The Descendants of Stephen Richard Mills


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The Descendants of Stephen Richard Mills

Generation No. 1

1. STEPHEN RICHARD1 MILLS was born 1811 in Devonshire, Yorkshire, England, and died 18 July 1896 in Little York, PEI. He married (1) ELEANOR "ELLEN" PLEADWELL 16 March 1854 in Little York, PEI, daughter of JOHN PLEADWELL and MARGARET PIGOTT. She was born 1810 in Ireland, and died 25 July 1896 in Little York, PEI. He met (2) JANE PLEADWELL 1866 in Millview, PEI, daughter of JOHN PLEADWELL and MARGARET PIGOTT. She was born 1814 in Ireland, and died in Little York, PEI.

Notes for STEPHEN RICHARD MILLS:

As per Ferne Crosby: "Our Tree Has Many Branches" done for Mills Reunion held at Haviland Court 1998. This is in "Mom's" words.

There are still some pertinent details surrounding Stephen's life that remain a mystery, mostly because all the records that were kept at Little York United church were destroyed by some man who was hired to clean up the books. His solution was to burn them. However, my father, Tom Mills told me many stories about his grandfather as did our family Doctor, Harry Johnson, son of Dr Richard Johnson, who remembered him well. So by using the stories told to me by these wonderful people, I have put this story together.

Stephen was brought to PEI at the age of 14 in 1825 from Devonshire, England. He was intended to apprentice to Dr. Richard Johnson and he helped bring medical supplies to the Island on ice boats in the winter and assisted the doctor in many ways. Dr. Johnson bought land in Little York and had Stephen farm it for him. Stephen bought a small piece of land himself and built a small house.

Shortly after that, he started butchering. He was one of the first butchers in PEI. He married Jane Pleadwell who died very suddenly, early in their marriage. He then married Jane's elder sister, Ellen (Hardy) Pleadwell in March 1854 and helped raise Ellen's three youngest children. He moved to her farm and built a slaughterhouse. he also bought more land and now held 57.5 acres. According to the 1861 census, he was a farmer and a butcher, had eight dependents, and owned 2 horses, 5 cows, 8 sheep and 2 hogs. The Mills' were a Methodist family and Stephen died attending a service at Grace Methodist Church on Prince Street in Charlottetown.

He actually arrived on "The Carron" from London, England on May 23, 1827.

Stephen Mills Will

Know all men by these presents that I Stephen Mills, Butcher of York, Township number 34 in Queen's Country, Prince Edward Island, Dominion of Canada, being of sound mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.

My soul I commit to God who gave it and my body I desire to buried in decent Christianity, my worldly estate, I divide among or between my dearly beloved wife Ellen and I (not sure of wording) as follows; namely:

To Ida May Hardy, daughter of Charles Hardly of York, I bequeath Thirty dollars to be paid her after my wife's death or previously of my Executors so desire

The Residue after my funeral expenses and debts are paid I bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Ellen.

I ordain and appoint my wife Ellen and Roderick Munn farmer of Marshfield, township number 34, Executors to this my last will and testament

Signed and declared by the said Stephen Mills as (not sure) and this is his last Will and Testament in our presence.

More About STEPHEN RICHARD MILLS:

Burial: 20 July 1896, Old Protestant Burying Grounds, Ch'town, PEI

Cause of Death: died from hiccups at Grace Methodist Church

Emigration: 1825, PEI

Occupation: Butcher/farmer

Religion: EPISCOPALIAN/Methodist

Notes for ELEANOR "ELLEN" PLEADWELL:

Ellen Pleadwell married Stephen Mills on March 16, 1854 at Little York. He was her second husband. Her first husband Charles Hardy, whose farm was next door to the present Vesey's Seeds. They had 4 children.

She was a tall red-haired Methodist woman and she kept her Pleadwell name, even though she was married twice.

