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Missing in 1871!!!!!

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K Report 26 Nov 2012 19:02

Some previous threads


patchem Report 26 Nov 2012 07:05

If that is Mary Ellen in 1881 census, then she would have been born before her parents' marriage.
Kathlyn said she was born about 1870, not 1867/1868
I think we need Kathlyn to post the 1861 and 1881 censuses, and any more information about birth dates and any other children.


K Report 26 Nov 2012 04:16

Presumably Mary Ellen in 1881?

Name: Mary Ellen Roberts
Age: 13
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Relation: Servant
Gender: Female
Where born: Bootle, Lancashire, England

Civil parish: Kirkby
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England

Street Address: Ainsworth Lane

Employment status:

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Occupation: General Servant Domestic

Registration district: West Derby
Sub-registration district: Walton
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 3689
Folio: 34
Page Number: 24
Household Members:
Name Age
Henry Ledson 29
Alice Ledson 34
Alice Maria Ledson 1
Mary Ellen Roberts 13


patchem Report 25 Nov 2012 20:36

Marriages Sep 1868
Barlow John Liverpool 8b 189
Gore Elizabeth Liverpool 8b 189
xxxx Mawdsley Mary Liverpool 8b 189
xxxx ROBERTS John Liverpool 8b 189

Presumably Kathlyn has the certificate?

Births Mar 1850
Mawdsley Mary Ormskirk 21 594
Births Dec 1850
Mawdsley Mary Wyke Bala 27 125
Births Mar 1852
Mawdsley Mary Ormskirk 8b 485
Births Jun 1852
Mawdsley Mary Elizabeth Ormskirk 8b 477


Kucinta Report 25 Nov 2012 20:32

In England and Wales the minimum age was 12 for girls and 14 for boys, up until 1929.


DazedConfused Report 25 Nov 2012 20:02

Although the age of consent was 21, it was more than possible to marry from age 15.

There is a lot about the 'myths' of the marriages of our Ancestors in this months
Who Do You Think You Are magazine.


K Report 25 Nov 2012 19:57

The family living at 23 Cambden Street in 1871 with father John appear to have been living in 49 Copeland Street in 1869 with this being their daughter Edith and John again being a joiner

Name: Edith Roberts
Baptism Date: 31 Oct 1869
Parish: Everton St George
Father's Name: John Roberts
Mother's Name: Agnes Roberts


Graham Report 25 Nov 2012 19:43

There is a Mary Mawdsley living in Manchester in 1871 who is recorded as having been born in 1851.
Is it possible she married after the 1871 census?
Given her age at the time of the 1871 census, I don't think she could have married before then. Wasn't the age of consent 21 back then?
I haven't yet seen anybody having married in the 19th century whilst still in their teens.


Andrew Report 25 Nov 2012 18:20

This is the family at 23 Cambden Street

1871 England Census
about John Roberts
Name: John Roberts
Age: 44
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Agnes Roberts
Gender: Male
Where born: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Civil parish: Bootle
Ecclesiastical parish: St John
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Registration district: West Derby
Sub-registration district: Walton
ED, institution, or vessel: 6a
Household schedule number: 164
Piece: 3832
Folio: 127
Page Number: 44
Household Members: Name Age
John Roberts 44
Agnes Roberts 41
Alice Jane Roberts 19
Emily Roberts 9
Mary A Roberts 7
Anne G Roberts 5
Edith Roberts 2



brummiejan Report 25 Nov 2012 17:56

Where was her daughter born? Do you know anything else about John?


K Report 25 Nov 2012 17:51

A possible for Mary E - John listed as a joiner - Address 23 Camden? Street

Name: Mary Ellen Roberts
Baptism Date: 2 Aug 1869
Parish: Bootle St John
Father's Name: John Roberts
Mother's Name: Mary



Kathlyn Report 25 Nov 2012 16:58

I have full details of my great grandmother from birth to death, but am unable to locate her in the 1871 census.

Birth in 1851 of Mary Mawdsley in Kirkby, Lancashire

1861 census, in Kirkby, Lancashire

marriage to John Roberts in West Derby

Unable to find the birth of their daughter Mary Ellen about 1870 as the name is so common.

Unable to find the family in 1871 census. They would have been living in the Bootle area

In the 1881 census, Mary is recorded as "wife" but John is not about. John was a Joiner, so he could have been away from the house at the time of the census. But again, as the name is so common, can`t find him.

In 1891 census, Mary has married her lodger, George Massie.

Any idea what permutations of the name Roberts I could use?