I’m been bed ridden the last few days with some kind of lurg, which has been pretty miserable to say the least. I was just about to go insane with boredom, or at least more insane than some already think I am, when my mum has send me her mother’s (Mue) prayerbook. I admit to have being quite moved seeing how many of us she must have regularly prayed for, as well as the shaky hand in which she had written down the death or her son, my uncle Edmund. I was interesting to see Mue’s Marwood Aunts and Uncle entered in the prayerbook, as follows:
Uncle Tom born 27 Nov 1873, died 19 Jan 1955
Uncle Edward born 11 April 1853, died 10 May 1944?
Auntie Lilly born 13 August 1855,
Auntie Mary born 13 Mar 1851, died 2 Sept 1904 Tapleyville, USA
Auntie Louisa born 27 May 1872, died 4 Nov 1898 Sydenham
My cousin Hamish has the following listed from all the various sources
including my recent work:
- Mary Jane Marwood
- Susan Marwood
- Edward Marwood
- Elizabeth (Lily) Marwood
- Frederick Thomas Marwood
- Alfred Wm Marwood
As mentioned in an earlier post, there’s evidence that Susan died in infancy so that leaves Alfred William and Elizabeth Marwood who appeared in the censuses but not in Mue’s prayer book. I’m guessing for the moment that Alfred William may also have died young.
At the same time, it now seems that Lilly is the same person as Elizabeth and Hamish now shows that as you can see above. My mother had originally thought that her great Aunt Lilly had married a Bussey, or maybe didn’t, but possibly had a son called Simon (Francis Rose) Bussy/Bussey who was a famous scientist. The census returns don’t show a Lilly that fits but they do have an Elizabeth Marwood that does and so I’m guessing that Lily is Elizabeth’s nickname Also there’s other family trees that show Elizabeth marrying a Harry Youngman Bussey (b. 1858 –) and has the following children:
I can’t find a scientist called Simon though and it doesn’t look like any of these Bussey children had offspring. I contacted Jim Macey on Ancestry.co.uk and he got back to me and explained that George Moir Bussey (the ‘Moir’ is his Scottish mother’s maiden name) was the author of a definitive biography of Napoleon, and later collected from around the world material of folktales and myths, that became his book: Fables. His work was the English equivalent of the Brothers Grimm. He and his sons were the main instigators of the profession: Parliamentary Reporter, which is the forerunner of what we would call a wire service. They would go to parts of England and write about, usually, the political happenings and sell the stories to newspapers all around the British isles and Europe. Dickens worked with them for awhile, until he sold his first serials of his novels.
The oldest boy was Geo. Thomas Moir Bussey. Jim’s cousin Mike Moir
Bussy is charting this line. The next eldest boy was Henry Edward Findlater Bussey and it was son Harry Youngman Bussey, who married Elizabeth/Lilly Marwood. Jim is descended from Isabel Findlater Bussey.
Interestingly, the 1901 Census shows Harry and Elizabeth/Lilly living in Clapham near where I used to live and it lists Harry as a Newspaper Reporter like his father and grandfather. I think Gilbert was also a reported because I found a piece in Blackwoods Magazine from 1921 called From the Congo to Uganda by Gilbert Bussey. He actually died in French Equatorial Africa in 1826.
I can’t, however, find Simon (Francis Rose) Bussy/Bussey who might have been a famous scientist and who lived in possibly lived in Petersfield, or at least that’s what Mue told my mother. Who knows maybe someone will get in touch who knows a bit more.