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Subject: Re: TWICE in the 1881 census?
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 10:35:20 +0000
Just thought I'd reply to Noel's very sensible points about my possible
>I don't wish to doubt the research work of others.
I think doubt is a very useful thing myself - it's easy to make silly
mistakes or wrong assumptions (having done both at various times). It's
great to be able to ask people on the list whether what you are thinking
>But, I must say I find this "double appearance" to be most odd.
Yes, very odd.
>I can accept that a person might have been "present" at two different
>households in the same village, and can think of a number of reasons why
>this might occur. But in two completely different locations ......? Why
>on earth would two households say that the same person was present?
I believe in this case one household contains a second wife and her mother,
and the other a child from a first marriage with brother and his family. I
suspect this guy is working in Bethnal Green in London but his wife has to
look after her elderly mother back in Mountnessing in Essex.
>Further, are we talking here about the transcribed version on CD-ROM, or
>the actual census "as enumerated"?
This is the transcription and I agree one cannot be sure without looking at
the originals. The guy in question though is a George Aylett: there aren't
too many of these around, and because I have a different one who is missing
(it seems) from the 1881 census I have been following up all the rest.
>There were many instances of people with the same name, and same
>birthplace, and the same age; often this occurred with first cousins. So
>can we be completely sure that we are dealing with the same person, or
>two persons with the same name?
That's very true, and my own Tillingham Ayletts had a number of cousins
like this (including a bunch all called George). In this case, the 1851
census index for Mountnessing shows only one family there, and they have a
George of the right age to be both of the ones in 1881. If anyone comes
across any more Ayletts in Mountnessing please do let me know - maybe
someone can let me know what the situation was in the 1861 census index?
There is a load of other stuff if anyone is interested in the detail of
this, but currently I am, say, 90% sure the same guy has been registered in
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