Elizabeth WATTS HERMAN (1858-1930)

Life story retold by Kim Reynolds

Elizabeth was baptised St Giles, 11 March 1860. She was one of the four daughters of James Herman and Sarah Watts Herman. Her other siblings were Sarah, Ellen and Kate, and she also had a brother, William. In 1861, she is recorded living with her Watts grandparents. She comes up again as a Coffee House Keeper in 1881, with her mother.

In 1888 she married James Maggs (b. Reading, 1858/59), who in 1891 was a Time Keeper. They lived at 33 Letcombe Street. Ten years later, they were living at an unspecified number on the Basingstoke Road; James was still a Timekeeper, and they had a daughter, Florence. In 1911, she and Florence were visiting Arthur and Charlotte Bass at Yew Tree Cottage, Frilsham; Arthur Bass was a pensioner of the Royal Engineers.

Elizabeth died 25 March 1930. Her address was then 79 School Road, Tilehurst, and her husband, a retired timekeeper, was her executor. Effects £837 17s 11d.



  • England and Wales Censuses, 1841-1911
  • 1939 England and Wales Register
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Civil Registration Indexes
  • Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records
  • Newspapers: Reading Mercury, Meat Trades’ Journal and Cattle Salesman’s Gazetteer, Reading Observer, Reading Standard, Reading Evening Post, Westminster Gazette, Pall Mall Gazette

Buried in Section 49, Row A, Number 9possibly