I finally found her birth - not made easy because she lied about her age!
In 1881 she was with her "husband" Samuel Whymark in Eastbourne. In 1891 she was with him with some children and her husband's brother in law, born in Devon too but with a different surname! Pope.
Here's what I found. Louisa Caroline Kitt Maddock was born in 1854, daughter of Vincent Julian Maddock and Mary Ann Kitt (from St German's Cornwall).
Shortly afterwards the husband and wife split up and Mary Ann bigamously married Samuel Pope, having had his child Alfred (so Louisa's HALF brother). many other kids followed and they ended up by 1881 living in a Martello tower in Rye, Sussex. From here Louisa probably went into service in eastbourne and that's how a lass from Devon met the lad from Sussex.
Following a long career at sea (he made Bosun in 1861) Vincent Julian retired, married bigamously another Mary Ann (a widow) and set up a china shop in Looe Cornwall.
He died a widower in 1905, leaving his all to a Mrs Foster. There is a family story about some to do about the will - "who got the shop?"
A now deceased cousin recalls going to a navy funeral when a child - was this Vincent's I wonder?
Any connections out there?
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