The Gover Family

A Family History

Arthur Gover

Was probably born in 1826. He was baptised on 22nd October 1826 in the parish church of Bedhampton - St Thomas'.

St Thomas' Bedhampton
St Thomas' Bedhampton

During the census of 1841 Arthur [14] was living with his parents Arthur [45] and Jane [45], brothers John [20], Alfred [12], Edmund [10] and sisters Sarah [8] and Elizabeth [6] in Bedhampton, Havant.

During the census of 1851 Arthur [25] a LABOURER was living in the household of his sister Harriet [33] a LAUNDRESS and her son William [3].

Arthur married Elizabeth CUSSELL on the 19th September 1853 in Shedfield Church, Droxford, Hampshire. The witnesses were Thomas and Sarah Cussell, his occupation at the time was given as Labourer.

Shedfield Parish Church
Shedfield Parish Church

Elizabeth CUSSELL was born in 1827. Probably in the Fareham area.

During the 1851 census Elizabeth [25] a Servant was living in the household of her brother John [31] a Journeyman Painter at 3 Cobourgh Street, Portsea, Portsea Island. Also in the household was John's wife E Cussell [30] a Schoolmistress, son J Cussell [3] and dasughter MA Cussell [1].

In the census on 7th April 1861 Arthur [35] a DY LABOURER and Elizabeth [33] were living at 24 Seymour Street, Portsea with their children Alfred [6], William [3] and Elizabeth [8 months].

In the census on 2nd April 1871 Arthurs [44] a LABOURER HM DOCKYARD and Elizabeth [43] was living at 1 Seymour Cottages, Portsea with their children Alfred [16] a LAB AG, William [13], Mary A [7] and Edward [4].

In the census on 3rd April 1881 his occupation was given as LABOURER GENERAL and he was living at 74 Seymour Street, Portsea with his wife and 3 children.

Elizabeth died of Cancer of Oesphagus. Certified by A.H. Newby FRCS on 23rd June 1886. Elizabeth's Rank or Profession was given as Wife of Arthur Gover, Skilled Labourer H.M. Dockyard who was also the informant. The name of the Registrar appears to be a J Arnold.

The following announcement in the death notices appeared in the Portsmouth Evening News on 1st July 1886:

GOVER-on the 23rd ult., at Seymour-street, Buckland, Elizabeth, wife of Mr Arthur Gover, aged 59 years.

Article from the Portsmouth Evening News on 20th December 1886:

Dockyard Presentation.-On Saturday a presentation took place in the machinery shop in Portsmouth Dockyard, when Mr. Arthur Gover was presented with an oil portrait of himself. Mr. Balfour made the presenation as a testimonial on behalf of the friends of the workmen and the friends of Mr. Arthur Gover as a mark of the esteem and respect in which he has been held by them during a period of 39½ years. After proposing the customary vote of thanks the proceedings terminated.

Arthur died on 18th Febraury 1892 at 74 Seymour Street, Buckland. His occupation at the time of death was given as Labourer and Dockyard Pensioner.

The cause of death was listed: as Lockjaw following injury to hand accidentally sustained whilst assisting to tip a refuse van.

The certificate was received from the coroner for Portsmouth and an inquest was held on 22nd February 1892.

The following announcement in the death notices appeared in the Portsmouth Evening News on 26th February 1892:

GOVER-On the 18th instant, at Seymour-street, Landport, Mr. Arthur Gover, aged 65 years.

Family Connections


Arthur Gover

Jane Barber

Thomas Cussell

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