The Gover Family

A Family History

Alfred Gover

Was born on 7th August 1854 at ??? Garden Field, Portsea, the son of Arthur Gover a Labourer and Elizabeth Cussell.

During the census of 1861 Alfred [6] was living with her parents Arthur [35] a DY Labourer and Elizabeth [33] and brother William [3] and sister Elizabeth [8 months] at 24 Seymour Street, Portsea.

In the census on 2nd April 1871 his occupation was given as LAB AG, and he was living in 1 Seymour Cottage, Portsea with his parents, two brothers and a sister.

He married Ellen Louisa SAXBY on 30th January 1876 - the marriage was witnessed by Sarah Ann WILLIS (X) and William SAXBY.

Ellen Louisa SAXBY was born in 1857 in Portsea.

On the 7th April 1861 Ellen [4] was living with her mother Sarah Ann [27] and sister Emma [2] at 10 Basin Street, Portsea.

During the census of 1871 on 2nd April Ellen [14] was living with her parents William [37] a STOKER R.N. and Sarah [37] and sisters Emma [12], Lydia [9] and Anne [7] at 3 Paradise Row, Portsea.

In the census on 3rd April 1881 Alfreds occupation was given as BOILERMAKER (unemployed) and he was living at 8 Arnaud Street, Portsea with his wife and 3 daughters.

In the 1891 census his occupation was still given as BOILERMAKER, he was living at 2 Croft Road, Portsea with his wife, 4 daughters and 2 sons.

Alfred [46] a Boiler Maker and Ellen [44] were living at 74 Seymour Street, Portsmouth during the census of 1901. With them at this time were their children William A [15], Emma E [12], James E [11], John E [5] and Albert R [1].

During the 1911 census Alfred [57] a Boileremaker HM Dockyard was living with his wife Ellen Louisa [54] and children William Arthur [24], John Edmond [15] and Albert Richard [11] at 74 Seymour Street, Buckland, Portsmouth. According to information contained in the census Alfred and Louisa had been married for 35 years and had had 10 children, 7 of whom were still alive.

Ellen died in 1926.

Alfred a Retired Boilermaker HM Dockyard died on 23rd September 1933 at 74 Seymour Street, Landport at the age of 79. Cause of death was Senile decay.

Family Connections


Arthur Gover

Elizabeth Cussell

Willian Saxby

Sarah ???


Elizabeth Ellen

Sarah Maria

Annie Louisa

William Arthur

Emma Eliza

James Ernest

John Edmund

Albert Richard

According to the 1911 census there should be 2 other children - as yet I have not been able to find who they are.