Maria Lane was born sometime between 1823 and 1826. In the 1841 census she is listed as 15 years old, which would make her year of birth 1826, but when she died in 1850 her age was given as 27, which would have made her year of birth 1823.
She married George William Underwood in Gloucester in 1840 and at the time of the 1841 census he was working as an agricultural labourer and they were living with two elderly widows. Times were obviously hard because by the end of the same year they were living in Gloucester Workhouse. Their four children were all born in the workhouse. Two of those children died the same year in which they were born, John James Underwood in 1849 and Fanny Underwood in 1850. Maria Lane herself died in the Gloucester Workhouse in 1850.
Maria Lane- Marriage 1840
UK Marriage Index 1840
Gloucester, volume 11, page 467
Underwood George William,
1841 UK Census: Parish of Bradford, Wiltshire
Ann Stone, aged 95, widow, born Wiltshire.
Miriam May, aged 75, widow, born Wiltshire.
George Underwood, aged 20, Agricultural Labourer, born Wiltshire.
Maria Underwood, aged 15, born Wiltshire.
Maria Lane’s Children
UK Birth index 1844 Jan-March,
Bridgwater Union, volume 10, page 358
Underwood Ann Maria, Mother’s name: Lane
UK Birth index 1849 Jul-Sept,
Gloucester Union, volume 11, page 336
Underwood John James, Mother’s name: Lane
UK Death Index 1849 Jul-Sept,
Gloucester Union, Volume 11 Page 390
Underwood John James, aged 0
UK Birth index 1850 Jul-Sept,
Gloucester Union, volume 11, page 364
Underwood Fanny, Mother’s name: Lane
UK Death Index 1850 Oct-Dec,
Gloucester Union, Volume 11, Page 285
Underwood Fanny, Aged 0
Death of Maria Lane
UK Death Index 1850
Gloucester, volume 11, page 283