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Millers in Broughton by Brigg Lincolnshire

I’ve had another look at all the census records I have for Broughton mill and have put together a chronology of millers. I hope that this is of use/interest. Can anyone add information? Is this mill at Castlethorpe the one Nick refers to?

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Dear all, Any additions, comments or corrections would be welcome.

1841 – Edward Foster is “miller” In the same household are his wife Emma nee York, Mary York (sister of Emma) and Robert King (son of Thomas King “miller” and Elizabeth nee Winn, daughter of Thomas Winn described as “miller” on parish records) 
1851 – Edward Foster’s wife Emma is at the mill whilst Edward is with his mother at Old Market Lane, Barton on Humber (another mill). 
1861 and 1871 – John Porkess is “miller”. John Porkess appears to have inherited the mill from his stepfather John Winn of Broughton in 1867 (John is the presumed half sister of Elizabeth King nee Winn mentioned above). John Winn’s will suggests that the mill was bought from Edward Foster. I note that in 1866 John Porkess had married Mary Ann Foster – is this coincidence? 
1881 – Tom Porkess is “miller”. Tom was the eldest son of John Porkess 
1891 – Not researched further 

There are lots of family interconnections. My puzzles concerning the mill itself now are:
Whether John Winn bought the mill direct from Edward Foster, as the will indicates? It seems odd that there is evidence that a John Winn owned land in Broughton in 1814 (and in Tealby in 1821) and also owned the mill in 1866. Tealby had a miller named Robert Winn – presumably there is a connection? 
Whether John Winn was Thomas Winn’s son by his first marriage (in Branston??)? 
Whether Thomas Winn “Miller” who lived in Broughton 1800 – 1814 at least owned the mill before 1841? 
When Thomas Winn moved from Branston to Broughton? 

Any thoughts would be welcomed.