There are a few gaps in this chronology, with the family disappearing for a several years.
What led the researcher to find Elizabeth was the fact that two of her sisters visited her when she was in Manor Hospital and these invaluable records were instrumental in the search.
Elizabeth was born in 1841, a detail confirmed by her age in the 1841 Census. Her father John was an agricultural worker at that time.
On May 2nd 1941 Elizabeth was baptised at St. Mary’s Lambeth. Her father is a salesman and they were living in the High Street.
In June 1841, at the time of the census, the family are surprisingly living in Stourly, a house in Kimbolton in Huntingdonshire. Listed are her father John, a 25 year old agricultural worker, her mother Mary Anne aged 22 years, a sister Mary Anne aged 2 years and young Elizabeth who is just two months old.
By 1951 the family has grown with daughters Charlotte aged 8 years, Margaret aged 2 and Martha aged 2 months having joined. In this census, their mother Mary Anne is given as married but her husband John is not there in the record.
Interestingly, Elizabeth was born in Lambeth and Mary Anne, her sister was born in Bermondsey which asks the key question as to why the family were in Huntingdonshire in 1841. At this time, in 1851, they are living at 36 Bedford, St Martin in the Fields.
On 23rd July 1854, we find the family in the Castle Street Workhouse, Westminster. They left on August 2nd 1854. A new child Philip is present too.
The family are returned to the parish of Kimbolton. We lose sight of all the family now until 1871.
Martha appears in 1871
In 1871 we find Martha working as a servant to a Pollard family in Warwick St, St Martin in the Field, London.
By 1881 there is an Elizabeth working as a servant in the house of Zoe J Devano, a French widower with several older children. This is a household with a butler, maid, a cook and Elizabeth the housemaid. The house is 72 Queensborough in Marylebone. However, the age is wrong by a few years, so this may not be our Elizabeth.
In 1881 her mother Mary Ann is living with Martha in Chancery Lane, London. Mary Ann is listed as a widow.
In 1891 Martha is living with her mother Mary Ann, in 49 Artillery St, Southwark. Martha is working as a servant. We do not see Elizabeth in the records.
In 1901 the sisters Martha and Margaret are living together in Bermondsey. Margaret is a servant and Martha is a factory worker.
City Road Workhouse
Just before Christmas on December 21st 1909, Elizabeth appears again because she goes into the City Road Workhouse, Holborn. She is recorded as Roman Catholic and is a servant.
We have not seen Elizabeth since 1881. While she is likely to turn up at some point in the records for the missing twenty years, perhaps she travelled with her French employer.
She is moved the very next day from Holborn to Archway, which is part of the same Union. In another record set it says that she is moved to the infirmary. On April 7th 1910, she is moved back to City Road Workhouse where she seems to stay until April 26th 1910, when she leaves for Manor Asylum, Epsom.
Her two sisters are in the visitor’s book with name Edwing, so we know that neither had married. It appears that her sister Margaret visited on May 9th 1910 and on 17th July 1910 just before Elizabeth passes away. Margaret lived at 50 Bedford Row, Holborn.
Her sister Martha visited in June and possibly July 1910. She lived at 4 Maize Pond, Southwark. We know from the 1911 Census that Martha lives alone.
It is not long after this that Elizabeth dies. She passes away and is buried in plot 1500b in Horton Cemetery on July 23rd 1910.
Martha died in 1920 aged 69 years.