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Elizabeth Webster [we.7.3]

Elizabeth Webster was the third child of John Hearne Webster & Euphemia Kay Stewart born May 20th, 1851 & christened June 13th, 1851 at Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Elizabeth (known as Bessie) lived in Australia until 1854. She was not at home at the time of the 1861 census.

In 1871 she was living with the family at Prospect St, Reading.

Elizabeth married Huson Morris on 19th October 1875 at Bromley, Kent.  Huson was christened June 13th, 1848 at St Mary Magdalene, Peckham, Surrey, the son of Thomas Morris, a surgeon, & Katherine Hannah Jackson.  Huson was a talented cricketer & played for Lancing College, the Gentlemen of West Kent & once for the MCC in 1868.

In 1881 Bessie & Huson were living at ‘The Nest’, Hayes, Bromley, & Huson was employed as a member of the stock exchange. They had 3 children – Ella M (3), Arthur H (2) & Hilda W (8 months). Visiting them was Bessie’s brother Arthur H Webster (20) & William M Inchbold (24), both clerks on the London Stock Exchange. They had a cook, a housemaid, a nursemaid & a nurse.

Bessie & Huson were still at ‘The Nest’, Hayes in 1891 & Huson’s occupation was described as ‘stock exchange jobber’. The children at home were Ella, Hilda & new additions Winifred (9), Edith H (8) & Norman H (5). They had a nurse, cook, nursemaid & housemaid. Living nearby at Baston Farm, Hayes were Huson’s parents & brothers & sister, his father now being a retired general practitioner.

Huson was a church warden at St Mary the Virgin, Hayes around the turn of the century.

Daughter Ella married Walter Reuben Preston, an engineer, in April-June 1900 at Hayes.

‘The Nest’ was still home to Bessie & Huson in 1901 & Huson was still a member of the stock exchange. Only daughter Hilda was still at home. Visiting was Ida C V Bell (25) & a niece Barbara E Fox (18), daughter of Huson’s sister Margaret who was living nearby at The Common, the home of Huson’s mother Katherine Morris, recently widowed. The usual array of servants were also present. Other people present at the time of the census at the home of Huson’s mother were his brothers Graham, a medical practitioner, & Montague, a stock exchange agent. Interestingly there were 2 children visiting at the time of the census - Effie Stewart Webster (8) & Thomas S Webster (5) both described as relatives, but who were in fact Katherine Morris’s grandchildren. They were children of Bessie Eleanor Morris (Katherine’s daughter) who had married John Stewart Webster (Elizabeth’s brother) in Australia.

Daughter Hilda married Leslie Carlton Brooksmith, a priest in the Church of England, in July-September 1909 at Hayes.  They were living at Down Ampney Vicarage, Cirencester, Gloucester at the time of her death in 1934.

Daughter Winifred was working as a nurse at the Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea at the time of the 1911 census. 

Sons Arthur Huson & Norman Huson were both educated at Charterhouse.  Sadly Arthur died soon after leaving Charterhouse in April 1900 in France.  Norman became a very successful engineer.  He served during WW1 in India & was appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment) on October 7th, 1914.  Norman married Una Mary O’Dwyer in Jan-March 1920 in Kensington, London.  He devoted much time to voluntary work & was associated with the Royal Hospital & Home for Incurables, Putney. 

Huson, of 5 Elms, Hayes,Kent died on February 14th, 1924 at the Hotel Beau Sejour, St Jean de Luz, France.  Administration of his will was granted May 1st, 1924 to son Norman Huson Morris esquire.  Huson's effects were £2,174.1s.8d.

The children of Elizabeth Webster & Huson Morris were:

we.7.3.1 Ella Margaret Morris born Oct-December 1877 at Hayes
we.7.3.2 Arthur Huson Morris born July-September 1879 at Hayes; died April 11th, 1900 at St Jean de Luz, France
we.7.3.3 Hilda Wollaston Morris born July-September 1880 at Hayes; died November 8th, 1934 at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
we.7.3.4 Winifred Morris born April-June 1882 at Hayes
we.7.3.5 Edith Huson Morris born Oct-December 1883 at Hayes
we.7.3.6 Norman Huson Morris born Jan-March 1886 at Hayes; died February 2nd, 1963 at The Tile House, Barrs Lane, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey

 

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