William Bailey Cousins was the black sheep of the family. He came from Hawkley in Hampshire and records his occupation in the census as blacksmith.
As he entered his 40s, WBC remained unmarried, but this was to change when he got a servant from the local manor pregnant and married her. Just two years later, she was living in Petersfield with her son – my great-great grandfather – William Herbert.
On the census she said she was a widow. Two years after that WBC died in Kirkdale Gaol, Liverpool of a twisted gut whilst awaiting trial for larceny.
Still, William Bailey Cousins is a great nom de plume, don’t you think?!