Birth and Childhood
Louisa Hole Carruthers was born November 11, 1810 to Richard Carruthers and Ann Bird Emmerson.
Marriage and Family
On April 20, 1838 she gave birth to her first child, Charles, in Blackawton, Devon, England.
She gave birth to her second child, Harry in 1841. Sadly, Harry died only two months after his birth.
Her husband Charles worked in the East India Merchant service, rising the rank of Captain around 1839. She would often accompany him on his yearly sailing trips to India. Her next three children would be born during those trips from England to India, and back. William Harry was born in Bombay Harbour in 1844. Harry Charles was probably born on a trip home to England in 1845, though he died aged only 8 months old in 1846, in Bombay. Richard Harry was born in the English Channel in 1848.
Louisa and Charles’ sixth and final child Harry was born in Middlesex (London) around 1850.
In 1859 a charity bazaar was held at the East India Docks in London, aboard two ships, the “Agamemnon” and the “Monarch”. A newspaper article describing the event briefly mentions a “Mrs. Hyne”. Given that her husband Charles was the captain of the “Agamemnon” at the time, I think it likely that the “Mrs. Hyne” mentioned was Louisa.Thu, Jul 7, 1859 – 6 · The Morning Chronicle (London, Greater London, England) · Newspapers.com
Louisa was widowed in 1863 when Charles died.
In the 1871 England census Louisa is listed as a visitor in the household of James Thomas Bell and his wife Louisa. When her son William Harry had applied for entry into the India Military college at Addiscombe in 1859, James Thomas Bell was listed on the application as William’s guardian, which suggests that James Thomas Bell was a good friend of the family.
Louisa died May 21, 1881.