1846 Twenty-Nine Children in William and Harriet Gooderham’s Care
Tragedy struck in February 1834, when Elizabeth Worts (nee Gooderham) died in childbirth. Then, ten days later, James Worts (age 41) was found at the bottom of a well. Sometime that same year their eldest, William (age 17), drowned in the lake leaving five surviving siblings. William and Harriet’s son Edward died that same year age two.
William and his wife Harriet now had 24 children under their roof (and 6 more to come)!
* Eight surviving children of William's (including eldest daughters, Sarah aged 18 and Mariam aged 14, from his first wife)
* Eleven orphans, adopted on the ship over from England, whose parents died of cholera enroute.
* Five surviving children of his sister Elizabeth, and James Worts.
By the time William’s youngest, Victoria was born in 1846, his eldest Sarah was married, leaving 29 children in the house (though we don’t know the ages or whereabouts of the 11 orphans so this number may have been smaller).
After tragedy struck the Worts family, William and Harriet Gooderham had 29 children under their roof