One of my favorite parts about researching genealogy is learning more about the women folk (sorry guys). Upon receiving the copy of Ernest Augustus Needham’s birth certificate, I learned the name of his mother: Elizabeth Waterhouse. I had never heard of the name Waterhouse before in the family. And I never realized at that time how much more there was to learn about her own family tree. This is the beginning of what I have so far. It can get a bit confusing when there were so many generations of Elizabeths. I almost wanted to title this post “back in time” (forgive me the Huey Lewis pun).

Source Citation: Certified transcription of birth certificate for Elizabeth Waterhouse, Application Number COL 634256, Registered in Whitechapel, London, Middlesex, England.

Elizabeth Waterhouse was born in 1855 to Elizabeth Maria (Pooley) and William Waterhouse. They lived at 37 Worship St. in London, England. William was a carpenter and was born in 1819. He was raised in Hackney and is listed on the 1840 Census living with his father John and sisters Amelia and Elizabeth. I will expand upon the Waterhouse and Pooley families in future posts.

Elizabeth Maria Pooley married William Waterhouse at St. Paul’s parish Bermondsey in London, in 1849 (see marriage record below).

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Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Paul, Bermondsey, Register of marriages, P71/PAU, Item 011. Source Information: Ancestry.com. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts, London."

They had the following children: William Henry Waterhouse (b. 1850), Mary Ann Waterhouse (b. 1852), Elizabeth Waterhouse (b. 1855), and Frederick William Waterhouse (b. 1860). Below is a timeline of the Waterhouse family and brings up some heartbreaking losses that hit the family in 1860. The next posts will discuss many of the details in this timeline and give a fuller picture of their lives.

Waterhouse Family Timeline 1849-1861

1849 – St. Paul Bermondy Parish, Elizabeth Maria Pooley (age 22) married William Waterhouse (27). The bride lived on Weston St., the groom on Nelson St. in London.

1849 – September 15th, William Henry Waterhouse born

1851 – 37 Worship St. William & Elizabeth (Pooley) Waterhouse lived with infant son William H.

1852 – 8 William St, daughter Mary Ann Waterhouse was baptized at St Leonard’s Dec 26th

1855 – 37 Worship St. Elizabeth Waterhouse born

1860 – September 5th, William Waterhouse died at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and William H Waterhouse (his son) also died of a fever within a matter of days on September 9th.

On 5 Dec 1860, Frederick William Waterhouse was born to William Waterhouse’s widow Elizabeth Maria (Pooley) Waterhouse.

1861 – 4 Axe Place.  6 Feb, two months after his father passed away, Frederick William Waterhouse baptised at private service at St. Leonard’s church in Shoreditch (age 1).

Two months later, the family is listed as living in Shoreditch on the 1861 census. Frederick William then 4 months old, with mother and sisters Mary Ann and Elizabeth. Elizabeth (Pooley) Waterhouse was listed as a needlewoman. A bleak situation for this young family, but not the end by far.

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