LILLEY OF DUDLEY AND KINGTON

 

John Lilley of Kington, Herefordshire, was born at Dudley in Worcestershire. His monumental inscription at Kington, showing his death in 1863, states that he was “Upwards of 50 years in the employment of MESSRS MEREDITH Ironmongers of this Town”, which suggests that John moved to the Kington area no later than 1813.

 

Whilst various records showed that John Lilley (d 1863), nailer, husband of Sarah, had three children born at Kington (John about 1821, Joseph on 25 January 1823, and Eliza about 1824), no record could be found of the baptisms of these children under the name Lilley or a variant. However, it appears that they are in fact recorded in the Kington parish registers under the surname Woodward. John, son of John Woodward, nailor, and Sarah his wife, was baptised on 12 July 1820; Joseph, son of John Woodward, nailer, and Sarah, was baptised on 16 February 1823;[1] and Eliza, daughter of John Woodward, nailer, and Sarah, was baptised on 5 September 1824. There does not seem to be any trace of these individuals in the census returns under the name Woodward, and given the excellent fit of the details, there seems little room for doubt that they are the same individuals. The reason for the use of the different surnames is not clear, but it is suggestive of a connection with Thomas Lilley and Mary Woodward who were married at Dudley in 1765.[2] Indeed, a John, son of Thomas and Mary Lilley, was baptised at St. Thomas, Dudley, on 14 November 1779, and this would seem to be the baptism of the John Lilley who later lived at Kington.[3]

 

There was also a John Lilly, son of John and Susanna, baptised at Dudley on 5 October 1777,[4] but the parish registers show the burial of John, son of John and Susanna Lilley, on 28 April 1779.[5]

 

A Lilley family which may be closely related to John Lilley, the father of Eliza (Lilley) Harrison, is that of Thomas Lilley of Kington. In the 1851 census returns, Thomas is recorded as a fifty-one-year-old labourer, born at Dudley, Staffordshire (Dudley was actually in Worcestershire but surrounded by parts of Staffordshire).[6] Thomas was married to Mary Ann and had at least two children, a daughter and a son who were both born at Kington. It appears from the 1871 returns that Thomas was born on Porters Field, Dudley.[7] The parish registers of St. Thomas, Dudley, show that a Thomas, son of John and Sarah Lilley, was baptised at St. Thomas on 25 December 1801, but Thomas son of John and Sarah Lilley was buried there on 19 September 1802.

 

Another Lilley in the Kington area was James Lilley who married Ann Walter on 4 August 1825 at Kington. On 24 October the same year, Ann Lilley was buried at Kington aged forty-two years, and on 31 May 1827 James Lilley, widower, married Mary Roberts. The baptism entries for two sons of James and Mary Lilley show that James was a nailer.

 

In 1835, a James Lilley of All Saints, Hereford, widower, married Ann Stubbs at Kington. The Wesleyan registers for Hereford show the baptism on 21 June 1831 of James, son of James Lilley of All Saints, Hereford, nailer, and his wife Mary, daughter of William and Mary Walwin. The 1851 census returns[8] show that James Lilley of All Saints, nailer, 57, born at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, was married to Ann, 47, born at Kington, and had two children, Ann and Thomas. The IGI shows that James Lilley, son of James and Sarah, was baptised at Bromsgrove on 30 May 1794.

 

Work on this account is continuing and more information on the first generation and possibly earlier generations is expected to be added.

 

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LILLEY

 

1        THOMAS LILLEY of Dudley, Worcestershire, married on 15 December 1765 at St. Thomas, Dudley, MARY WOODWARD.[9]

 

             Child of Thomas and Mary (Woodward) Lilley:

             2   i       JOHN LILLEY (1779-1863); m SARAH.

