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.
In 1851, a young Jane was living with her parents and older sister Elizabeth at 52 Mansfield Street, Shoreditch.
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.
On 25th December 1868, Jane married James Donald, a Warehouseman, at St Stephens Church, Spitalfields.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jane was 90 years old when she is died in April 1937. She was buried on 9 April 1937 at Romford Cemetery, Havering, London.