Thursday, 29 December 2011

More Lincolnshire memorial stones added:

More Lincolnshire memorial stones added:

St Margaret’s , Quadring , Lincolnshire
St Peter and St Paul , Gosberton, Lincolnshire
St Mary & Holy Rood, Donington, Lincolnshire

A small collection of images of Memorial Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery’s are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc) or select this  http://www.ancestrycentral.co.uk/

In addition to those displayed, there are a number of others that are illegible, please email me if you have a specific request.
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.


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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

More Lincolnshire memorial stones added

A small collection of images of Memorial Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery’s are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc) or select this Tiny Url http://tinyurl.com/6a9f388
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 


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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield , Yorkshire - Free Headstone Images

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download at Ancestry Central (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc) or select this Tiny Url http://tinyurl.com/62qenkg
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan


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For more information Family Tree Services or any other Family History advice, please contact me. danny.billington

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Ewerby, South Kyme, Howell, Swaton, Billinghay and Lincoln, Lincolnshire Free Headstone Images and other images

Ewerby, South Kyme, Howell, Swaton, Billinghay and Lincoln, Lincolnshire  Free Headstone Images  and other images
A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)   
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 



Thursday, 25 August 2011

All Saints Church, Helmsley , North Yorkshire - Free Headstone Images

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download at Ancestry Central (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc) or select this Tiny Url http://tinyurl.com/3hqlxhf
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan







An experienced Researcher and Investigator (UK) offering specialist services to descendants of families originating in the United Kingdom. Offering a special emphasis on Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire, I can research your ancestors from any region of England, Scotland and Wales providing all available personal details for your family tree. As well as being a member of the Society of Genealogists, I am also a member of several other UK based Family History Societies.
For more information Family Tree Services or any other Family History advice, please contact me. danny.billington

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Scartho, Grimsby & St Andrews Heckington in Lincolnshire- Free Headstone Images


A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan


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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Collection of church images free to download


Featuring Churches in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Malta, Canada and Cumbria
A small collection of Church Images are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to Church-Images –  /name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Sheepridge, Kirklees – Christ Church , Moorside, Yorkshire- Free Headstone Images

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 




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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Ancestry Central launch Services for Family History and One Name Study Societies

As web site www.ancestrycentral.co.uk continues to develop, Ancestry Central have launched a number of opportunities for Family History and One Name Study Societies.
At Ancestry Central, we are committed to providing a platform for new collections of genealogical data and imagery for researchers worldwide and we invite Family History and One Name Study Societies to get involved by adding their listings to our directory pages and by contributing to collections on display.
Currently we aim to add more of our own collections, in particular of Headstones and Monuments as well as Church Images. Later we hope to include articles and images relating village history, wedding group photographs, old documents and maps. In fact , anything that is of genealogical interest and can be displayed in the current format of the web page.
A short presentation is available here .
For more information, please email.

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Cemetery Images : Chorley, Lancashire

The main cemetery at Chorley, Lancashire now uploaded at www.ancestrycentral.co.uk
The above cemetery are available to download at Ancestry Central (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free. Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share. Many thanks Dan

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Goxhill, Lincolnshire – US Airbase memorial and All Saints Church- Free Headstone Images

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download at Ancestry Central (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks Dan




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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Barton Upon Humber – St Peter’s Church, Lincolnshire- Free Headstone Images dating from 1751

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share. Many thanks Dan 





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Barton Upon Humber – St Mary’s Church, Lincolnshire- Free Headstone Images dating from 1770

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Select Cemetery/name etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 



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Monday, 11 July 2011

Church Images (UK)

Along with my collection of  images of headstones/monuments, I have also started to add various Churches from my collection and as with the headstones, it will take some time to add them all.

