Hougham, Susan

Female 1866 - 1945  (78 years)

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  • Name Hougham, Susan 
    Born 3 Aug 1866  Ash Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1945 
    Buried Folkestone Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On 1871 census living with parents

      Domestic Servant at 20 Bridge Street Canterbury in 1881

      On 1901 census visiting parents at at 76 The Forstall

      On 1911 census living with widowed mother domestic servant

      The letters of Susan Hougham-,-address 17-Poplar Road, Leatherhead Surrey. -her birthplace Preston, Kent. a 3rd Cousin of my Mother though strangers. Her -letters - are- not often dated,so- the genealogical points-will.be jotted down as I read through. (l saw Susan in 1937, when I visited 'Kent.-)

      1925.March 7."l met a girl named Hougham last summer, and sent her your letter ,as she told me that her father was keen on learning all he could about the family name. She came from Kent, Deal, a few miles from Preston. One seldom hears our name except in Kent, and no stranger can spell or pronounce it, without being told the right way. Her father is
      going to write to you. lt appears that his father tried to get as much information as he could in his life time. Note, byM.H. P. -these people turn out to be my Mother's third cousins, also 3rd oousins to each other-but complete stran
      gers all. "
      " They tell me there are Almshouses in Deal, built by Ann Hougham many years ago — I wish we could get back to the
      centuries ago when our ancestors were important enough to be buried in the old churches-but it is very hard to go back, as records have been stolen and burnt from the old churohes.lt is funny how the same names carry on down Edward, William, Johnt Henry, Ann etc.and it is the same names in this family of Deal and Cranbrook.Her father's ad dress is Mr Wm.E.Hougham, Singers, High St ,Cranbrook,Kent. "My sister, Mrs Elvery at Preston". (l might insert that some of my correspondents quoted paragraphs from books and. sent me-so I bought the books ,and will not add their quotations here.) Our Churoh is Congregational" "Gabriel Addley married Harriet Goldfinch"

      193l.Apr.27. 3 Quarry Cottages Wadhurat, Sussex. "I am staying here with my sister and nieces, I have been very ill."l was in the hospital, and while there my sister, Mrs Elvery lost a son, he was shot in the foot in France during the war, he died in Canterbury hospital whilst I was in St Leonard's, near Hastings "He was married and left a widow, who had a little daughter born a few weeks after his death. " I am now at my sisters for a few days ,at Mill lane Preston. We are filling out the sheets you sent. It is difficult to get any information any farther back than Father, as all are dead.Aunt Kesiah's daughter told us all she knew.I have just been looking at the photo of your Grandfather that you sent, and there is a very striking likeness to my father and his sister Kesiah, I do not remember Aunt Mary so well, she has been dead a long time. inset by M. H. Pratt, the persons she is mentioning turn out to be 1st oousins of my Grandfather)"
      July 13. "Are you considered like your Grandfather Hougham, we are looking at your picture and think you have the
      Hougham forehead and nose."I an enclosing a picture of Preston Church where some of our ancestors are buried."
      1934 June 13.from Victoria Avenue ,Westgate."l went to Preston Church and read the slabs there ,and my sister is going
      to send you the results, then I went to the neighboring church-it.is about 1,000 years old, but I saw no stones there with our name on-time and weather has obliterated the very old stones, they are not readable. the name of the Church I visited was at Stourmouth. about two miles from Preston. I also went to St Martin's at Canterbury and copied the tablets there. Percy Hougham has a son John he is about 3 or 4 years I think. ""Ellen Hougham wife
      of Edward.d.13 October 1924. Mabel Florence, daughter of above , md Henry George Hayward,Aug.2lst 192l,Ruby Hayward • b.3 Aug. 1923 Ernest Stephen Elvery.son of George and Harriett.md.Nora Gaylor 26 Apr. 1930, d,24 Feb.l93l and Joyce Elvery b 3l Mar.193l. —— Ellen Bennett d. Apr.3,1932. Emma Bennett.d.9 Sep. 1932. Both buried in Shepherds ville Churchyard Emma was my eldest sister and Ellen was her daughter."
      l934.Aug.2nd."On 14th of July Olive Rose Smith was married-her husband was a widower with a little girl of five. 'her
      husband's name is Eric Ringrove Underdowne . "

      1935 .April 9th. "Mrs Elvery s youngest daughter Connie was married just before Xmas, I will send you a paper account of the wedding, from which you may get some dates. ""My sister Ann Smith is in the Margate hospital, she is nearly 73 and her husband is 78 ,and not been able to work for 6 or 7 years. I .hope you will be able to come and see my lit tle room and have tea with me. — I am enclosing a paper clipping from. Herne, which a friend gave me — -I do not know these Houghams at all. "(Note. Once again 1 find more third cousins of both Mothers and Susan's."

      1938 April 8th. (There are many letters during this interval, but not genealogical) "Soon after Christmas my brother in law passed away, on 10 Feb. in the local hospital, and now his wife is seriously ill.My sister Nell in London whom you went to see at Shepherd's Bush,also passed on to her rest on 29th of January.The husband of my niece at Preston, Mabel Hayward died on Feb. 3rd. the result of war wounds ,the poor fellow never had a war pension, but after he was dead they gave him a Legion" funeral."

      1939. Oct. 20. "My, nephew at Shepherd's Bush, Ted Tietjen is in France ,he was called up at the beginning of the war .He is a mechanic in the air-force .Next Sunday the 22nd is his 52nd birthday. His daughter Kathleen is very upset, they were so devoted to one another."

      1940 Jan. 29th. Susan's letter of this date was about the blackout, and having to carry gas masks, and all the in conveniances of the war. This, was her last latter ,as war interfered also with our mail, and I had a long illness myself then had Father and Mother to nurse through their last illness.Then in 1945 came the news

      to me of Susan's death. So that closes one more chapter of my correspondence.
    Person ID I1378  Hougham
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2012 

    Father Hougham, John
              b. 1827, Stourmouth Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 7 Apr 1906, Stourmouth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Addley, Emma
              b. 5 Feb 1833, Preston Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 27 Mar 1912  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1854  St Mildreds Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart