Susan was born in on October 14 1880 at 46 Nelson Street, Plaistow, London, England, which was the home of her maternal grandparents and her mother, Eliza Hall. Eliza registered her daughter as 'Susannah' Hall on November 26 She did not give the name of the child's father but said that she (Eliza) was a servant. Circumstantial evidence points to the fact that John Edward Reeves was 'Susannah's' father. The Reeves family certainly employed servants and it appears Eliza was working for them and that the young son of the house formed a relationship with her. Certainly 'Susannah' was known as Susan Reeves by the time of the 1891 census when she was 10 (see the 1891 census below, (although staying with her Hall grandparents she is listed as 'Susan Reeves'....)
Her parents married when she had just turned 2 and went on to have six more children. Sue attended West Ham Board School and later learnt photography from her father.
Sue's mother died when she was 16 and five months later she conceived her first child, almost certainly by her father John Edward Reeves. (See the biography of Florence MARY Anne Eliza Hall Hills Hall-13669 for more details)
On August 1, 1899 Sue, recorded as Susan Hall Reeves of 50, Hermit Road, Canning Town, married Harry Hills in the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Mary Street, Canning Town. Their first child was born in December 1899. They went on to have 10 more children the last being twin boys born in 1919, one of the twins died aged 6 days, all the other children lived to adulthood.
Sue took over her father's photography business when he emigrated to Australia in 1911. She continued to run a shop right up until her death, moving from photography to gramophone records.
While caring for her large family Sue worked enthusiastically for charity, sending out her children as collectors each year on Queen Alexandra's Rose Day. She was very involved in founding the King George V Hospital at Ilford and was invited to the opening of the Hospital on July 18 1931. She was one of six ladies from the linen guild chosen to meet the King and Queen.
|Newspaper cutting showing the Linen Guild of King George V Hospital, Ilford. Sue is third from the left.|
In 1939 she did courses in Air Raid Precaution Measures, including First Aid. At one stage she stood for parliament as an independent candidate but was not elected.
Name: Susan Reeves
Estimated birth year: abt 1881
Relation to Head: Granddaughter
Where born: Canning Town, London, England
Civil Parish: Mile End Old Town
Ecclesiastical parish: St Thomas
County/Island: London Country: England
Registration district: Mile End Old Town
Sub-registration district: Mile End Old Town, Western
ED, institution, or vessel: 18 Piece: 302 Folio: 126 Page Number: 18
Thos Hall 53
Thos Hall 30
Eliza Hall 56
Susan Reeves 10
England Census 1901
Name: Susan H Hills
Event Date: 31 Mar 1901
Event Place: West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom
County: Essex Civil Parish: West Ham Ecclesiastical Parish: St Gabriel
Sub-District: Plaistow Registration District: West Ham
Gender: Female Age: 20 Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birth Year (Estimated): 1881 Birthplace: Canning Town, Essex
Schedule Type: 486 Page Number: 72
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Henry J Hills Head M 22 Lynn, Norfolk
Susan H Hills Wife F 20 Canning Town, Essex
Florance M Hills Daughter F 2 Stepney, London
Henry J Hills Son M 1 Canning Town, Essex
Citing this Record
"England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9NH-2NK : 20 May 2019), Henry J Hills in household of Henry J Hills, West Ham, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Plaistow subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
England and Wales Census, 1911
Name Susan H Hills
Event Type Census
Event Date 1911
Sub-District Barking Town
Registration District Romford
Birthplace West Ham, Essex
Record Type Household
Citing this Record
"England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWFT-GBF : accessed 25 May 2016), Susan H Hills, Barking, Barking, Essex, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
Sue's birth and marriage certificate and record of probate showing date of death. These are included in the images
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