Person:Louisa Harry (1)

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Louisa Kate Harry
m. 17 Nov 1850
  1. Mary Ann Harry1851 - 1852
  2. Mary Ann Harry1853 - 1895
  3. Amelia Jane Harry1855 - 1909
  4. Louisa Kate Harry1857 - 1933
  5. William Richard Harry1859 - 1916
  6. John Edwin Harry1863 - 1935
  7. Ellen Sarah Harry1866 - 1944
  8. Lilian Harry1868 - 1869
  9. Elizabeth Mary Harry1870 - 1878
  • HWilliam May1861 - 1911
  • WLouisa Kate Harry1857 - 1933
m. 24 Jun 1884
  1. William May1884 - 1884
  2. Winifred Kate May1885 - 1950
  3. Louisa May1887 - 1963
  4. Alice Maud Mary May1888 - 1938
  5. Frank May1889 - 1947
  6. Harry Hutchings May1890 - 1956
  7. William Richard May1891 - 1960
  8. Bertram Stanley May1895 - 1975
Facts and Events
Name Louisa Kate Harry
Gender Female
Birth[1] 10 Dec 1857 Dartmouth, Devon, EnglandCrowthers Hill
Census[2] 7 Apr 1861 Plymouth, Devon, England12 Claremont Street
Census[3] 2 Apr 1871 Plymouth, Devon, England25 Claremont Street
Census[4] 3 Apr 1881 Plymouth, Devon, England33 Sydney Street
Marriage 24 Jun 1884 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandRegister Office
to William May
Census[5] 5 Apr 1891 Devonport, Devon, England11 John Street
Census[6] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street
Census[7] 2 Apr 1911 Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
Residence[8] 1915 Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages
Death[9] 2 Feb 1933 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street

Childhood

Louisa Kate Harry was born on 10th December 1857 on Crowthers Hill in the town of Dartmouth, Devon. She was the fourth child of a charwoman named Jane Harry, formerly Drake, and her husband William Richard Harry, a shipwright. Her eldest sister had died as a baby, making Louisa effectively the third child.

The family was not from Dartmouth, and only lived briefly in the town around the time of Louisa's birth. Louisa's mother was from Bere Ferrers, whilst her father was from Saltash in Cornwall. They had married in Plymouth in 1850 but then spent most of the 1850s moving around ports on the south coast: Portsmouth, Dartmouth and Plymouth, as well as Jane's native Bere Ferrers. Presumably they moved to wherever William could find work as a shipwright. By the time Louisa was nineteen months old, when her brother William was born, the family had left Dartmouth and was living in Plymouth. From William's birth onwards the family appears to have stayed in Plymouth. Louisa's parents had five children after her, all born in Plymouth, but the youngest two died young, leaving six children who lived to adulthood (four girls and two boys).

The 1861 census finds Louisa living with her parents and siblings at 12 Claremont Street in Plymouth. Ten years later the family was still in Claremont Street but now at number 25. Louisa's father was out of work in 1871, with the only people in the house with occupations being 13 year old Louisa and her sister Mary who were both working as domestic servants.

Adulthood

By 1881 Louisa had left home and was working as a domestic servant for the family of a gas company's collector.

On 24th June 1884 Louisa was married at Plymouth Register Office to William May, a printer. He was three years younger than her; when they married she was 26 and he was 23. The fact that they married in a register office is unusual for the time. Shortly after her marriage, Louisa's father died.

Less than a month after her marriage, Louisa gave birth to a son named William May. Sadly he died as a small baby. Between 1885 and 1895 Louisa and William had another seven children, who all survived to adulthood. Louisa managed to give birth in five consecutive calendar years: 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890 and 1891. Louisa's first two children, William and Winifred, were born at 46 Claremont Street, which was the street where Louisa had grown up. By the time of the 1891 census the family was living at 11 John Street, which was the street where her husband William's family lived. His parents ran a grocery shop and beer house next door. Louisa was to live on John Street for the rest of her life, mostly at Pear Tree Cottages, a row of houses behind 21 John Street. Louisa's mother died in 1894.

Louisa's eldest daughter married in 1909, and Louisa's first grandchild was born in January 1911. The census later that year finds Louisa and William at 1 Pear Tree Cottages. William was no longer working, being described as an invalid. He died later that year, aged 50.

Louisa survived William by over 21 years. She died on 2nd February 1933 at 21 John Street, aged 75.

