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Family of William Howell GITTINS and Mary Deakin OWEN

Husband: William Howell GITTINS (1874-1958)
Wife: Mary Deakin OWEN (1888-1963)
Marriage Q4 1948 Rhyl (St Asaph)1

Husband: William Howell GITTINS

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William Howell GITTINS

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William Howell GITTINS

Name: William Howell GITTINS2
Sex: Male
Father: David GITTINS ( - )
Mother: -
Birth 11 Oct 1874 Meifod, Montgomeryshire2,3
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 26) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire2
RG13/2542/65/17
Occupation Farmer2
Census 29 Sep 1939 (age 64) Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England4
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Occupation 29 Sep 1939 (age 64) Farmer; Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England4
Death Q1 1958 (age 83) St Asaph, Denbighshire, Wales5

Wife: Mary Deakin OWEN

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Mary Deakin OWEN

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Mary Deakin OWEN

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Mary Deakin OWEN

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Mary Deakin OWEN, 2007, age 118

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Mary Deakin OWEN, 2007, age 118

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Mary Deakin OWEN, 2007, age 118

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Mary Deakin OWEN

Name: Mary Deakin OWEN
Sex: Female
Father: John OWEN (1825-1900)
Mother: Lucy COLES (1854-1931)
Birth 12 Dec 1888 Weston Lullingfields, Shropshire2,6,7
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 2) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire8
Vine Buildings, Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 12) Vine Buildings, Ruyton XI Towns, Oswestry, Shropshire2
RG13/2542/?/62
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 12) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire9
Vine Buildings, Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire
Census 29 Sep 1939 (age 50) Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England10
3 Vine Buildings
Occupation 29 Sep 1939 (age 50) Laundress; Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England10
Death Q4 1963 (age 74) Llangollen11

Note on Husband: William Howell GITTINS (1) - shared note

Conversation with Tom Jones of 2 Vine Buildings, Ruyton XI Towns 2002:

 

Tom Jones in 2002 was 77 years of age. He left school in August 1939.

 

Tom lived all his life in Ruyton, and recalled as a young child playing around Vine buildings where Lucy Owen and her daughter Mary lived.

 

Tom recalled that Mary was known as "Polly" Owen - and that the two women were laundresses.

They lived at Number 3 Vine Buildings, and in those days the laundry was a wooden building at the side of the house.

He remembers that the laundry had two boilers, and that there were a lot of ashes from the fires there.

There was a water pump at the back of the houses.

William Howell Gittins of Hall Farm, Ruyton founded Ruyton Creameries (which was eventually sold to the US firm Kraft.)

"Billy" Gittins was married but his wife, Mary Ellen, was ill and an invalid.

They had at least three children Doris, Enid and Wilfred.

 

After the death of Mrs. Gittins, Billy married Polly Owen and they settled in Rhyl where they both died. This would have been around 1940. [Actually 1948]

 

Wilfred Gittins had two sons, John and Michael - one of whom still lives at Hall Farm in Ruyton (2002).

Note on Husband: William Howell GITTINS (2)

1918 Ruyton Co-Operative Dairy formed by William Howell Gittins of Hall Farm.

1936 William Howell Gittins had the Memorial Hall Built.

1936 Dairy taken over by Kraft Foods.

1964 Express Foods takes over from Kraft.

 

From:

http://www.ruytonxitowns-history.org/History.htm

Note on Wife: Mary Deakin OWEN (1) - shared note

Conversation with Tom Jones of 2 Vine Buildings, Ruyton XI Towns 2002:

 

Tom Jones in 2002 was 77 years of age. He left school in August 1939.

 

Tom lived all his life in Ruyton, and recalled as a young child playing around Vine buildings where Lucy Owen and her daughter Mary lived.

 

Tom recalled that Mary was known as "Polly" Owen - and that the two women were laundresses.

They lived at Number 3 Vine Buildings, and in those days the laundry was a wooden building at the side of the house.

He remembers that the laundry had two boilers, and that there were a lot of ashes from the fires there.

There was a water pump at the back of the houses.

William Howell Gittins of Hall Farm, Ruyton founded Ruyton Creameries (which was eventually sold to the US firm Kraft.)

"Billy" Gittins was married but his wife, Mary Ellen, was ill and an invalid.

They had at least three children Doris, Enid and Wilfred.

 

After the death of Mrs. Gittins, Billy married Polly Owen and they settled in Rhyl where they both died. This would have been around 1940. [Actually 1948]

 

Wilfred Gittins had two sons, John and Michael - one of whom still lives at Hall Farm in Ruyton (2002).

Note on Wife: Mary Deakin OWEN (2)

Una Williams has photos of the wedding - she attended herself aged 17.

