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Wealthy Victorian orphans
« on: Sunday 29 October 17 17:30 GMT (UK) »
Can anybody help me with a question regarding the Victorian era?

I have a relative that was left fatherless in 1866 aged 2, the will states that 500 was to be invested for her on reaching aged 21 (that's 40,000 in today's money).  Her mother remarried and then died in childbirth in 1870 leaving a now orphaned 6 year old.  I have the 1881 census stating the child was a boarder in a school, but there is no trace of her on the 1871 census - I have looked under all known relatives to see if anyone took her in but apparently not.  Where would a 6 year old orphan girl have gone - the school she ended up in was quite exclusive so someone was paying for her education eventually.  Any help gratefully received.

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Re: Wealthy Victorian orphans
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 29 October 17 17:52 GMT (UK) »
Can anybody help me with a question regarding the Victorian era?

I have a relative that was left fatherless in 1866 aged 2, the will states that 500 was to be invested for her on reaching aged 21 (that's 40,000 in today's money).  Her mother remarried and then died in childbirth in 1870 leaving a now orphaned 6 year old.  I have the 1881 census stating the child was a boarder in a school, but there is no trace of her on the 1871 census - I have looked under all known relatives to see if anyone took her in but apparently not.  Where would a 6 year old orphan girl have gone - the school she ended up in was quite exclusive so someone was paying for her education eventually.  Any help gratefully received.

It would be up to her father's executors where they invested her inheritence, it may be possible that some of it was used to pay for her schooling.
Have you checked the school records to see when she joined and/or left?
It may be worth writing to the school asking if they have any details of her.

Have you checked for a marriage?

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Re: Wealthy Victorian orphans
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 29 October 17 17:59 GMT (UK) »
It may be she was with a relative/guardian but left off the census.
Warks:Ashford;Cadby;Clarke;Clifford;Cooke Copage;Easthope;
Edmonds;Felton;Colledge;Lutwyche;Mander(s);May;Poole;Withers.
Staffs.Edmonds;Addison;Duffield;Webb;Fisher;Archer
Salop:Easthope,Eddowes,Hoorde,Oteley,Vernon,Talbot,De Neville.
Notts.Clarke;Redfearne;Treece.
Som.May;Perriman;Cox
India Kane;Felton;Cadby
London.Haysom.
Lancs.Gay.
Worcs.Coley;Mander;Sawyer.
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Re: Wealthy Victorian orphans
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 29 October 17 21:29 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for the responses, I have contacted the school (it is now a day academy for girls) to see what if any records they have - the ages of the children listed in 1881 suggest it was a senior school only as the youngest pupil was 12.  I can't see the family having turned their backs on her so hopefully she was placed with someone and just left off the census for some reason.  I do know she went on the marry in America and with her husband founded what is now a huge mining company so have also contacted them.


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Re: Wealthy Victorian orphans
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 29 October 17 22:07 GMT (UK) »
Could you give her name so that we can try and find her in 1871?