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Priscilla may thrasher - domestic servant cook

Dear Family History UK/Occupations & Work Forum

Our ancestor Priscilla May Pope married Robert Thrasher (marriage date unknown but may have been abroad as we are unable to find Robert in the 1851 census and 1861 census and Priscilla in the 1861 census).

Priscilla came from Hartest, Suffolk and we believe that Priscilla emigrated to escape severe poverty in East Anglia due to the rural depression at this time (in 1850 Hartest had 832 residents, in 1901 Hartest had 537 residents) - her father had died and her mother was a pauper laundress, so we believe that is how Priscilla met Robert - somewhere in the Empire!

Robert was born in Southampton - on his daughters' birth certificates and wedding certificates he is shown as solicitor's clerk, process server, messenger, secretary and private secretary - we believe that Robert may have been in an administrative role in the army, navy or merchant and then settled in London from at least 1868 (we are currently researching Robert). The only Robert Thrasher we can find dying is in 1879 London and he is a fireman, so we believe that our Robert may have died working abroad.

We next find Priscilla and her daughters living in a lodging house - and Priscilla is a domestic servant, working as a cook. However, her daughter Louisa is at a boarding school. Could a domestic servant, working as a cook afford to send a child to boarding school, or had the family saved enough when Robert was alive, or is Priscilla receiving her husband's pension?

Thank you for your help with this.

Name: Priscilla Thrasher
Age: 40
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
Relation: Lodger (Head) (Lodger)
Gender: Female
Where born: Hartest Green, Suffolk, England
Civil parish: St George
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street Address: 1 Kinnerton Place S
Condition as to marriage: Windower (Widower)
Occupation: Cook Domestic Serv
Registration district: Chelsea
Sub-registration district: Belgrave
ED, institution, or vessel: 3
Piece: 98
Folio: 60
Page Number: 25
Household Members:
Name Age
Priscilla Thrasher 40
Eliza Thrasher 12
Alice Thrasher 9
Ruth Thrasher 1
Alfred Pope 45

Name: Louisa Thrasher
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Female
Where born: St Georges, Middlesex, England
Civil parish: St George
County/Island: London
Country: England
Street Address: 2 Market Mews
Occupation: Scholar
Registration district: Chelsea
Sub-registration district: Mayfair
ED, institution, or vessel: 13
Piece: 97
Folio: 29
Page Number: 24
Household Members:
Name Age
Catherine Poetl 59
Maria Manley 16
Elizabeth Albany 14
Bridget Haston 14
Susannah West 12
Emma West 10
Rosa Gegan 10
Ellen Gegan 8
Ada Brown 9
Emma Singleton 13
Ellen Singleton 12
Louisa Thrasher 8
Mary Jane Denford 11

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