Robert Wills (1848 - 1929) MP

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Birthplace: Rainham, Kent, England
Death: Died in Rainham, Kent, England
Occupation: Brickfield Labourer, Agricultural Labourer
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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Immediate Family

About Robert Wills

Robert Wills was the eighth child of Job and Mary Wills of Rainham Kent. At the age of 21 he married Jane Medhurst in Sittingbourne Kent, and went on to have 19 children over the course of his life. The main occupation throughout his life was Brickmaking at the towns brickfields where he worked for 30-40 years. later in life he was an agricultural labourer (possibly cherry farming) and died in 1929.

Brickfield Labourer

1911 Census:

Household information

  • Address: 9 Shakespeare Road Rainham Kent
  • Parish: Rainham
  • Town" Rainham
  • Type of Building: Private House
  • Number of Rooms 5
  • Inhabited Y

Reference RG14PN4430 RG78PN181 RD61 SD1 ED14 SN205

  • Administrative County Kent
  • Registration District Milton
  • Registration Sub District Milton
  • Enumeration District 14

Householder 1

  • Name Robert Wills
  • Relationship to Head of Household Head
  • Condition / Years Married Married
  • Gender M
  • Age 62
  • Estimated Year of Birth 1849
  • Occupation Farm Labourer
  • Employed Y
  • Working at Home N
  • Place of Birth Hartlip Kent

Householder 2

  • Name Jane Wills
  • Relationship to Head of Household Wife
  • Condition / Years Married Married / 40 Years
  • Total Children Born Alive 19
  • Children Still Living 15
  • Children Who Have Died 4
  • Gender F
  • Age 59
  • Estimated Year of Birth 1852
  • Employed N
  • Working at Home N
  • Place of Birth Rainham Kent

Householder 3

  • Name Job Wills
  • Relationship to Head of Household Son
  • Condition / Years Married Single
  • Gender M
  • Age 38
  • Estimated Year of Birth 1873
  • Occupation Potman At Hotel
  • Employed Y
  • Working at Home N
  • Place of Birth Rainham Kent
  • Householder 4
  • Name Walter Wills
  • Relationship to Head of Household Son
  • Gender M
  • Age 13
  • Estimated Year of Birth 1898
  • Occupation School
  • Employed Y
  • Working at Home N
  • Place of Birth Rainham Kent

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1891 census

  • Name: Robert Wills
  • Age: 41
  • Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
  • Relation: Head
  • Spouse's Name: Jane
  • Gender: Male
  • Where born: Rainham, Kent, England
  • Civil Parish: Rainham
  • Ecclesiastical parish: Rainham
  • Town: Rainham
  • County/Island: Kent
  • Country: England
  • Street address:Gordon Terrace

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  • WILLS, ROBERT HEAD MARRIED Male age 62 FARM LABOURER b HARTLIP KENT
  • WILLS, JANE WIFE MARRIED -40years , Female age 59 b RAINHAM KENT
  • WILLS, JOB SON SINGLE Male age38 POTMAN AT HOTEL RAINHAM KENT
  • WALTER SON Male age 13 SCHOOL RAINHAM KENT
  • Address 9 SHAKESPEARE RD RAINHAM KENT County Kent
  • District Milton Subdistrict Milton
  • Enumeration District 14 Parish Rainham

----------------------------------------------------- Rainham's population increased after the railway came in 1858, seven years before it was 1115 but by 1871 it had become 2082 living in 425 houses, 50 years later it was 4335. In 1908 Berengrave Lane had 5 houses, Century Road only 1 (Waiter Kinimins in Ethel Villa), Roberts Road (then Robert Street) had 2 (Frederick Charlesworth and John Puxtey). Even Maidstone Road (then Bredhurst Lane) had no

properties south of where Herbert Road now stands. None of the roads were numbered in sequence as there were so many empty plots so each block as built was called Terrace, Villas or Cottages and each house was numbered within that block. Employment was largely agricultural, bricks and cement and the principal crops were fruit (mainly cherries), hops and wheat, there were a large number of market gardens. Lord Hothfield was Lord of the Manor and the Parish, previously known as Renham, which has been inhabited from ancient times as has become evident from remains found. -

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East Kent and West Kent are one-time traditional subdivisions of the English county of Kent, kept alive by the Association of the Men of Kent and Kentish Men: an organisation formed in 1913. The division may have risen from the ethnic differences approximately 1,500 years ago between the Jutish settlement of the east of the county and the Saxon presence in the west, although its origins are somewhat obscure. Residents of East Kent, those living east / south of the River Medway, are called 'Men (or Maids)of Kent', as opposed to residents of West Kent, who are known as 'Kentish Men' or 'Kentish Maids'.

According to the BBC website [1] a few hundred years later, it appears that the Men of Kent resisted William the Conqueror more stoutly than the Kentish Men, who wisely surrendered.

Today there is still an element of rivalry between the two, which completely disappears during the harvest season, when the Men of Kent invite the Kentish Men to the "Garden of England" to help gather in the crops.

East Kent had its own Quarter Sessions based in Canterbury until 1814, when the administrations of East and West Kent were merged. East Kent, which corresponded roughly to the Diocese of Canterbury, consisted of the three lathes: Lathe of St Augustine, Lathe of Shepway and the upper division of the Lathe of Scray.[2]

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Robert Wills's Timeline

1848
July 23, 1848
Rainham, Kent, England
1871
1871
Age 22
Rainham, Kent, England
1872
1872
Age 23
Rainham, Kent, England
1873
1873
Age 24
Rainham, Kent, England
1876
May 1876
Age 27
31 Shakespeare Rd, Rainham, Kent, England
1878
1878
Age 29
Rainham, Kent, England
1880
1880
Age 31
Rainham, Kent, England
1883
February 3, 1883
Age 34
Rainham, Kent, England
1885
1885
Age 36
Gillingham, Medway, UK
1887
1887
Age 38
Gillingham, Medway, UK