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Family of Harry HOLLOWAY and Rebecca Louisa MILLS


Family of Harry HOLLOWAY and Rebecca Louisa MILLS, 1920, Harry Holloway Family 1920s 001

Husband: Harry HOLLOWAY


Harry HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 57

Wife: Rebecca Louisa MILLS


Rebecca Louisa MILLS, 1920, age 50

Child 1: Alfred Harry HOLLOWAY


Alfred Harry HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 29

Child 2: Phyllis Louisa HOLLOWAY


Phyllis Louisa HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 27

Child 3: Maud B HOLLOWAY


Maud B HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 24

Child 4: William Ralph HOLLOWAY


William Ralph HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 20

Child 5: Frank Stephen HOLLOWAY


Frank Stephen HOLLOWAY, 1920, age 9

Note on Husband: Harry HOLLOWAY (1)

Aged 62 at time of death. Birth index 8C p545. 1881 census gives place of birth as Gorton.

Note on Husband: Harry HOLLOWAY (2)

Harry is buried in the same cemetery as Mary Hughes, the inspiration for the poem Mary Had a Little Lamb.


Mary of Llangollen


Mary Hughes the inspiration for the world famous nursery rhyme 'Mary had a little lamb'is buried in Broadwater Cemetery, Worthing.


Born in Llangollen, Denbighshire, Wales, on the 18th May 1842 during the reign of Queen Victoria.


Mary's father, John Thomas was a sheep farmer in the Vale of Llangollen.

Mary attended the British School in Brook Street, Llangollen and one day one of the lambs she had reared by hand as pets followed her to school where it caused such a commotion that the teacher Miss Coward made her remove it and tie it outside to the nearby toll gate.


One of three sisters, named Burls who were visiting the area at the time from London was so amused by the incident that on her return home she penned the poem 'Mary had a little lamb' that later became the well known nursery rhyme.


Mary in her later life moved to the South of England where she died in Worthing on 9th December 1931 at the age of 89 and was buried in Broadwater Cemetery.


To commemorate her life a lamb was cut in relief on the simple headstone of her grave.


Mary Hughes is buried at Broadwater Cemetery in plot number B13-1-4.



Mary had a little lamb

it's fleece was white as snow

and everywhere that Mary went

the lamb was sure to go.


He followed her to school one day

that was against the rule

it made the children laugh and play

to see the lamb at school.


And so the teacher turned him out,

but still he lingered near,

and waited patiently about

til Mary did appear.


And then he ran to her and laid

his head upon her arm,

as if he said "I'm not afraid,

you'll keep me from all harm".



"What makes the lamb love Mary so?"

the eager children cry.

"Oh, Mary loves the lamb you know"

the teacher did reply.


"And you each gentle animal

in confidence may bind,

and make it follow at your call,

if you are always kind".



Extract from Worthing Gazette 1931 recording the passing of Mary Hughes


Mary Hughes


Mary Hughes death was recorded in The Worthing Gazette on Saturday 12 December 1931


And Mary is dead. Do not try to explain it to little children for they will not believe you. They will tell you that she has gone away to play among the lambs she loved so well. So Mary is dead, and yet she will never die, her memory will go on for ever, immortal. When she was about six years old her little lamb followed her to school and frolicked until the mistress turned him out. That was why a Miss Buel who was staying at the farm at the time wrote the little verse. Probably even now a little child is murmuring through it or lisping it to daddy for his approval. While children live and play it will not die.


But Mary - Mrs. Mary Hughes of Ty-lssaf Farm, in the vale of Llangollen - the heroine of the Nursery Rhyme is dead, She died on Wednesday in her ninety-first year in the house of her daughter. Nurse Hughes, at 11 Ethelred Road, West Tarring. When I went to see Nurse Hughes, I was shown into the cosy little sitting room with the fret work motto 'Home sweet Home' hanging over the mantelpiece, and Mrs. Hughes' lovely cat Fluffy came in and lay by the fire. As I sat there, I was told how so long ago Mrs. Hughes used to mother her pet lambs feeding them from a teapot. She also expressed a wish, said Nurse Hughes, that she should be buried in Broadwater Cemetery and I am going to carry out that wish.


She was buried on the Monday :


lamb is cut in relief on the simple headstone of her grave.


Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow

and everywhere that Mary went, her lamb was sure to go

Note on Wife: Rebecca Louisa MILLS

possible death Q2 1951, Essex S.W



FreeBMD online information.


1881 Census.


1901 Census.


Fred Holloway Death Certificate.


1911 Census.


Harry Holloway Memorial Card.