More About ELEANOR "ELLEN" PLEADWELL:

Burial: July 1896, Little York, PEI

Religion: Methodist

Notes for JANE PLEADWELL:

died mysteriously after 1 year of marriage

More About JANE PLEADWELL:

Burial: Old Protestant Burying Grounds, Ch'town, PEI

Cause of Death: died mysteriously

Children of STEPHEN MILLS and ELEANOR PLEADWELL are:

2. i. FREDERICK2 MILLS, b. 1856, Little York, PEI; d. Sydney, Nova Scotia.

3. ii. ELIZA MILLS, b. 17 March 1858, Little York, PEI; d. 15 December 1901, Charlottetown, PEI.

Child of STEPHEN MILLS and JANE PLEADWELL is:

4. iii. HENRY "POPE"2 MILLS, b. 2 August 1859, Little York, PEI; d. 22 January 1925, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Generation No. 2

2. FREDERICK2 MILLS (STEPHEN RICHARD1) was born 1856 in Little York, PEI, and died in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He married CATHERINE HOBBS in Covehead, PEI. She was born 1860, and died in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Notes for FREDERICK MILLS:

They lived at Marshfield, Lot 34. He moved to Sydney, NS in 1902 to build houses for the miners and apparently, he stayed there.

More About FREDERICK MILLS:

Burial: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Occupation: 1891, Farmer, carpenter & bondsman

More About CATHERINE HOBBS:

Burial: Sydney, Nova Scotia

Children of FREDERICK MILLS and CATHERINE HOBBS are:

i. FREDERICK BERTRAM3 MILLS, b. 16 December 1880, Covehead, PE.

ii. HERBERT LESLIE MILLS, b. 2 September 1883.

iii. COLIN MILLS, b. 1885.

iv. ROY MILLS, b. 1888.

v. DAVID MILLS, b. 1891.

vi. UNKNOWN MILLS.

vii. UNKNOWN MILLS.

3. ELIZA2 MILLS (STEPHEN RICHARD1) was born 17 March 1858 in Little York, PEI, and died 15 December 1901 in Charlottetown, PEI. She married WILLIAM "BILL" JAMES RICHARDS 21 April 1880 in Little York, PEI, son of "CAPTAIN" RICHARDS and DINAH HARDY. He was born 22 September 1858 in Vernon River, PEI, and died in Dorchester, MA USA.

More About ELIZA MILLS:

Burial: 18 December 1901, Charlottetown, PEI

Notes for WILLIAM "BILL" JAMES RICHARDS:

He and Eliza took care of Stephen and Ellen in their old age. He and Eliza ran a boarding house on Cumberland Street in Charlottetown. They took in students at Prince of Wales College

More About WILLIAM "BILL" JAMES RICHARDS:

Baptism: Little York

Burial: Dorchester, MA USA

Occupation: Cabinetmaker

Children of ELIZA MILLS and WILLIAM RICHARDS are:

i. STEPHEN MAXWELL3 RICHARDS, b. May 1881, Georgetown, PEI; d. Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia; m. ELLA MAUD VICKERSON, 13 June 1906, North River, PEI; b. North River, PEI; d. Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.

More About STEPHEN MAXWELL RICHARDS:

Burial: Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia

Moved: 1902, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Occupation: Butcher, carpenter

More About ELLA MAUD VICKERSON:

Burial: Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia

ii. MINNIE FLORENCE RICHARDS, b. 11 January 1885; d. Dorchester, MASS, USA.

More About MINNIE FLORENCE RICHARDS:

Baptism: 1885, Trinity United, Charlottetown, PEI

Burial: Dorchester, MASS, USA

iii. ELLA RICHARDS, d. Dorchester, MA USA.

