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Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« on: Wednesday 05 June 19 20:41 BST (UK) »
I am having difficulty reading the attached census from 1841 (marked with a box on the attached photo). I can read James Whitcombe aged 25 living at Chippenham Gate,but cannot understand what is written in the next column.

Similarly it appears he was living together with Ann Butcher,also aged 25, and again I cannot read the next column.

I would appreciate assistance in understanding what is written in the Employment column.
Thanks in anticipation
Cherryl
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Pembrokeshire: Griffiths
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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 20:45 BST (UK) »
He is MS which is Male Servant.

She is sempstress ( seamstress).
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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 20:53 BST (UK) »
Wow - that was  quick :)

Thanks JenB
Much appreciated.
Dublin:  O'Leary, Greer, Webb, Hood
Seavington, Somerset: Brake, Gibbs, Bargery, Lockyer, England, Phelps, Bishop
Lopen, Somerset: Mitchell
Glamorgan: Mitchell
Monmouthshire: Watkins, Hood, Whitcombe
Pembrokeshire: Griffiths
Cardiganshire: Evans, Jones

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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:09 BST (UK) »
I read it as sempstress too - but I also mused briefly with 'Temptress'.   ;D
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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:17 BST (UK) »
Could be more apt :)
The way the entry appears on the census, it implies to me that James and Ann were living together but I may be making a wild assumption there. Any thoughts on that?
Dublin:  O'Leary, Greer, Webb, Hood
Seavington, Somerset: Brake, Gibbs, Bargery, Lockyer, England, Phelps, Bishop
Lopen, Somerset: Mitchell
Glamorgan: Mitchell
Monmouthshire: Watkins, Hood, Whitcombe
Pembrokeshire: Griffiths
Cardiganshire: Evans, Jones

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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:25 BST (UK) »
There is no separate address for the two so I think they are part of the household listed above them, with more details on the previous page.

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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:36 BST (UK) »
That is interesting, Ainslie, because the family on the previous page belongs to William Watkins and in 1850, James Whitcombe married his daughter Anne Watkins and they had a child soon afterwards.
Dublin:  O'Leary, Greer, Webb, Hood
Seavington, Somerset: Brake, Gibbs, Bargery, Lockyer, England, Phelps, Bishop
Lopen, Somerset: Mitchell
Glamorgan: Mitchell
Monmouthshire: Watkins, Hood, Whitcombe
Pembrokeshire: Griffiths
Cardiganshire: Evans, Jones

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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:39 BST (UK) »
There is no separate address for the two so I think they are part of the household listed above them, with more details on the previous page.

There is a single slash (/) by James - which indicates separation of households (i.e groups of people living together) within a dwelling.
A double slash (//) indicates a different dwelling.
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Re: Deciphering 1841 Census Employment Column
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 21:47 BST (UK) »
Thanks for sharing KGarrad- I didn't know that.

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Dublin:  O'Leary, Greer, Webb, Hood
Seavington, Somerset: Brake, Gibbs, Bargery, Lockyer, England, Phelps, Bishop
Lopen, Somerset: Mitchell
Glamorgan: Mitchell
Monmouthshire: Watkins, Hood, Whitcombe
Pembrokeshire: Griffiths
Cardiganshire: Evans, Jones