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Name Charles Hetherington
Event Type Census
Event Date 1881
Event Place Little Crosby, Lancashire, England
Registration District West Derby
Residence Note Protestant Section = Truant School
Gender Male
Age 74
Marital Status (Original) Widower
Occupation Retired Excise Office
Relationship to Head of Household Father In Law
Birth Year (Estimated) 1807
Birthplace Scotland
Page Number 16
Registration Number RG11
Piece/Folio 3696/125
Affiliate Record Type Household
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Thanks Emeltee.

I've mainly used the local library's access to A... to look up Australia Electoral Roll images but recently started looking at some census images and found just as many mistakes in transcriptions with them as with the rolls.

I will work through my tree and try to look at every census image so I have my version of it.

I could post 50 images where there are very obvious errors in the transcriptions in the census I've looked at over the past two weeks.

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Not sure what the transcription error is. I have found Charles and his family in 1841/1851/1861/and 1871. I have also found the GRO Ref for his marriage to Jane Jackson in 1840. If you want the details just say so. I don't intend typing that lot out unless you want it!

No need thanks Emeltee.

I have the images of all those census on my computer and I'm working my way tonight from 1881 to 1841.

The transcription in post #1 is from FS. I expected the residence to be listed as Truant School.

Now I have the full thing - Truant School Protestant Section

You're right. Fmp states Protestant Section in the transcription but there is nothing saying that on the image. Is everyone copying from FS?

I don't know.

That one was minor. Other errors can be more serious re tracing family if pob is wrong or age or occupation. It will take me several years to look at every census image in my tree.

If he was born in Scotland then that is his religion -Protestant.

Edit -this him in 1841
C C Hetherington-Spert House -Gosforth, Cumberland, England
Jane Hetherington- 18-22
Isabella -Age 0

Charles (Douglas) Hetherington?or Carruthers

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Just out of interest if you look at the image of the original for 1841 it actually says Ch and not CC. The ref for his marriage has him down as Charles Douglas.

Yes, Ch. FS has it as C C.

Marriages Mar Qtr 1840
HETHERINGTON Charles Douglas Bootle 25 19
JACKSON Jane Bootle 25 19

HO107 Piece/Book 156/15 Folio 19 Page 8
Civil Parish: Gosforth
Hundred: Allerdale above Derwent
County: Cumberland
Registration District: Whitehaven
Sub-RD: Egremont
ED: 10
Address: S H
Ch Hetherington 30 Excise officer Scotland
Jane Hetherington 18 Y
Isabella Hetherington 10mo Y
Elizbeth Jackson 11 F S Y

I have not decided what the address is however I deleted the image before making a crop of it to post here.

FS has Spert House.

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Arrived ?


The Sydney Morning Herald - Thursday 12 September 1889 p.11
HETHERINGTON.-September 3, at 156 George-street, Redfern, Charles Hetherington, aged 82 years.

The Sydney Morning Herald - Wednesday 4 September 1889 p.16
THE FRIENDS of Mr. CHARLES HETHERINGTON are kindly invited to attend his Funeral, to move from the residence of his daughter, Ravenspure, 156 George-street, Redfern, TO-MORROW (Thursday) AFTER-NOON, at 2 o'clock, for Presbyterian Cemetery, Necropolis.
WOOD and COMPANY, Undertakers, Sydney, Balmain.

Name of residence is no clue. I can't find a baptism or a marriage for his parents.
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1807 - Dumfriesshire

Charles daughter Isabella & husband Philip with 3 children

Isabella Diamond
Birth Year: abt 1841 [Cumberland]
Age: 41
Arrival Date: 23 Oct 1882
Vessel Name: Northampton

NSW State Records site still down.
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Thanks Geoff.

I'm making no progress with this one. Don't even know if parents on death reg are correct.

Can't check if Charles arrived with his daughter or not.

I'm going to have to start downloading some of the 200 updates it's claimed my OS needs.

I googled Spert House and got no hits.

Not sure if his probate helps, Dave..

Charles Hetherington
Date: 15 Sep 1890
Death: 3 Sep 1889. Place: New South Wales

Details sent.

Charles Hetherington
Age 82
Birth date 03/09/1807 00:00:00
Death date 3 September 1889
Inscription of Sowerby Bridge, England. Father in law of Rev. George Grimm. Died Sydney
Cemetery Rookwood
Plot Section 1C ROW NOS. AR
Plot number 3283

I wonder if that is correct or a calculation from age at death.

One private tree has 1807 - Dumfriesshire