Elizabeth Mary FOSS

Female Abt 1835 - 1892  (~ 57 years)    Has 2 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Elizabeth Mary FOSS 
    Relationshipwith Andrew GOTHAM
    Born Abt 1835  Diptford, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From the 1861 census where shown as aged 25, so if accurate born between 8 Apr 1835 and 7 Apr 1836.
      There were two Elizabeth Mary FOSSs baptised in Diptford, one in Feb 1836, the other Feb 1837; they had different parents but both families were resident in Larkham. If the census age was accurate then this Elizabeth was the older one.
      In addition this agrees with this Elizabeth's marriage, the PR entry for which names her father as Andrew. (Elizabeth baptised in 1837 had a father called Peter)
    Baptised 12 Feb 1836  St. Mary the Virgin Church, Diptford, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 20 Oct 2017)
      "Febry. 12th. No. 462. Elizabeth Mary Dr. of Andrew & Elizabeth Foss, abode: Larkham, father's occupation: Yeoman, ceremony performed by: A H Farwell Curate"
    Gender Female 
    Miscellaneous Widowhood 
    • After her marriage of 10 or 11 days Elizabeth did not marry again, but lived with her parents and spinster sisters and then with her 'brother' in Buckfastleigh. While her sisters worked Elizabeth is shown as an annuitant.
    Occupation 7 Apr 1861  New House Farm, Ashcombe, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Housekeeper 
    • A few months later she married her boss!
    Residence 1892  Plymouth Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Her home at the time of her death.
    Died 14 Jan 1892  Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Bussell, Elizabeth aged 56 q1 1892 Totnes RD 5b 196
    Buried 20 Jan 1892  Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 24 Aug 2016)
      (Archive reference: 3639A/PR/1/21)
    Probate 20 Aug 1892  Exeter, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate Calendar entry 
    • "Bussell Elizabeth of Plymouth Road Buckfastleigh Devon widow died 14 January 1892 Probate Exeter 20 August to William Richard Coulton land agent Effects £521 6s. 3d."
    Will Written 
    Person ID I1235  Gothams | Devon: Teignmouth family of mariners
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2019 

    Father Andrew FOSS,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth ELLIOTT,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 6 children 
    Family ID F7751    |  Family Chart

    Family 1 William Harris BUSSELL,   c. 24 Jan 1826, St. Gregory the Great’s Church, Dawlish, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1861, Ashcombe, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 18 Jun 1861  St. Nectan’s Church, Ashcombe, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 18 Dec 2014)
      Details to be added, but shows William Harris Bussell, of age, yeoman, father William Bussell, yeoman, marrige by licence.

      This marriage was reported in the Western Times on 22 June 1861
      "June 18, at Ashcombe, Mr. Wm. Bussell, of Ashcombe, yeoman, to Elizabeth Mary Foss, of the same place." (p.5, col. 5)

      Possibly the briefest marriage in the Go(a)tham One-Name Study. Tragically, William was buried just a fortnight to the day after the marriage.
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F6506    |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lionel EZEKIEL,   c. 14 Jun 1833, Higher Chapel (Independent), Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Type: Unmarr, lived as man & sister 
    • At the time of the 1891 census Elizabeth was living with Lionel, described as his sister. However, she appears not to have been sister, half-sister, sister-in-law or step-sister.
      So were they trying to hide an unmarried relationship?
      Lionel appears to have been a bachelor and as a widow Elizabeth could have remarried, so if they had been living as man and wife it is not clear why they wouldn't have married.
      Maybe the reason was financial, perhaps Elizabeth would have lost her annuity if she had remarried.
      Or maybe it was a platonic house sharing, but one which would have caused gossip in Victorian England, and so a relationship was pretended.
    Married?
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F7153    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1835 - Diptford, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 12 Feb 1836 - St. Mary the Virgin Church, Diptford, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Jun 1861 - St. Nectan’s Church, Ashcombe, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jan 1892 - Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Jan 1892 - Holy Trinity Church, Buckfastleigh, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Probate Calendar entry - 20 Aug 1892 - Exeter, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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