To search, simply visit www.ancestrycentral.co.uk , go to 'Latest Information' and select 'Church-Images' from the menu.  The same menu will pull up individual churches ( but also includes headstones if added), Dan

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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Burton Pedwardine St Andrews Church, Lincolnshire- Free Headstone Images

A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Burton Pedwardine etc)
Please also explore the other collections and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks  Dan 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bridlington Parish Church of St Mary's (Priory), East Yorkshire - Free Headstone Images

Bridlington Parish Church of St Mary's (Priory), East Yorkshire -  Free Headstone Images
A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Bridlington etc)
Please also explore the other collection and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 

Billingborough, Lincolnshire - Free Headstone Images

Billingborough, Lincolnshire -  Free Headstone Images
A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – Billingborough)
Please also explore the other collection and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free.
Please note this is a small personal collection, but large enough to be worth displaying – I am happy to receive contributions from other people and credit them accordingly. Please email me via the web site if you have any images you would like to share.
Many thanks
Dan 

St Hilda’s , Ampleforth, North Yorkshire

St Hilda’s , Ampleforth, North Yorkshire -  Free Headstone Images
A small collection of images of Monumental Headstones and Markers taken at the above cemetery are available to download  at Ancestry Central  (www.ancestrycentral.co.uk – go to find a grave – St Hilda’s Ampleforth)
Please also explore the other collection and revisit as I start to add my collection. Download for personal use is Free
Many thanks
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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Find Your Forebears ( Your Family Tree Magazine)

Ancestry Central offers to find your family’s last resting places
If you know where an ancestor is buried, going to their grave and finding what’s written on their headstone can add another dimension to your research.
However, if your kin are buried far away, making their graves hard to visit, you can use researchers like Ancestry Central to search their graves for you.
Ancestry Central is one offering YFT readers its services, from family tree searches to visiting cemeteries and churchyards all over the UK to find details from your forebears’ graves.
Find a full list of its services at its website.http://www.ancestrycentral.co.uk/
Adam Rees, (Your Family Tree Magazine)


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Ancestry Central Launch New Website

A new web site is located at www.ancestrycentral.co.uk.

I shall be uploading (over a period of time) a free to access collection of Monumental and Headstone Images with an easy to use indexed search facility.

There is not much on so far but in time it will grow.

Contributions are welcome.

Please follow the ‘How to Use’ instructions at www.ancestrycentral.co.uk

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Is anyone home ?

It might look like census enumerators of 1861 were expected to record those with no name who lived a nomadic existence - well, this document is certainly confusing with names and location but with ages.


How  can you explain this Census?

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The Making of a Champion

Born in Kingston Upon Hull in 1848, Samuel Ainsworth Perry’s family ‘s origins were in Stockport. He was one of 9 children to John Perry and Mary Ainsworth. Samuel’s family  lived in Hull for some time before returning to Cheshire.
Soon after returning to Cheshire , Samuel and wife Annie had children of their own, including Samuel junior. With Samuel juniors parents being employed as  Cotton Operatives  in  local Cotton Mills , the family stayed in the Stockport area for several generations and at the turn of  the  century, Samuel junior married Hannah Birch.
It was Hannah Birch who bore Britain’s greatest Tennis champion; Fred Perry.
Frederick John Perry (18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995) was a championship-winning English tennis and table tennis player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams and two Pro Slams. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships between 1934 and 1936 and was World No. 1 four years in a row. Perry also became the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship in 1936
One of the UK’s best l known cotton sports shirts,  an idea originating in the  Victorian Cotton Mills was developed by Fred Perry in the 1940’s, it’s emblem , the laurel wreath being based on the emblem of Wimbledon and it’s woven cotton symbolic of Fred’s origins.

