|For general information see
Introduction to Census Returns
The Exploring Family History Tutorial
The 1851 & 1861 Census
Midnight Sun/Mon 30/31st March 1851
Midnight Sun/Mon 7/8th April 1861
|While we know a quite
a bit about James Horwood and his
family after his marriage with Mary Town
we need more information about his previous marriage and his parents.
Task: Locate James Horwood in the 1851 and 1861 census.
In previous Ancestry searches we have looked at single searches. On this occasion we use the opening form to search all the Ancestry Collections
The 1851 census entry was easy to find
1851 - Goswell Terrace, Clerkenwell, Middlesex
|Thomas A Horwood||Head||Married||64||Retired Butcher||Clerkenwell, Middlesex|
|Elizabeth Horwood||Wife||Married||67||St Albans, Herts|
|Maria Horwood||Niece||Unmarried||47||Clerkenwell, Middlesex|
At Last - We have our Hertfordshire Link
In addition the earlier investigation relating to Newgate Market (view) showed that Thomas A Horwood was a carcase butcher at 26 Newgate Market in 1841.
There was no sign of James in the 1861 census until I used the following:
This highlights a limitation in the Ranking search facility in Ancestry which gives far too much emphasis on the exact spelling of the surname. (This is the same problem which was reported for the 1881 census (view))
1861 - Goswell Street, Clerkenwell, Middlesex
|James W Vint||Head||Married||26||Clerk, General P O||Sunderland. Durham|
|Ann R Vint||Wife||Married||26||Huworth, Durham|
|James B Vint||Son||6||Bow, Middlesex|
|James Horwood||Lodger||Widower||37||Journeyman Butcher||City, Middlesex|
So James was already a widower by the end of March 1861 - and if there were any children they were not living with him.
Further good progress - although a limitation in Ancestry search routines could have meant that the 1861 census entry could have been missed. The Hertfordshire link (which will be followed up in later tutorial sessions) has been identified, and the Thomas A Horwood in the 1841 London directory would appear to be James's father. We have still not tracked down James's first marriage.
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