Names Tell All in 1881 British Census

Interesting names discovered during the process of indexing the British 1881 Census.

  • The wife, mother, and daughter of James Christmas were all named Maryhardcase_friends Christmas
  • Frank Guest was listed as a visitor
  • Harriet Goodhand was listed as a domestic servant
  • The families of William Lovegrove, Henry Dearlove, and William Darling all lived on the same block in Oxfordshire
  • A woman named Rose married Robert Garden
  • Emma Boatwright married a seaman
  • Mr. Thorn lived in Rose Cottage
  • Robert Speed, a bus driver and post runner
  • Robert Robb, a detective officer
  • Phoebe Brain, a scholar
  • One woman’s birthplace was listed as "in stage coach between Nottingham and Derby"
  • John Pounder, a blacksmith
  • William Scales, a piano maker
  • Herman Hamberger, born in Greece
  • Curious occupations: dirt refiner, hoveller, moleskin saver, piano puncher, sparable cutter, spittle maker, tingle maker, and whim driver
  • Twin four-year-olds named Peter the Great and William the Conqueror
  • Brothers named Seaman and Landsman
  • The occupation of three daughters was entered as "They toil not, neither do they spin"

(Found in the Ensign magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, March 1996, p. 58.)

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