Elizabeth Abel

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 27/03/2020
© Christine Gambles

Elizabeth Abel


Elizabeth Marshman was born in Berkshire c1793 she was the daughter of Stephen & Priscilla Marshman (nee Salter) who were married in Thatcham in 1771. Elizabeth married Samuel Gough in 1814.

Marriage details:

Place: St Nicolas Church Newbury

Date: 16th June 1814

Groom: Samuel Gough

Bride: Elizabeth Marshman

Witnesses: John Wright and John Skinner


Joseph Toomer’s 1815 census of Newbury records the couple as follows:

Abode: East Side of Newtown Lane Newbury

Samuel Gough, aged 22, married, occupation: Corn Porter

Elizabeth Gough, aged 22, married

Harriet Gough, infant


Elizabeth and Samuel had the following children (all baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury):

Harriet 20/1/ 1815   Sarah 14/6/1816   James 6/2/1818   William 21/1/1820   William 19/10/1821   Samuel 24/3/1824   Eliza 30/10/1825   George 29/6/1828   Thomas 3/9/1830   William Samuel 24/10/1833


Elizabeth’s husband Samuel died aged 43 in 1836 and was buried at St Nicolas Newbury on the 16th August. Elizabeth remarried the following year her 2nd husband was Robert Abel.

Marriage details:

Place: St Nicolas Church Newbury

Date: 16th September 1837

Groom: Robert Abel, F/A, Widower, Labourer

Bride: Elizabeth Gough, F/A, Widow

Fathers: Thomas Abel, occupation: Labourer and Stephen Marshman occupation: Labourer

Witnesses: Richard Brown and George Stillman

Bride and Groom both made their mark


The 1841 census records Robert and Elizabeth’s surname as Habel, they were living in Old Newtown Road Newbury and Robert was recorded as an Army Pensioner, also living with them was Elizabeth’s son, James Gough aged 20, occupation, Corn Porter’s Labourer.

Elizabeth’s husband Robert died in 1844 and was buried at St Nicolas Newbury on the 6th April.

The 1851 census records Elizabeth as a Laundress, living with her married daughter Sarah Langton and her family in Stroud Green Newbury. The 1871 census records her as a Charwoman lodging at a Public House in The City Newbury.

Elizabeth died aged 84 in 1873 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 27th September.

Sources:as above

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