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KILMINSTER, George Thomas

b. 1860 – d. 1915


  • Died 19/4/1915 and buried Horton Estate Cemetery.
  • Age at death 54 suggestive of birth about 1861.

There is no record of the birth of a child with this name but it appears George’s birth name was wrongly recorded as George Thomas KILLMASTER.  In fact, during the research it has been found the surname is regularly transcribed in different records as Killmaster or Killminster as well as Kilminster. The registration of the birth took place in the 2nd Quarter 1860 at Marylebone, London. His mother’s maiden name was Young.

The parents of George were Thomas Killmaster and Mary Ann Killmaster nee Young, who had married in the 2nd Qtr 1857 at Pancras, London.


In 1861, at the time of the census the family were living at 23 Hatton Street, Marylebone.

The occupants are:

  • Thomas Killminster, head, married, age 40, an excavator, born in Wiltshire
  • Mary A Killminster, wife, aged 30, no occupation, born Tunbridge, Kent
  • George Killminster, son, aged 1, born Marylebone, Middlesex.

There was another family boarding at the house but there appears no family connection.


By 1871 the family has grown and moved to 28 Bosworth Street, Kensington, London.

The occupants shown there are:

  • Thomas Killminster, head, married, age 49, an excavator, born in Gloucestershire (previously shown in 1861 as Wiltshire)
  • Mary Ann Killminster, wife, married, age 40, no occupation, born Pembury, Kent
  • George Killminster, son, age 11, born Marylebone, London
  • William Killminster, son, age 6, born Marylebone, London
  • Sophia Killminster, daughter, age 10 months, born Kensington (Sadly Sophia died in the 1st Quarter of 1872 aged just one.).


In the 1881 census the family is reduced with Thomas having died, and they appear to be living in a multi occupied property at 60 Swinbrook Road, Kensington.

The occupants are:

  • Mary A Kilminster, head, widow, age 50, no occupation, born Pembroke, Kent (presumably Pembury, Kent)
  • George T Kilminster, son, single, aged 21, occupation Fishcarrier, born Marylebone, London
  • William Kilminster, son, single, aged 16, Oilman’s Assistant, born Marylebone, London

There are two other people in the “flat” who do not appear to be related. One is shown as a visitor and the other as a lodger.

On the 3rd September 1883 our George Thomas Kilminster is married. His bride is Elizabeth Ashton. The marriage takes place at Christ Church, Notting Hill in the Parish of Kensington. The marriage certificate shows George as being age 23, a bachelor. He is a Plumber, now living at 64 Telford Road, Kensington. His father is shown as Thomas Kilminster(deceased), a labourer. Elizabeth Ashton is age 23, a spinster. No occupation is shown and her address at marriage is 32 Worminton Gardens, Kensington. Her father’s name is shown as William Ashton(deceased), another labourer. There are two witnesses, a Joseph Whitley and a Mary Ann Kilminster, and she must be George’s mother.

In the 3rd Quarter of 1883, whilst no official birth record can be found, there is a Baptismal record of a child called William Thomas Kilminster taking place on the 21st October at Christ Church, Notting Hill. Parents are shown as George Thomas and Elizabeth Kilminster, with George being a plumber. Unfortunately, in that same Quarter there is an official death record of the same child age 0. In the 2nd Quarter of 1885 in the Registration District of Islington, George and Elizabeth have a second child, a boy they named as Thomas Kilminster. Probably named after the boy’s grandfather.

We know from the 1881 census details that at some time between 1871 and 1881 Thomas Kilminster (the Father), died. The previous census entries give confusing details of the county of his birth and it is an assumption that he died in Kensington where he was living in 1871. We do not have sufficient information to be sure, but the most likely death entry is for a Thomas Kilmaster who died in the 3rd Quarter 1872 in Kensington, death age being recorded as 53.


In the 1891 census it has not been possible to identify the whereabouts of George Thomas Kilminster.

Sadly, on the 13th July 1898, we find the name of Thomas George Kilminster in a Workhouse. We know that this person is really George Thomas Kilminster as his wife is identified correctly as Elizabeth and his age is correct at 38. There is an address given as 1 St Clements Street. George is admitted to the Islington Workhouse and is placed in the Ishmael Ward. This is the Ward in which alleged lunatics are received and the Workhouse Rules say that other than in certain exceptional circumstances a lunatic must be moved to an Asylum within 14 days.  There are other strict Rules such as that no patient is to be allowed the use of a knife, fork or other cutting instrument. No patient is to be shaved. Patients are not to wear their own clothes. Their clothes are to be changed on the day of admission. All property found on patients to be given up to the Master or Matron.

George only remains at this Workhouse for 6 days as on the 19th July he is transferred to Claybury Asylum. George arrives at Claybury Asylum at Woodbridge in Essex on the 19th July 1898 and remains there until the 2nd November 1899 when he is released with an indication he was recovered.


However, this does not seem to be the case as on the 29th January 1900 he is admitted to the Essex Asylum at Brentwood, Essex. He remains there until the 18th September 1901.  He can be also found at this Asylum in the 1901 census.  On discharge from the Asylum, it is recorded that he was not recovered. Indeed, he is immediately to be found on the same day at the West Ham Asylum where he remains until the 23rd December 1903. On leaving there it is indicated his condition has not improved. His whereabouts are unknown until the 12th March 1904 when he arrives at Manor Asylum in Epsom.


George can be identified as still being a patient at Manor Asylum at the time of the 1911 census. Under his initials he is shown as a patient, age 50, married, occupation, plumber, born St Marylebone.  

George is presumed to have remained at the Asylum until his death there in 1915. He was buried in grave numbered 1764a in the now defunct Horton Estate Cemetery.

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