Dot (Smith) Wilkins

Dorothy May (Smith) Wilkins (1905 - 2005)

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Dorothy May (Dot) Wilkins formerly Smith
Born in Boundary, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Overseal, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Mother of and [private daughter (1930s - unknown)]
Died in Acresford, Derbyshire, England, United
Profile last modified | Created 13 Mar 2014
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Categories: Overseal, Derbyshire | Smith Name Study | Nominated Profiles.


Dorothy May Smith was born on 7 May 1905 in Boundary on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border,[1][2] 9th of the ten children of William Smith and Minnie Mackellow.

So far no baptism or christening record has been found, the family are/were Baptist. Wilkins-1208 16:46, 6 January 2017 (EST)

Between 1905 and 1907 (when the youngest child, Bertha, was born) the family moved to Overseal. In 1911 they were living in Stanleigh Road and 5 year old Dot was going to school.[3]

On 2 August 1930, Dot (as she preferred to be called) married Ernest Henry Wilkins at the Baptist Chapel in Overseal.[4] A year later their son was born,[5] followed a few years later by their second child, a daughter.[6]

At the time of their wedding, Dot was working as a Club Collector for the Cooperative Society.[7] The 1939 Register shows Dot as a housewife with Ern working for the GPO, and two closed records (the children) complete the family.[8] When the children had grown up, she returned to work as a School Welfare Assistant at the infant school in nearby Castle Gresley.[9][6]

Ern passed away in 1959[10] and Dot remained in their family home, with many members of the Smith and Wilkins families living in Overseal.[11] She enjoyed tending to her garden.

Well into Dot's 100th year, it became clear that living at home was getting difficult and in late 2004 she moved into a nearby care home. On 9 January 2005, she passed away there.[12] Her ashes are interred in the grave shared by her parents and elder brother at St Matthew's Churchyard in Overseal.[6][13] Not far from Ern, who rests with his parents.[14]

There is currently no marker showing Dot's resting place Wilkins-1208 18:37, 20 April 2014 (EDT)

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  1. Birth Certificate No.34 (Dorothy May Smith)
  2. "England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Apr 2014), Dorothy May Smith, 1905.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1911," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Apr 2014), Dorothy Smith, Overseal, - Zouch, Leicestershire, England; citing "1911 England and Wales census," index and images, ( : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  4. Marriage Certificate D5064-3 (Ernest Henry Wilkins & Dorothy May Smith)
  5. Birth Certificate (of their son)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Family knowledge
  7. Marriage Certificate D5064-3 (Ernest Henry Wilkins & Dorothy May Smith)
  8. 1939 Register via FindMyPast
  9. Death Certificate BO461030 (Dorothy May Wilkins)
  10. Death Certificate HB251840 (Ernest Henry Wilkins)
  11. Family knowledge & personal experience
  12. Death Certificate BO461030 (Dorothy May Wilkins)
  13. Find a Grave Memorial #128285401
  14. Find A Grave Memorial# 126782314

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On 20 Apr 2014 at 18:21 GMT Alison Wilkins wrote:

Overseal was in Leicestershire until 1897, and has been in Derbyshire since then. It is in the area known locally as Ashby Wo(u)lds.

Dot is 41 degrees from Jelena Eckstädt, 22 degrees from Theodore Roosevelt and 25 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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