Henry Charles Mullins

Male 1853 - 1940  (87 years)


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  • Name Henry Charles Mullins 
    Born 26 Apr 1853  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 22 May 1853  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Census 7 Apr 1861  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Age: 7y 
    • Henry is shown living with John Groves (his Grandfather) and his Uncle William, both parents having passed away by the time he was 3.
    Education 7 Apr 1861  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Scholar 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Age: 18y 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1871  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6
    Agricultural Labourer 
    Occupation 8 Apr 1876  [7
    Mason 
    Census 1881  Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Age: 27y 
    Occupation 1881  [9
    Mason 
    Census 1891  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10
    Age: 37y 
    Address:
    East Hill, Evershot, Dorset, England 
    Occupation 1891  [10
    Mason 
    Occupation Between 1891 and 1901  [10, 11
    Stone Mason 
    • He worked mainly for the Ilchester Estate, maintaining the extensive network of Farm buildings and Cottages.
    Misc 4 Dec 1894  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    was elected to the Parish Council 
    • He remained a member of the council all his life.
    Census 1901  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    Address:
    5 High Street 
    Occupation 1901  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11
    Mason 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 12
    Age: 57y 
    Address:
    East Hill 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 12
    Stone Mason 
    Address:
    East Hill 
    Newpaper Article 4 Apr 1936 
    Dorset Echo 
    • Still working at 83, and married 60 years
      GWG talks with a rare old worthy of Evershot
      Taken from the Dorset Echo Saturday 4th April 1936

      Truly, it is no easy matter to get across the chasm of 70 years, yet in this village, nay, on ones very doorstep, stands a historian of repute. He knocks. The door opens.

      "Is the schoolmeaster in ?"

      "Oh, yes"

      Then slowly : "I think he wanted to see I about and thing or two."

      He knew full well I did, but that was his dorset way of drawing to the point.

      In he comes, recognises the room. "H'm, now just think, I saw 'em plaster thease room in '74

      "I was born April 26, '53, my fathers family were bakers, and the parson says there hav been Mullins' here for generations. Schooling? No, I never went to school; but rattled around with my mother's people who were masons. At the age if 12 I started work on the Estate as a mortar boy, ands here I do still work. Our first job was on the new offices. We were busy on it when thy rushed down to say the village was all afire.

      "We left work, and rushed off up the street to help put it out, but most of old Evershot were burnt down."

      One of the buildings to suffer demolition was the barn, reputed to be the meeting place of Tess and Alec D'Urberville on her return journey through Evershot. (More about the great fire of Evershot)

      Married

      We were married on April 8 1876 at Yeovil Wesleyan Church, came back to Frome St Quinton. Only last night I said to mother: 'Do 'ee mind how we come back in the wold tilted trap?' She Zed: 'Shall I ever forget it?'

      "Now mind what you be putten down for the missus can read if I can't! And you'll look out if it don't read properly". I laughed heartily at this treat for Mrs Mullins is, if anything, an even better historian than her happy spouse. We do well to remember that the social life of an early 19th century Dorset village is well known to octogenarians: partly through hearsay from their parents; partly through slowness of change in country life.

      Bread and Taters

      "How did you get on for food," said I.

      "Food-oh, none too much. Mostly 't were bread and taters, 'n taters 'n bread. Why 12 zacks were usual crop to carry drew a family till taters a-comed again. Then there was a pig, killed 'n zalted in. You midden 'blieve it, but a workman today is a gentleman compared wi' they days. Now do 'ee stop a scraten down so much wi' the pen. Bread was 9d a loaf.

      "Clothes. Mostly cord and fustian and readymade boots were just comen in, here and here."

      Club Walken

      Quoth Harry :- "Evershot fete were the first Tuesday in June." Now I knew what these club walkens were like by experience, so asked my old friend if he still possessed a a club members' pole. "No- they've been agone for 50 year."

      Wrong for once, was Harry. Going to my study, I fetched from thence an Evershot "painted pole" given to me by dear old George Pullman. Harry became strangely agitated; recollections brought flashes of light to his eyes. "What! Never. You ain't a-got 'oon o'm hev ee ? He must hev a number or a name zumwhere."

      Now it must be owned that stick had not been closely inspected. We two examined its length and there sure enough were two letters in red. "J.H" "Yes 't is then, that's Joe Hill's." A gentleman come to I some months ago asking about our wold club and zed he'd gie a pound vor a pole. 'Ood he part wi'n vor a pound?"

