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Name: Georgiana Tanner

Burial Number: 1888

Gender: Female

Born: 22/10/1875

Died: 17/06/1959

Buried: 19/06/1959


Georgiana Mills was born on 22nd October 1875 in Worthing, she was the first child of George J. Mills, 55yrs, and his second wife, Georgiana, nee Riches, 27yrs. She had 5 siblings over the following 12 years, William 1876, Jean 1880, James 1881, Robert 1885, and Frank 1887. Her father was a wealthy and successful businessman, his early fortune had been made as a fishmonger in London, and later in his career he became a buyer and seller of land. He was one of a consortium of property buyers who developed large areas of east and west Worthing.

Georgiana lived at Coleville, the family home in Gratwicke Road where her father died in 1903 and her mother in 1913. In December 1915, aged 39yrs, she married a Church of England vicar, the Rev. Harbert Tanner, 65yrs. They continued living in Worthing where her husband was attached to St. Andrew’s Church and held Chaplaincies at St. Monica’s Home and the Grange Convalescent Home.

In 1921 Georgiana was widowed and she converted Coleville into a convalescent home where she was Matron and joint proprietor with her brother, Robert H. Mills. Coleville eventually became a rest home for the elderly and only closed shortly before her death, aged 83yrs, on 17th June 1959.

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The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 9 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): miles.shift.cult

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In loving memory of Harbert Tanner priest for many years, Chaplain of St Mary's, Florence 1892-1914 passed within the veil on the Vigil of St Mark 24th April 1921"He loved much" And of his devoted wife Georgiana Tanner 22nd October 1875 - 17th June 1959 "There came forth a summons that he must prepare for a change of life, for his Master was not willing that he should be so far from Him any longer" The Pilgrims Progress

Further Information


Name: Georgiana Tanner

Gender: Female

Born: 22/10/1875

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Mills

Marriage Date: /12/1915

Spouse First Name: Harbert

Spouse Last Name: Tanner

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 17/06/1959

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 62

Address line 3: Gratwicke Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Herald Friday 19th June 1959.

Mrs. Georgiana Tanner of Coleville, 62, Gratwicke Road, died after a long illness at her home on Wednesday 17th June, she was 83. Born in Worthing and a member of Christ Church, Mrs. Tanner was well known as the proprietor of Coleville, formerly a convalescent home and latterly a rest home for elderly folk. A few weeks ago, the home closed down because of Mrs. Tanner’s illness. She was the widow of the late Rev. H. Tanner, former chaplain of St. Mark’s Church, Florence, and leaves two brothers.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Lodging at hotel in Lowestoft. George J. Mills, 70yrs, retired Fish Factor, wife, Georgiana, 43yrs, daughter, Georgiana, 15yrs.


Living at Coleville, Worthing. Georgiana Mills, widow, 63yrs, Private Means, daughter, Georgiana, 35yrs, son, James W. Mills, 30yrs, Undergraduate, Cambs. Plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at Coleville, Gratwick Road, Worthing, Sussex.

Georgina Tanner
Female 1875 45
Gladys Winifred Carter
Female 1900 20 Parlourmaid Private
Sarah Annie Riley
Female 1890 30 Cook Private
Eva Maud Green
Female 1892 28 Dressmaker Own Account


Living at 62, Gratwicke Road, Worthing. Georgiana Tanner, widow, Matron of Convalescent Home.

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