References
  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT Totnes
    1857 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Dartmouth in the County of Devon
    No.When and where bornName, if anySexName and surname of fatherName, surname and maiden name of motherOccupation of fatherSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    173Tenth December 1857
    Croters Hill
    Saint Saviours
    Dartmouth
    Louisa KateGirlWilliam HarryJane Harry
    formerly Drake
    ShipwrightWilliam Harry
    Father
    Croters Hill
    Dartmouth
    Eighteenth December 1857Percy Hockin
    Registrar
  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, Class RG9; Piece 1440; Folio 125; Page 16, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.
    Address12 Claremont St, Plymouth (St Andrew), Devon
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    William Harryheadmarriedmale341826/7ShipwrightSaltash, Cornwall
    Jane Harrywifemarriedfemale391821/2Beerferris, Devon
    Maryann Harrydaughterfemale81852/3ScholarDartmouth, Devon
    Amelia Jane Harrydaughterfemale61854/5ScholarBeerferris, Devon
    Louisa Kate Harrydaughterfemale31857/8ScholarDartmouth, Devon
    Wm Rd Harrysonmale11859/60Plymouth, Devon
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 2118; Folio 109; Page 5, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.
    Address25 Claremont Street, Plymouth (St Andrew), Devon
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    William R. Harryheadmarriedmale441826/7Shipwright (out of employ)Saltash, Cornwall
    Jane Harrywifemarriedfemale371823/4Parish of Beer Ferris, Devon
    Mary A. Harrydaughterunmarriedfemale171853/4Domestic Servt.Portsmouth, Hampshire
    Louisa K. Harrydaughterfemale131857/8Domestic Servt.Dartmouth, Devon
    William R. Harrysonmale111859/60ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    John E. Harrysonmale71863/4ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Ellen S. Harrydaughterfemale41864/5ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Elisabeth M. Harrydaughterfemale11869/70Plymouth, Devon
  4. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 2196; Folio 84; Page 19, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.
    Address33 Sydney Street, Plymouth (St Andrew), Devon
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    Thomas Gibbonsheadmarriedmale301850/1Gas Co's CollectorEdinburgh, Scotland
    Mary Ann Gibbonswifemarriedfemale261854/5Plymouth, Devon
    Frederic B. Gibbonssonmale31877/8Plympton, Devon
    Helen Mary Gibbonsdaughterfemale11879/80Plymouth, Devon
    H[enr]y Reginald Clarkeboarderunmarriedmale211859/60Ironmonger's Ass[istan]tLondon
    Louisa Harryservantunmarriedfemale231857/8Domestic Serv[an]tDartmouth, Devon
  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1726; Folio 14; Page 21, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.
    Address11 John Street, Plymouth (Charles), Devon
    Rooms occupied3
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale301860/1Printers CompositoremployedDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale331857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winnifred Maydaughtersinglefemale61884/5ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughtersinglefemale41886/7ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughtersinglefemale31887/8ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonsinglemale21888/9Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonsinglemale11889/90Plymouth, Devon
  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 2103; Folio 11; Page 13, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.
    AddressPear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    Rooms occupied4
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale401860/1Letterpress PrinterworkerDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale431857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winifred Maydaughterfemale151885/6General Servant (Domestic)workerPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughterfemale141886/7General Servant DomesticworkerPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonmale111889/90Plymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughterfemale131887/8Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonmale101890/1Plymouth, Devon
    William Maysonmale91891/2Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram Maysonmale61894/5Plymouth, Devon
  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 13001; Schedule 450, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.
    Address1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
    Parish & CountyPlymouth, Devon
    Rooms occupiedFour
    NameRelationSexAgeImplied birthdateMarital statusFor each Married WomanProfession or OccupationBirthplaceNationality of people born abroadInfirmity
    Completed years the present Marriage has lastedChildren born alive to present marriageChildren still livingChildren who have diedOccupationIndustryStatusWhether Working at Home
    William Mayheadmale501860/1marriedInvalidDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifefemale531857/8married27871Dartmouth, Devon
    Louisa Rimmerdaughterfemale241886/7married1nonePlymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughterfemale231887/8singlePlymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonmale201890/1singleDomestic R.N.workerPlymouth, Devon
    Bertram Maysonmale161894/5singleErrand Boy (Printer's)workerPlymouth, Devon
  8. The Post Office Directory of Plymouth and District, 1915-16, accessed 24 Feb 2012, 1915, Primary quality.

    May, Mrs. L., 1 Pear Tree cotts., P[lymouth]

  9. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    Registration District Plymouth
    1933 DEATH in the Sub-district of Plymouth South West in the County of Plymouth C.B.
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    52Second February 1933
    21 John Street U.D.
    Louisa Kate MayFemale75 yearsWidow of William May a Printer's CompositorI(a) Cerebral Haemorrhage
    (b) Arterio Sclerosis
    No P.M.
    Certified by F.W. Perry L.R.C.P.
    B.S. May
    Son
    Present at the death
    7 Longfield Place
    Plymouth
    Third February 1933R.C. Davy
    Registrar