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Monday, 20 June 2011

Occupations of the past

Our language is changing almost every day and what means one thing today meant something completely different to our ancestors. Occupations are a great example of that , for example take a look at this list of 10:

Carrier – I always think this conjures up an image of Typhoid Mary when I see it but it is in fact a person who had some sort of transport (normally horse drawn) that enabled them to move goods from one place to another. As transport became heavier and it was hauled from place to place – this eventually became what we know today as ‘Haulier’
Cottager – is an interesting one because it is mostly used to mean an agricultural worker living in property provided by his employer but it also has another application, and was often used to describe a coal merchant who had reached a certain level of success and bought his own property , usually a cottage – hence the phrase.
Currier - sounds like a modern day version of Carrier or someone who works with spices but it is in fact a groomer of animals, one who pays particular attention to the coat – normally of a horse but was also applied to the preparation of animal skins and hides in the manufacturing of goods.
Fell Monger – today we use the phrase monger to express an occupation involved in sales or promotion; Fish , Scare or War Monger for example. Fell is an old Norse word that broadly means ‘of the mountain’ and a Fell Monger was typically a dealer in animal hides and skins (of wild animals).
Hawker – Simply a Peddler or street seller, who carried his wares with him. Often used as a term of abuse.
Husbandman - One of the logical ones I think, and today it is applied to animals mostly; animal Husbandry  for example- animal care. In days gone by this would have been in area of great open space,  a farm  -  husbandman is a word used to describe a farmer and since this was largely the domain of a man – the name ‘Husband’  has the same origins and it is another word deriving from the Norse language. Husbandman the name applied to a farmer, often dealing with animals.
Journeyman – there is a certain irony in this word, especially given that today’s training institutes measure the achievements of trainees in distance travelled. A journeyman was someone experienced in a certain occupation and who had served his time, and his apprenticeship – a Journeyman.
Wagonette Proprietor – at the turn of the 20th century as opportunities were presented to people and ownership of certain things and buildings was acquired– the word proprietor was applied to that ownership. In this case it meant the owner of a Wagonette,   a small horse drawn carriage with seats facing sideways behind the driver – similar to the layout of a Tube Train – though clearly more hygienic !!!. These were mostly used to transport family mourners to a funeral.
Victualler – today we associate this phrase with the licensee of an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages. The term Victualler was used to describe a person who sold food and other items, even a grocer. Later in the Victorian era the name became synonymous with the provision of products to the Royal Navy.
Yeoman – is used to describe a farmer with a small landed estate, a minor land owner, one step down from ‘Gentry’  and one who is entitled to serve on Juries and vote on county issues.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

There is a story in every document.

The more I am involved in family research, the more I love it. My personal research aside , the stories uncovered never cease to amaze me. I mean the fact is , what lay dormant  in the archives , is someone’s fascination of the future. Here are three brief examples of just some story lines discovered in my research this week:
My recent assignments have taken me to the parish archives of a number villages in   Northern Britain, where original church documents make wonderful reading. Perhaps not at  the time , but today the phrase ‘ supposed to be begotten by  the Reverend Cornelius Abbotsford of this parish’  when written against a child’s baptism in 1707, only invites the feeling of intrigue. It also creates a whole new avenue of research, based on nothing more that blind theory, what if’s and maybe’s.  In truth , whilst this is interesting to research  and in the main out of the ordinary, the paternal line can only be proved by the DNA of living descendents. None the less, researching the ‘accused’ might prove to be an interesting distraction and in any case, as my old mother would say, it is a wise man that knows his own father !
Later last week, I was also spending sometime exploring newspaper archives and in particular the case of George Parker. George Parker was one of many noticeable ‘accidental shootings’ in the 1900’s and just one of a worrying number during the Great War. George had been to a party with his friends George Lee and Alfred Leaning. Both Leaning and Parker had been in the forces at that time Leaning in the RAF and Parker , a sailor. George Lee had been employed as a card cutter. Following the party, the 3 gentlemen decided to swap clothes and stopping off at a coffee bar on the way home, it was Parker who jokingly offered his pistol to a girl. The pistol accidently went off and Parker was killed. When Leaning and Lee went to the Police station as witnesses, it was discovered that they had changed clothes.  Lee was fined 20 shillings and Leaning 40 shillings.
It’s not just Newspaper archives that give you interesting information either as the death Certificate of Catherine Rainey , aged 40 of Grimsby, Lincolnshire shows. On Aug 8th 1915, her ‘cause of death’ is recorded as ‘accidently knocked down by a motor car driven by John William Michael’
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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

What information can we find for one family from one page of a Census ?

