Abigail Paice was the second of the five children of Harriet and James Paice, Harriet, James Abigail, Charles Ambrose and Mary Ann. The family bible indicates that Abigail was born on 28th January on Friday at half past one in the morning in 1843. She was born in Droxford, Hampshire. Her birth was registered on 25th February 1845, following her christening on 23rd February 1845, but the birth registration indicates a birth date of 28th January 1845. 28th January in 1843 was a Saturday, 1844 a Sunday and 1845 a Tuesday, it seems given this that the 1843 birth date seems more likely, Friday at half past one in the morning could have been Saturday. Most records concur with the birthdate of about 1845.
When Abigail was about five years old, her mother Harriet died from consumption at age 32 on 25th March 1850, leaving her father James Paice a widower at age 33. By the time of the 1851 census, Abigail aged 6, her sisters Harriet 8 and Mary Ann 2 and brother Charles 4 were still living with their father at the Manor House in Droxford Street, with a house servant Sarah Ann Marsh, aged 20. Her brother James having died as an infant shortly after his birth in 1844.
James married Sarah Ann MARSH on 3rd August 1851 and they have a further 13 children together. It seems likely that the family bible page that details Abigails birth may have been later prepared by Sarah Ann or James (given the consistent handwriting) and the children of James and Harriet included, the birth details of several of Harriet's children being slightly inaccurate, this could suggest the 1845 birth is actually correct. Given the birth was registered in 1845, this seems more likely.
By aged 16 in 1861 Abigail is living away from home and working as a general servant for a grocer/shopman Mr James A Game in Park Lane, Droxford, On 5th November 1867 Abigail gives birth at age 22 to Edith Mary PAICE. At this time she is living at Forton Hampshire, near Gosport at 16 Elm Grove. No fathers name is listed on the birth certificate.
By the time of the 1871 census Abigail appears to have married and is listed as living at 14 Sun Street, Woolwich, Kent with her husband Arthur George COURTENAY aged 30 who states he is from Middlesex Marlybone. The census record indicates they are living with their three children Edith Mary COURTENAY aged 4 and twins of one month of age Abigail and Alberta COURTENAY. A nursemaid is also in attendance Ann Muggeridge, aged 50 also from Middlesex Marlybone. Abigail Ann's birth certificate indicates her fathers name was George William COURTNEY. Abigail snr indicates on the birth certificates of the twins that her name is Abigail COURTNEY formerly PAICE, this seems to indicate a change of status since Ediths birth in 1867. No record can be found for a marriage to either Arthur George or George William COURTNEY/COURTENAY or a range of variations.
It is suspected that the father of Abigail and Alberta may have been George COURTNEY of New Shoreham, Sussex. This is a deduced relationship, yet to be proven.
At the time of the 1881 census Abigail COURTNEY/PAICE is unable to be located, however her daughters Edith and Abigail are lodging at Holdenhurst, Madeira Vale in Bournemouth with William and Jane BROWN, listed as scholars. Martha Paice nee Marsh and Henry Paice, are also visiting the Brown household, Martha and Henry being Abigail PAICE's half brother and sister, children of Sarah Ann MARSH and her father James PAICE. No record can be found in 1881 for Alberta and she is presumed to either be with her mother or perhaps may have died by this time, although no death certificate can be located.
In 1891 Abigail is living at Holdenhurst, 1 Madeira Vale Bournemouth and is listed as a widow. She is working in domestic service as a housekeeper. Her daughter Abigail Ann is living with her as well as her grandson Albert E COURTNEY aged 4. Albert is the son of her daughter Edith and whilst his birth certificate is registered under the name of PAICE, he appears to go by the family name of COURTNEY. His mother Edith is away at this time working in domestic service in Wiltshire, still going by the name of COURTNEY.
Abigail continues to live at the same address and is still with her grandson Albert in the 1901 census at Holdenhurst, 1 Madeira Vale, Stafford Road, Bournemouth, listed as a widow. By 1911, she is living at the same address with her grandson Albert, although he is listed as a nephew in that census. By this time the family has taken in a lodger, Edward William Knight aged 26, a baker from Charlton, Dorset.
Interestingly her sister Edith is listed in the 1911 census working as a domestic servant in Buckinghamshire. The address shown also says The Lodge, Braziers End, Cholesbury, Tring, Herts. Family is possibly name of TURNER. This is another factor that may suggest that George COURTNEY is connected. George COURTNEY's 2nd wife is Alice Elliott, daughter of Thomas ELLIOT and Martha BRAZIER. The hamlet of Braziers End is closely associated with the village of Cholesbury (The name is purported to have been derived from braziers lit by travellers who periodically gathered to celebrate weddings).
Abigail survived WW1 and in 1914 or 1916 her grandson, a member of the Australian AIF Edward Arthur ROBERTS, son of Abigail Ann, visited her whilst he was invalided during the war and hospitalized nearby. Edward had emigrated with his parents and brother in 1910 to Australia and was fighting for Australia during WW1, he had been wounded in France and Gallipoli and convalesced at the King George Hospital in England. The photograph of Abigail is thought to have been taken at this time. On the back it reads Mrs. Courtney.
Sadly, her grandson Albert did not come home from the War, he was killed in Syria in 1918.
Abigail died on 15th April 1933 at 5 Wolverton Mews, Stafford Road UD, age 88, of chronic diffuse nephritis. Nephritis is inflammation of the kidney; Nephritis is often caused by infections, toxins, and auto-immune diseases. Robert L Reville from 265 Charminster Road, Bournemouth was present at the death, it is not known what the relationship of Robert Neville was to Abigail. The death certificate indicates she was the widow of Arthur George COURTNEY, a mechanical engineer.
IGI Index, www.familysearch.org, PAICE Abigail - Christening, Batch K136791, Source 1041226; parents James and Harriet.
BDM - Certificates, COURTNEY Abigail - Death 15th April 1933 - GRO 438/1933, Bournemouth; 5 Wolverton Mews, Stafford Mews UD.
Free BMD, Civil registrations, COURTNEY Abigail, Death 1933. Bournemouth, 2b 788.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Abigail by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Abigail: