The 1881 British Isles Census was taken on the night of 3rd April 1881. The information is supposed to reflect their status on that very day and who had spent the night in the house. Anyone travelling would be enumerated wherever they stayed on census night.
So, it is perhaps surprising that my great grandfather Alfred appears not once, but twice, in the 1881 Census.
As expected, he can be found at home in Wigland Green with his wife (Martha) and three of their children (Mary, Thomas and Henry), next door to Martha’s parents. However, I’m not sure he was actually at home on census night.
Alfred can also be found at Audlem as a visitor to his brother Thomas, along with daughter Margaret, and Thomas’s wife. This is more likely where Alfred was when the census was taken. However, whilst he is listed as a visitor, Margaret is simply listed as “niece”. She is also listed before her father. Could she have been living with her Uncle Thomas and his wife Mary?
I thought I would also share a discovery I made in the 1911 census. Someone who I can only describe as a lovely lady despite having never known her was Frances Catherine Stone from Heanor. She’s no relation to me, but I think she’s a star.
The 1911 census asked each household to fill in the census form and list the name and surname “of every Person, whether Member of Family, Visitor, Boarder, or Servant who (1) passed the night of Sunday, April 2nd, 1911, in this dwelling and was alive at midnight, or (2) arrived in this dwelling on the morning of Monday, April 3rd, not having been enumerated elsewhere. No one else must be included.”.
Dear Frances Catherine Stone indeed listed all of the occupants of the house, occupants she certainly considered family…
Yes, she listed “Timothy the Cat”, aged 7, and “Jack the Dog”, aged 8!
The enumerator didn’t find this funny as they crossed both out. Frances, aged 46, obviously had a good sense of humour though!
This post was written as part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.