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Louisa Susanna Froom WINDEATT 1843-1917
married Richard HOSKIN & Henry BOWDEN

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Louisa Susanna Froom WINDEATT = married (1)1864 Richard HOSKIN and (2)1883 Henry BOWDEN
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                 Louisa Ann HOSKIN      Minnie Eliza Mary HOSKIN
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Parents and Siblings

Louisa Susanna Froom WINDEATT was born in the March quarter of 1843, the eighth of the ten children of John WINDEATT and Mary Ann FROOM.  She had five sisters and four brothers.

Louisa doesn't appear again in her parents' census lists.  I haven't found her in the 1861 Devon census so maybe she had already gone up to London, perhaps with Robert her elder brother, to live with some FROOM relations.

1864 Marriage to Richard HOSKIN

Louisa married Richard Augustus HOSKIN on Christmas Day, December 25th, 1864.  They were probably both twenty-one years old. 

According to information received from a kind correspondent: Richard was a Jeweller (b.1843 in St Helier, Jersey), and here is the family living in Adelaide St [See Note 1 below], East Stonehouse in 1851 [HO107/1880/288/33]

1851 Census (taken 30th March) © Crown Copyright

Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
John HOSKIN Head M 48 M Boot Maker Devon, Holsworth
Ann HOSKIN* Wife M 49 F   Devon Ringash**
John HOSKIN Son U 17 M Boat Builder Tavistock-Dev
Augustus HOSKIN Son - 15 M Statuary*** Tavistock-Dev
Mary HOSKIN Daur - 11 F Scholar St Helier, Jersey
Richd. HOSKIN Son - 7 M Scholar St Helier, Jersey

This HOSKIN family seem to have moved around quite a bit!  And they are also unusual in that the three sons above each followed a different profession from that of their father and from each other. 

*Ann:  Possibly the Ann SAGE who was baptised on 28th December 1801 in Ashreigny.

**Ring's Ash:  Alternative name for Ashreigny

***Statuary: It's possible that Augustus and Richard both had an artistic streak seeing as they went into statuary and jewellery.  My kind informant has advised that 'statuary' probably refers to monumental masonry statues so beloved of the Victorians for their graves.  Forty years later in 1891, there is a Gustave M. HOSKIN(s) and family living at 17 Willow Street, West Teignmouth [ RG12/1693/26/2/17].  Gustave is a Marble Carver born in Tavistock so there is probably some connection there.

Here is a transcription of Richard's marriage to Louisa, details courtesy of a kind informant:

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St. Giles, Camberwell in the County of Surrey

Date Name & Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father's Name and Forename Rank or profession of Father Witnesses
Dec 25th 1864 Richard Augustus HOSKIN * full Bachelor Jeweller** Peckham John HOSKIN Boot Maker Henry FROOM****

M.A. FROOM****

Louisa Susannah Froom WINDEATT full Spinster   Peckham John WINDEATT Waterman***

* Richard was almost certainly a cousin of some degree because

  1. Louisa's grandmother's maiden name was HOSKIN(s) and John is likely to be a relative (perhaps a nephew), and
  2. Richard's father, John HOSKIN, came from Holsworthy as did Thomezine HOSKIN(s) - Louisa's grandmother.
  3. Richard HOSKIN was apprenticed to George TURNER in 1861 and described as a nephew - probably of Mary Ann TURNER (née WINDEATT) who was Thomezine HOSKIN(s) daughter, and also
  4. Augustus is also a second name given to one of Thomezine HOSKIN(s) children, i.e. Louisa's uncle Edwin's second name was Augustus.

However, we don't as yet know the exact nature of the relationship.

** Jeweller:  Louisa's brother Robert Froom WINDEATT had also served an apprenticeship with George TURNER and had moved up to this area of London in the 1850s or so and was working as a jeweller.  I imagine they, and the FROOMs, all kept in contact with each other.

*** Waterman: An explanation of this appointment can be found in a newspaper report about Louisa's father in 1852.

****The FROOMs were her mother's relatives.  Again, I am not quite sure of the nature of the relationship but I have been previously informed that they had moved to the Clerkenwell area of London and Louisa must have moved up there at some time in the previous few years - perhaps to stay with them.

