Individual Record for Charles Meller


picture Charles Meller

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1844 - Higham on the Hill, Leics
    Christening: 7 Apr 1844 - Higham on the Hill, Leics
          Death: 8 Dec 1918 - Chicago, Illinois, USA
         Burial: 11 Dec 1918 - Rose Hill Cemetery, Chicago, US

         Father: John Meller (kc)
         Mother: Frances Geary

Spouses and Children
1. *Ann Wheatley
       Marriage: 20 May 1866 - St Clement's, Nechells, Birmingham, Warks, England
                1. Frances Meller
                2. Charles Meller
                3. George Henry Meller
                4. Mary Ann Meller
                5. Rachel Meller
                6. Samuel Meller
                7. Henry Meller
                8. Thomas Meller
                9. Sarah Meller

My thanks go to Carol King for making the connection between the Peterborough and Chicago families. Look to her 'Dukelow-Schwartz' tree on Ancestry for more details of the Illinois clan.

b: Charles Mellor 1844 Apr-May-Jun Hinckley Leics v15 p75
bap: Chas. Mellor 07 Apr 1844 Higham On The Hill, Leicester, England f: John Mellor m: Frances IGI

1851: Cottage, Higham on the Hill. John Mellor 59,w Frances 41, Thomas 12, Emma 9, Charles 7, Samuel 5, Maria 2, Sarah 3m (Anc:'Neller')
1861: Village, Higham on the Hill. Frances 50 Coal Dealer & Potter, Thomas 22, Charles 17 Carter, Myra 12, Elizabeth 10
1866m Ann Wheatley in Aston, Birmingham, Warks, England
1871: Tower St, Fletton, Peterborough, Hunts Charles Meller 27 b:Higham. Striker - Wagon Co, w Ann 23, Frances 1 b:Peterborough
1872 Emigrate to Chicago, USA
1880: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. Charles Meller 36 b:Eng Blacksmith, Annie 33 b:Eng, Francisca 11 b Eng, Charles 8 b:Eng, George 7 b:Illinois, Mary Ann 5 b:Illinois, Rachel 3 b:Illinois, Samuel 3m b:Illinois
1900: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. Charles Meller 57 b:Eng Blacksmith, Annie 52 b:Eng, Charles 28 b:Eng Machinist, Mary 25 b:Illinois Bookkeeper, Rachel 23 b:Illinois, Samuel 20 b:Illinois Machinist, Henry 18 b:Illinois Blacksmith app, Thomas 16 b:Illinois Machinist app, Sarah 14 b:Illinois scholar LDS
1910: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. Charles Meller 66 wid b:Eng Blacksmith, Charles 38 b:Eng Machinist, Thomas 25 b:Illinois Machinist, Sarah 24 b:Illinois, gs Charles 16 b: Illinois Clerk (Ship Chandler), gs George 11 b:Illinois Clerk (Office Machines) (George's d1909 children)

d: Charles Mellor b:01 Mar 1844 England age:74y 9m 7d:08 Dec 1918 at 2431 Moffett, Chicago, Cook, Illinois bur: 11 Dec 1918 Rose Hill
Film: 1309177 Folder: 4005175 Image: 1751 Ref: cn 40950 Collection: Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1922

NB. Charles's death certificate has caused considerable confusion as it bears an important error: the 'informant', Sarah Hoaglund (his daughter b1885), gave Charles's father as 'Ralph'.

After many hours of research, no suitable Ralph was found who might possibly be Charles's father. The question was finally answered by looking more closely at Charles's wife and their children.

The UK birth certificate of their daughter Frances b1869, the US birth record of George H b1873 and the US death record of Thomas b1884 all give their mother's name as Anne Wheatley.

Armed with both names it was then possible to find their marriage details and obtain a copy of the marriage certificate which shows that the father of the Charles Meller who married Ann Wheatley on 20 May 1866 at St Clement's Church, Nechells, Birmingham, England was '
Earthenware Dealer, John Meller'. This is in line with Charles's baptism records.


The 'Ralph' mentioned by Sarah Hoaglund (b1885, daughter of Charles & Ann) is probably Charles's half-brother b1826, ie 18yrs his senior (old enough to be his father). They both moved to Birmingham, married there in the 1860s and then moved on to Peterborough where both worked as 'smiths' on railway wagons. Clearly there was a strong bond between Ralph & Charles but not that of father & son (unless Sarah knew something we don't).

Marriage Notes (Ann Wheatley)
Charles Mellor & Ann Wheatley 1866 Apr-May-Jun Aston (1837-1924) Warwickshire 6d 429

1866 May 20 - Marriage Solemnized at St Clement's Church in the parish of St Clement's Nechells in the County of Warwick
Charles Mellor . 22 . Bachelor . Striker . Bk 156 Cato Street . John Mellor . Earthenware Dealer
Ann Wheatley . 19 . Spinster . """""" . Bk 156 Cato Street . Joseph Wheatley . Baker

Witnesses: John Tomlinson & Selina Tomlinson

John Tomlinson is Ann's step-father b1823 in Derbyshire
Selina is Ann's sister, married to Frederick Tomlinson b1839 in Derbyshire

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