More About ELLA RICHARDS:

Burial: Dorchester, MA USA

4. HENRY "POPE"2 MILLS (STEPHEN RICHARD1) was born 2 August 1859 in Little York, PEI, and died 22 January 1925 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He married LYDIA ANN MUTLOW 3 March 1879 in Zion Presbyterian Church, Charlottetown, PEI, Bondsman Albert Hardy Married by Reverend John MacLeod, daughter of THOMAS MUTLOW and ANN HARDY. She was born 16 July 1857 in Seal River, PEI, and died 1 August 1945 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Notes for HENRY "POPE" MILLS:

Henry & Lydia Ann Mutlow lived in/or around Charlottetown at Strawberry Hill and Wright's Bridge in East Royalty. He was a butcher and sold meat Door to door. He went "Out West" to Lethbridge, Alberta in early 1900's to harvest the crops and later settled there and became a cattle trader/dealer. They lived at Little York, East Royalty, Strawberry Hill, Charlottetown, and in a large boarding house on Cumberland Street in Charlottetown and then moved to Lethbridge, Alberta in 1921 where they are both buried. He was a tall man with red hair.

1900 McAlpine s Directory shows HP Mills St Peters Road in East Royalty as having a meat & veggies store at 114 Weymouth St, Ch'town, with Henry Mutlow brother of Lydia.

More About HENRY "POPE" MILLS:

Baptism: 1859, Little York, PEI by Henry Pope

Burial: January 1925, Lethbridge, Alberta, Old Man River Cemetery

Cause of Death: heart attack

Medical Information: tall with red hair

Moved: 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta

Occupation: Butcher/cattle trader/dealer

Notes for LYDIA ANN MUTLOW:

She was short and stout and loved to knit.

More About LYDIA ANN MUTLOW:

Baptism: 4 October 1857

Burial: August 1945, Lethbridge, Alberta, Old Man River Cemetery

Cause of Death: old age

Medical Information: short, stout, brown hair

Occupation: Ran boarding house on Kent Street

Children of HENRY MILLS and LYDIA MUTLOW are:

i. WILLIAM ALBERT3 MILLS, b. 8 March 1880, Little York, PEI; d. 23 June 1945, Boston, Mass, USA; m. PRISCILLA ROPER, 22 August 1905, Charlottetown, PE; b. East Royalty, PEI; d. 1969, Boston, MA, USA.

More About WILLIAM ALBERT MILLS:

Baptism: 4 July 1881, Saint James, West Covehead, Rev James Allan

Burial: June 1945, Boston, Mass, USA

Occupation: Worked for railroad

Religion: Presbyterian

More About PRISCILLA ROPER:

Burial: Boston, MA, USA

ii. THOMAS "POP" HENRY MILLS, b. 5 August 1881, Little York, PEI; d. 13 January 1947, Charlottetown, PE; m. HELEN "NELL" MARIA THORNE, 26 June 1907, St Pauls Anglican Church, Charlottetown, PE, Sam Woodroofe; b. 11 February 1887, Charlottetown, PE; d. 26 March 1954, Charlottetown, PE.

Notes for THOMAS "POP" HENRY MILLS:

From my Mom's book, "Our Tree has many branches", 1998.

Her father was born at Little York, PEI, son of Henry Pope and Lydia Mills. He went to Grade 4, (this was considered to be an excellent education in those days). He followed his father's trade, which was a butcher, but in the early 1900's he followed his father and most of his brothers out to the West to work on harvesting crews. He staked a homestead in Morden, Manitoba and came back to the Island to marry Nellie Thorne, but she would not go out west where the red Indians lived. He stayed on the Island and got married and was employed at Davis & Fraser's meat packing plant on Grafton Street until he was able to buy his own business at 135 Hillsborough Street. He named it "Mills Meat Market" and there was also a slaughterhouse where the parking lot of the Polyclinic is now located. His son Frank worked with him and also drove the wagon delivering meat. They made the best corned beef, potted meat and haggis on the Island.

He was a short 5'4" and stout man who always wore a cap to cover his bald head. He even wore his cap to church. He chewed twist and smoked cigars or a pipe. He told stories about his past and his family. Mom was his "boy" after Ben and Roy had gone overseas. He taught her how to box, wrestle and fish. he loved to fish at Wright's bridge and Milton. He also like to race his mare "The Hornet" on the ice in the winter.

