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Hi, Everyone!
I'm presently reading the excellent "The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker" by Roger Hutchinson, pub 2017, a story of Britain through its Census since 1801.
Although I have been a resident of Cambridge for 50 years now, I had never heard of Ada WATSON, who with the help of her husband John Henry produced 25 surviving children between 1904 and 1931, including three sets of twins.  This is considered a British record.
But when I tried to discover them in the Cambridge 1911 Census they were not to be found, presumably with a mere handful of young children by then.
Would very much like to know where they lived locally, if some kind Rootschatter could track them down more resourcefully than I have managed so far.
Googling didn't seem to throw up anything about the family...
Keith

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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada THOMAS in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 14:22 GMT (UK) »
You need to establish Ada’s maiden name.  No marriage in Cambridge 1901-1904

Are they on the 1939 register?  Have you checked the 1921 census?

If you are looking for their children after 1911 - freebmd will shown mmn

They may not have been in Cambridge in 1911
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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada THOMAS in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 14:31 GMT (UK) »
Do you mean Ada Watson? Scroll down - there is a Mary Thomas mentioned but then followed by  Ada

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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada WATSON in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 14:35 GMT (UK) »
Oh dear, oh dear!  My senior moments seem to be becoming more frequent.  Of course the family Ada married into was WATSON, not Thomas...
Sorry, everyone...
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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada WATSON in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 14:38 GMT (UK) »
Only 2 children in 1911. - mmn Smart - marriage 1904
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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada WATSON in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 15:00 GMT (UK) »
Well, Carole, armed with the info on your previous post, it looks as though there were 2 more Cambridge WATSON/SMART births, in 1911 and 1913.  And then the probably quite significant WATSON/SMART births for St Pancras in 1918, 1919 x2 (twins?), 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925 x2 (twins again?), 1929 and 1931.
So though the impression I got from reading page 55 of this book was that this was wholly a burgeoning Cambridge family, it was only so for the first few years, and then London beckoned.
Was there a Cambridge address for them in 1911, Carole, may I ask...?
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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada WATSON in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 15:03 GMT (UK) »
Yes - they were in Cambridge in 1911
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Re: Whereabouts of extraordinary mother Ada WATSON in Cambridge area 1904-1931
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 22 March 22 15:07 GMT (UK) »
"All of the children attained majority"

I don't see how that is possible when three children had died by 1911. 

There appears to be seven children at home in 1921.

The address in Cambridge was 22 Gloucester Place.

Debra  :)