Hougham, Harriet

Female 1868 - 1950  (81 years)


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  • Name Hougham, Harriet 
    Born 10 Jun 1868  Ash-next-Sandwich, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Jan 1950  Thanet Dist., Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • On 1871 census living with parents


      Nursemaid at Evernden House St Nicholas at Wade in 1881

      23 Nov 1928 Harriett writes "Edward Hougham died of consumption - he went to work when he was 6 years old, keeping rooks, so he had no schooling, couldn't even write his own name. Schooling had to be paid for, wages were low. We often wonder now how our parents managed to keep and clothe us and pay for our own schooling on 13 shillings a week. They must have had a very hard life"

      From the 'Kentish Express1 January 1950. Funeral of Harriet(Hougham)ELvery.
      PRESTON NEXT WINGHAM.
      "Member of the Congregational Church over 60 years,Mrs Harriet Elvery,81,widow of
      Mr G. Elvery.died at her daughter's home.Elmlea, Mill-lane.(At the funeral on Saturday mourners were Mr H.Elvery( son) Miss M Elvery, Mr and Mrs E A.Griggs,(son in law and daughters),Miss J Elvery(Grand­daughter) Mrs B.and F.Smith,Miss E Hougham,Mrs C. Hollaway, (nieces) Mrs J.Elvery, (sister in law) Mr A.J. Lilliott.(brother-in law) Mrs A.J.Lilliott and friends." .
      "Flowers from Harrold, Glad, and Mrs .Parsons. Mabel, Con.and Ted. Nora and Joy. Brother Ted,and Ella, nieces from Westgate and Queensborough,Elsie,Dave,Ellen and Char.Kethleen and Mabel.Millie, and from friends and members of Congregational church.Mr and Mrs E Griggs and family,.Mrs G.Griggs.Kit,Jen and Bert.Jan, Dick,Arthur and Rose, Mr and Mrs Newport and Alice."
      One might ask why copy all these ,I will tell you.Every name mentioned above with the exception of the last,are relatives,and help in identification of families :and the last might be a relative..Every one of these were at the wedding of Harriet's daughter Constance in l934,so it shows who are still living. It shows that Harriet's daughter is still single,that is Mabel.it is 14 years since her sister' Connie's mar­riage .Mabel was born 1893,it is now 57 years so she is not likely to marry . It shows that some of Harriet's sisters must have passed away before she did,because their children are mentioned now. Harriet's children are still living and so are their companions. It Identifies the Lilliotts for me-they are on the Griggs side because they are also related to Mrs Doris Maud(Hougham)Griggs,who was at the wedding as well as at the fun­eral.This Doris is a faithful correspondent of mine,as was Harriet.but they did not know of the Hougham oon-nection, untill I told Doris after Harriet's death.They were about 5th or 6th cousins,and thought there was no relationship.Now the name Mrs C.Hollaway appears as a niece-so I inquire if she is a niece by Hougham side. Newspaper items of this kind provide much information when proven correct.
      I spent a week with Harriet at Mill Lane in 1937,Connie was living next door to her Mother,it was at Connie's that Harriet died. Mabel was working in Canterbury at that time,at Barton Estate,and it was news to her when I told her that that-estate used to belong to the Houghams a few decades ago .These little villages in Kent,such as Preston, Stourmouth.Elmstone etc,where my ancestors lived in the l5th and l6th centuries are still just villages.Only a mile or two apart,one bus goes through daily from Canterbury to the coast,such as Sandwich,Ramsgate,Margate etc. and the people living in these country places rarely venture farther than to their Church,may be on special occasions as far as Canterbury about ten miles ride.
      On my visit there I met very friendly kin although we had only met through years of previous cor­respondence,I was made very welcome. I was astonished that a place as ancient as Kent would be so backward in their ways of living.The old washtub was brought in each week end for the weekly bath.The candles were lighted at night to show the way upstairs to bed,and the snuffers were there to cut the wicks, The beds were old style paliasses with a feather tick on top,and for further warmth there were crocks that were filled with hot water-they held about a quart,they were angle shaped on two sides and round on the third,so that 3 formed a circle when packed away.it was hard to get your feet just right unless used to them.The fire places had the familiar tongs,poker and bellows,along with the little fire shovel.suoh as I had seen in my own grandmother's home when I was a child.All was very quaint and brought back memories,and for a week at a time was a novelty,but to live that way always after having used electricity with it's conveniences was no fun.
      There were no street lights,and even in London where I stayed a month,right near the British Museum the lamplighter made his daily rounds with a lighted stick over his shoulder and lighted gas lamps one at a time in the very early evening,(it was so foggy) and about nine in the morning he made his round to put them out.
    Person ID I1379  Hougham
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2005 

    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

    Family Elvery, George
              b. 24 Sep 1862, Preston, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Nov 1916, Eastry Dist, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1889  Ash, Eastry Dist, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elvery, Harold George
              b. 7 Mar 1892, Eastry Dist., Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Jul 1969, Wickhambreux, Canterbury Dist. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Elvery, Mabel Elizabeth
              b. 9 Nov 1893, Eastry Dist., Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Feb 1970, Preston next Wingham, nr Canterbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +3. Elvery, Ernest Stephen
              b. 20 May 1896, Wingham, ( Eastry Dist.) Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Feb 1931, Canterbury Dist. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     4. Elvery, Constance Ethel
              b. 12 Feb 1902, Preston nr Canterbury Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. AFT. 1976  (Age > 75 years)
    Family ID F4676  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart