STAINS, Louisa Frances

1849 - 1906

Louisa Frances Stains was born at Hythe, Kent on 2 July 1849 and baptised at Ruckinge, Kent on 28 July 1849, daughter of Edwin Stains (c1819-4 July 1895), gentleman, of Grove House, Thurso, Carmarthenshire and of Hythe, and his wife Ermenia Elizabeth née Simmons (c1813-13 April 1879), who married at St Mary Strand, London on 2 December 1844. Louisa was educated at Cambridge University and in 1871 a 21-year-old Cambridge undergraduate, living at 450 Camden Road, Finsbury with her 54-year-old mother Ermenia and siblings Elizabeth Mary 24, born in Kent and William Ambrose 23 with their 83-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Erminia Simmons. Louisa's mother died in 1879 and in 1881 Louisa was living at 268 Camdon Road, St Pancras, London, the home of her 93-year-old grandmother Elizabeth Simmons. On the death of her grandmother in January 1887, aged 99, Louisa and her brother William moved to Ipswich and in 1891, as Frances Stains, were living at Highlands, Warrington Road, Ipswich. A painter in oil of landscapes and still life and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1890-1891 and exhibited in 1890, 'Walberswick, Windy Day' and 'Apples - A Study'. Her brother William, who was born in Caithness, Scotland on 13 January 1848 died at 'Highlands', North Parade, Southwold, Suffolk on 21 October 1898, leaving his estate to Louisa and in 1901, as Louisa Staines and aged 38 [sic], she was boarding at 4 The Crescent, Ipswich. Louisa Frances Stains died at 'Lynsore', St Edmund's Road, Ipswich on 3 January 1906, she was unmarried, there is a monumental memorial to her in Ipswich Cemetery.