John Baxter SHILCOCK was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire on 14th March 1850 into a family of brewers, maltsters, corn millers, wine, spirit, corn, cake and hop merchants! At his marriage in 1872 to Alice THORNTON, he described his occupation as a clerk merchant.
His first home with Alice was the Terrace, Bourne, where he is listed as being resident in the 1875 P.O. Directory.
John and Alice gave birth to six daughters between 1873 and 1886, including my great grandmother Fanny in 1877. Fanny's elder sister Annie was the mother of Raymond Mays, the racing driver.
In 1896, John Baxter and Alice took over as landlords of the Nag's Head Public House in Bourne, following the death of Alice's mother Maria,(the previous landlord). They remained there for almost 30 years. John
was the first chairman
of Bourne U.D. council in 1899/1900 and again in 1921/2. He was
also a magistrate.
John and Alice retired as landlords in the late 1920s. John died in 1927 and is buried in Bourne Cemetery.