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William Cecil Nicholls

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Kelzi Report 26 Mar 2020 19:45

I have info William Cecil Nichols married Mary Jane Lumsden in 1928 in Lodden area of Norfolk The scribbled notes seem to read Toftmonks House (possibly Topcroft). They had a daughter Joan-who I have found.Mary Jane was always known as Millie.
I can't find a marriage record for them,nor can I find any of them on the 1939 register?
I'd like to order the marriage certificate if I could find a record.
Any info much appreciated.


greyghost Report 26 Mar 2020 20:01

How do you know they married if you can't find a record.

When and where was the daughter born - was her surname Nichols or Lumsden

What age were William and Mary Jane


Kelzi Report 26 Mar 2020 20:09

Definitely married.Daughter Joan was born in Lodden in 1929 with surname Nicholls.I have that record.All her siblings were all born in that area after her. William was born on the 20/12/1894 in Topcroft,Norfolk.Unsure of Mary Jane Lumsden.


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:16

Didn’t have to be married to register the child under the father’s surname


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:23

Just for INFO

Name: William Cecil Nicholls
Death Age: 80
Birth Date: 20 Dec 1894
Registration Date: Oct 1975
[Nov 1975]
[Dec 1975]
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration district: Durham Central
Inferred County: Durham

Name: William Nichols
Age in 1911: 16
Estimated birth year: abt 1895
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Topcroft, Norfolk, England
Civil Parish: Southwold
Search Photos: Search for 'Southwold' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
County/Island: Suffolk
Country: England
Street address: 17 East Street, Southwold, Suffolk
Marital status: Single
Occupation: Traction Engine Driver
Registration district: Blything
Registration District Number: 216
Sub-registration district: Southwold
ED, institution, or vessel: 02
Piece: 10972
Household Members:
Name Age
Ellen Nichols 51
Blanche Nichols 20
Thomas Nichols 23
William Nichols 16

Name varies between Nichols and Nicholls


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:29

One child born Romney Marsh 1938 - the next, and last,1942 in Durham


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:30

How do you know that Miss Lumsden's forenames were Mary Jane?


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:33


Fielder's Crossing Fielders Crossing, Romney Marsh R.D., Kent, England

William Nicholls 19 Dec 1895 Male Steam Roller Driver Married 66 1
Mildred (Mary) Nicholls 09 Dec 1898 Female Gate Keeper Railway C? Married 66 2
Jean O'connor (Nicholls) 07 Sep 1930 Female At School Single 66 5
June Nicholls 30 Sep 1933 Female At School Single 66 6
George Nicholls 08 Feb 1935 Male Under School Age Single 66 7
Two closed records


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:34

One of these - if the DOB in 1939 is accurate

Births Mar 1899 (>99%)
LUMSDEN Mary Newcastle T. 10b 114
LUMSDEN Mary Jane Hartlepool 10a 130


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:36

Births Sep 1929 (>99%) Scan available - click to view
Births Dec 1930 (>99%)
Nicholls Jean Lumsden Woolwich 1d 1447
Births Mar 1934 (>99%)
Nicholls June Lumsden Norwich 4b 219
Births Mar 1935 (>99%)
Nicholls William G Lumsden Romney M. 2a 1880


Kelzi Report 26 Mar 2020 20:40

I have no proof on that one I'm afraid Erika.On daughter Joans birth cerificate her name is given as Millie (which she was always known by) Joans sister insists her 'proper' name was Mary Jane.Her name was formerly Lumsden.Maybe she was married to a Lumsden previously ? She died c1976-77 in Durham as Nicholls.


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:41

As they ended up in Durham - this looks like a possibility, but the only way to prove it is to get a copy of Mary's birth cert - for the actual DOB


George Pickering Lumsden Head Married Male 47 1864 Iron Moulder Durham City Durham
Mary Jane Lumsden Wife Married Female 45 1866 - Sunderland Coy Durham
Daniel Lumsden Son Single Male 25 1886 Iron Moulder City of Durham Durham
James Lumsden Son Single Male 16 1895 Coal Miner Putter Belmont Parish Coy Durham
John Lumsden Son - Male 14 1897 Boiler Maker Belmont Parish Coy Durham
Mary Jane Lumsden Daughter - Female 12 1899 School Hartlepool City Durham
George Pickering Lumsden Son - Male 10 1901 School Belmont Parish Coy Durham
Margaret Hannah Lumsden Daughter - Female 8 1903 - Belmont Parish Coy Durham
Francis Annie Lumsden Daughter - Female 5 1906 - Belmont Parish Coy Durham
Sarah Elizabeth Lumsden Daughter - Female 3 1908 - Belmont Parish Coy Durham
Edith Lumsden Daughter - Female 1 1910 - Belmont Parish Coy Durham


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:45

You are uncertain of when she died - have you looked for a record?

William died in 1975 - see above - so did she outlive him?


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:49



Deaths Jun 1983 (>99%)


ErikaH Report 26 Mar 2020 20:54

Just found that you've posted EXACTLY the same request n Genealogy Chat

What a time-waster!!!!!!!!!!!


Rambling Report 26 Mar 2020 20:57

1939 reg on other thread!

What a way to end my sub, looking for info already posted! Kelzi you have been on this site long enough to know not to duplicate queries on different boards.


Kelzi Report 26 Mar 2020 21:01

I have.Can't find at present.


Kelzi Report 26 Mar 2020 21:05

Didn't mean to offend anyone ? I posted in genealogy first,as I thought it was just general chat? Then thought I may be better posting here instead.Sincere apologies.