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Offline LizzieW

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Re: Pauper or labourer ?
« Reply #18 on: Tuesday 05 February 19 11:11 GMT (UK) »
My 3 x g.grandfather was an ag.lab as was his wife despite having - or maybe because of - 9 children.  He was wooed by the new railways and went to Cheshire to work on the railways only to die there in 1841 of pulmonary consumption (Tuberculosis of the lungs), so his wife went back to Lincolnshire with 8 children (the eldest didn't Lincolnshire until much later) and became an ag lab again until 1871 when aged 71 she was on Parish Relief.  By 1881 she was a widowed annuitant.  She eventually died in 1890 aged 90, so the hard work and fresh air of Lincolnshire obviously helped her to live a long life.  She died of old age!

I can't believe 3 x g.grandfather had consumption before he went to work on the railways, it wouldn't make sense to believe that he would be better off doing that type of labouring.

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