Helen Adams 1840-1922


Helen was the only daughter of George and Elizabeth Adams.

Her older brother had died as an infant,and in the census of 1841, she was recorded as being 1 year old and living in Forton Road, Gosport.

By 1851, she had three younger brothers, George, ( my great, great grandfather) William and Henry, and they lived at 43 High Street.

The map of Gosport shows:

Brockhurst Road, where George and Elizabeth were living when George their son was born in 1839.

This road changes its name to Forton Road, where Helen was born, so I imagine it could have been the same address. 43/44 High Street is marked now as the premises of the Barclay Bank.

In 1854 her father George died at Eling where he was learning to run the tidal mill.

In September, 1860, her mother married William Searle in Southampton and by the census of 1861 Helen is living at Millbrook with the Bewes family, in her role as governess to 10 year old Augusta.

She married Charles Williams, a bank clerk in South Stoneham in 1869 and by 1871 they were living at 3 Sylvan Place, Sevenoaks, Kent with Edith, their 1 year old daughter.

The family was in Chelmsford with Charles now recorded as bank manager, and in 1881 included

Edith 11, Helen 9, Charles 8, Elizabeth 6, Rachel 4 and Beatrice 2. Sydney Sutton was living there as a 10 year old nephew.

1891 shows two more daughters had been born to the family, Mildred  9 and Francis 6.

Edith was living and teaching at a private school as a music teacher, and her sister Elizabeth was boarding as a pupil. The only son, Charles, was training to be a bank clerk.

At 5 Upper Street Springfield in 1901, Helen was now 60, and had 4 daughters at home, with 2 nephews Henry and Melville from South Africa. The household also included a cook and servant.

At the 1911 census,, three daughters were at home.

Charles died age 69 two years later, and Helen in 1922 age 81.

Only two of her children married, Charles jnr had 2 daughters and Elizabeth 2 sons and two daughters.

Helen was my great, great Aunt.

(This weeks challenge was actually “Black Sheep”. I chose not to write about any of my ancestors under this theme.)


Author: gorcat28

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