He would fill his car with kids and take them for drives, on visits to relatives or on picnics. Sometimes he would take Aunt Daisy, her mother's old maid sister who was scared of her own shadow. He would sometimes pretend that he had car trouble and stop the car in some spooky place and poor Daisy would scream when he would reach through the window and grab her. Mom and Mary spoke about this and how they would wait in breathless anticipation for this to happen.

On Sunday nights they would have a hymn sing and the house would be filled with relatives and friends. Jenny Mills played the organ and oh the great voices they had! His Favorite hymn was "The Ninety and Nine" and he told Mom that his Grandfather Mills used to sing it to him. There was always a huge lunch later, those were the "good old days!:"

He was a third generation butcher. His meat market was located at 135 Hillsborough Street, current site of Polyclinic parking lot.

In 1900 McAlpines Directory shows him living at 192 Grafton Street and his best man, Ernest Teed, lived at 256 Kent Street.

More About THOMAS "POP" HENRY MILLS:

Burial: 16 January 1947, People's Cemetery, Charlottetown, PE plot 33 stone 540

Cause of Death: heart attack

Medical Information: short, bald, lt brown hair

Occupation: Butcher & meat market owner

Notes for HELEN "NELL" MARIA THORNE:

Nellie was born on Park Street in Charlottetown, the daughter of Elizabeth (Waughn) and Alfred Thorne. She went to Prince Street School until Grade V. She met Tom Mills at a social at Heartz Hall in East Royalty. He was warming his hands at the pot-bellied stove when she came along and slapped his hands down on the hot stove. She said that he was so cute that she had to get his attention, WOW, what a way to meet your man!

They married on June 26, 1907. Their first home was in St Avards and they later resided at 24 Park Street til Pop built the big house at 41 Prince Street in 1930. She was a hard-working woman and a great cook: having 12 children she couldn't be idle for very long. Her hobby was making beautiful flowers from crepe paper and she would make mincemeat to sell at the shop. She would also take orders for petits-fours and creme puffs for weddings, etc.

She took in boarders after Pop died since there was only herself and mom left in the big house. When Mom got married June 26, 1953, Hilda and Gordon and their family moved in with her. She died in 1954

Mom said, "I had wonderful parents!"

On the day the Princher triplets were born, she was at the scene. She always had a bad left shoulder because in all the excitement, she ended up with a dislocated shoulder.

Re: Mom's notes: Her mother was a small woman about 5'1" with sparkling brown eyes. She was an Anglican by birth but joined the United Church when the churches amalgamated. She attend church twice on Sundays-Prayer meeting on Tuesday night & belonged to the Women's Guild at United. Needless to say that nobody swore, played cards or drank in our household! She was a great cook and housekeeper. After Pop died, she took in boarders just to fill up our large house. In 1945/46, Lois & Pop died and Roy, Ben, Mary & Helen all got married, just her and Mom left in big house.

We didn't always get along well, because her way of thinking and mind didn't always click. She loved all of her grandchildren & Mom always felt sad that she didn't see any of her beautiful children. She stayed with her until after she was married, then Gordon & Hilda & family moved into the big house at 41 Prince Street and remained there until both of their deaths.

More About HELEN "NELL" MARIA THORNE:

Burial: March 1954, People's Cemetery, Charlottetown, PEI, plot 33 stone 540

Cause of Death: heart attack

Medical Information: had stroke, hardening of arteries, rheumatism

iii. CHARLOTTE "LOTTIE" MAY MILLS, b. 1 July 1882, Little York, PEI; d. 15 August 1971, Boston, Mass, USA; m. EDWARD N KNOWLTON, Little York, PEI; b. 23 February 1882, Charlottetown, PEI; d. 11 October 1950, Boston, Mass, USA.