1881 Scredington Sample

Well how about 3 marriages, 2 agricultural labourers, a widow, a Coal merchant, a cordwainer, 4 siblings living apart, a widower, a nephew, a father in law, a mother in law, cousins, and several scholars ! Not to mention the uninhabited buildings.

A brief family study in a part of Scredington village in 1881 Lincolnshire.

Every census document tells us something of our ancestors; where they married ? what did they do ? where did they live ? who lived with them ? who no longer lives with them? where they were born ? but in the case of a village like Scredington in Lincolnshire, where, in 1881, the entire district Census consisted of only 11 pages  and when the population was a mere 341, just one page can give you a lot of information :

Click on the image 1881 Scredington Sample to see a larger version.

Looking at the names Bailey and Bullock, this is what we discover:

1 James Bailey and wife Elizabeth:
James married Elizabeth Bullock of Wilsford in 1858.Wilsford and Scredington are small villages in Lincolnshire, they are just  ten miles apart. Listed here in 1881, they live with their children; Francis, Sarah, Ann and John. Both James and his eldest son; Francis are Agricultural labourers. 
2 Tom Bullock, Coal Merchant.
Tom is also born in Wilsford and sister of next door neighbour Elizabeth. Tom, at the time unmarried, lives with his mother Ann Bullock and sister Sarah Bullock. Nephew Thomas Bailey is staying with him too. From the census it is uncertain whether Elizabeth is his mother, but a check of the 1891 census confirms this. 
3 Robert Handley,  Cordwainer.
 A Cordwainer is a maker of fine ‘soft’ leather shoes. Robert  was married to Martha Ann Bailey, the  daughter of Thomas Bailey.  Mary Ann and James Bailey (1) are cousins. Mary Ann’s father Thomas is also present at this census. I have been able to confirm these connections by looking at previous census documents.
4. Samuel Bailey.
Living next door but one to the Handley’s is Samuel and his wife Mary Ann. Samuel is    Martha Ann Bailey’s  brother and James’s Bailey’s cousin.  Mary Ann his wife was born a Bullock and is Tom, Elizabeth and Sarah’s sibling. Samuel Bailey is employed as an Agricultural labourer. Children; Effie and Tom are living with them.
So, here we have in just 3 dwellings in what would seem it’s entirety, the Bullock family of Tom, Sarah, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and mother Ann.  As we know the marital status of each one of them, that will help us find future spouses and children if any.

To confirm this information is correct, I checked some local business directories. The following year, local business directories confirm the same family and trades to still be in operation in the village.

But what about the actual address?

Scredington Village
In some of the Census records in this part of Lincolnshire, particularly in villages, the enumerators did not record street names, and this makes it difficult for descendents to establish an exact residence. However in this case we have a clue at (3), where the address given for the Handley family is the Old and New Parsonage. Finding this location will enable us to have a good idea where the others lived.
Looking up the address in Scredington, I discovered the Old Parsonage was on Church lane in 1881 and there was another land mark nearby, the Old Post Office. This information would now prove invaluable when visiting Scredington, where I could not only get information from the Monumental Inscriptions in the Church yard but also for the locations of these two former landmarks.
I wish all searches would be that easy !
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Thursday, 26 May 2011

The Hanging of the third John Billington!

John Billington, Actor
1830 -1904
You may remember my blog post; ‘the The Hangmen and the Hanged man – what’s in a name’ . Well, this week , quite by chance, at a visit to the Goole Family History Society open day this week, I heard of John Billington, the actor , who had hailed from this tiny East Yorkshire City.  Of course, this type of knowledge is always intriguing to me, with my 3rd Great Grandfather, of the same name and it also being my own middle name.

Coming from Newton Heath, part of  Manchester, a place where the football team, Manchester United had been  formed in 1878, the name John Billington combined with the profession ‘Block Cutter’ has always been difficult to develop for certain. There was even a Reverend John Billington, who was incumbent in the church in which one of my John’s daughter’s was baptised. The Reverend John’s name is actually commemorated in a prominent window at the church. The Victorian Champion Jockey of the same name has always been another curiosity.
Learning of John Billington, the actor, I wanted to find out more.
1871 Census showing the Goole born actor
In Brighton, Sussex
John Billington the actor was born in Goole, East Yorkshire 1830 and died in 1904 His wife was Adeline, also a thespian and was born in Portsmouth about 1831

Following his early life in Goole, John would find his way to Brighton, where he is listed in the Census of 1871 as being resident with his wife and 15 year old son, Joseph Billington Shaw.

A year later a Times Classified advertisement list John Billington appearing in the Upper Crust at London’s Folly Theatre.  Sadly, no longer open, The Folly Theatre was close to London’s Charring Cross and appearing on the same bill that night was the acclaimed actor, John Lawrence Toole, also a regular visitor to Brighton and it would seem a friend of John Billington’s. The Upper Crust was a popular play with a popular cast,  as an 1880 edition of the Times repeats an almost identical advert in the classified section of the paper, which seems to run in subsequent editions throughout the year.

1883 Times review Tooley's
By 1881, John and Adeline are living on Hampstead Road, Marylebone, an area of London then famed for great writers and frequented by aristocracy and the like. By 1883, the Toole- Billington combination seems to be taking off, when the Times reports John to be playing John Perrybingle in Toole’s production of the comedy ‘Boys and Girls’ at ‘Tooles’ .

Toole’s theatre had been so named by JL Toole, when he took over the Folly in Charing Cross in 1879. An 1882 programme show’s John Billington performing in Betsy Baker and managing Robert McCaire in the same Bill. The Toole – Billington partnership continued through the 1880’s with show after show being advertised in the London Times.

1872 Betsy Baker
In 1891 John and Adeline were living with relatives in Portsmouth, according to the Census of that year but by 1892, the 62 year old actor is back at his friends theatre and appearing in Daisy’s Escape.
In 1897, as reported in the Times,  the 7th Annual Dinner in aid of the Actors Benevolent fund was attended by John Billington, where it was announced the fund had raised £1300. The Fund still runs today of course, with its patron now HRH , The Prince Of Wales. The Fund founded by Sir Henry Irving states of it’s history:

1903 Billington Farewell
‘Irving invited Charles Wyndham, J. L. Toole and Squire Bancroft, together with other prominent members of the theatrical profession, to dine with him one evening in the Beefsteak Room, and it was on their collective initiative that a decision was made to found a charity to be known as the Actors’ Benevolent Fund’
Perhaps one of those prominent actors was John Billington?
In 1901 John and Adeline are living in Burghley Road, St Pancras, and now aged 72 he lists his occupation as ‘Actor’. Perhaps an Actor never truly retires?
Though retire he did and it was at the Haymarket theatre on Tuesday 6th October 1903 that John Billington gave his farewell performance in ‘Waterloo’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’, of Sherlock Holmes fame . The matinee performance featured such great actors of that era as Sir Henry Irving, who as we know,  was another close friend of J L Toole, and founder of the Actor’s Benevolent Fund.

1904 Probate Entry
John Billington died on 5 Sept 1904, in Highgate Road, Middlesex and an extract from his Probate details   his effects, valuing just short of £400 were left to his widow Adeline.
Perhaps a fitting obituary to this public performer, that unlike, his more infamous namesakes, the only hanging of this John Billington is that of his likeness in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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