George Brewin

George Brewin was born abt 1870 in Ragdale, Leicestershire to Edward Brewin and Sarah Wilcox.

George age 26, married Adela White, age 24, on 3 May 1897 in Rotherby church and they lived in Hoby. They had 3 sons born in Hoby – (Richdale) Claude, (George Edward) Thomas and (Albert) Oliver. According to the 1901 and 1911 census records, George worked as a carter for a coal merchant/coal porter. Adela died on 4 October 1905 in Hoby age 34, when her youngest son was only 2 years old, the eldest being just 7. Looking after his young family must have been difficult for George, as Oliver the youngest then went to live with his Grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth White in Thrussington. Claude and Thomas continued to live with their father and then as the 1911 census reveals, in the household of Edward and Sarah Brewin, George’s parents.

In 1909 at the funeral of the respected school-master, Mr T Pick’, George was one of the the ‘six old scholars who bore the coffin. (Grantham Journal 19 June 1909)

In 1912 George married Lucy Ellen Jeffs

(Needham 1876 – 1950) They had a son John Henry, born in 1917. George’s grandson, John didn’t know that his grandfather remarried, and can only remember going to see him once. He believed George lived in a cottage opposite the church in Hoby. The only thing he could remember about his visit was seeing a stuffed squirrel in a case, and as a young boy thinking how cruel it was. This squirrel was the only thing he remembered that Tom, his father brought home following the death of his grandfather.

An article on the marriage of Miss Gladys Lucy Needham, George’s stepdaughter, reported in The Grantham Journal dated 29 December 1928 reveals ‘Both families have for a number of years been ardent Church workers’ also as the couple left the church a merry peal was rung on the bells by a band of old ringers, under the Captaincy of Mr G Brewin, the bride’s step-father’. At this time the family were living in Church Lane.