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Offline GillianF

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Mystery squiggles on census
« on: Monday 20 July 20 11:18 BST (UK) »
Can anyone decipher the two squiggles under 'Occupation' for William Domoney here please.  I think he was a lodger in the household of Deborah Hawkins who was a nurse and may have been looking after him?

The first word is 'Invalid' and then, I think, 'U' but the two squiggles which follow are a mystery.

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #1 on: Monday 20 July 20 12:40 BST (UK) »
He is down as an Invalid and it looks as though the Enumerator has written U 16 next to the word Invalid.

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #2 on: Monday 20 July 20 13:20 BST (UK) »
Does that mean under 16 years of age (which he seems to be)?
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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #3 on: Monday 20 July 20 14:07 BST (UK) »
My first thought was "U16" and that it stood for 'Under 16' but the '1' and '6' didn't really seem to match the other numbers of '1' and '6' on the page and I couldn't really see the relevance given that William's age is already stated as 13 in the age column.

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #4 on: Monday 20 July 20 14:14 BST (UK) »
The 'squiggles' are definitely in a different hand, could they be for categorising the 'occupation' column? Could they read 'U S 6'?
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IRE: Kik DRAY[EA], PURCELL, WHITE: Mea LYNCH: Tip MURRAY, SHEEDY: Wem ALLEN, ENGLISHBY; Dub PENROSE: Lim DUNN[E], FRAWLEY, WILLIAMS.
87th Regiment RIF: MURRAY
ENG; Marylebone HAYTER, TROU[W]SDALE, WILLIAMS Con HAMPTON, TREMELLING Wry CLEGG, HOLLAND, HORSEFIELD Coventry McGINTY
CAN; Nova Scotia [Halifax, Pictou]: HOLLAND, WHITE, WILLIAMSON

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #5 on: Monday 20 July 20 15:00 BST (UK) »
It does look like U S 6 -- except the S differs from those 'S's written in the word 'Son' on the same page.
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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #6 on: Monday 20 July 20 15:14 BST (UK) »
But do you think it is in the same hand?
Seeking: baptism Philip Murray Feb ish 1814 said to be nr Chatham Kent.
IRE: Kik DRAY[EA], PURCELL, WHITE: Mea LYNCH: Tip MURRAY, SHEEDY: Wem ALLEN, ENGLISHBY; Dub PENROSE: Lim DUNN[E], FRAWLEY, WILLIAMS.
87th Regiment RIF: MURRAY
ENG; Marylebone HAYTER, TROU[W]SDALE, WILLIAMS Con HAMPTON, TREMELLING Wry CLEGG, HOLLAND, HORSEFIELD Coventry McGINTY
CAN; Nova Scotia [Halifax, Pictou]: HOLLAND, WHITE, WILLIAMSON

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #7 on: Monday 20 July 20 15:47 BST (UK) »
I think it is U 16, in a different hand, added by a clerk in the census office who categorised the occupations. I suspect it indicates that because this ‘Invalid’ was under 16, he should be classed differently from other, older invalids.

(I think you should probably remove the image, as we are not allowed to post whole census pages, for copyright reasons. Only snippets are allowed.)

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Re: Mystery squiggles on census
« Reply #8 on: Monday 20 July 20 18:07 BST (UK) »
Thank you re information about a clerk making an addition/amendment.  I didn't know of such things.

I take your point about the whole page and will re-load as a snippet.  I'd thought it would be helpful to see the handwriting on the rest of the page for comparison.