Louisa Jane Willis was born in Alderton, Wiltshire, England, and was baptized on June 20, 1830. She was the daughter of James Willis and Edith Andrews. Louisa's mother died in 1838. In 1841, she was living with her father and siblings in Potterne, Wiltshire. Her father remarried, and in 1842 the family moved to Prince Edward Island.
Following the death of her younger sister Eliza, Louisa married her brother-in-law, Samuel Prowse, on Feb 4, 1861.. Louisa supported her husband's illustrious business and political career and raised her step-son (and nephew) Albert P. Prowse, along with her own two children with Samuel, William H Prowse and Dr. Samuel W. Prowse.
Louisa died on March 14, 1907, at her home in Murray Harbour. According to her obituary:
The deceased was a most estimable Christian lady, and whenever her health permitted was an active worker in the Methodist Church. Her death will be deeply regretted in the community where her lovable disposition and warm hearted sympathy endeared her to many friends.
↑ 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. Louisa is listed as being 5, whereas she would have been 10).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Louisa 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 Louisa: