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Ancestors with disabilities.


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I would imagine that may of you have ancestors in the censuses who were described as deaf or blind. My 3xgreat grandmother Elizabeth Mayhew is aged 66 in the 1881 census and "Deaf" is put next to her name on the disability column.

In the 1851 census in Sussex my ancestor John Walder is aged 83 and is a Retired Farmer and is blind according to the end column of the census sheet. John died in 1854. I wonder how they coped in those days?

John's wife Sarah died a year before he did and in 1851 a grandchild aged 25 was living with them so maybe she helped her elderly grandfather.


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