The Gover Family

A Family History

Edmund Gover

Was born about 1849 and was baptised in St Thomas' Church, Bedhampton in the County of Southampton on May 20th of that year. At the time of the baptism the family were living in Bedhampton and his father John was a Labourer.

In the census on 7th April 1861 his occupation was given as SCHOLAR and he was living with his father, step-mother and half sister in North Street, Bedhampton.

On the 20th July 1868 Edmund enlisted with the 61st Regiment of Foot or "General Service" for a period of 12 years.

For the period 22nd July 1868 until 16 November 1868 (118 days) Edmund was stationed in the England.

From 17th December 1868 until 19th December 1870 (2 years and 33 days) Edmund was stationed in Bermuda.

From the 20th December 1870 until 1st July 1872 (1 year 194 days) Edmund was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

From 2nd July 1872 until 21st July 1889 (17 years 20 days) Edmund was stationed in England.

He married Mary Jane WILKINS on 23rd October 1875 in St Andrews Church in the Parish of Chippenham in the County of Wiltshire. Edmund and Mary Jane were both living in Ladds Lane and his Rank or Profeesion was Servant. Edmunds father John Rank or Profession was Shoe Maker aaaaaaand Mary Janes father Edward Rank or Profession was Labourer. The marriage was witnessed by Albert William ? and Elizabeth Ann Burchell, the ceremony was performed by the Vicar John Rich.

Mary Jane WILKINS - was born during the 4th quarter of 1855 in Calne within the Chippenham registration district.

In the census on 3rd April 1881 his occupation was given as SOLDIER 61st REGT Edmund [32] and Mary [24] were living at 3 East Hill, Westbury on Trymm, Gloucestershire.

Edmund was granted a Good Conduct Medal with a Gratuity of £5 in 1887.

During the 1891 census Edmund [42] a Groom and Mary [35] were living at Livingstone Terrace, Main Road, Bedhampton, Havant, Hampshire.

In the census on 31st March 1901 Edmunds occupation was given as GARDENER (DOMESTIC), and he was living as a boarder at 1 Brook Villas, Bedhampton. Edmund was also a widower at this time.

Family Connections


John Gover

Sarah Pitt nee Martin