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Missing relatives on the 1871 census.

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June Report 4 Nov 2019 07:10

I had a relative who got married and had 3 sons, sadly it appears his wife died either at or shortly after the birth of their 3rd son. In 1858 he remarried and on the 1861 census he was listed with his new wife and the 3 sons from his previous marriage ages 9.6 & 5
Now when we look at the 1871 census he is listed with his 2nd wife and 3 children that they had together. However there is no mention of the previous 3, who would now be 19,16 & 15. Could it be the 2nd wife insisted they were put into care etc. Question is where could I start looking for that information, they all lived in the Cardigan area of Wales.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 4 Nov 2019 07:13

Can we have the 1861/1871 Census reference, and Surname please...

(bit difficult to help with no names, lol)

Chris :)

(anything Wales, always worth looking round on above, using names, addresses etc.)

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 4 Nov 2019 09:01

At those ages it’s likely they have left home and are in live in service somewhere

Or have taken live in apprenticeships

Have you looked for the children individually on any later census


SylviaInCanada Report 4 Nov 2019 18:48

I agree with Shirley .................. children started work at age 12 back in those days.

Look elsewhere for the 3 sons of the first marriage, and I think you will find them as servants, agricultural labourers, apprenticed, etc.

If they became a shop assistant for example, it is quite pssible that they would be living in "store residences" ........... some large London stores for example had dormitory-style accommodation for their assistants.


mgnv Report 4 Nov 2019 19:55

The first thing I would check would be to see if they were with their grandparents, then I would check if they were with an aunt or uncle.

In 1858, "put into care" means the workhouse.


June Report 6 Nov 2019 15:57

Thanks for all your help, I have found the 3 sons by looking them up individually. In time I found each one had left home and become servants with other families. Sad really when the youngest was only fifteen.
So thanks for all your input.


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Nov 2019 19:58

June ................

not sad at all, that was life in those days.

Children left school at 11 or 12, and went out to work.

They were no longer considered children, except of course among the wealthy. They had to make their own way in life, and in many cases, had to contribute money to support rest of their family.

It very likely had absolutely nothing to do with the stepmother


ArgyllGran Report 14 Nov 2019 14:28

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