1867-1871 Deaths of their babies

Like others in this family who moved up to London, the life up there in the smoke did not turn out to be very good for their health and although they had two daughters both sadly died in infancy:

1. Louisa Ann HOSKIN

Here is a transcription of her baptismal record  at St Pancras Parish Church, Camden (courtesy of a kind correspondent):

Date Name Parents Address Father's Occupation DOB
Aug 2 1867 Louisa Ann Richard Augustus & Louisa Susannah HOSKIN Wilmot St. Jeweller July 18 1867

and the death of Louisa Ann HOSKIN was registered in the December quarter of 1868, aged 1 [Pancras, 1b 48]

2 Minnie Eliza Mary Hoskin

Here is a transcription of her baptismal record  at St. Pancras Old Church, Camden (courtesy of a kind correspondent):

Date Name Parents Address Father's Occupation DOB
Dec 28 1870 Minnie Eliza Mary Richard Augustus & Louisa Susannah HOSKIN 41 Thanet St. Jeweller 9 Nov 1870

and the death of Minnie Eliza M HOSKIN was registered in the June quarter of 1871, aged 0 [Pancras, 1b 44]

1871 Census (taken 2nd April) © Crown Copyright

Here they are living at number 41 Thanet Street [See Notes], St. Pancras, London in a house with four other households

Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
Richard A HOSKIN Head Mar 27 M Goldsmith Jersey
Louisa S. F. HOSKIN Wife Mar 28 F   Devon Teignmouth
Minnie Elthe HOSKIN* dau Unmar 5 mo M   Middlesex, London

Minnie is still alive on 2nd April but she must have died shortly afterwards.  Perhaps that was the trigger for them to return to Exeter.

1872 Death of her husband

Then to add more tragedy to Louisa's life, it seems that Richard died, aged only 29, in Exeter in the December quarter of 1872 [Exeter, 5b 81].

Richard and Louisa must have returned to Exeter some time between December 1870 and December 1872.

 Perhaps they returned because they realised that London was an unhealthy place for their children.  Her brother, Robert Froom WINDEATT, had sent his son, James, down to Devon to be looked after by his parents in 1861 and in 1871, another of Robert Froom's son's was in a local hospital in London.

Or, perhaps they returned because Richard was already ill and could be better looked after by relatives still in Devon.

1881 Census (taken 3rd April) © Crown Copyright- guesswork

We are not absolutely sure what happened to Louisa afterwards but it looks as though, in 1881, a Louise HOSKIN, aged 37, was living at 20 North Street, Exeter, St. Kerrian parish, St. Paul's, Exeter in the household of Henry BOWDEN and his wife, Emily Ann,  [RG11/2154/70/30]. 

Name Status Marr Sex Age Occupation Birthplace
BOWDEN, Henery (sic) Head M M 39 Fishing Tackle Maker Exeter
BOWDEN, Emily Ann Wife H? F 36 - Exeter
BOWDEN, George Henery (sic) Son M (sic) M 14 - Exeter
BOWDEN, Frederick Ernest Son M (sic) M 11 - Exeter
BOWDEN, Eleanor Louise Daur H* F 9    
HOSKIN, Louise Daur** H* F 37 Dressmaker Teignmouth, Devon

*H: This enumerator's transcription seems very sloppy and appears to have been corrected in several places on the page, and I have no idea what the H means under 'Condition as to Marriage' - it is usually a 'U' - for 'unmarried' or 'S' for 'single'.  He has also accused poor George and Frederick of being married!  And has the the heads of the next two households down merely as 'widow' and 'widower' where he should have written 'head'.

**Daur:  Plainly this is just another mistake.  Louise is only two years younger than Henery so could hardly have been his daughter.  It is a pity we don't know whether she was a relation or just a boarder.

Could they have been relatives? 

A Henry BOWDEN married an Emily Ann PRATT in Exeter in the September quarter of 1863 [5b 192].  I know of no connection between WINDEATT and either family but there could have been FROOM or HOSKIN connections. 

1883 Marriage to Henry BOWDEN - guesswork

Later, in the June quarter of 1881, an Emily Ann BOWDEN died in the Exeter District [5b 70] and, later still, a Louisa HOSKIN married a Henry BOWDEN in Exeter in the June quarter of 1883 [5b 137].

