James WILLIS

James WILLIS

Male 1875 - 1916  (41 years)Deceased

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  • Name James WILLIS  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1875  Buckland, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 1881  Grocers Shop, Union Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 7 
    Census 1891  14 Union Road, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation: Photographer 
    Age: 16 
    Census 1901  Red Lion Inn, Charlton Green, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation: Licensed Victualler 
    Age: 27 
    Census 1911  Red Lion Inn, Charlton Green, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation: Licensed Victualler 
    Age: 37 
    Died 29 Aug 1916  [6
    Person ID I390  WILLIS01
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2012 

    Father Ancestors George Robert WILLIS,   b. 1847, Charlton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1922, 21 Astley Avenue, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Elizabeth DENNIS,   b. 1846, Charlton, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1916  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 21 Mar 1872  St Peter & Paul Parish Church, Charlton, Dover, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Children
    +1. James WILLIS,   b. 1875, Buckland, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1916  (Age 41 years)
     
    Family ID F195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner 1 Ancestors Laura Elizabeth KIDD,   b. 1869, Camberwell, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 10 Sep 1894  Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    • The Marriage certificate is intriguing! The groom gave his age as 23, even though James was born in 1875 and was therefore only 19 years of age.
      The wedding took place in the parish of Temple Ewell, just outside Dover. James is recorded as living in the hamlet, although the 1881 and 1891 Census returns show him living with his parents in Union Road, Dover.
    Notes 
    • 1901 Census: James is listed as living at the Red Lion. He is listed as the Licensed Victualler and his marital status is recorded as 'Married'. However, there is no record of his wife, but only his father George, mother Mary and a domestic servant named May Harvey.
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F2118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner 2 Ancestors Romanie Marie DEMEY,   b. 12 Nov 1882, Izegem, West Flanders, Flemish Region, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1968, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1907  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wedding Cert for James to Romanie Demey notes his status as 'Widowed', and the marriage takes place in the Register Office.
    Children 
     1. Maurice George WILLIS,   b. 10 Jun 1907,   d. 26 Jun 1981  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Harold Edgar Allen WILLIS,   b. 11 Nov 1909,   d. 31 May 1975  (Age 65 years)
    Married: 1x3. Dorothy Eva WILLIS,   b. 30 Jan 1915,   d. 29 Aug 1970  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1875 - Buckland, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Mar 1907 - Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Both the 1891 Census and the Marriage Certificate of James and Laura Kidd state that James’ profession was ‘Photographer’. There is no documentary evidence for James having his own photographic studio at this time, although there is a James Willis – photographer – listed at 27 Buckland Avenue in a 1903 Trade Directory for Dover, but no…

    Headstones
    Graves of Mary Ann DENNIS, James WILLIS and George WILLIS
    Graves of Mary Ann DENNIS, James WILLIS and George WILLIS

    Histories
    James WILLIS (1875-1916) - Publican of the Red Lion (and photographer)
    James WILLIS (1875-1916) – Publican of the Red Lion (and photographer)
    James Willis was born in Dover in 1875, only child of George and Mary Elizabeth Willis (nee Dennis). By the time of his early death in 1916 he had been publican of The Red Lion Inn in Carlton, Dover for nearly twenty years.

    Census Records
    1911 - WILLIS, James & Romanie [DEMY]
    1911 - WILLIS, James & Romanie [DEMY]
    1911 Census return for James & Romanie Willis at The Red Lion, Charlton, Dover, Kent, England
    1881 - WILLIS, George & Mary
    1881 - WILLIS, George & Mary
    1881 Census return for George & Mary Willis at Grocers Shop, Union Road, Buckland, Dover, Kent, England.
    1891 - WILLIS, George & Mary
    1891 - WILLIS, George & Mary
    1891 Census return for George & Mary Willis at Union Road, Buckland, Dover, Kent, England
    1901 - George & Mary Willis
    1901 - George & Mary Willis

    BMD Records
    MARRIAGE - WILLIS, James & DEMEY, Romanie - 1907
    MARRIAGE - WILLIS, James & DEMEY, Romanie - 1907
    MARRIAGE - WILLIS, James & KIDD Laura Elizbeth - 1894
    MARRIAGE - WILLIS, James & KIDD Laura Elizbeth - 1894

    Newspapers
    Dover Express 28 April 1905 - James Willis
    Dover Express 28 April 1905 - James Willis
    Dover Express 28 April 1905

    DOVER POLICE COURT
    Tuesday (Before Captain R B Cay, RN and FW Prescott Esq)

    ASSAULTING THE POLICE - James Frederick Jaspar, an elderly man was charged with being drunk and assaulting Police Constable Taylor while in the execution of his duty in London Road.
    Police Constable Taylor said: Last night while in…
    JAMES WILLIS - Announcement of his death in the Dover Express, 01 September 1916
    JAMES WILLIS - Announcement of his death in the Dover Express, 01 September 1916
    James Willis - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 08 September 1916
    James Willis - Funeral Report in the Dover Express, 08 September 1916

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] **1901 England Census, Class: RG13; Piece: 838; Folio: 151; Page: 23.
      Name: James WillisBirth Date: abt 1874Birth Place: Dover, Kent, EnglandResidence Date: 1901Residence Place: Dover, Kent, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1901&h=6941716&ti=5538&indiv=try

    2. [S05] **1891 England Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 745; Folio 90; Page 48; GSU roll: 6095855.
      Name: James F WillieBirth Date: abt 1875Birth Place: Dover, Kent, EnglandResidence Date: 1891Residence Place: Buckland, Kent, England

    3. [S09] **1881 England Census, Class: RG11; Piece: 1005; Folio: 75; Page: 24; Line: ; GSU roll: 1341239.
      Name: James WillisBirth Date: abt 1874Birth Place: Buckland, Kent, EnglandResidence Date: 1881Residence Place: Buckland in Dover, Kent, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1881&h=8556616&ti=5538&indiv=try

    4. [S05] **1891 England Census, RG12/0745/F?.

    5. [S04] **1901 England Census, RG13/0838/~F151.

    6. [S34] >MEYERS, Russell .
      Death registered in Sep 1916 in Dover. Age give as 42, therefore birth year c1874. [GRO ref: 2a 2052]

    7. [S250] FindMyPast.co.uk.

    8. [S18] FreeBMD - Marriage Index: 1837-1983, Dover - V2a, P1717 (Reliability: 2).

    9. [S72] CERTIFICATE: Marriage [GRO].