JANE WINK was born in Gibraltar circa 1826. She was still living in Gibraltar in 1845 when she married WILLIAM ROUSE, an acting Bombadier in the Royal Artillery. They had two children there (Thomas Henry, 1845, and Mary Jane, 1847) before William was posted back to England, where Sarah Ann was born in Woolwich in 1850. From the company records, it appears Jane must have been heavily pregnant during the journey.
Jane's husband was a career soldier. He was born in Woolwich circa 1816, probably to a military family as he joined the Royal Artillery as a boy. In 1854, having risen to sergeant, William was discharged from the Royal Artillery to become a Staff Sergeant with the Suffolk Artillery (the Militia) in Ispwich. In 1879, he retired from the army (an 'out Chelsea pensioner') to work as a steward for his former commander's family (the Adairs) as a steward/park keeper, at Flixton Hall, Suffolk (living eventually in the Park Lodge, Homersfield). He died in 1902.
Jane survived her husband by ten years. Both died at Wortwell, Norfolk, probably at the home of their son Henry who had taken over his father-in-law's pub, the Dove Inn.
As Jane and William had a military marriage, their certificate does not show their parents.
MARY ANN WINK was born in Gibraltar circa 1839, and married a soldier there in 1857. She also lived in England after her marriage. It is thought that Mary Ann and Jane are sisters. I am in contact with a descendant of Mary Ann.
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