Albert Edward Churchouse – died 31 October 1899
All I could find for the twenty-seven-year-old Albert was his death. It became necessary to obtain his death certificate. It was obvious why he had proven difficult once I received the certificate. Albert Edward Churchouse was born in Kensington, England and had only ‘been in the colony’ for four weeks.
The certificate has his parents names which makes finding him so much easier. The 1881 England Census has him at the age of nine, living at 86 Windsor Road, Islington, London, with his parents, George and Ann (nee King) Churchouse and four siblings.
By 1891, he is a boarder in Upper Holloway along with his brother, Henry Augustus. He is listed as a clerk. At the time of his death, he was an Accountant.
The certificate also tells us that he had been married for five years at the time of his death and has a four-year-old daughter. Albert married Florence Herd in Islington in September 1894. He was 22 years old. Their daughter was born in 1895. The following entry from the Dorset Parish Register has her being christened in 1897.
After his death, his wife and child are with her parents in the 1901 census. Unfortunately, Gladys lost her mother in 1905. The 1911 census shows Gladys as a sixteen-year-old ‘visitor’ at 21 Hartham Road, Lower Holloway, Sunday, April 2nd. Given, her mother’s maiden name was Herd, it is most likely Harriet Herd is a relative.
Sadly, in New Zealand, census records are not kept. Statistics are taken and then they are destroyed. The census records we are able to see from England give us incredible insight into how lives differed then. Harriet Herd’s census entry shows that she outlived seven of her ten children! That would be seen as abnormal or tragic nowadays. It reiterates how resilient the women of days gone by really were.
Harriet Herd is also a witness at Gladys’ marriage to Maurice Edward Elliott in 1915. Albert’s only child died in Victoria, Australia in 1970.