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Louisa Jane (Willis) Prowse (1831 - 1907)

Louisa Jane Prowse formerly Willis
Born in Alderton, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 4 Feb 1861 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Jun 2014
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Louisa Jane Willis was born in Alderton, Wiltshire, England, and was baptized on June 20, 1830.[1] 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.[2] Her father remarried, and in 1842 the family moved to Prince Edward Island.[3]

Following the death of her younger sister Eliza, Louisa married her brother-in-law, Samuel Prowse, on Feb 4, 1861.[4]. 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[5], 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.[6]


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch; citing Alderton, Wiltshire, England, reference item 12-15; FHL microfilm 1279262 - Louisa Jane Willis, 20 Jun 1830
  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. Louisa is listed as being 5, whereas she would have been 10).
  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 35 of 37 - Line 405, Marriage of Samuel Prowse & Louisa J. Willis
  5. I Dream of Genealogy, Edward Josey, "Murray Harbour Old Cemetery", database - Prowse
  6. The Charlottetown Guardian, March 16, 1907, Page 10 - Death of Louisa Jane Willis, widow of Senator Samuel Prowse

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