Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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THOMAS HUSBAND (1787-1870)

Thomas Husband was the son of Thomas Husband and the former Miss Cordelia Sargent, who had married at Stoke Damerel Parish Church on August 18th 1784.  He was baptised at Morice Square Independent (Baptist) Chapel on August 15th 1787.

By 1812 he was listed as a partner with his father in the Plymouth-Dock General Bank.  He would have been 25-years of age at that time.  In 1821 Thomas Husband junior left the partnership to concentrate on the New Passage Brewery business in partnership with a Mr John Rees until that was dissolved in 1840.

Thomas appears to have what we would now call "a bit of a character". In the 1841 he was living in John Street, near his brewery, but with a 20-years-old young lady by the name of Rebecca Rowlings but in the 1851 census he was now married, to 28-years-old Emma, more than half his age.  And, what's more, she had just given him, on August 12th 1849, a daughter, christened at Stoke Damerel Parish Church on October 23rd 1849 as Cordelia (after his mother) Emma (after the mother) Husband.  Yet there is no record of the two getting married.

Thomas Husband junior was Mayor of Devonport in 1846-47, the year that his father died.

For some reason as yet not identified, but probably to do with the sale of the New Passage Brewery, Thomas took his family off to London and settled at 17 Porchester Terrace, Paddington, where he died on November 16th 1870 at the age of 83 years.  The 1871 census shows his widow, Mrs Emma Husband, 48, living off dividends and houses, with their two daughters, Miss Cordelia Emma Husband, then aged 21, and Miss Emma W Husband, aged 17.  They had two female servants.