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William Lilley
Lucy Milburn
(Cal 1785-)
Robert Speechley
(Cal 1775-Bef 1841)
Mary Clare
(Cal 1780-After 1851)
David Lilley
Sarah Speechley
(Cal 1817-1874)
Matthew Lilley
(From 1839/1839-)


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Ann Robinson

Matthew Lilley 1

  • Born: From Apr to Jun 1839, Hunts, Yaxley, Peterborough 2
  • Christened: 9 Jun 1839, Yaxley, Huntingdonshire 3
  • Marriage: Ann Robinson on 25 Jul 1865 in Watlington, Oxford

  General Notes:

Family stories suggest that Matthew emigrated to the USA. In 1861 he was described as an Agricultural Laboorer and was living at the family pub in Yaxley. In 1871 there is a Matthew Lilley with his wife Fannie, daughters Fanny and Rosa and son Walter in Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester. This would fit well with the move of brothers Robert and John to Manchester in the 1870s after the death of David the elder in 1869. This 1871 Matthew is definitely the Matthew Lilley found in 1880 (and 1900) in New Haven, Connecticut, USA with wife "Annie" and daughters Fannie and Rosa. The tie between the Manchester and US Matthews is strengthened by the the fact that in 1871 we have a "Professor of Medicine" and in 1880 a "physician". The 1871 census form also has what looks like "MD USA" under the occupation. It seems hard to make the leap from 1861 Ag Lab to 1871 Professor of Medicine but the 1871 Matthew has birthplace Huntingdon and the previous censuses show no Matthew other than ours who would fit this age and birthplace. Is it possible that as second son he went to the USA in the 1860s and was trained as a battlefield surgeon in the Civil War?

The only Matthew Lilley marriage 1861 to 1865 is in Henley district in Sep 1864 and there is an Ann Robinson on the page. Henley is the registration district for Watlington, Oxfordshire given as birthplace for his daughter Fanny in 1871. According to the censuses she was born about 1862 or early 1863 (8 in March 1871 and 17 in 1880). There are no Fanny or Ann Lilley births registered in this period but there are some Ann Robinsons in the surrounding area (not Henley) and an interesting Worcester registration for a Fanny Robinson in Dec 1863. Worcester is the birthplace of Fanny (the elder) so it could be possible that she had a daughter in Watlington and registered her later in her home town. Maybe Matthew came back from the US the next year and married her.

1851 11, Hunts Yaxley, son with parents
1861 22, Hunts Yaxley, Ag Lab with parents
1864 25, Watlington, Optician
1871 33, Huntingdon, Professor of Medicine, with wife Fanny M and 3 children Chorlton
1880 42, England, Physician, with wife Annie and 2 children, Waterbury, New Haven,Connecticut
1900 64, - , -, wife Annie, New Haven, Connecticut
1910 b1836, -, -, -, Cook, Illinois (possible)

This looks likely (the 1871 census has Fanny age 8 born Watlington, Oxfordshire which is in Henley district)
Marriages Sep 1864
Lilley Matthew Henley 3a 775
Robinson Ann Henley 3a 775

(1871 census has Fanny age 35 born Worcester - )
Births Dec 1863
ROBINSON Fanny Worcester 6c 281

Thought to have emigrated to USA

1880 United States Federal Census
about Mathew Lilley
Name: Mathew Lilley
Home in 1880: Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Annie
Father's birthplace: England
Mother's birthplace: England
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Occupation: Physician
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Mathew Lilley 42
Annie Lilley 43
Fannie Lilley 17
Rosa Lilley 14

1900 United States Federal Census
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PreviewName: Matthew Lilley
Age: 64
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836

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Name: Matthew Lilley
Spouse: Annie
Birth: abt 1836 - location
Arrival: year
Residence: 1900 - city, New Haven, Connecticut

1910 United States Federal Census
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Name: Matthew Lilley
Birth: abt 1836 - location
Arrival: year
Residence: 1910 - city, Cook, Illinois



He worked as an Ag. Lab. in 1861 and resided at "Royal Oak", High St, Yaxley. 4 (with his parents)

He worked as an Optician in 1864 and resided at Watlington, Oxford. 5


Matthew married Ann Robinson, daughter of Charles Good and Unknown, on 25 Jul 1865 in Watlington, Oxford. (Ann Robinson was born Cal 1844 6.)


1 Documents - Joan Cross (from Doreen Mitchell).

2 1837online (now findmypast),, 1839 Jun Peterboro 15 365.

3 Web (Misc), Rootsweb post (see Research notes).

4 Online Census and BMD,, 1861C.

5 General Register Office (England & Wales) Certificate,, Marriage.

6 General Register Office (England & Wales) Certificate,, Marriage 1864. 22, Spinster of Watlington, Oxford.