Elizabeth Hobill Goode, Children, Grand Children and Great Grand Children

Elizabeth Hobill Goode, Ann Goode’s sister and Thomas’ aunt, married Joseph Gains, a plumber and glazier of Loughborough, at St. Botolph’s, Ratcliffe on the Wreake, on 17th June 1829[1]. They had five children, all girls, Elizabeth Hobill (1834-1923), Mary Goode (1840-), Sarah Ann (1843-1908), Fanny (1845-) and Jane (1849-1849).

Joseph Gains (1801-1850) was born in Loughborough in 1801 to parents John (1763-1811) and Sarah (1745-1838). In 1822[2], he was living in Garden Row[3], Loughborough, working as a plumber and glazier. However, by 1833[4] he had relocated with his family to High Gate, (now known as High Street), Loughborough where he remained running his glazing and plumbing business until his death on 4th July 1850, aged 49. He was buried in the graveyard at the parish church, All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough[5].

In his will[6], he left everything, including the business to his wife Elizabeth. In a codicil to the will, dated 30th June, 4 days before his death, he added his nephew, Alpheus Ferdinando Buck a surgeon living in London, as a joint trustee along with his wife. The codicil included a stipulation that his nephew should “not interfere with or control her (his wife) in the exercise of the discretionary powers and authorities which by my said will I have given her”. The will was proved on 3rd October 1850 and his estate valued at £1,500. Following the death of her husband, Elizabeth appears to have continued running the business at least for a short while.

When Thomas Goode Messenger left school, he went to live with his auntie and uncle in the High Street, Loughborough, where he presumably learnt his trade, by working in the family business. It appears that it did not take Thomas long to master the business as by 1854[7] having handed over the business to Thomas, Elizabeth moved to the Derby Road end of Regent Street in Loughborough with her four daughters. Elizabeth was reported living off income from her “lands and properties[8], remaining in Regent Street, for over ten years before going to live in Earl Shilton, where she was born.

In 1871, Elizabeth was living next to the Bowling Green Inn, in the High Street, Earl Shilton together with her domestic servant. Elizabeth was still there ten years later[9] along with her unmarried daughter Mary and a domestic servant. Elizabeth died aged 78, on 16th April 1884 whilst living at Earl Shilton[10].


  1. Parish Records.
  2. Pigot’s Directory of Leicestershire 1822.
  3. Garden Row no longer exists. It was located near the Market Place.
  4. Pigot’s Directory of Leicestershire 1828.
  5. Parish Records.
  6. Leicestershire Record Office.
  7. Melville and Co.’s Directory and Gazetteer of Leicestershire 1854.
  8. 1861 Census.
  9. 1881 Census.
  10. The Leicester Chronicle, 26th April 1884.