      "Not for five," was my sharp rejoinder. What take money for dear old George Pullman's Keepsake! the proposition was unthinkable.

      Ha'penny Dips

      "How did you get on for light? Of course we've electric street lamps off the grid now." This proved another good lead.

      "Ha'penny dips - But you cudden buy many o' they. Ah, we went to bed when t'was dark, and got up when 'twas light."

      Parish Council

      Following the passing of the parish councils act by which every village could have a little parliament of its own, Evershot was not slow in coming forward to partake of advantages. An election for councilors was held at Stocklands's School; Mr Harry Mullins was a candidate and the working men saw to it that he went on "ah hands up." The parish council duly met for the first time on December 4th, 1894; Councilor Mulllins has retained it through 41 years; and still is a valuable member.

      Is it a right of way?
      A now disused footpath?
      A chalk pit or Two?
      Where the lime kilns used two be?
      Where the drains were laid? Where each of the four inns used to stand; or where the chandler's, the threshing barn, where such and such roystering took place := Why ask Harry Mullins, of course; and who dares to contradict?

      He can neither read nor write; but bless you he merely turns back the page of his memory and there in chapter, page, number, verse so and so; and off he reels the facts with accuracy begotten of an unfuddled brain.

      In lighter vein

      "Evershot had a fair, ye know. Twelfth o' May. Then there was market every Thursday, Barrels, n' barrels o' butter. 'T were wonderful where all come from. Two families, the Chub'ses were coopers; always busy making small barrels, firkins; from ash grown round here. The firkins o' butter were loaded when sold, on to a dree horse dray, and hauled to Dorchester." (or did he say "Doddester"?)

      Of the grey haired, bearded patriarchs of the soil, and there are many, who closeted with me, have revealed their life's story; scarcely one but must needs plentifully besprinkle his tales with "cass'ns"; "waddeb's"; "coosn's"; "oosn's"; and such dialectical brevities. But Evershot's historian used a vocabulary of a polished, New Stone Age type; thereby. one must assume, reflecting the language of a superior sort. Most of his discourse was conveyed in an easy style; it was only when he was really moved at some long past event that his language become definitely dialectical.

      The evening was far spent. He rose to take his departure; passed a staircase; paused; halted; looked at it.

      "D'ye know, when we were putting that up, I missed the step at the top of a ladder, and come right down. Funny tho'. It didn't hurt till I got to the bottom!"

      So much for Mr Mullins, mortar boy at the age of 12, mortaring still at the age of 83 years, hale and hearty today.

      Mrs Mullins keeps active; does all her own housework, reads the papers with the greatest of ease; and is as homely a picture of a dorset great grandmother as you wish to see, as she sits by the open fire of a winter evening, busy plying her needle.

      They have 6 children living, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
    Census 29 Sep 1939  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13
    Address:
    East Hill 
    Ancestor Count
    Descendant Count 54 
    Occupation 29 Sep 1939  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13
    Mason (Retired) 
    Died 15 Jul 1940  [14, 15, 16
    Age: 87y 
    Cause: Septicaemia (family rumour is he put a pick through his foot) 
    Newpaper Article 26 Jul 1940  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 17
    Western Gazette 
    • "Mr Mullins commenced working life as a water boy for Mr T Conway's father his death at the age of 87 removes another link with the past his knowledge of Evershot before the great fire on September 26th 1865, of the Fete days, of old Customs and of the old occupations made him a most interesting personality and he will be much missed."
    Evershot - Late Mr Harry Mullins
    Evershot - Late Mr Harry Mullins
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    _USED Harry 
    Person ID I33  Taubman Family Tree
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2018 

