I joined briefly three years ago, looking for my gg grandmother Louisa HORSHAM. I had no
luck and was starting to think she didn't exist. I have since found more info thanks
to the 1861 Census. This is what I have:-
According to her marriage certificate dated 12th October 1864 in Narandoo, Queensland,
Australia, Louisa was 21 years of age and a domestic servant. Her parents were Richard
HORSHAM - a shipwright, and Jane BENNETT.
Her daughter, Ellen Mary O'Connell, was born eight months later.
In the 1861 Census:-
Stoke Damerel Parish St James
29 William St.
Richard Horsham Head 40 Tailor Devon Plymouth
Jane Horsham Wife 38 Seamstress Devon Bishopsteignton
Elizabeth Horsham Daughter 22 Seamstress Devon Bishopsteignton
Louisa Horsham Daughter 14 Devon Bishopsteignton
Edwin J Horsham Son 2 Devon Stoke Damerel
I found a marriage - Richard HORSHAM to Jane BAKER on 1st Jan 1839 in Bishopsteignton.
Fathers - John HORSHAM - labourer, and William BAKER - mariner.
I assumed that Louisa mistook the surname of her mother on her marriage certificate saying
BENNETT instead of BAKER. Interestingly, A Maria BENNETT was one of the witnesses.
By the 1871 Census, Richard and Jane were living at 72 Cambridge St, Plymouth and he was a
licensed victualler.Their ages were given as 55 and 50 quite a difference from 1861.
There were no sign of the other children. Louisa was in Australia by 1864 where she was 17
or 18 at the time of her marriage - not the stated 21! I have not been able to find her
after her daughters birth in 1865.
I would really appreciate any help or advice regarding this ellusive family.
Many thanks in advance (and I hope it makes sense!),
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.