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From: "Caroline Bradford" <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Census Oddity
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 17:25:59 +0100
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Hi Tony

I don't think this is a census oddity at all, but simply an example of a
family who had their own way of amusing themselves on dark winter nights!

Tracking them back through the census, it is pretty certain that Edith is
the daughter of Isaac and Ann (and goodness me that pair had plenty of
children!). In 1881 Edith is a couple of doors away from mum and dad,
unmarried but with a couple of young boys (Henry and William). It would be
more likely that Mary Annie and Flora Jessie are Edith's than Isaac and
Ann's, considering their ages. George and Edith don't appear to have
married, but they seem to have had a number of their own children.

Do you have Mary Annie's birth certificate?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:essex-uk-
> ] On Behalf Of Tony Pottrell
> Sent: 23 June 2007 16:54
> To:
> Subject: [Ess] Census Oddity
> Hi all,
> Apologies for the off-area post, but I was wondering if someone can
> suggest a possible reason for a strange arrangement on the census.
> In the 1891 census for Appleton, Berks (Now Oxon) Class: RG12; Piece:
> 977; Folio 7; Page 8, I'm looking at Mary Annie Robbins (My maternal
> great grandmother).
> The part I can't figure out is that she (and her siblings) are listed
> as
> being the sons and daughters of a George and Edith Stimpson. There is
> an Isaac and Ann Robbins listed in the next entry however.
> Could the Stimpsons have adopted (unofficially) Mary and co? Or was
> the
> transcriber confused? At first glance I suspect they were all living
> in
> the same building, but why would Mary be listed above her parents like
> that?
> Thanks :)
> Tony
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