(17 September 1835-)
Louisa spent her childhood and early adulthood in her parents' households in first Dundee then Broughty Ferry. But, by the 1860s, Louisa was living in Maria’s Halifax household. Although her occupation in 1861 census was “banker’s daughter”, she was possibly living with her sister to help care for the regularly increasing Oldfield family. In 1864, her father hosted her wedding to Thomas Henry Farrar at Mount Rosa. Thomas was a Halifax wool stapler and Halifax is where the couple made their home.
Louisa and Thomas
John Anderson John Henry Bertha Mary Ellen Martha Louisa Maria
(1868-1869) (1870-) (1871-) (1873-) (1875-)
First-born John Anderson Farrar was born in 1868 but lived only six months. At least, I think he was Louisa and Thomas's first-born. Given they married in 1864 then increased their family every 18-odd months from John Anderson's birth, the intervening childless three years are a mystery. It looks as though Ellen Martha was named after her aunt who died earlier in her birth year.
The 1881 census found the family prospering. Thomas was the employer of six men and one woman (who may have been the household servant). By 1891, only Bertha Mary was at home. Daughters Ellen and Louisa were living in Islington, London, with an aunt, Sarah A Farrar, who ran a boarding house. Louisa was assisting her aunt, Ellen’s occupation was ‘invalid’.
Between 1891 and 1897, Louisa and Thomas emigrated to South Africa. We
know this because Johnnesburg was the address for Louisa in her aunt Janet’s
will. There are no further census records for the children. WD’s photo albums
have two pictures of Louisa Farrar in Johannesburg ca1907. I think they are of
Louisa Maria because the woman looks in her 30s and is not titled ‘aunt’, as are
the photographs of Maria Menzies and Elizabeth (wife of James). There is a
record of a Mr, Mrs and Ms Farrar (plus maids) travelling to “Cape” (presumably
Cape Province, S Africa) on the Tartar in 1895 but no clue as to whether they
might be ours. Then the trail runs cold.