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Missing one of the censuses.


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How many of you have found an ancestor on one census, one 20 years later but not the one inbetween? I have mentioned before my William Taylor who was in Canewdon, Essex in 1871 aged 50, and in the local workhouse in Rochford in 1891 as an inmate. And I found him on the 1885 electoral register in Canewdon as William Taylor Snr and his son William listed as William Taylor Jnr. William was born in Wimbish and baptised in 1824.

Yet I cannot find William anywhere in the 1881 census and have tried all surname and firstname variants and birthplace variants. All to no avail. Yet he was in Canewdon in 1871 and 1885. I am now maybe having to resign myself to the fact that he may have missed the 1881 census for some reason. I think if we cannot find an ancestor on a census then it could be they were not enumerated.

I searched manually through Canewdon to no avail. One option is for some reason he was abroad in 1881 then back to Canewdon in Essex by 1885. He died in 1898 in Rochford Workhouse and buried in Canewdon.


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