A cousin of mine, James Halsall, and his wife Amy, were living with a 71 year old widow, Elizabeth Hardie, and her companion. James was a chauffeur, Amy a helper in the household.
I think Amy filled in the form, she certainly signed on behalf of Elizabeth, who then dictated the following, which is written in red ink underneath:
I have filled up this [word unclear] under protest. For 71 years indirectly & directly I have paid taxes and yet have no voice in the making of the laws which inforce [sic] these taxes. E.H.
Whatever next? They'll be giving women the vote
And apologies in advance, but I just couldn't resist an honourable mention for Mr & Mrs Hoover of Canada who in 1882 could not have foreseen the amusement they would provide future generations when they named their daughter Fannie....
I am sure that most of us have seen a lot of typographical errors in old documents and been amused at some of the spelling. Just to let you know that this problem continues in the modern computer printed entries in the indexes held at the GRO.
My father remarried in 1983 and the entry I looked for was Burrows married Jelfs.
When I could not find it I checked the date with my step mum and redid the search.
After a good while I found it. It was recorded as
Burvold married Jelps
I despair for my future generations trying to find this as I do not believe there is anyway to correct it.
I haven't been able to find the image yet, but a friend alerted me to a census record in one of the towns I was studying. Under the occupation field, the enumerator helpfully wrote in that the child was not legitimate.
When I was first starting out about 6-7 years ago, I discovered the IGI. I was so excited to find a possible new family name because it was so unusual. Imagine my embarrassment when I worked out LNU meant "last name unknown". Doh!
1851 census HO107/1847, folio 143, page 8, household schedule no 43 Head, Keeper of a brothel plus male stranger, age about 27, nothing else known schedule no 44 Head, commomn prostitute schedule no 45 Head, commomn prostitute
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