Elizabeth Howlett

Elizabeth Howlett (later Elizabeth Gilbert) was the only child of Thomas Howlett and his wife Caroline Clark of Mildenhall, Suffolk, England.

Elizabeth Howlett with her husband James Gilbert
Above: Elizabeth with her husband James Gilbert c.1915. Photo: Andrew Martin.

Elizabeth's father died aged 23 after a 9 month illness in 1858, leaving her young mother to look after Elizabeth alone until she re-married to Robert Coe (affectionately known thereafter as 'Dadda Bob') just over a year later.

Elizabeth married Littleport farmer, James Gilbert, and by the time of the 1881 Census, they were living at the Gilbert farm at Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport, farming 55 acres and employing one man and one boy.

James and Elizabeth had nine children although two of these did not survive into adulthood.

Elizabeth pre-deceased her husband by just under four months, and her mother by about 11 months.

Life Events


  • 3rd March 1856 at Kenny Hill, Suffolk, England.



  • Caroline Gilbert (1878-?) married Arthur John Oakes (18??-?)
  • Mary Gilbert (1879-?) married Jabez Arthur Peacock (1875-?)
  • William Gilbert (1880-1968) married Selina Cragg (1880-1977)
  • Hannah Gilbert (1881-1883)
  • Ellen Gilbert (1883-?) married Frank Gotobed (18??-?)
  • Clara Emma Gilbert (1884-1973) married Alfred Sidney Newman (1883-1969)
  • Florence Emily Gilbert (1887)
  • Elizabeth Emily Gilbert (1888-?) married James Gibson (18??-?)
  • Amelia Gilbert (1892-1969) married Nathaniel Neale (18??-?), and Bertie George Hatch (18??-1957)

Census and Residence

  • 1861: 6yrs, Mildenhall Road, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: 15yrs, 100 Foot Bank, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1881: 25yrs, Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1891: 35yrs, Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1901: 46yrs, 2 Burnt Chimney Drove, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 55yrs, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 19th August 1916 at Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, aged '59 years'.


  • 22nd August 1916, with her husband James, and their grandson Willie Gilbert in Littleport Cemetery, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

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