Thomas and Harriet Ann5 (Howitt)
Thomas Musson was born in Corby, Northamptonshire, England in 1826. At 15 he is listed in the UK 1841 census as living in Pinchbeck, England. On October 11, 1853, he married Harret Ann Musson, and they made their home in Folkingham, England. Harriet was born on September 24, 1831, in Folkingham to Richard and Alice (Tunnard) Howitt. They lived on Market Street. Ann's mother came to stay with them in Folkingham in 1859 and died there in 1867.
Seven years after her mother's death, Ann and her family came to the United States. They were eight weeks crossing the Atlantic, landing at New York Harbor in 1873 and visiting with Ann's brother Robert Howitt at Conesus, NY. (See Robert's story of his crossing in 1851)
They came to Delhi & Godfrey, Illinois to visit Ann's sister Mary Howitt Craig. They set up residence at Godfrey but later moved to Alton, IL. There were four girls: Elizabeth, Harriet Ann (known as Hattie), Lucy Alice, and Emma Sarah. The three oldest girls found homes to work in for room and board and fifty cents a week.
Thomas was a carpenter and Ann was a Dressmaker. Later, Thomas was employed as caretaker of Wyman Institute which later became Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois.
Census Reports
1841 Census -Pinchbeck England 1871 Census -Folkingham, England
1861 Census -Folkingham, England
1880 Census -Pisasa, Illinois, USA
Oakdale Cemetery, Alton, IL.