CFHS code : PL418

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JAMES SW MILLS d March 23 1901 aged 59 also of BETSEY the beloved wife of the above d May 13 1924 aged 84 reverse In Loving Memory of HARRIET the beloved wife of TOM MILLS d July 19th 1918 aged 52 interred at Sutton-in-Ashfield Cemetery also of Pte RF MILLS son of the above ——— of the Sherwood Forrester was killed in action on June 5th 1915 aged 20

Monument : Headstone

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202241 0.1368829 – click here for location

Mills grave
Mills headstone

Monument

Decorative headstone, inscribed on both sides, in the parish area of St Paul, located midway between the central path and the western path

Inscription

Mills inscription
Mills inscription on the east face

[east face:]
‘In loving memory of [cross] James S. W. Mills
who died March 23 1901 aged 59 years’
[epitaph illeg but could be “Until the day break and the shadows flee away” Song of Solomon 2:17]

‘Also of Betsey the beloved wife of the above

who died May 13 1924 aged 84 years.’
“Jesu lover of my soul
Let me to thy bosom fly.” [Charles Wesley, 1840]

The east face of the headstone
West face of the headstone

[west face:]

‘In loving memory of [cross] Harriet
the beloved wife of Tom Mills
who died July 19th 1918 aged 52 years.’

“The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away:
Blessed be the name of the Lord.” [Job 1.21]
‘interred at Sutton-in-Ashfield Cemetery’

‘Also of Pte R. F. Mills son of the above
[illeg] of the Sherwood Foresters
was killed in action on June 5th 1915 aged 20 years.’
[epitaph illeg] R. I. P.

James Samuel William Mills (1843-1901)

James was born in 1843 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  He was one of at least six children born to Thomas Mills (c.1809-1871) and Elizabeth Mills (née Gunton) (c.1807-1867).  In 1851 the family was living in Fitzroy Street, Cambridge.  By 1861 the family was living at 10 Nelson Street, Cambridge and James was working as a labourer like his father.  James married Emma Elizabeth Brooks (c.1842-1924) in Cambridge.  They had a son: Thomas Gunton (1863-1944).  By 1871 the family was living in Gwydir Street, Cambridge and James was working as a labourer for the railway.  James’ mother had died in 1867 and his father was living with them and was also working as a labourer for the railway.  By 1881 the family was living at 34 King Street, Cambridge.  By 1891 James and his wife were living at The Crown Public House, 18 Cross Street, Cambridge.  James died on 23 March 1901 in Cambridge.

Emma Elizabeth Mills (née Brooks) (c.1842-1924)

Emma was born in about 1842 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.  She was known as Betsey.  She married James Samuel William Mills (1843-1901) in Cambridge.  After her husband’s death Betsey lived at 1 Covent Garden, Cambridge where she worked as a charwoman.  In 1911 she was still living at 1 Covent Garden but she was working as a corporation lavatory keeper.  Betsey died on 13 May 1924 in Cambridge.

Harriet Mills (née Franklin) (c.1866-1918)

Harriet was born in about 1866 in Chesterton, Cambridge.  She was one of at least nine children born to William Franklin (c.1836-1897) and Hannah Franklin (née Burton) (c.835-1916).  In 1871 the family was living in Water Street, Cambridge.  By 1881 Harriet was working as a live-in general domestic servant for Thomas Edward Jacobs (1840-1914), a Clerk to a Kitchen, at 16 King’s Parade, Cambridge.  Harriet married Thomas Gunton Mills (1863-1944) in 1887 in Cambridge.  Thomas was the only child of James Samuel Mills (1843-1901) and Emma Elizabeth Mills (née Brooks) (c.1842-1924).  They had two sons: Thomas Gunton (1889-1964) and Ralph Franklin (1895-1915).  By 1891 the family was living at 17 Great Eastern Street, Cambridge and Thomas was working as a stone mason.  By 1901 the family were living at Exning Road, Euclid Place, Newmarket.  By 1911 the family was living at 97 Forest Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.  Thomas was working as a Road Foreman.  Harriet died on 19 July 1918 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Ralph Franklin Mills (1895-1915)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

Ralph was born in 1895 in Ely, Cambridgeshire.  He was the younger of two sons born to Thomas Gunton Mills (1863-1944) and Harriet Mills (née Gunton).  By 1911 Ralph was still living at home but he was working as a Theatre Property Maker.  Ralph enlisted at Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire as Private 959, 1st 8th Battalion, Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment.  He was killed on 5 June 1915 in Belgium.  He was buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium.  He was also commemorated on the war memorial in Sutton in Ashfield and on the war memorial in St Mary Magdalene church, Sutton in Ashfield.

[If you know anything about these people, please contact us at friendsofmillroadcemetery@gmail.com]

 

Sources:

Census: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911

England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current

 

By Ian Bent and Emma Easterbrook

 

Betsey Mills; Harriet Mills; James Samuel William Mills; Ralph Franklin Mills