Tuesday, 13 November 2012

A strange census entry

At the 1911 Census, the form carried the following instruction under the heading Particulars as to Marriage:

State for each Married Woman entered on this Schedule the number of:-
Completed years the present marriage has lasted
Total children born alive to the present marriage
Children still living

The section of the form completed by our (possible) 2xgreat grandfather is shown here.

It indicates that a 20 year marriage had produced 5 children, 4 of whom are still living.

But there is NO married woman listed on the form; just Robert Snr and three sons.

He has placed the information about the length of the marriage and children against his own name.

How should we interpret this information?


  1. This would be a great question for the Genealogy and Family History Stack Exchange at http://genealogy.stackexchange.com/

    1. Jeni, for the moment, this is a puzzle that I am going to keep to myself. There are some questions that answering yourself is more important than get an answer quickly.

  2. Could it be that his partner had pre-deceased him, and he wanted to record the information anyway?


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