Minnie (Hills) Barnett
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Minnie Rose Clinton (Hills) Barnett (1903 - 1957)

Minnie Rose Clinton Barnett formerly Hills
Born in 50, Hermit Road, Canning Town, Greater London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 28 Sep 1924 in St. Margarets Church, Barking, Essexmap
Descendants descendants
Mother of , , [private daughter (1930s - 2020s)] and
Died in Barking, Greater London, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Aug 2014
This page has been accessed 770 times.
Minnie (Hills) Barnett is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.


Minnie Rose Clinton Hills was born on June 22, 1903, at 50, Hermit Road, Canning Town, Greater London, England.[1] She was the daughter of Harry Hills and Sue Hall. Minnie was the fourth of twelve children. She was named after two of her father's sisters, Minnie who died of tuberculosis aged 16 and Rose who died in childbirth at the age of 24. Minnie lived at Hermit Road, in the home of her maternal grandfather and his family until the Hills family moved out; for a time they lived at East Street Barking. The 1911 census shows Minnie there with her parents and siblings, though Sue who followed Minnie in the family is not listed because she was staying with a friend of her mother.[2] Eventually the family settled at 61, North Street, Barking.

On September 28 1924 Minnie married William Henry (Bill) Barnett at St. Margaret's Church, Barking.[3]

Minnie and Bill's Wedding

After their marriage Minnie and Bill lived in Old Ford and while they were there Minnie's youngest brother Vic lived with them for a time, possibly to console Minnie after the death of her first child in 1925. Minnie and Bill had 2 boys who died in infancy then a girl and boy who lived to have families of their own. They moved back to Barking and had a tobacconists and sweet shop, registered in Bill's name but run mostly by Minnie as Bill worked in Whitechapel as a Dreyman for a Brewery.

When they had been married eleven years Bill died very suddenly of heart failure. Minnie mourned him deeply and got comfort by frequent visits to his grave.

Their children were still very young and Minnie went to live with her sister May, who already had two of her four children. Most of the time Minnie minded all the children while May worked in the family shop.

Minnie died very suddenly from a virus, on April 1, 1957 at the age of 53.[4] She had always said that she did not want to live to be old and be a burden to anyone. She was cremated and her ashes were interred in the grave of her parents at Barking Cemetery.[5]

DNA Source Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Christine Hills and her first cousin 1x removed Elizabeth Benns through her maternal line. Their most-recent common ancestor is Sue Hall Christine’s Grandmother and Elizabeth's Great Grandmother. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st to 2nd cousin, based on sharing 950 cM across 45 segments.


  1. FS England and Wales Birth Registration Index
    Name Minnie Rose C Hills Event Type Birth Registration Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep Registration Year 1903 Registration District West Ham County Essex Event Place West Ham, Essex, England Volume 4A Page 106 Line Number 28
    Citing this Record England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FDQ-CS8 : accessed 25 May 2016), Minnie Rose C Hills, 1903; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, West Ham, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England. (See her birth certificate in the attached images)
  2. FS England and Wales Census, 1911 Name Minnie Hills Age in 1911 7 Estimated Birth Year abt 1904 Relation to Head Daughter Gender Female Birth Place West Ham Civil parish Barking England County/Island Essex Country England Street Address19 East Street, Barking, Essex Registration district Romford Registration District Number191Sub-registration district Barking Town ED, institution, or vessel 11 Household schedule number 263 Piece 9921
    Household Members Name Henry J Hills Age 32 Name Susan H Hills Age 30 Name Florence Hills Age 12 Name Henry Hills Age 11 Name Frances Hills Age 9 Name Minnie Hills Age 7 Name William Hills Age 3 Name John Hills Age 9/12 Citing this Record "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWFT-GBK : 20 January 2015), Minnie 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.
  3. FS England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
    Name Minnie R C Hills Event Type Marriage Registration Registration Quarter Jul-Aug-Sep Registration Year 1924 Registration District Romford County Essex Event Place Romford, Essex, England Spouse Name (available after 1911) Barnett Volume 4A Page 1203 Line Number 16 Minnie R C Hills married William H Barnett
    Citing this Record "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZ5-86TN : 8 October 2014), Minnie R C Hills and null, 1924; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1924, quarter 3, vol. 4A, p. 1203, Romford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (See their marriage certificate in the attached images).
  4. FS England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
    Name: Minnie R C Barnett Event Type: Death Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun Registration Year: 1957 Registration District: Ilford County: Essex Event Place: Ilford, Essex, England Age: 53 Birth Year (Estimated): 1904 Volume: 5A Page: 336 Affiliate Line Number: 77
    Citing this Record "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCZ-4P65 : 4 September 2014), Minnie R C Barnett, 1957; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Ilford, Essex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  5. FaG Find A Grave Index Minnie Rose, Clinton Barnett Find A Grave Index birth: 22 June 1903 death: 1 April 1957 burial: 1957 Barking, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Greater London, England

Includes First-hand information as remembered by Christine Frost,

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Memories: 1
Enter a personal reminiscence or story.
When Minnie died at the age of 53 she got her wish as she had always said that she did not want to live to be old and become a burden to anyone.
posted 24 Nov 2014 by Christine (Hills) Frost   [thank Christine]
Login to add a memory.
Is Minnie your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message the profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Minnie by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with Minnie:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Sponsored by Ancestry ®

Family History Search.


Enter a grandparent's name. Just one grandparent can lead you to many discoveries.


Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.

Rejected matches › Minnie Ethel Barnette (1905-)

H  >  Hills  |  B  >  Barnett  >  Minnie Rose Clinton (Hills) Barnett

Categories: Canning Town, Essex | England, Shopkeepers | Huguenot Descendants