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Sad place of birth
« on: Saturday 20 March 21 09:20 GMT (UK) »
It’s those one things you see when you’re researching which will always stick in your mind.

Recently I was researching something on the 1861 Census. 

A few lines above my relative was a child with initials only with his described place of birth as ‘In a railway carriage, does not know where’. 




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Re: Sad place of birth
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 20 March 21 09:42 GMT (UK) »
It’s those one things you see when you’re researching which will always stick in your mind.

A few lines above my relative was a child with initials only with his described place of birth as ‘In a railway carriage, does not know where’.

Quite a few births have happened unexpectedly in taxis, or on board ship, so I don't see this case as 'sad'.  Just the 1861 parallel example, no doubt equally inconvenient.
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« Reply #2 on: Saturday 20 March 21 10:51 GMT (UK) »
Sorry I failed to add this was a child in a workhouse.  No sign of any relations.

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« Reply #3 on: Saturday 20 March 21 11:20 GMT (UK) »
I didn't see this as sad either,until you added that it was a child in the workhouse.
Sounds like it was possibly left in the train carriage, by mum.

Not sure I'd have been keen to have given birth in an ambulance or a car by the roadside,but of course it happens nowadays. But of course today you'd stay with that baby.
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« Reply #4 on: Saturday 20 March 21 16:07 GMT (UK) »

A few lines above my relative was a child with initials only with his described place of birth as ‘In a railway carriage, does not know where’.

Reminds me of the famous lines by Lady Bracknell from "The Importance of Being Earnest".
"A handbag?"
"To be born, or at any rate bred, in a handbag, whether it has handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life ..."
"You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter ... to marry into a cloakroom and form an alliance with a parcel?"
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