    Father Charles Mullins,   b. Est 31 Jul 1825, Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1856, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 31 years) 
    Mother Ann Groves,   b. Cal Jul 1828, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1854, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 26 May 1851  Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 18
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Goff,   b. 23 Sep 1849, Halstock, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1941, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1876  Yeovil, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 19
    Address:
    Yeovil Wesleyan Chapel 
    • The certificate shows Mary living in Holywell, Melbury Bubb and Harry living in Yeovil.
    Notes 
    • Performed by John Skereatt, Elias Lyndall Whitby (Deputy Register)
      Henry wrote his name while Mary made her mark in the presence of Thomas Goff (mark) and C. Mullins.
    Children 
     1. Charles Goff,   b. 16 Aug 1872, Mapperton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1959, Creech Grange, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Henry Charles Mullins,   b. 6 May 1876, Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1958, Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Annie Mullins,   b. Abt 1879, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1935, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     4. Katie Elizabeth Mullins,   b. 15 Aug 1879, Melbury Bubb, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1964, Abbotsbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     5. Rosina Mullins,   b. 9 Dec 1881, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1975, Bradley, Alresford, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     6. Elizabeth Mullins,   b. Between Oct 1885 and Dec 1885,   d. Between Oct 1886 and Dec 1886  (Age ~ 1 years)
     7. Thomas Mullins,   b. 24 Jan 1889, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jan 1973 and Mar 1973, Bridport, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     8. Arthur Mullins,   b. 15 Jul 1892, Evershot, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1979, Crewkerne, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Photos
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    Mary Goff with 2 youngest Sons
    Mary Goff with 2 youngest Sons
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    Picture Note: Taken on their Diamond Wedding (written on back by Arthur Mullins (Son) . Provided by Nick Bowditch
    Media Date: APR 1936
    Keywords: photos,Picture
    Mary Goff with 2 youngest Sons
    Mary Goff with 2 youngest Sons
    Picture Note: Source Nick Bowditch
    Media Date: 1902
    Keywords: photos,Picture
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F14  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Apr 1853 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 22 May 1853 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 7y - 7 Apr 1861 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Scholar - 7 Apr 1861 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 18y - 2 Apr 1871 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Agricultural Labourer - 2 Apr 1871 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Address:
    Yeovil Wesleyan Chapel - 8 Apr 1876 - Yeovil, Somerset, England
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 27y - 1881 - Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 37y - 1891 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - was elected to the Parish Council - 4 Dec 1894 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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    5 High Street - 1901 - Evershot, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mason - 1901 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 57y - 2 Apr 1911 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Stone Mason - 2 Apr 1911 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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    East Hill - 29 Sep 1939 - Evershot, Dorset, England
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mason (Retired) - 29 Sep 1939 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNewpaper Article - Western Gazette - 26 Jul 1940 - Evershot, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    Henry Charles Mullins
    Henry Charles Mullins
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    HC (Harry) Mullins and Mary Goff
    Picture Note: Taken on their Diamond Wedding (written on back by Arthur Mullins (Son) . Provided by Nick Bowditch
    Media Date: APR 1936
    Keywords: photos,Picture
    Henry Charles Mullins
    Henry Charles Mullins
    Picture Note: From Dorset Echo Newspaper
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    Histories
    Henry Charles Mullins of Evershot
    Henry Charles Mullins of Evershot
    Still working at 83, and married 60 years
    GWG talks with a rare old worthy of Evershot
    Taken from the Dorset Echo Saturday 4th April 1936

  • Sources 
    1. [S936] .

    2. Dorset Daily Echo 4th April 1936.

    3. [S415] Evershot Parish Records - Henry Charles Mullins 1853.

    4. [S21] Evershot PR, 21., Baptism Records.

    5. [S260] Census 1861 Evershot, Dorset, England RG9-1362-50-20, 260.

    6. [S194] Census 1871 Evershot, Dorset RG10 2022 51 13, 194. (Reliability: 2).

    7. [S304] Marriage Certificate Henry Charles Mullins, Mary Anne Goff, 304.

    8. [S895] .

    9. [S227] Census 1881 Frome St Quinton RG11 2115 20 4 Henry Charles Mullins, 227.

    10. [S107] Census 1891 RG12-1660-38-12 : Henry Charles Mullins and Family, 107.

    11. [S64] Census 1901 RG13_Pc-2009_Fo-31_Pg-1 - Mullins, 64.

    12. [S333] Census 1911 Evershot, Dorset, England RG14-12-4-52-12452 0025 03, (RG14-12-4-52-12452 0025 03), 333.

    13. [S550] Census 1939 Evershot, Dorset, England RG101/6948B/006/43 Letter Code: WLAY, (RG101/6948B/006/43 Letter Code: WLAY).

    14. [S25] GRO Index, 25., Death 1940 Sept/Dec Bridport 5A 893.

    15. [S17] Nick Bowditch, Nick Bowditch, 17., He died on my grandfather Arthur’s birthday (15 Jul).

    16. [S348] Anne Mullins, 348.

    17. [S566] Newspaper Western Gazette 26 July 1940 Page 3 Column 1.

    18. [S53] Marriage Certificate : Charles Mullins and Ann Groves, 53.

    19. [S828] .