
  2. [S4] Jan's thoughts based on information from census enumeration sheets.
  3. [S7] Ancestry.com - Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1906 Baptism of John.
  4. [S41841] UK Census 1841 (HO107) - 7 June 1841 HO107 Piece 1134/9 Folio 13 Page 18.
  5. [S41851] UK Census 1851 (HO107) - 30 March 1851 HO107 Piece 2071 Folio 367 Page 21.
  6. [S3] GRO Indexes - 1852/Q1 Solihull Volume 6d Page 26.