We know from the 1841 Census that at the age of 4 Sophia was living on Moneyers Street, St. Leonards Shoreditch, Middlesex, England with her parents Samuel and Charlotte and her two older brothers, Henry age 13 and Edmund age 9.
After the death of her mother on January 9, 1865, Charlotte went to live with her brother Edmund and his wife Elizabeth who had just had their second daughter Mary Ann in May of 1865.
Edmund was a soldier with the 87th Regiment, Royal Irish Fusiliers and before 1865 ended, Charlotte was to marry Joseph Henry Miles, also with the 87th Regiment.
Edmund was to die at age 44 leaving small children. It is unclear what happened next, Edmunds wife Elizabeth may have been unwell or unable to cope on her own with five young children. Their two sons were raised at the Royal Hibernian School in Ireland, a school for the orphans of Military Personel.
Where the daughters went to live is unclear. One account has them being placed in a Convent. Another account has them raised by their Aunt Charlotte.
Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between, on the 1881 British Census, we find Charlotte, a Widow, living at 157 Lynton Road, Bermondsey, England with two of her nieces, Elizabeth Charlotte and Mary Ann. No trace of Bridget Sophia was found on the 1881 Census.
We have a date of death for Edmund's wife Elizabeth as circa 1890 at the age of 52. No record of Elizabeth was found on the 1881 Census.