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1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby sdowsett » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:49 am

Hello,

I'm hoping someone can help me find John Thomas Dowsett in the 1871 census. I have discovered lots of information about John Dowsett so far, but I am curious as to where is was in 1871. Perhaps I should accept he is not to be found then, but I thought I would have one last try.

John Thomas Dowsett born 1844 Rotherhithe, London. Parents - William and Sarah Dowsett.

I have found him in:
1851 Rotherhithe
1861 Rotherhithe Dock Labourer
1871 ?
1877 Married Mary Ann Dobinson (nee Davis)
1881 Rotherhithe Dock Labourer
1891 Rotherhithe Dock Labourer
1901 Rotherhithe Waterside Labourer

Many thanks
Sam
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Re: 1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby MayHam » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:50 am

I don't suppose his marriage certificate lists his address?
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Re: 1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby sdowsett » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:48 am

That's a good question. I've just looked and both of them are living in Bethnal Green. I'm a 100% sure this marriage document is the right one as I have her previous marriage and the death of her previous husband.

If both John and Mary were born in Rotherhithe, lived in Rotherhithe, why would they marry in Bethnal Green?

Thanks

Sam


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Re: 1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby brunes08 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:17 am

It may not be that John was living in Bethnal Green. Many couples appeared to be living at the same address or close by on the date of marriage. This was a way of getting around having two lots of Banns read in two parishes and paying any fees, if applicable. I have several marriage certificates where the couple appear to be living together before the wedding when in fact they were not.
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Re: 1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby ianbee » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:29 am

The marriage was at the famous, or notorious, St James the Great, the "Red Church"
See "Marriages For Free"
http://www.royall.co.uk/royall/marriages-for-free.php

I don't think they were totally "free", it cost sevenpence to have the banns read!
Edward Francis Coke & the Legend of the Red Church (from East London History Society Newsletter, Summer 1996, pages 5-7)
http://www.mernick.org.uk/elhs/Newslett ... 201-11.pdf

and much else online.
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Re: 1871 Census - John Dowsett

Postby sdowsett » Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:38 pm

Wow! What an interesting article, thank you. It also explains why they married on Christmas day because the holiday times were so popular.
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