More About CHARLOTTE "LOTTIE" MAY MILLS:

Burial: August 1971, Boston, Mass, USA

More About EDWARD N KNOWLTON:

Burial: October 1950, Boston, Mass, USA

Occupation: Worked for railroad

iv. EVERETT SEYMOUR MILLS, b. 3 April 1884, Charlottetown, PEI; d. 26 September 1964, Sangudo, Alberta; m. (1) CECILY AGNES BLACQUIERE, 20 August 1908, Charlottetown, PE; b. 10 May 1886, Summerside, PEI; d. 18 November 1928, Calgary, Alberta; m. (2) MARTHA JULIANNA DONAHUE (ROCKNEY), 4 April 1934, Sangudo, Alberta.

More About EVERETT SEYMOUR MILLS:

Burial: September 1964, Sangudo, Alberta

Moved: 1917, To Lethbridge

Occupation: Butcher & meat market owner

Religion: United Church

Residences: Ch'town, Lethbridge, AB, MaGrath, AB, Youngstown, AB, Sangudo, AB, Coalhurst, Alberta

More About CECILY AGNES BLACQUIERE:

Burial: November 1928, Youngstown, Alberta

Religion: Roman Catholic

v. ANNIE MILLS, b. 1890, Little York, PEI; d. 1949, Charlottetown, PE; m. HAROLD "HAL" BERNARD WARREN, 29 August 1906, Charlottetown, PE; b. 1884; d. 1940, Halifax, NS.

More About ANNIE MILLS:

Burial: 1949, Charlottetown, PEI

Occupation: Owned tourist cabins in Stanhope

More About HAROLD "HAL" BERNARD WARREN:

Burial: 1940, Halifax, NS

Occupation: Railroad conductor

vi. PERCY POPE MILLS, b. 5 May 1890, Charlottetown, PE; d. 22 November 1945, Lethbridge, Alberta; m. EMMA BIRT, Charlottetown, PE; d. Lethbridge, Alberta.

More About PERCY POPE MILLS:

Burial: November 1945, Lethbridge, Alberta

Occupation: Barber

More About EMMA BIRT:

Burial: Lethbridge, Alberta

vii. JOHN "ROY" MILLS, b. 1893, Charlottetown, PE; d. 25 August 1960, Hazel Grove, PEI; m. ZILLA STEVENSON, 3 November 1920, New Glasgow, PEI; b. 1886, New Glasgow, NS; d. 1967, Hunter River, PEI.

More About JOHN "ROY" MILLS:

Burial: August 1960, Hunter River, PEI, Floral Hills Cemetery Lot 296, Sect A Last Supper

Occupation: Telephone Linesman

More About ZILLA STEVENSON:

Burial: 1967, Hunter River, PEI

viii. SARAH ELIZABETH "SADIE" MILLS, b. 16 December 1894, Charlottetown, PE; d. 24 May 1968, Lethbridge, Alberta; m. WESLEY "WES" YOUNG, 5 January 1909, Charlottetown, PE; d. Lethbridge, Alberta.

More About SARAH ELIZABETH "SADIE" MILLS:

Burial: May 1968, Lethbridge, Alberta

More About WESLEY "WES" YOUNG:

Burial: Lethbridge, Alberta

Occupation: Farmer

ix. MARGARET "MAGGIE" SUPUS MILLS, b. 1895, East Royalty, PE; d. 1978, Charlottetown, PE; m. GEORGE CUDMORE, December 1912, Charlottetown, PE; b. 1894, Charlottetown, PE; d. 1965, Charlottetown, PE.

More About MARGARET "MAGGIE" SUPUS MILLS:

Burial: 1978, Charlottetown, PEI

More About GEORGE CUDMORE:

Burial: 1965

Occupation: Tailor & dry cleaner

x. DAISY ELLA MILLS, b. 8 November 1885, Charlottetown, PEI; d. 4 November 1955, Lethbridge, Alberta; m. JOSEPH WILLIAM MITCHELL BALL; d. Lethbridge, Alberta.

More About DAISY ELLA MILLS:

Burial: November 1955, Lethbridge, Alberta

More About JOSEPH WILLIAM MITCHELL BALL:

Burial: Lethbridge, Alberta

Name (Facts Pg): Joseph "Joe" William Ball

Occupation: Butcher


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