GENEALOGY OF THE LELLO FAMILY

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Notes for Thomas Henry LELLO

General Note
Birth registered 16th April 1844, although he was borth on the 5th. In Shiffnal.

Thomas one of the youngest in a large family born in Shifnal, to a currier. Family papers say he was born 15 April 1844 in Shifnal but this does not square with the birth registration. The year, however, is correct.

Thomas's own father died in 1876, and Blanche was born in 1878 by which time Thomas had become a buyer and moved his family to 57 Orwell Road, closer to Bootle than Liverpool and a short distance from railway stations, main roads, open park areas and the ferry to Ireland. Sometime between this house and the next Annie was born. The 1881 census showed the Lellos (referred to as 'Lells' with Ellenora now 'Ellen' and his oldest son 'Harry') now at 'Whitecliffe', in Island Road, Garston. This was a road of un-numbered houses, orderly but not particularly pretentious, in the character of many late-Victorian villa-style houses. Thomas was still a 'draper's buyer', presumably earning well, as buyers could. His neighbours, including those in three terrace houses (perhaps the first of a new block) were all well heeled. There was an Island Farm Cottage on the road, suggesting there was open country behind. On the same road was a Grammar School teacher and a Methodist Church. Many of the bread-winners were professional people, and the larger houses had live-in servants.

Harry could equally have learned to play the organ there. It seems more likely than his learning the organ at the Methodist Church mentioned before.He moved away and took up the occupation of draper. The reference to drapery occurs first in Thomas 'Harry' Lello's birth certificate where his father is referred to as a Merchant Draper's Buyer, living at 77 Ullswater St, Liverpool. Later, when his son Thomas Harry himself married in Tasmania, he confirmed this: his father's occupation was 'draper'. For a transcription of his will, see the foot of this entry. The 1861 census for Byron Street, Liverpool, shows Thomas as an assistant draper, ie an apprentice, living in the company's premises along with his brother Charles.

Thomas Henry made his married life mainly in Liverpool where he raised his children: the marriage entry was recorded in the December quarter 1867, Lello Thomas Henry Liverpool 8b, 261. He married in St Peter's cathedral church in Liverpool on 15 November 1867. Then Henry was described on the register as full age, 'commercial traveller', of Clayton Square, and his father was William Lello, currier. Eleanora Armstrong Crocket, was full age, spinster of Byron Street, father James Crocket, farmer. The church was the Parish Cathedral Church of Liverpool, and they were married by licence. Witnesses were John Cunningham and Margaret Crocket, the bride's sister. The notice of the marriage posted in the press in Scotland stated that Thomas's father was William Lello 'of Ludlow, Salop' suggesting that William had moved by then from Shifnal or Bridgnorth (he had lived and practised in both).

By the time Thomas and Ellenora's first child Thomas 'Harry' (Henry) Lello Jnr was born in 1868, the couple had set up home at 77 Ullswater Street as shown by the entry at Terregles on Harry's birth registration. The 1870 Liverpool Street Directory next showed Thomas and his family at 54 Hunt Street, Breck Road, Everton. The 1871 census shows them there too.Thomas was 26, Eleanora 25 and the baby 2. Thomas is described at this point as a 'Draper'. Eleanora and Harry are described as born in Scotland.

After George was born the Lellos moved to Edge Hill (1873) where Thomas was described as a 'tailor'. Around 1874, Edith was born. The Street Directory shows Thomas (draper) and family at 67 Thirlmere Road, Everton, between 1874 and 1875.

Thomas's own father died in 1876, and Blanche was born in 1878 by which time Thomas had become a buyer and moved his family to 57 Orwell Road, closer to Bootle than Liverpool and a short distance from railway stations, main roads, open park areas and the ferry to Ireland. Sometime between this house and the next Annie was born. The 1881 census showed the Lellos (referred to as 'Lells' with Ellenora now 'Ellen' and his oldest son 'Harry') now at 'Whitecliffe', in Island Road, Garston. This was a road of un-numbered houses, orderly but not particularly pretentious, in the character of many late-Victorian villa-style houses. Thomas was still a 'draper's buyer', presumably earning well, as buyers could. His neighbours, including those in three terrace houses (perhaps the first of a new block) were all well heeled. There was an Island Farm Cottage on the road, suggesting there was open country behind. On the same road was a Grammar School teacher and a Methodist Church. Many of the bread-winners were professional people, and the larger houses had live-in servants. Garston was a short walk from St Peter's Church, Church Road, Woolton (L25 5JF) where Harry's parents married. Harry could equally have learned to play the organ there. It seems more likely than his learning the organ at the Methodist Church mentioned before.

Eight years later, after their oldest son Harry had left for Tasmania, Thomas's position changed once more: he was by then a 'draper' rather than a 'draper's buyer', and had moved his family across the Mersey to the Wirral, to a house called Mayville in Belgrave Street, Liscard. He was shown there from 1890 to 1892, yet the 1891 census showed a different family in residence: Thomas and Harriet Lewis.

By now Thomas was approaching 60, and probably thinking of retirement. Interestingly, the story told in the family was that he was so wealthy he was able to retire at 40. Not true, as the evidence shows, any more than the story that the cradle of the Lello family was Ludlow where all the evidence points to multiple bases for this family around Shropshire: the cluster of villages around Clun, Bridgnorth and the area around Ludlow, as well as Worcestershire and of course Cheshire and Lancashire.

We know Thomas began buying property in Ludlow because he appeared in the 1901 Census at Springfield House, the old Lello home of his cousins (with farm, next to the tannery). There is some more investigation to conduct still to discover his movements between 1890 and 1900. There is also a record of a Thomas Henry Lello jointly owning the East Side of Upper Galdeford, St Stephens Yard, North Side and Cottages variously with Edward Turford, Robert George Gardner or alone.

At this point, Henry and Ellenora still had their daughters at home: Edith, Blanche and Annie. In 1905, the family was no longer in Springfield House but Shrewsbury library records show them still in Ludlow in 1909 by which time they had perhaps moved to the new house Thomas had built on old Lello land belonging to Springfield House. In Kelly's 1913 directory Thomas and Ellenora were resident at The Gables. He appeared in the register of electors at The Gables, Galdeford, Ludlow, for 1915 too. He was recorded there in 1917 Kelly's and again in a register for 1918 at the same address.

Yet when their son George was killed in the First World War, he was cited as being the son of Thomas Henry Lello, of "The Laurels," Gravel Hill, Ludlow, Salop, England, a huge timbered Victorian house which is now a rest home. In the 1891 census this house was occupied by Alfred Townsend, aged 75, born in London, and his wife Annie E, aged 75, born in Herefordshire. The presence of Thomas and Ellenora there at some time during WWI suggests they moved out of The Gables, which local historians say was sold with its land to the Water Company to use as offices. There is a third 'Lello' house in Ludlow, a tall terrace house in a slightly run-down side street. Not in the same league as the two other houses.

Thomas was no longer recorded in the Kelly's directory of 1922 so presumably moved away somewhere between 1918 and 1922, perhaps for Cheltenham where he and Ellenora died in the Meredith home. No commercial Lellos remained in Ludlow except for Mrs Mabel Lello, running a sweet shop at 50 Lower Galdeford, the old family carpentry business premises and home.

Thomas's death certificate stated that he was 88 years old and a Drapers Buyer (retired). His causes of death were 1a Pneumonia and II Senility no P.M. [post mortem]. Certified by Arthur Tom MRCS. The informant was T. S. Meredith, in attendance at 4, Clarence Square, Cheltenham. His death was registered on 27th December 1932, presumably because of the Christmas break. The registrar was Frank W. Brill.

The national probate calendars, according to the Gloucestershire Records Office, state for 1933 that Lello, Thomas Henry of 4 Clarence-Square, Pittville, Cheltenham, died 24th December 1932. Probate: Shrewsbury 24th February 1933 to Blake Meredith (wife of Thomas Samuel Meredith) and Anne Woodhouse (wife of Widish Moreton Woodhouse). Effects: 8847 0s. 5d. For Blake Meredith read Blanche Meredith, Thomas's daughter.

There was no reference to his wife Eleanora Armstrong Lello in the National Probate Calendar. The fact that Thomas lived in Cheltenham yet the grant of administration was made in Shrewsbury was said to be 'rather unusual', and it was suggested contact be made to enquire why this was. A copy of this administration granted for Thomas Lello's estate could be obtained from the Probate Registry in York.

WILL Proved at Shrewsbury 24 February 1933.

I THOMAS HENRY LELLO of 4 Clarence Squre Pittville Cheltenham in the County of Gloucester Gentleman HEREBY REVOKE all former testamentary instruments made by me and DECLARE this to be my last Will I APPOINT my daughter Blanche meredith the wife of Thomas Samuel Meredith and my daughter Annie Woodhouse the wife of Wildish Moreton Woodhouse to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will I GIVE to my said daughter Annie Woodhouse the sum of Three thousand pounds I GIVE all my property not otherwise disposed of by this my Will or any Codicil hereto subject to and after payment of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and the legacies bequeathed by this my Will or any Codicil hereto to my said daughter Blanche Meredith for her own benefit absolutely AS WITNESS my hand this Twenty sixth day of April One thousand nine hundred and thirty two

SIGNED by the above-named Testator as his last will in the presence of us both present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

C. J. Travess 1 Sussex Villas Pittville Cheltenham Bank Cashier

E.J.Gorman (Bank Clerk) 2 Albert Road Pittville Cheltenham.

PROBATE BE IT KNOWN that THOMAS HENRY LELLO of cc in the County of Gloucester died there on the 24th day of December 1932 AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last will and Testament of the said deceased was proved and registered in the District Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice at Shrewsbury and that administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to BLANCHE MEREDITH of 4 Clarence Square aforesaid, (wife of Thomas Samuel Meredith) and ANNIE WOODHOUSE of Pengwern, Ludlow in the County of Salop, (wife of Wildish Moreton Woodhouse) the Daughters of deceased, the Executrixes named in the Will.

Dated the 24th day of Februrary 1933. Gross value of Estate 8,847 - 0 - 5. Net value of Personal Estate 8,108 - 17- 10.

Extracted by Clark & Co. Solicitors, Ludlow

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