Emma Georgina Rosson
1873 - 1931

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Emma G Rosson
Archive: 362 - Willie and Emma Higgs (nee Rosson) with likely daughter [Courtesy of John Hood]

Emma was Willie Higgs's second wife and Harry's mother. She went blind later in life and died when Harry was just 16.

The little girl in the picture is unknown but could be one of thir daughter's Liz or Rose

In the 1881 Census, aged 8, we can see Emma living right next-door to Willie, her future husband

In 1891 the census shows her, then aged 18, living in Hastings, St Mary In The Castle, Sussex with the Bedder family, This can be seen in that Census entry below.

This matches what Sandra has told me about those times... see how I am related to Sandra

"My connection with you is Emma Georgina Rosson who would have been my great aunt. - Sue (August 2014)

...Emma Higgs didn't go blind until later in life ... she was a servant with my nan in Hastings when they were younger so they stayed together although the rest of the sisters all split up

..their mum died of smallpox in Stockwell hospital so that's why their dad put them all in the workhouse

...on the 1881 census their are 26 people living at 9 Betterton St with them .. I have seen the house and it is a small skinny house on 3 floors... bet there wasn't a loo or bath in it .... it was right opposite the St.Giles workhouse as well... - (Sandra, May 2013)

.... your dads mum Emma Rosson was one of my grandmothers [Annie Rosson] sisters. Emma and Annie were in service together in Hastings after their mother died. Their father put himself and the younger children Charlotte [9] Sarah[8] and Alice [4] into St.Giles workhouse.

After a while he then took the older two to Dr Barnados and dumped them promising to come back which he never did and they were fostered out also into service. Alice stayed at Barnardos till she went into service as well. I don’t think that annie and emma ever knew what became of the rest of the family. The dad Richard died in 1902.Thats a little potted history of the Rosson family... - (Sandra, May 2013)