Monday, May 26, 2014

52 Ancestors - #13 Louisa JUKES

Louisa JUKES is my 2nd Great-Grandmother. She was born in March 1871 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England to James JUKES and his wife Kitty JOLLIFFE. The 1871 census was taken when Louisa was 3 weeks old and reveals that at the time she had not been names. Instead she was recorded as N.K. JUKES. In 1871 Louisa was the youngest of 8 children, although I would later discover that there was another older child who had died as an infant, making Louisa the youngest of 9.

Louisa spent her childhood in East Knoyle but at 20 years old the 1891 census shows that she was staying with her married sister Martha (wife of Ton UPJOHN) in Blackwood, Monmouthshire, Wales.  Within the year she would marry Henry ANDREWS and have her first child before moving to her husbands homeland of Devon, England where her 4 remaining children were born.  Henry's family had been miners, although they would take labouring employment when needed. This accounts for the moving back and fore between counties.  The 1911 census reveals that the family had re-located to Gilfach, Glamorganshire, Wales which was within walking distance to a number of deep cast coal mines.  The census records that Louisa had 5 children all of which were still alive. On census night, 4 of Louisa's children were at home while the eldest daughter, 17 year old Alice Maud, was recorded as a domestic servant at the home of her employer (some 30 minutes away by train today) in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales.

Although I have yet to find a record of Louisa's death, she is commemorated on her eldest daughter's headstone. The inscription reads:

"In Loving Memory of Emrys Harding died. Dec 4, 1954 aged 62. Also Maud his dear wife died. Jan 26, 1977 aged 83. Also Henry Andrews and his wife Louisa and his son Ernest at rest with the Lord"

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