HILLS, Rushden, Late 19th Century
While I don't think there is any close connection with the HILLS, Hoddesdon & Cheshunt, Mid 19th century I can provide you with some information on your ancestors. In the 1891 census the following family is listed as living at South End Green, Rushden.
|John Hills||Head||55||Agricultural Labourer||Sandon|
|George Hills||Son||22||Agricultural Labourer||Sandon|
|John Hills||Son||18||Agricultural Labourer||Sandon|
|Mary Ann Hills||Daughter||12||Scholar||Rushden|
Frederick was almost certainly the youngest member of the family but some older siblings are shown in the 1881 census at Shaw Green, Rushden.
|John Hills||Head||45||Agricultural Labourer||Sandon|
|James Hills||Son||20||Agricultural Labourer||Sandon|
|Mary A Hills||Daughter||3||Rushden|
|Emily Hills||Daughter||10 m||Rushden|
The following extract, for Bygrave Lower Farm, Bygrave, in the 1891 census, probably is your Kate Toft and her family.
|George Tofts||Head||41||Farm Labourer||Wallington|
|Frederick Mabbitt?||Son||15||Farm Labourer||Baldock|
The entry is rather difficult to read and in one index I consulted the name is wrongly indexed as "Lofts". In addition some of the ages may not be correct. Frederick is probably Jane's son by a previous relationship and while his surname is hard to decipher there are other people called Mabbitt in the Baldock area - so it is a local surname. Some members of this family, but not Kate, were shown as living in Rushden at the time of the 1901 census.
There is a web page for Rushden
HILLS, Sandon, early 19th century may be a connected family
If you can add to the information given above tell me.
Page updated July 2006