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The residents of Sussex in 1851 were a mixed bunch; we've reported on some of the more noteworthy below, and we all identify with Donna's comment on Victorian officialdom. Speculating on the home life of some of the families we come across provides a little light relief as we plough through the more tedious aspects of transcribing. Keep sending us your findings.
Our thoughts are with Lynne who has been taking care of her father in his final illness; our own home life can often take us completely away from transcribing - and quite right too! The back burner is often the right place for FreeCEN.
Although it may not seem like it from the numbers below, we are making progress with the Census. All being well, the next update to the database should see a big jump in the amount on line. As we've explained before, the system can't cope with the smaller sections we work on, and often we have to wait for five or more sections from the same Piece to be ready together. We're getting there!
Best wishes too you all,
Simon and Chris
When the schedules are separated by an incomplete line, such as the one between schedules 36 and 37, it shows that two or more households share the same house. This means that when entering the details for this extract all three families should be given the same address.
Sussex - Home of the Rich and Famous
It's nice to be able to see one of the Sussex residents in the flesh, even if this was painted 50 years before the Census...
Meet Harriett Palwarth
Daughter of Count Hans Moritz von Bruhl and Alicia Maria Carpenter; in 1795 she married Hugh Scott of Harden, afterwards sixth Baron Polwarth. She was maid-of-honour to Caroline, Princess of Wales at her marriage to the Prince Regent (later George IV). In the 1851 Census, aged 70, she is visiting her nephew and his family in Rogate where she is enumerated as "Dowager Baroness". The portrait is now in the Petworth collection.
Sussex - home of the...er...Slightly Unusual
George Chapman, resident of Rogate in 1851, gives his occupation as "Gentleman Hereditary", and lists his children as follows.
After some Googling we discovered that there were five children altogether, baptised in June 1855 in Rogate with the names
Raisebroke St Clair Restall de Louth Chapman de Louth CHAPMAN
La Belle Marie Anne Henriette le Clair Restall CHAPMAN
De Wykeham Robert Le'Hutin Boyes Restall de Louth CHAPMAN
La Rhennee le Veghonora Jeannette Betsey Restall de Louth CHAPMAN
La la Renommie Georgette le Clerec Restall du Bois de Lough CHAPMAN
You may not be surprised to learn that by 1861 Raisebroke,
Simon and Chris, Andrea, Marianne*, Neal, Jan, Susan and June, all in Sussex, Graham in Berkshire, Barry in Buckinghamshire, Sue R* and Janet B in Hampshire, Richard in Tyne & Wear, John P in Norfolk, Jean* in Surrey, Fiona in Yorkshire, and Keith in Kent.
Janet M in Caithness
Vivienne in the Dordogne
Iris* in WA, Alison C in NSW, Denis in Victoria
In the USA
Karen in California, Donna in MichiganLynne in Bullaren
Dave in BC,
* Inactive at present
Things You Find
Usually the Occupation column for a wife is left blank or just entered as "Wife". We have seen a more specific "Domestic Duties", but here's alittle gem Fiona found in Lewes:
"Amelia Blaker, 39 year old wife of solicitor Edgar, occupation - 'an attentive wife & excellant (sic) mother'.
She certainly had given her satisfied husband 4 sons and 1 daughter so far between the ages of 10 years and 6 months. I haven't dared look to see how many appear on the 1861 census."
[This is assuming that Edgar filled in the return, not Amelia herself! A rather different sort of wife is indicated in this cartoon from Punch.]
"So you call yourself the Head of the House, do you?"
Talking about Transcription
"If I could turn back time I wouldn't un-behead Charles I, nor would I bring back Elvis....but I WOULD make a rule that enumerator's checkers would NOT be permitted to put marks through ages!!!"[DC]A Puzzle for the Postman
We didn't believe this one at first, but the enumerator really did give the birthplace name as "Catsfiends".
Of course it turned out to be Catsfield
Mrs Bleach the Laundress, living in Harting
Simon and Chris
...and who's next?