Eliza (Willis) Prowse
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Eliza Elizabeth (Willis) Prowse (1834 - 1860)

Eliza Elizabeth Prowse formerly Willis
Born in Alderton, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 17 Oct 1856 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 26 in Murray Harbour, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2014
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Eliza Elizabeth Willis was born in Alderton, Wiltshire, England and was christened on December 21, 1834. [1] She was the daughter of James Willis and Edith Andrews.

Eliza's mother died in 1838. In 1841, she was living with her father and siblings in Potterne, Wiltshire.[2] Her father remarried, and in 1842 the family moved to Prince Edward Island.[3]

Eliza marred Samuel Prowse in Charlottetown, PEI on October 17, 1856[4]. Shortly after the birth of their 2nd child, the young family moved from Charlottetown to Murray Harbour, PEI, where Samuel went into business. On March 10, 1860, just 3 weeks after the birth of their third child, Eliza died at the age of 26,[5] presumably of complications related to childbirth. The baby died a few months later.[6]


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch; citing Alderton, Wiltshire, England, reference item 12-15; FHL microfilm 1279262 - Eliza Willis, 21 Dec 1834
  2. 1841 UK Census, Wiltshire, Potterne (High Street), 12, Pg 15-16 – James Willis and 5 children (note: Although this is clearly the right family, the ages of James and all 5 children are off by 5 years. Eliza is listed as being 2, whereas she would have been 7).
  3. Past and Present of Prince Edward Island: Embracing a concise review of its early settlement, development, and present conditions, MacKinnon, Donald Alexander, Warburton, Alexander Bannerman, 1906, pp430-31 - Albert P Prowse
  4. "Prince Edward Island, Church Records, 1777-1985," images, FamilySearch, Queens > Charlottetown > United Church of Canada Trinity United Church > Marriages 1836-1864 > image 31 of 37 - Line 291, Marriage of Samuel Prowse & Eliza Willis
  5. Ross's Weekly, March 23, 1860, transcribed in Century of Immigration, Marriage and Death Records from Prince Edward Island Newspapers, 1780-1900, by Leland Currie, Page 1049
  6. I Dream of Genealogy, Edward Josey, "Murray Harbour Old Cemetery", database - Prowse

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