 

Polly died of Cancer - in her 80s. After her husband died she was left penniless, and went to live with Iris Dyer (her half niece) in Llangollen.12

Sources

1Church of the Latter Day Saints, "http://www.familysearch.org/".
Text From Source: Family Search website
Marriage Index Dec 1948. Cit. Date: 3 August 2003. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: William H. Gittins - Owen - St Asaph 8e 1177

Mary D. Owen - Gittens - St Asaph 8e 1177
Internet. Call Number: http://www.familysearch.org/ (electronic).
2Public Record Office, "www.census.pro.gov.uk - 1901 Census" (Internet).
Internet. Call Number: http://www.census.pro.gov.uk (electronic).
3"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: Births Dec 1874 (>99%)
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Gittins William Llanfyllin 11b 221
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
4"Census 1939 Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England RG101/5213H/003/10 Letter Code: OJPA" (RG101/5213H/003/10 Letter Code: OJPA).
Text From Source: Name of person,Married name,Gender,Birthdate,Condition as to marriage,Rank, Profession or Occupation,Occupation comment,Comments
Wm Howell GITTINS,,M,11 OCT 1874,Widowed,Farmer,Special Constable,
Doris Ethel GITTINS,,F,3 JUN 1900,Single,Unpaid Domestic Duties,First-Aid Helper,
Enid Margaret GITTINS,,F,9 MAY 1904,Single,Domestic Duties And Poultry Keeping,,
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Source: Census 1939 Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England RG101/5213H/003/10 Letter Code: OJPA, Census UK 1939 RG101/5213H/003/10 Letter Code: OJPA

5"FindMyPast". Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: Civil registration event: Death
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Name: GITTINS, William H

Registration district: [?] St. Asaph

County: Denbighshire

Year of registration: 1958

Quarter of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar

Age at death:83

Volume no: 8A

Page no: 634
6"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Text From Source: Births Mar 1889
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Owen Mary Denken Ellesmere 6a 685
Probable birth index entry - middle name listed as "Denken"
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
7GRO, "Birth Certificate". Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: Registration District: Ellesmere.
1889 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Baschurch in the County of Salop
No: 99
When and where born: Twelfth December 1888. Weston, Baschurch R.S.D.
Name if any: Mary Deakin
Sex: Girl
Name and surname of father: John Owen
Name, surname and maiden surname of mother: Lucy Owen late Deakin formerly Coles
Occupation of father: Master Tailor
Signature, description and residence of informant: John Owen, Father. Weston Baschurch
When registered: Eighteenth January 1889
Signature of Registrar: Edward Nild. Registrar
CERTIFIED to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a Register of Deaths in the District above mentioned.
Given at the GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, under the Seal of the said Office, the 23rd day of May 2005
Graham Hoadly.
8"Census 1891 (John Owen) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire RG12//2114/64/19".
Text From Source: John Owen Head 64 Tailor Kinnerley Shropshire
Lucy Owen Wife 34 Laundress More Shropshire
Agnes Deakin Step Daur15 Hulme Manchester
Mary Deakin Owen do 2 Weston Shropshire
John Edgar Owen Son 1m Ruyton Shropshire
Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Source: Census 1891 (John Owen) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire RG12//2114/64/19, Agnes Ann Deakin 91

9"Census 1901 (Lucy Owen) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire RG13/2542/62/11" (RG13/2542/62/11).
Text From Source: Name,Relation,Married?,Sex,Age,Occupation,Employ Status,At home,Born,Infirmity,Language Spoken
Lucy DEAKIN,Head,W,F,42,Laundress,Own account,At Home,Lydham, Shropshire,,
Mary Deakin OWEN,Daughter,S,F,12,,,,Weston Lullingfields, Shropshire,,
John Edgar OWEN,Son,S,M,10,,,,Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire,,
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Source: Census 1901 (Lucy Owen) Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire RG13/2542/62/11, Lucy Owen 01

10"Census 1939 Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England RG101/5213H/009/38 Letter Code: OJPA" (RG101/5213H/009/38 Letter Code: OJPA).
Text From Source: Name of person,Married name,Gender,Birthdate,Condition as to marriage,Rank, Profession or Occupation,Occupation comment,Comments
Mary Deakin OWEN,Gittins,F,11 DEC 1888,Single,Laundress,,
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Source: Census 1939 Oswestry R.D., Shropshire, England RG101/5213H/009/38 Letter Code: OJPA, Census UK 1939 RG101/5213H/009/38 Letter Code: OJPA

11GRO Indexes.
Text From Source: BMD Search result details

Civil Registration event: Marriage
Name: JAMES, Benjamin
Registration District: Help St. George Hanover Square
County: London
Year of Registration: 1853
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume No: Help 1A
Page No: Help 343

BMD Search result details

Civil Registration event: Marriage
Name: STOREY, Jane
Registration District: Help St. George Hanover Square
County: London
Year of Registration: 1853
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume No: Help 1A
Page No: Help 343
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Dec 1963

Mary D. Gittins (74) Wrexham 8a 371
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
12"Una Iris Williams - telephone conversation".
Conversation between Graham Hoadly and Una Williams - 17th March 2005.