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What does "Nurse Child" mean?
« on: Thursday 05 May 05 03:51 BST (UK) »
I have a 2 year old listed on the census as a "Nurse child" what does this mean?  Thanks, Laverdiere

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Re: What does "Nurse Child" mean?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 05 May 05 05:13 BST (UK) »
Hi Laverdiere,
This is only what I think it means, someone will probably correct me.
 
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"Nurse child" what does this mean?
A foster child,
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Re: What does "Nurse Child" mean?
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 05 May 05 06:06 BST (UK) »
Yes usually a child who was put out to "wet nurse" or foster


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Re: What does "Nurse Child" mean?
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 02 June 05 17:31 BST (UK) »
I have a Florence Halliday who was listed as "child at nurse" (age 1) in the 1861. Her parents were at sea at the time - I expect they considered her too young to take the trip, so they left her to be cared for by another family (maybe close friends?) until their return. She was back with her mother in 1871.
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What does "at nurse" mean?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 15 July 05 17:16 BST (UK) »
I have found an ancestor of mine in the 1851 Montgomeryshire census aged ten years old.  She is named Elizabeth Tilsley yet she is living with a family called Evans.  He's a farmer and they have children.  Elizabeth is down as ld [which I've found out means lodger] and it just says "at nurse" aged 10.

Does anyone know what this means?

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Re: What does "at nurse" mean?
« Reply #6 on: Friday 15 July 05 18:13 BST (UK) »
Hi I don't know whether this helps!!

I have been transcribing some census returns for 1861 and have come across "nurse girl" or "nurse child". As I understand it a nurse child was a child being looked after by another family for payment. A bit like being adopted but there was not formal legal adoption until 1926 apparently.

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Nurse Child question
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 17 September 05 17:31 BST (UK) »
Hi,

A family member and his wife and children in the 1861 census for Hertfordshire have living with them a Jemima Reynolds aged 7 born in Islington who is stated as being a Nurse Child.

My question is does anyone know what a Nurse Child is?

Amy

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Re: Nurse Child question
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 17 September 05 17:44 BST (UK) »

The child is being cared for by them in return for payment (usually)

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