 

2        JOHN LILLEY, alias WOODWARD, of Kington, Herefordshire, nailer, was born at Dudley,[10] baptised on 14 November 1779 at St. Thomas, Dudley[11] and died on 6 December 1863 at Kington.[12] He married SARAH,[13] who was born ca 1783 at Dudley[14] and died on 25 October 1855 at Kington.[15]

 

             Children of John and Sarah Lilley alias Woodward:[16]

                  i       JOHN LILLEY of Nail Row, Kington, nailer, b Kington, bap there 12 Jul 1820,[17] bur 16 Jun 1883, Kington.[18]

                  ii      JAMES WOODWARD, bap 13 Jul 1821, Kington,[19] bur 8 Feb 1822, Kington.[20]

                  iii     MARY WOODWARD, bap 13 Jul 1821, Kington,[21] bur 12 Aug 1821, Kington.[22]

                  iv    JOSEPH LILLEY of Nail Row, Kington, nailer, b 25 Jan 1823, Kington,[23] d 21 Mar 1904.[24]

          v     ELIZA LILLEY, b Kington, bap 5 Sep 1824, Kington,[25] d 26 Feb 1891, Kington;[26] m 11 Nov 1841, Ludlow, Shropshire, GEORGE HARRISON[27] (see here).



[1] In the case of Joseph Lilley, we have his exact date of birth as given on his monumental inscription (25 Jan 1823). There were only two Josephs recorded as baptised in 1823 in the Kington parish registers. One was Joseph, son of John and Sarah Woodward, on 16 Feb 1823, and the other was Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Parton, on 1 Aug 1823.

[2] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2797).

[3] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2798).

[4] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2798).

[5] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2797). A submitted entry in the IGI shows the baptism of a John Lilley, son of John and Susanna, at Dudley on 28 Apr 1779. However, the St. Thomas parish registers have no baptism entries for 28 Apr 1779 and this appears to be an error for the burial on that date.

[6] 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 333).

[7] 1871 census returns, Kington (National Archives, RG 10/2722, fol. 74).

[8] 1851 census returns, Hereford (National Archives, HO 107/1978, fol. 67).

[9] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2797).

[10] 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 290).

[11] St. Thomas, Dudley, parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2798).

[12] Death certificate.

[13] There was no marriage for a John Lilley to Sarah between 1810 and 1830 in the Herefordshire Marriage Index and a search of the Worcestershire Marriage Index from 1765 to 1837 for the marriage of John Lilley and Sarah revealed only the marriage on 19 August 1799 at Tardebigge of John Lilley and Sarah Crawford. There are also one or two John Lilley and Sarah marriages in Staffordshire around the same time but I have not yet checked them in the parish registers. More checks also need to be made under the Woodward surname in case John married under that name.

[14] 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 290).

[15] Death certificate. Her monumental inscription at Kington states that she died on 2 Oct 1855, but the Kington parish registers show her burial on 28 Oct, so the date on the inscription appears to be an error.

[16] For John, Joseph and Eliza, see the 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 290), and the marriage certificate of George Harrison and Eliza Lilley. In the 1841 census returns (National Archives, HO 107/423/5, fol. 24), Eliza Lilley and George Harrison were living in the same household as John and Sarah Lilley and the brothers John and Joseph Lilley. An additional son of John (but not Sarah) may be the Henry, base son of John Woodward and Jane Phillips, who was baptised at Kington on 16 Apr 1820 (Kington parish registers, Society of Genealogists, Mf 2134).

[17] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2134); 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 290).

[18] Kington Cemetery burial register (searched on my behalf by Dianne Foster of Gwystre, Powys).

[19] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2134).

[20] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2078).

[21] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2134).

[22] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2078).

[23] Monumental inscription at Kington Cemetery; 1851 census returns, Kington (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 290).

[24] Monumental inscription at Kington Cemetery. His will was dated 18 Mar 1904 and proved on 15 Apr 1904.

[25] Kington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, Mf 2134); 1851 census returns (National Archives, HO 107/2492, fol. 291).

[26] Death certificate.

[27] Marriage certificate.