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Ellen Elizabeth Wills (Grafham)

Also Known As: "Nellie"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Hersham, Surrey, England
Death: July 6, 1931 (45)
Gisborne, New Zealand (Lobar Pneumonia, Ludwig's Angina)
Place of Burial: Ormond, Gisborne, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Henry Grafham and Mary Ann Elizabeth Grafham
Wife of Fred Wills
Mother of <private> Wills; Frank Thomas Wills; Freda Mary Peach; Arthur Leonard Wills; Robert Leslie Wills and 1 other
Sister of Henry Thomas Grafham; Joseph George Grafham; Sydney Alfred Grafham; Ethel Tyncy Walker; James Arthur Grafham and 7 others

Occupation: Housewife
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Ellen Elizabeth Wills

Immigration Departure: 3 Oct 1916 - London, England - Age: 30 Destination: Auckland, New Zealand

Ellen Elizabeth Grafham was born March 25th 1886 in Hersham, Surrey, UK. The 10th child of Thomas Henry Grafham and Mary Ann Elizabeth Collyer. Ellens father Thomas was a master builder working around Surrey, and her mother was an interior decorator. all seven of her brothers participated in World War I, her brother James Arthur Grafham being killed at the battle of Flanders.

Ellen is listed in the 1891 census as "Nellie" aged 4 years. in the 1901 census she is listed a servant in the employ of the Mount Lee Lodge old peoples home, Egham Hill, Surrey aged 15. She came out to New Zealand by herself and was later joined by her sister Ethel Grafham who married James William Kitney. She married Fred Wills in Gisborne in 1916 and had six children, John, Frank, Freda, Arthur, Robert and Charlie. Fred constatly left her alone to look after the children and this seems to have taken its toll on her as she died at the young age of 45 of Pneumonia and an infection that spread from an abscess in her mouth. She was laid to rest in the Ormond cemetery in Gisborne in 1931.

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Ellen Elizabeth Wills's Timeline

March 25, 1886
Hersham, Surrey, England
June 6, 1919
Age 33
Gisborne, Gisborne District, Gisborne, New Zealand
December 30, 1920
Age 34
Gisborne, New Zealand
August 30, 1922
Age 36
Gisborne, Gisborne District, Gisborne, New Zealand
April 27, 1927
Age 41
Gisborne, New Zealand
September 25, 1929
Age 43
Gisborne, New Zealand
July 6, 1931
Age 45
Gisborne, New Zealand
July 8, 1931
Age 45
Ormond, Gisborne, New Zealand