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Re: Help reading this census detail please
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:34 GMT (UK) »
Is wife or widow, husb. sailor is missing  ???  ???
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« Reply #10 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:35 GMT (UK) »
That's what I wondered - is the "Pr" bit an abbreviated "Probably"?

I can't make it say Missing in my eyes but it does seem to end with "ing" so you could well be right.
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ESS: Howe French Cant Annis Noakes Turner Marshall Makerow Duck Spurden Harmony
SCT: Howe Shaw Raitt Milne Forsyth Birnie Crichton Duncan McBeath Daniel Hay Robertson Jaffrey Smith McDonald Alexander Craighead
NRY: Bushby Smith Bland Iley Cunion Kendrew Thornbury Favell Lonsdale Crossland Rudd Pratt Gibson
WES; Dickenson Jackson Ewbank Waller
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Re: Help reading this census detail please
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:37 GMT (UK) »
Is it Missing spelled Miffing as in old style "s"?
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ESS: Howe French Cant Annis Noakes Turner Marshall Makerow Duck Spurden Harmony
SCT: Howe Shaw Raitt Milne Forsyth Birnie Crichton Duncan McBeath Daniel Hay Robertson Jaffrey Smith McDonald Alexander Craighead
NRY: Bushby Smith Bland Iley Cunion Kendrew Thornbury Favell Lonsdale Crossland Rudd Pratt Gibson
WES; Dickenson Jackson Ewbank Waller
STS: White
SRY: Knight
DUR: Smith Littlefair
HAM: Williams Grose Lush Venson


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« Reply #12 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:37 GMT (UK) »
I can't make it say Missing in my eyes but it does seem to end with "ing" so you could well be right.


I can see a long 's' then an 's' in the middle of the word.
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Re: Help reading this census detail please
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:39 GMT (UK) »
I can see a long 's' then an 's' in the middle of the word.
So can I - all the 'ss' on the page are the same  :)
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« Reply #14 on: Saturday 07 March 09 15:41 GMT (UK) »
Yes, I just found Drefs Maker further down! ;D

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NRY: Bushby Smith Bland Iley Cunion Kendrew Thornbury Favell Lonsdale Crossland Rudd Pratt Gibson
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DUR: Smith Littlefair
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« Reply #15 on: Saturday 07 March 09 16:12 GMT (UK) »
Over to Sarah for comments, then  :D
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Re: Help reading this census detail please
« Reply #16 on: Saturday 07 March 09 17:51 GMT (UK) »
Thank you all for your fast and most helpful responses. 

Before posting the question I could only make out
"... widow. Husb. S(or T)ailor/.... "

After your suggestions I believe it says:
".. wife is(or) widow. Husb. Sailor Missing"

The enumerator did his w's in a strange way, and his double s's in the old fashioned way(well it was 1861!)

They lived in Bristol, so a sailor would be a perfectly feasible occupation.

Funny thing is, when I do a search for their son William John Ford on the 1871 census, there is a man of the right age and birthplace, living with his father William - who is a seaman.   Maybe he came back from the sea OK after all....

This lady Ann, and her husband the sailor were my gt-gt-gt-grandparents, so I'd love to know his name - but it'll probably be one of those things I'll never be able to trace.   Still, I've got a few marriage leads from freebmd to follow up, so I'll keep investigating! :)

It's good to know there's people here to help if I get stuck again.

Thanks once again,
Sarah Knight