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Offline janham

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Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« on: Saturday 02 October 04 15:16 BST (UK) »
Whilst searching the GENUKI site I found some of my family on the 1851 Census for Painswick, Gloucestershire.  It reads:

COOK Edwin 45 Sawyer BB
Matilda 42 Clother Worker Picker BB

Could anybody tell me what the "BB" means?

Thanks
Jan
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Cullinane and Fitz-henry from Waterford
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Cook from Stroud, Painswick, Glos.
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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 02 October 04 16:06 BST (UK) »
I don't know to be honest! I looked at the transcriptions though and there is the following one in Spoonbed Tything

CURLING Frances Niece 14 London

Ellen 10 Niece Cheltenham

Florence 7 Niece Florence Italy B.S.


There B.S. presumably means British Subject so maybe  BB means British Born where the place of birth is unknown?
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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 02 October 04 16:34 BST (UK) »
Jan.  The 1841 census did not record place of birth.  It only said whether the individual was born in that county or not.   This was usually referred to as simply Y or N.  I can only assume the BB refers to this point, but not sure why.
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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 02 October 04 17:11 BST (UK) »
The 1851 Painswick Census transcription can be viewed here:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~cotswold/painswick51.txt

There are a number of individual's listed as born France, etc followed by BS (=British Subject)

The BB is listed alongside some individuals without any birthplace. I would agree with Gardener and assume that it does mean British Born.

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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 02 October 04 19:50 BST (UK) »
Gardener, Ticker and Rhondda,

Thank you all for replying, I think you are all right with British Born.

Jan
Otho Hamilton, John Hamilton, George Hamilton, William Hamilton, from Waterford.
Cullinane and Fitz-henry from Waterford
Oxland from Waterford
The Olivestob Hamiltons from Edinburgh.

Cook from Stroud, Painswick, Glos.
Hudson from Huddersfield, Liverpool
Spiers from Evesham and Liverpool
Jinks from Evesham and Liverpool

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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 02 October 04 19:52 BST (UK) »
Posting Complete.

Thanks again
Jan
Otho Hamilton, John Hamilton, George Hamilton, William Hamilton, from Waterford.
Cullinane and Fitz-henry from Waterford
Oxland from Waterford
The Olivestob Hamiltons from Edinburgh.

Cook from Stroud, Painswick, Glos.
Hudson from Huddersfield, Liverpool
Spiers from Evesham and Liverpool
Jinks from Evesham and Liverpool

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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 06 February 19 06:27 GMT (UK) »
I think vast majority of people in 1851 were British born so why state nationality unless you were not British?
BB could be Base Born (a slightly nicer way to describe illegitimate).
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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 06 February 19 06:52 GMT (UK) »
Andy .... Not sure if you are aware that this thread is over 14 years old.  :)

If the OP has not yet solved the BB mystery I'm sure they will be interested in your comments though  I think it unlikely that Base Born would be written on a census.


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Re: Can anybody tell me what this means "BB"
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 06 February 19 07:21 GMT (UK) »
 :)  I think it may be a poor transcription from the column headed "Where Born" and I suggest it is a mis-read of the usual handwritten 'Do'  representing the common abbreviation for 'Ditto'  ...   The enumerator was writing 'Do' all over this particular page, Edwin was born in 'Do, Stroud'  with the 'Do' being for Gloucestershire ... although on this page it seems to be written as 'Gloster'  ::)  ::)  ::)

The OP has not been online at RChat since 2014.   :(

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