Louisa Susannah Aikman (née Wells)

???? - 29th Nov 1831


Wife of Alexander Aikman senior. Daughter of Robert Wells, a printer of Charleston. Author of The Journal of a Voyage from Charlestown, S.C., to London Undertaken During the American Revolution (1906).

  1. "Mr Aikman visited Great Britain in 1795 (in which voyage he was taken by a privateer, and had to repurchase his property at Philadelphia) in 1801, in 1803, and in 1814, but from that time had remained at home. He married at Kingston, Jamaica, Jan. 14th 1782, Louisa Susannah, second daughter of his former master Mr Robert Wells. This lady had for four years been his fellow clerk in her father's office at Charleston. She joined him from England after no little peril, having twice attempted the voyage: on the first attempt she was captured by the French, by whom she was detained for three months in France, and on the second by a King's ship, in consequence of taking her passage in a slave vessel. By this lady who died on the 29th Nov. 1831, (and of whom a brief memoir will be found in the Gentleman's Magazine vol. CI pt. ii, p. 571) Mr Aikman had two sons and eight daughters, of whom the only survivors are Mary, the wife of Mr James Smith, of St Andrews, Jamaica, and Ann-Hunter, the Widow of John Enright, Surgeon R.N. His younger son Robert died an infant. His elder son and successor in business, Alexander Aikman Esqr. died on the 11th April 1831, (see Gentleman's Magazine CI, i, 650) leaving a numerous family."

  2. According to a memorial in Findagrave.com, Louisa Susannah Aikman was born in Charleston, South Carolina, 17/10/1755 and died 29/11/1831 aged 76. She was buried at Northwood Cemetery, Isle of Wight.


  1. Gentleman's Magazine (November 1838) Vol. X New Series p. 556.

  2. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/203903288/louisa-susannah-aikman [accessed 18/01/2021].

Further Information

Maiden Name
Alexander Aikman senior
8 children including Alexander junior

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

The Journal of a Voyage from Charlestown, S.C., to London Undertaken During the American... 1906 

Relationships (4)

Wife → Husband
Mother → Son
Grandmother → Grandson
Mother-in-law → Daughter-in-law
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Addresses (1)

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - United States of America