Census 1841

This was the first real national census count taken on June 18th 1841, so here are a few trivia type facts from Whissonsett 1841.

The most popular names were John 56, William 43, Robert 33, Thomas 33, Mary 57, Elizabeth 43, Sarah 37 and Ann 37.

Unusual names were Delilah, Peace, Bathsheba, Karenhappuch, Pleasance, Bartle, Aldridge, Silvester, Jeremiah and Elijah.

William Valing was the Police Officer.

Children under the age of 15, in Hamrow 55, in the village 231.

People over 65, only 22, the oldest Margaret Fox aged 92.

Men and boys, agricultural labourers 78, plus 3 shepherds, 2 vermin killers and a gardener.

Rev. Kemp had 8 children between the ages of 3 and 13, he employed a footman and three maids.

Charles Green at Brick Kiln Farm employed a man servant and 4 maid servants.

Karenhappuch (nee Hall) was married to Jeremiah Makins, they lived at Lower Farm and she sold lots of home made sausages.

There were 18 burials in the churchyard in 1841:


•    Jan 1841 – John Reeve 17, Henry Jarred 2 months.
•    Feb 1841 – Sarah Ann Clark 7 months.
•    March 1841 – Martha Powell 72.
•    April 1841 – Mary Pratt 43.
•    June 1841 – William Walker 7, Thomas Taylor 82, Elizabeth Lake 5 weeks.
•    July 1841 – Catherine Hall 83.
•    Aug 1841 – Elizabeth Goodman 1 month. Joseph Annison 5. John Lusher 7 weeks.
•    Sep 1841 – James Dack 11. Jane Pratt 12.
•    Oct 1841 – Elizabeth Annison 9 months.
•    Nov 1841 – Elizabeth Eldridge 78. Elizabeth Neale infant.
•    Dec 1841 – William Bates infant.

William White’s History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1864 and 1883 can be found at GENUKI.org.uk.

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