Pictures Of Lily

A very helpful chap by the name of Paul Dobson sent me an email through GenesReunited about some pictures he had found in a box of his grandmother's photos. I have reproduced some of his conversation below. 

If you can provide any more information about Lily, her ancestors or descendants, please contact me or post a comment.

I have recently come across some photographs which belonged to my grandmother Mary Dobson (nee Howe) of Houghton le Spring.

They include several of a young lady named as Lily Litollis/Lytollis, including

a wedding photo dated 1916,
with the groom being Dacre Reed

and another inscribed
"best wishes, Dacre and Lily".

There is also one labelled "Lytollis family",
with the parents and several girls

On the back of the large family group, there is the message from Lily to Mary Howe which reads
" ..with brothers, front row you know apart from brother's wife at end of row".

and another of just the parents

Mary Howe was born in 1895,
so the Lily Lytollis pictured with her
would have been born around the same time.

The young lady with the dark hair who doesn't look quite the
same as the others is Mary Howe - she's on the right of the picture

Dacre Reed with his Army number
"Gunner D. Reed" on the back

Lily Lytollis moved to Middlesbrough with husband Dacre Reed. They had three sons and Dacre worked for ICI.

As a child, Lily lived in Newbottle near Houghton, and went to school with my grandmother [Mary Howe]. I vaguely remember visiting the Reeds in Middlesbrough as a small child. Lily appears to have been a friend of my Grandmother's (my dad's mother, Mary Dobson nee Howe, of Garden street,Newbottle - the street is still there). I thought she may have been a relative, but my mam remembers that Lily was a family friend when mam met my dad. Grandma was also Lily's bridesmaid.

I had a quick look at the website, and noted that there is a Houghton near Carlisle. The Houghton I have been referring to is Houghton Le Spring in County Durham. On the website I noticed the following entry:

was born 1867 in 'Hamlet' Cumberland or Durham Felling (Source: 1881 census Heworth/registration index), and died Unknown (Source: 1901 census).
He married MARGARET A 1892 in South Shields. She was born Abt. 1875 in Durham, Hebburn (Source: 1901census).
    Lived: 1881- lived in Gateshead 
    Occupation: 1901, Manager of Bar 
    Reg: December 1867, Gateshead District 10A 615 

Children of JAMES LYTOLLIS and MARGARET A are:
    b. December 1893, Durham Hebburn. 
    Lived: 1901, 19 Slake Terr. South Sheilds.Burton House Tavern 

ii. LILLIAN REBECCA LYTOLLIS (Source: 1901 census.) 
    b. December 1896,Durham, South Shields. 
    Lived: 1901, 19 Slake Terr. South Sheilds.Burton House Tavern 

    b. May 1899, South Sheilds 10a 850; 
    d.September 1900, South Sheilds 10a 406. 

    b. June 1901, Durham South Shields 10a 817; 
    d.September 1901, Durham South Shields 10a 536. 
    Lived: 1901, 19 Slake Terr. South Sheilds.Burton House Tavern

This Lily would be the right age to be the Lily in the photos. Perhaps they moved from the Burton House in Shields to Newbottle after 1901

Orignally published 2006 - restored missing pictures and edited content (2021)


  1. I think I can add a little more information. My name is Martin Reed, I believe my grand parents were Dacre and lilly. My Father was Ronald Lytollis Reed, he had two brothers, Raymond and Dereck. My Mother was Mary Elisabeth Crosby, I had a brother called Ashley Dacre Reed. It all seems to tie in with what I have read on here

  2. My dad was called Joe lytollis,my brother's Joseph, Christopher and James my sister Michelle.My grandad was called Robert ,my grandmother Margaret,nee Robinson my uncles Robert and John ,my aunties Mary,Margaret and June


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