Here are some interesting details that were discovered during the process of indexing the British 1881 Census:
* The wife, mother, and daughter of James Christmas were all named Mary Christmas.
* Frank Guest was listed as a visitor.
* Harriet Goodhand was listed as a domestic servant.
* The families of William Lovegrove, Henry Dearlove, and William Darling all lived on the same block in Oxfordshire.
* A woman named Rose married Robert Garden.
* Emma Boatwright married a seaman.
* Mr. Thorn lived in Rose Cottage.
* Robert Speed, a bus driver and post runner.
* Robert Robb, a detective officer.
* Phoebe Brain, a scholar.
* One woman's birthplace was listed as "in stage coach between Nottingham and Derby."
* John Pounder, a blacksmith.
* William Scales, a piano maker.
* Herman Hamberger, born in Greece.
* Curious occupations: dirt refiner, hoveller, moleskin saver, piano puncher, sparable cutter, spittle maker, tingle maker, and whim driver.
* Twin four-year-old's named Peter the Great and William the Conqueror.
* Brothers named Seaman and Landsman.
* The occupation of three daughters was entered as "They toil not, neither do they spin."
~ Found in the Ensign magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, March 1996, p. 58. ~
... the word "inmate" in old papers may refer to a person living in the home of another person, not necessarily an institution?
... "Freeman" is a designation once used to mean an unmarried man.
... "Domestic" once meant a housewife, not necessarily a servant.
... "Housekeeper" would mean a property owner, male or female.
... "Mrs." or "Mistress" with a woman's name usually meant she was a wealthy woman, and that was the proper way to address her.
... "Mr." or "Mister" was used only for a man of wealth, or one who was educated. A retired man might have been referred to as a gentleman.
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