Ancestor Spotlight: Jane Hussey

In this week’s Ancestor Spotlight, we meet my maternal 3x Great- Grandmother Jane Hussey.

Jane was born on 17th February 1850 in Shoreditch, London to Thomas Hussey and Elizabeth Porter.  Three weeks later, she was baptized on 10th March at Hoxton St John church.

“London, England, Birth and Baptisms, 1813-1906”, entry for Jane Hussey, 10 March 1850, Hoxton St John, Hackney, database and images, Ancestry ( accessed 11 Feb 2019); citing LMA, Ref No: p91/jnb/005. 


In 1851, a young Jane was living with her parents and older sister Elizabeth at 52 Mansfield Street, Shoreditch.

Hussey 1851 census
1851 England Census, Shoreditch London, Household Schedule 86, Piece 1537, Folio 343, Page No. 20, Jane Hussey, database and images, FindmyPast  ( accessed 11 Feb 2019). 


In 1861, 11-year-old Jane was living at 10 Upper Bemerton Street, Islington.  She lived with her parents and two younger siblings, Harriet and Thomas.

Hussey 1861
1861 England Census, Islington, London, Household Schedule 339, Piece 130, Folio 88, Page No. 59, Jane Hussey, database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).


On 25th December 1868, Jane married James Donald, a Warehouseman, at St Stephens Church, Spitalfields.

Hussey Donald marriage
“London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921,” database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019), entry for Hussey-Donald, 25 Dec 1868; citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers, P93/ste/005.                             


By 1871, the couple had moved to 29 Back Church Lane, Whitechapel with their baby daughter Jane Mary-Ann.  They shared their house with another family – The Coopers.

Hussey 1871
1871 England Census, Whitechapel, London, Household Schedule 80, Piece 522, Folio 92, Page No. 14, Jane Donald, database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).               


In 1881, Jane and James had moved to 39 Ernest Street, Mile End Old Town.  Jane was working as a Dress Maker to help provide for their four children – Jane, James, Henry and Margaret.

Hussey 1881
1881 England Census, Mile End Old Town, London, Household Schedule 410, Piece 481, Folio 109, Page No. 75, Jane Donald, database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).


By 1891, the Donald family had moved again.   Jane now lived at 117 Grove Buildings in Mile End Old Town with James and their six children – James, Henry, Caroline, Phoebe, Christopher and Lavinia.

Hussey 1891
1861 England Census, Mile End Old Town, London, Household Schedule 296, Piece 310, Folio 138, Page No. 45, Jane Donald, database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).


In 1901, Jane was not listed with her family in the census.  This was because she was serving a 6 month prison sentence at Wormwood Scrubs Prison.  She was found guilty of feloniously receiving stolen property – a gold watch from the London and North Western Railway Company.   It is interesting to note that her son Christopher was also in prison in the 1901 census.  He was 16 years old and was being held at the prison in Bedford.  This may have been from the same crime his mother was convicted of.

“England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935”, entry for Jane Donald, 15 Jan 1901, Clerkenwell, Series HO140, Piece 210, database and images, FindmyPast ( accessed 11 Feb 2019). 


In 1911, Jane was now a widow, as her husband James died in 1902.  She was living at 12 Guerin Street, Bow with her daughters Caroline and Lavinia.

1911 England Census, Poplar, London, , Piece 1663, Registration District 22, Jane Donald, database and images, ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).


Jane was 90 years old when she is died in April 1937.   She was buried on 9 April 1937 at Romford Cemetery, Havering, London.

Jane Hussey Donald 1937 burial record
“Burial Register Scan”, Jane Donald, 9 April 1937, Romford Cemetery, digital image, DeceasedOnline ( accessed 11 Feb 2019).

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