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Name: Emma Holmes

Burial Number: 0426

Gender: Female

Occupation: Housekeeper;

Born: 00/6/1855

Died: 09/01/1904

Buried: 12/01/1904


Emma Louisa’s parents were ‘Dissenters’. Her father, Henry Frederick Holmes, was an Independent Minister, and her mother, Jane née Olive, was also baptised as an Independent believer.

Jane Olive had been married to Frederick Waldo in 1835 but was widowed in 1838 and married Henry Holmes in 1840. Jane and Henry were married for 37 years and had at least 7 children.

Strangely enough, however, she only appears with Henry and their children on the 1851 England Census. She is not mentioned on the 1841, 1861, or 1881 Censuses. She died in 1887. Even researched separately, she could not be found.

On the other hand, Jane Louisa lived with her father all her life except in 1881 when she was with her brother, Edward, who was the curator of a Museum.

Emma Louisa moved from Lincolnshire to Devon by 1861, to Bristol by 1871, to Islington by 1881, to Uckfield by 1891, and, finally, to Worthing by 1901. She died, a spinster, on 9 January 1904 at ‘Glenwood’, in Rowlands Road.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 5 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): window.gangs.behave

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Emma Louisa Holmes who entered into rest Janry 9th 1904 aged 49 And of the Rev. Henry Frederick Holmes (Congregational Minister) father of the above who peacefully passed away Janry 15th 1906

Further Information


Name: Emma Louisa Holmes

Gender: Female

Born: 00/6/1855

Town: Boston

County: Lincolnshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 09/01/1904

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Glenwood

Address line 3: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £93 5 s 6 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Cavendish Villa, Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Henry F Holmes, head, 36, Independent; Jane Holmes, wife, 38, Freeholder? and Annuitant; Henry H C Holmes, son, 9; Edward M Holmes, son, 8, scholar; Alfred R Holmes, son, 5, scholar; Ernest C Holmes. Son, 3; Serena J Homes, under 12 months; Jane Olive, visitor, widow, 77
plus 1 general servant and a nurserymaid


89, Navy Row, Stoke Damerel, Devon
Henry F Holmes, head, 45, Independent Minister; Alfred H Holmes, son, 15, apprentice draper; Jane T Holmes, daughter, 10, scholar; Emma L Holmes, daughter, 6, scholar;
plus 1 servant


Market Square, Buckingham, Bucks
Henry Fredk Holmes, lodger, Independent Minister; Emma Louisa Holmes, daughter, 16, scholar;


50?, Arthur? Road, Islington East, London

Edward Holmes, head, 36, Curator of Museum; Emma L Holmes, sister, 26;

 plus 1 domestic servant



New Town, Uckfield
Henry F Holmes, head, widower, 75, Congregational Minister; Emma L Holmes, daughter, 36, housekeeper;
plus 1 domestic servant


Brighton Road, Worthing
Caroline Kemp-Walsh, head, 61, Living on own means; George W Kemp-Walsh, nephew, 22, ? track ?’ Henry F Holmes, uncle, 85, retired Minister Congregationalist; Emma L Holmes, cousin, Living on own means;
plus 1 general servant

Miscellaneous Information

Edward Morell Holmes - brother of Emma Louisa Holmes

Edward Morell Holmes was Emma Louisa’s brother. He was born in 1843 and was a prominent British bryologist. Bryology is the study of mosses and liverworts.

Edward registered as a pharmaceutical chemist in December 1862 and in 1872 he became Curator of the Pharmaceutical Society’s museum at 17, Bloomsbury Square, London and held the post for over 50 years until he died in 1930. After his work ‘in the field’ was severely curtailed by an accident, he offered his services as a ‘consulting botanist’ from his home in Sevenoaks.