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My TILL Line

My paternal great-grandfather, Henry Robert GANDER (1856-1918), married Alice Louisa TILL (1861-1935) in 1887 at All Saints Church, Walworth, Surrey (now part of South London) but I regret to say this is yet another line I have barely researched.

Alice's father, William Francis TILL (1830-1892), was the only early relative of mine I've found to date who actually left a Will. He was also the only relative of mine I know who was prosecuted by the RSPCA....

This entry I found in the 30 Sep 1871 edition of The Times:

At Westminster, Mr. William Francis TILL, an omnibus proprietor of Brixton, and Thomas SMALLWOOD, his driver, were charged on summonses at the instance of the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals with causing to be ill-treated and ill-treating a pair of horses. Mr. E. WILKINSON, MRCVS, examined the horses in question, and found them utterly unfit for work, one of them being so thoroughly bad that he recommended the defendant TILL to have it slaughtered, and he sent it at once to be put out of its misery. TILL, in answer to the charge, said the horse that was not slaughtered was now at work in a cab, and was a good horse. The one which was slaughtered was worth £20. The magistrate fined TILL 20s [ie £1 sterling] and costs, and the driver 5s [25 pence] and costs, and also ordered TILL to pay the fee of the veterinary surgeon.

Oh dear! Well, you can't pick your ancestors....

Only 4 years before this William Francis TILL had been declared bankrupt. Again I found reference in The Times, for 17 Jul 1867, just a brief entry referring to him as an 'omnibus proprietor of Park Street, Kennington'.

In the Post Office Directories for 1886 and 1887, William Francis TILL was listed as a 'Cab Proprietor' at 95 Crampton Street, Newington, Surrey (but now South London). At his death in 1892 he left his estate - including his 'horses, carts and carriages'! to his wife Alice and £15 and a ring' each to three of his children but no mention was made of my great-grandmother Alice. She had been married some 5 years by then but then so was Alice's sister who was a receipient. My guess is that Alice may have been estranged from her father, she had after all had a child 'out of wedlock' some 18 months before her marriage (not that I've found my grandfather's birth certificate as yet ...)

I've had no luck with the 1881 Census for William Francis & Alice TILL, as yet - they may well be in there but under a mis-spelt name - but I did locate my great-grandmother, Alice TILL, aged 19, working as a general servant in the house of a Manufacturer in St.Pancras, London. Birthplace was given as 'Lambeth, Surrey'. By 1891 Alice was married and gave her birthplace as 'Kennington, Surrey' - there's actually not a lot in it.

TILL is an unusual name and I understand its origins to be from the Staffordshire area. I would not be surprised to find in time that William Francis TILL was yet another 'incomer' to London. I would of course be delighted to hear from any TILL researcher who can shed light on this?