Amy Johnson Crow, on her blog No Story Too Small, has challenged her fellow bloggers to post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This is week fourteen.
My great-great grandmother Rebecca Lusty was born in February 1866 to Ellen and Charles Lusty. The family was living in Croyden, Surrey, England at the time of her birth. She was the fourth of five children.
On the 1871 census, the family is found in Croydon. Charles (34) and Ellen (35) are living with Mary Elizabeth (12), Charles (7), Ellen Louisa (9), Rebecca (5) and Arthur (1). Charles is shown as an excavator and Ellen is a laundress.
By the 1881 census, the family has moved to 3 Maybank Cottages in Lewisham. The family consisted of Charles (44), Ellen (45) and children Charles (18), Rebecca (16) and Arthur (14). Charles at this time was a brick maker, Ellen was a dress maker, Charles Jr. was a general labourer, Rebecca was a domestic servant and Arthur was an errand boy.
Next door to the Lustys lived Charlotte Richardson and her children Susannah, William, Alfred, Charlotte and Frederick. In November 1882, Rebecca and William were married.
Soon after that, in January 1883, William and Rebecca welcomed their first child, daughter Rebecca Alice. She was the first of what would eventually be 10 children.
The family emigrated to Canada in 1887 and by 1891, William (26) and Rebecca (25) were living in St. Paul’s Ward in Toronto, Ontario. Children at that point included Rebecca (8), William (5), Alfred (4), Rosey (2) and John (5 months).
In 1901, William (35) and Rebecca (35) were still in Toronto, along with William (16), Alfred (14), Rosina (12), John (10), Albert (8), Martha (5) and Charles (3). Eldest daughter, and my great- grandmother, Rebecca was already married by that point.
In 1911, William (46) and Rebecca (45) were living at 95 Jersey Avenue in Toronto with Alfred (24), Rose (22), John (20), Albert (18), Martha (15), Charles (13), Edward (9) and Ellen (4). John was a contractor.
William (56) and Rebecca (55), were still at 95 Jersey Avenue in 1921, at home with Edward (19) and Ellen (14).
Rebecca passed away at the Grace Hospital on June 26, 1922 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on June 29. William passed away the following April and was buried with her.