Contrary to the blog on Christchurch Quay stating that Eli Miller started the Wick Ferry the truth is more complicated than that. Some sources claim that the ferry is mentioned in Domesday Book but I haven't been able to trace it. Details of the ferry in the 19th Century UK census collection are as follows: 1841: Ferryman was James Marshall, born Christchurch about 1804. Lived in Wick. 1851: James Miller, born 1802 in Wimborne, Dorset, married to Hannah Marshall, sister of James Marshall. Lived in Wick. 1861: Ferryman was James Miller assisted by his son, Eli. Both lived in Wick, next door to each other in Wick Lane. 1871: No change to 1861. 1881: James Miller still listed as ferryman at age 79 together with his son Eli. 1891: By 1891 both James and Eli Miller were dead and the ferry had been inherited by Eli's wife, Jane who employed a ferryman to operate the service. Does anybody know any more about the ferry?
Roger Brookes 2010 PS. James Miller is my great X 3 grandfather.
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