I feel as though I need some SERIOUS help with this long standing problem ....
My family of Freemans on the 1851 census give me everything I know is correct! They do not appear on the 1841 census in the area which I know they lived for many many years.
They had 3 children in Birmingham, and 3 children in York. I must therefore suppose that the family lived in Birmingham for some while before moving to York.
Then I find on the 1841 census, a family of Freemans in Leicester - all having the same names as my York family - plus or minus a couple of additions. The father (head) is a Maltster in the 1841 census, whilst my relation was a Hatter.
The ages vary too, but not wildly.
Could anyone please take a look and assure me that these two families are different - I am completely baffled by this, and need more pairs of eyes to guide me!
The families are: Henry Freeman (born 1791 - Crawley, Sussex) - 1851 census
and: Henry Freeman (born 1801 - Leicester) - 1841 census.
ANY help at all would be MAGIC!!! Many thanks to all.