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Re: Humour on the census
« Reply #27 on: Saturday 05 September 20 17:44 BST (UK) »
Wiggy -- brilliant!

 I am assuming the father completed the household form and the Enumerator, or his clerk had to write down exactly what was on the form --- it would give them a much needed laugh as well.
West Yorks; ---- Illingworth, Marshall, Muffit/Muffett/Murfitt, Barber, Sanderson, Townend, Barraclough, Lister -- and lots more. Locations mainly in Birstall parish - Hartshead-- Drighlington --Adwalton --Mirfield - Heckmondwike --Kippax - Sherburn in Elmet.

Ireland ------Cleary, Whelan - Nenagh.
Dowling - Monasterevin
Daly - Westmeath

Lancashire ---- Smith from Alston , Johnson and Fairclough---- Tarleton and loads more from Tarleton and Accrington areas.

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Re: Humour on the census
« Reply #28 on: Saturday 05 September 20 18:24 BST (UK) »
1851 Census - HO107  1692 219 19 (name Ellis)

The columns preceding the Occupation column also make interesting reading. Can anyone help with Henry Ellis' description of himself under "Relation to Head of Family?
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.

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« Reply #29 on: Saturday 05 September 20 19:54 BST (UK) »
Head
Fruitful wife then bracketed to both husband and wife is “Married  safe enough”
Olive Branches around the Table
currently concentrating on a number of Staffordshire families.


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Re: Humour on the census
« Reply #30 on: Sunday 06 September 20 08:46 BST (UK) »
1851 Census - HO107  1692 219 19 (name Ellis)

The columns preceding the Occupation column also make interesting reading. Can anyone help with Henry Ellis' description of himself under "Relation to Head of Family?

McKha489 - apologies. I identified the wrong column.
The word I was after was in the "Condition" column - above "safe enough". I was OK with the rest of the entries.
Thanks for working out "Married" - I just couldn't see it.
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.

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Re: Humour on the census
« Reply #31 on: Sunday 06 September 20 11:34 BST (UK) »
Did you see Henry was born in City of Chimney Pots! And In the right hand column - Can hear the church bells, talks tolerably & wears specs when daylight dims
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: Humour on the census
« Reply #32 on: Sunday 06 September 20 11:47 BST (UK) »
We also have to remember that the Enumerator obviously had a wonderful sense of humour.   ;D
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« Reply #33 on: Sunday 06 September 20 11:52 BST (UK) »
This is such a good topic and reminds us our ancestors were just as human and playful as we are today. 
Hinchliffe Huddersfield Wiltshire

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« Reply #34 on: Sunday 06 September 20 13:49 BST (UK) »
Bumble/Millipede - both well said.
I accessed the original 1851 record just to check how the transcribers had treated the entries. When two hits were returned under the search key "Occupation - parents housemaid" I twigged the transcriber had been faithful to the original.
A real tonic.
S. Wales, Somerset, Devon - Oxenham

Aberavon - Hopkin/s, Jenkins, Thomas
St. Brides/Wick - Jenkins
Llanblethian -  Price
Abergwynfi -  Han(d)ford
Pontardawe -  Lewis.