David STAMP, Ware, early 19th century
Estimating Date of Birth from Census Returns
Neil Stamp (neil.stamp.sr @t gmail.com) of Hull writes: I am writing in the hope that you can help me find the parents of David Stamp, he is my GGG grandfather. I have found lots of information by myself but everything stops (at least for me) with David. What I know is he was born in 1810/11 and was a malt maker at first and then a bricklayers labourer. He married Sara Wrenn (was Goodey) and had children, James and Sarah. The family lived at Baldock Street, Ware, according to the censuses I have.
Your problem could be because you recorded a precise date of birth for David Stamp of 1810/11 and assumed that it is correct. This may have arisen because you are using a family tree package to store your data which does not allow you to record uncertain and contradictory information.
Problems over people's age/date of birth are common - and your case provides a good demonstration of what can happen, and how bringing all the evidence together can help. You have already found the relevant census returns, and other information, so I will simply highlight the key facts in reviewing the information we have about David's likely date of birth.
His case is comparatively simple as he appears to be the only David Stamp married to Sarah in the Ware area. (In many cases there can be cousins of similar age living in the same area see Right Name, Wrong Body.) This means that we do not have to worry too much if the data is not a perfect fit.
In the censuses for 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1871 David and Sarah appear to be living in the same house in Baldock Street next to a yard variously called Mayfield Yard or Warboys Yard. Yard names in censuses often changed, as often they were no more than the name of the owner or principal tenant at the time. (See Locating Census addresses from Maps.) House numbering did not come in until later and you should not be confused by the census form number (7 in 1851, 9 in 1861 and 32 in 1871) By the 1881 census Sarah was a widow living in an alms house.
The following table gives the information we have for David and his wife's ages from the census and some other sources
|Marriage||18+||By 1809||18+||By 1807||See below|
|1841 census||30||1806/11||Labourer||30||1806/11||See below|
|1851 Census||38||1812/13||Malt Maker (Labourer?)||44||1806/07|
|1861 Census||53||1807/08||Bricklayer's Labourer||55||1805/06|
|1871 Census||69||Bricklayer's Labourer||70||1800/01|
|David's Death in 1872||66||1805/06||[FreeBMD]|
|Sarah's Death in 1882||77||1804/05||[FreeBMD]|
A search of familysearch (which has recently introduced much newly digitised material) comes up with he following baptism at Ware.
David Stamp, son of David and Mary, baptised 24 Jan 1808
If you can add to the information given above tell me.
|December 2010||Page created|