George Henry Johns 1867-1934 & Catherine Howe 1865-1948

Married in the summer quarter (Apr-Jun) 1892 in the Medway Registration District [Medway 2a /980]


George Henry Johns

Second child of John T. Johns & Elizabeth Sampson

Born: Dec 1867 Germoe, Cornwall

Baptised: 20 May 1868 Germoe, Cornwall

Died: 9 Dec 1934 Yorkshire, England


Occupation:  Tin dresser, school teacher then headmaster

Catherine Howe

Daughter of William Howe & Catherine Parks

Born: About 1865 Luton, Kent

Died: Sep 1948 Thirsk, Yorkshire North Riding, England


Occupation:  School teacher

At his baptism George was a ’son of John Thomas and Elizabeth – a miner from Boscreage’. By 1871 George was at Boscreege, near Tregonning Hill.  His father john was 39 and was exhausted and had developed a abscess on his left lung, which troubled him for 14 months and from which he died on the 26th July 1874 at Balwest. At this time Elizabeth was 32, Richard S 6, George 3 and John H 11months. At some stage before 1881 they moved to live at Herland Cross. It was here that the 1881 census was take with Elizabeth Johns a widow, working as a tailoress, Richard as a blacksmith’s helper, George a tin dresser at 13 years of age and his younger brother James a scholar. The third son in John Johns, who was 10 years of age was listed as the nephew of John Sampson at Pengelly Mill.

By 1891, George was 26 years of age and was boarding at 51 Bedford Road, Ealing, Middlesex with a print compositor called Daniel R Keefe. The occupation give for George was that of a certified school teacher. The following year George married Catherine Howe. By the 1901 census George & Catherine had moved to Yorkshire and were living in the village of Thornton Le Moor. Their daughter Ida May was listed as ‘unnamed’ and was one month old.

In 1911, George Henry Johns was 46 and was headmaster employed by the County Council with Catherine Johns assistant teacher. They had been married for 18 years  and their 10-year old daughter Ida May was a school student. This family lived  in accommodation of 6-rooms in Thornton Le Moor, Northallerton. The census indicates they had two children – one of whom must have died at a very young age.  

Georges probate record indicates he was living at Bicton House, Carlton Road, Carlton Miiott, near Thirsk,  Yorkshire  when he died 9 Dec 1934. Probate York 17 Jan to Catherine Johns, widow. Effects £587 14s 8d (Index of Wills & Administrations 1858-1966).


George was 3 years of age in the 1871 English Census for the village Boscreege in the parish of Germoe.

By the 1881 census George’s father had died. George was working at the mines as a tin dresser. 

As a young school teacher, George was boarding in a house in Ealing, Middlesex (1891 census)

In 1901 George and Catherine are married with an unnamed one month daughter which would be Ida May Johns.

By 1911 George is now a headmaster living in the village of Thornton Le Moor