Mother: Eliza (nee Shelley)
Birth: c 1836 at Downton, Wiltshire
Birth Source: Census returns for 1841 and 1851
On the 1851 census she is employed as a House Servant in the household of William Gay and his wife Sarah nee Shelley at Blinmans Farm at Bramshaw in Wiltshire. The precise relationship between Sarah Gay (nee Shelley) and Elizabeth's mother Eliza Reeves (nee Shelley) is not currently known. It is possible they were sisters, but there is more than one Sarah Shelley baptised in Downton around the same time.
1851 census - HO107, Piece 1668, Folio 17 reverse, Page 7