52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2014) #33 Maria Louisa Doyle

Over the last few weeks, my posts have been about the Russell/Doyle branch of the family.  I’ve decided to continue with this branch in my post this week, and my ancestor is Maria Louisa Doyle.  Maria was the daughter of Thomas Doyle (my ancestor for week 2 (2015 series)) and Catherine Mills (my ancestor for week 32 (2014 series)).

Maria was born 17 December 1846, and baptised 8 February 1847 at Parish of St Phillip Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

Maria Louisa Doyle baptism
(Birmingham, Warwickshire, England), Baptisms, Maria Louisa Doyle baptism, Birmingham, St Philip (1847), issued 8 feb 1847, Reference no DRO 25 Archive Roll M43; digital images, ancestry.com, “Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Baptisms 1813-1912,” anestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 25 Jan 2015); Original data: Anglican Parish Records. Birmingham, England: Library of Birmingham.
Maria Louisa Doyle baptism, Birmingham, St Philip (1847), issued 8 Feb 1847, Reference no DRO 25 Archive Roll M43; digital images, ancestry.com, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England Baptisms 1813-1912, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 25 Jan 2015);

The 1851 England Census shows Louisa Doyle age 3 with her parents Thomas and Caterine Doyle at Deritend And Bordesley, Aston, Warwickshire, England.  Also in the household was Allen Doyle, age 2, a servant Ellen Clark, and 2 visitors, Thomas Jeffcoat and John Pearman.

Louisa Doyle, 1851 England Census, Deritend and Bordesley, Aston, Warwickshire, England, Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 2060; Folio: 485; Page: 12; GSU roll: 87315-87316. Household no 49; Public Record Office, UK Ancestry.com website <a href=”http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx”>http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx</a&gt;.

On the 1861 England Census, Maria L Doyle, age 14, was with her mother Katherine Doyle at 113 Brearley St, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.  Also with them were Sarah A Doyle age 10, John G Doyle age 8, William S Doyle age 7 and Frank Doyle age 4.

Maria L. Doyle, 1861 England Census, 113 Brearley St, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 2157; Folio: 11; Page: 18; GSU roll: 542927. Household no 93; Public Record Office, UK Ancestry.com website <a href=”http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx”>http://www.ancestry.com/Default.aspx</a&gt;.

In 1862, the family emigrated to Australia on the “Great Britain”.  They arrived in Victoria in August 1862.  The family included Thos age 45, Cath age 40, Louisa age 14, Sarah A age 11, John G age 9, William age 8 and Frank age 6.  At the time, Louisa’s occupation was listed as “spinster”.

Victoria, Australia, “Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923,” Louisa Doyle, age 14, year 1862, ship “Great Britain”; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 1 Feb 2015).

Maria was married 3 years after arriving in Victoria.  She married Henry Russell on 17 April 1865 at Buninyong.  Maria was a spinster, age 18, birthplace Birmingham, England, residence Buninyong, parents Thomas Doyle, teacher, and Catherine Mills.

They were married by G J Russell, Incumbent of Buninyong, according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Church of England and Ireland, with the consent of Thomas Doyle the Father of the Bride who was a minor.  The witnesses were J Russell and T Doyle.

Victoria, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, marriage certificate 1197 (1865), Russell-Doyle.

Maria and Henry had 10 children

  • Henrietta Louisa 1865-1949
  • Edward Fitzgerald 1867-1943
  • Garrett John 1869-1949
  • William Charles 1872-1874
  • William Owen Edward 1876-1895
  • Victoria May 1877-1938
  • Thomas Henry 1880-1882
  • Annie 1883-1884
  • Thomas Henry Leopold 1885-1966
  • Frank Ernest 1889-1964

Henry died 3 years after their youngest child was born, in 1892.

Maria died 28 November 1925 at the Mental Hospital, Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.  She was buried 1 December 1925 at the Melbourne General Cemetery.

Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, death certificate 12290 (1925), Maria Louisa Russell; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne.

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