1891-1917 Life with Henry

1891 Census (taken 5th April) © Crown Copyright

Again this is all very speculative but, if Louisa married Henery BOWDEN, then this could be her ten years later, working as a temporary nurse for the GAY family at Radnor Villa, Wonford Road, St Leonards, Exeter.  [RG12/1689/19/97/7/45].

Surname First
Rel Status Sex Age Occupation Employ-ment Birthplace
GAY Edward Head M M


Indian Govt Civil Serv Emp'ee London - Camberwell
GAY Ellen Wife M F 47     London - Westminster
GAY Edmund Son - M


Scholar    Overseas - British - Bombay, India
GAY Margaret Dau - F


    Devon - Dawlish
VEYSEY Ellen Grace Servnt S F


Cook Dom Serv    Devon - Creacombe
BOWDEN Louisa S Servnt M F


Nurse, Temporary    Devon - Teignmouth


House & Parlour Maid    Sussex - Wadhurst

Henry is living at 54 Portland Street, St. Sidwell's, Exeter, recorded as married but living there just with another family of three - the BEAUMONTs [RG12/1687/65/46/328]. He was probably making do while his wife was out nursing just for the night or possibly longer.

1901 Census (taken 31st March)  © Crown Copyright

Here are Henry and Louisa, both working at home, and self-employed and possibly employing others.  They are living at no. 54 Portland Street, in the St Matthews area of Exeter.  They are living in a house with at least five rooms, although one of those rooms is occupied by a separate household consisting of a Dinah BURTON aged 72 (could be BOWDEN) and a boarder, Laura WILLEY (could be HILLBY) aged 21.  The other inhabitants of Portland Street seem mostly to be living on their own means or working in shops or as clerks. [ /28/156].

Surname Rel Age Status Sex Occupation Employ-ment   Birthplace
Henry BOWDEN Head



M Fishing Rod Maker (late) Employer Home Devonshire, Exeter
Louisa BOWDEN Wife



F Tailoress Employer Home Devon, Teignmouth

1911 Census (taken 2nd April) © Crown Copyright

Here they are now in 1911, living together in a two-room dwelling at 9 Magdalen Cottages, Exeter.  Henry declared that they had been married for 27 years but that they had had no children [1911 Census: RG14PN12678 RG78PN728 RD271 SD1 ED10 SN420].

Surname Rel Age Status Sex Occupation Employ-ment Birthplace
Henry BOWDEN Head



M Fishing Rod Maker (late) own account Devonshire, Exeter
Louisa BOWDEN Wife



F     Devon, Teignmouth

Death and Descendants

A Louisa S. F. BOWDEN died in the September quarter of 1917, aged 72, in the Exeter District [5b 89] and this was almost certainly her.

It doesn't look as though Louisa had any surviving children (unless he or she was brought up by other relatives) but, if you know anything more about this family, please leave a message on the Message Board.


  1. Adelaide Street, East Stonehouse: William Robert WINDEATT and his wife, Philippa (née BOWDEN)  were living at 39 Adelaide Street in the early 1860s.  This is probably just a coincidence but William Robert was also a grandson of Thomasine HOSKIN(s).  A similar coincidence is that Louise later married a BOWDEN herself.
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  2. Thanet Street

    Thanet Street is an early and picturesque example of a street of workmen's cottages. Though small in size, having only one storey above the ground floor and basement, they have charming balconies and elongated windows to the first floor which give an impression of French windows. The ground floor is rendered in channelled stucco with arched windows and doors of the simplest character, with emphasized key-blocks. Some of the houses have a moulded course at first floor level; with others it is a plain band. In certain instances the stuccoed portion is plain. The upper storey is in plain brick with a broad stucco band forming a parapet hiding the slate roof. None of the original houses remain on the west side. On the east, the middle part (about one-third) survives (Nos. 8 to 17). The southern third has been demolished as far as Leigh Street and the northern third has been rebuilt.

    - From: 'The Skinners' Company Estate', Survey of London: volume 24: The parish of St Pancras part 4: King’s Cross Neighbourhood (1952), pp. 83-93.
    URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65565&strquery=Thanet
    Date accessed: 06 March 2010.

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