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Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby MoVidger » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:40 pm

I have three 3 x great-aunts who are curiously missing from several census reports. Even using “less is more” search parameters doesn’t turn up any of these Durham-born spinster sisters.

Parents of these sisters are Edward & Magdalena Johnson (nee Woodward). Edward was a groom, then worked in the mines. Edward died in 1849 (Chester le Street) and Magdalena died in 1851 (West Brompton, London).

Mary Johnson (1819-1898) born in Lamesley, Durham (family abode Eighton Banks).
1841 census – living with parents and sister Georgiana in Eighton Banks.
1851 to 1871 census – whereabouts unknown
1881 census – living with sisters Georgiana and Magdalena at 40 Hazelwood Crescent, Kensington.
1891 census – working as lodging housekeeper at residence Agincourt, Holdenhurst, Hampshire.

Magdalene Johnson (1824-1913) born in Lamesley, Durham (family abode Eighton Banks).
1841 census – working with sister Jane (my ancestor) in Newcastle.
1851 census – employed a domestic servant in Marylebone.
1861 census – employed as domestic servant in Paddington.
1871 census – whereabouts unknown
1881 to 1891 census – see above
1901 census – living with sister Georgiana at 15 Maple Road, Winton, Hampshire
1911 census -- living with sister Georgiana at 15 Maple Road, Winton, Hampshire

Georgiana Johnson (1826-1917) born in Lamesley, Durham (family abode Eighton Banks).
1841 census – living with parents and sister Mary in Eighton Banks.
1851 census – living with mother and niece in Westminster St John the Evangalist
1861 census – whereabouts unknown
1871 census – working as a domestic servant at Holmwood, Shiplake, Oxfordshire
1881 to 1911 census – see above (1891 residence is Vancouver, Holdenhurst, Hampshire).

Any assistance or thoughts on how to locate these unmarried sisters will be very much appreciated! I’ve allowed for the usual errors with census transcriptions (name and birthplace), but these three ladies keep eluding me! I presume their "missing" census reports will find them working as domestics. They certainly lived to ripe old ages!
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby ianbee » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:14 pm

If Mary took some years off her age, then there are possibles with the right birthplace in the Westminster/west London area in 1851, 1871.
Some of St George Hanover Square is missing in 1861 - the Belgrave sub district to be precise. So that may have an effect on the search.
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby sdup26 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:17 pm

Possibly a bit far for Mary to travel, but it's all I could find!
Household of Thomas Tucker, St Helier, Jersey, 1851 census
Mary Johnson, 32 (born c1819) unmarried, servant, born England
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby ianbee » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:16 pm

MoVidger wrote:Georgiana Johnson (1826-1917) born in Lamesley, Durham
1871 census – working as a domestic servant at Holmwood, Shiplake, Oxfordshire

She appears to have had a windfall in 1879, to the tune of £300. According to newspaper reports.
Georgiana Johnson, maid, was left that amount in the will of Lady Elizabeth Sophia Ashburnham.
Executors of the will were Lady Jane Henrietta Swinburne (sister), and Edward Swinburne.

Death, March 1879 Chelsea 1a 244
Ashburnham, Elizabeth S. (Lady)
age 92

Georgiana and her boss in 1871
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby MoVidger » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:51 pm

Ian and sdup26 -- many thanks indeed! I can't believe I missed Mary Johnson in the 1851 and 1871 census in London. :oops: Maybe I'm due for a new pair of eyeglasses! :lol:

Lucky Georgiana with that £300 windfall. What I find very odd is how these three sisters didn't help out their older sister Jane (my ancestor) after her husband passed in 1871. She was in and out the workhouse until she died in 1879. But that's families, I reckon. ;)
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby sdup26 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:27 am

I missed Mary in London too! Where was she in '51/'71?
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby MoVidger » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:56 am

Hi sdup26 -- in 1851 Mary (age 26) can be found working in Saint George Hanover Square in the employ of Arthur M C Hill; in 1871 Mary is still working in Saint George Hanover Square, but now in the employ of Hamilton Duncan. Obviously Mary kept shaving years off her age (like one does). ;) Perhaps I had been searching birth years from 1814-1824, but it still boggles my mind that I missed her both times. As Ian pointed out, she might not be found in the 1861 census (owing to some of Saint George Hanover Square missing from that report).

Now if I could only track down Georgiana in 1861, and Magdalene in 1871.
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby sdup26 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:52 pm

I've tried with no birth year at all, with variants ticked for first and second names, and on first name only, but can't find Georgiana or Magdalene. Very frustrating - do let us know if you find one or both.
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby JMcK » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:12 pm

In 1871 the Dowager Lady Ashburhnam is in Brighton. She appears to be in a household all by herself, listed as Boarder, so something isn’t quite right there. It seems to me if she left such a significant sum to Georgiana that Georgiana had been with her a long time, so worth looking around Brighton incase she was out for the evening.
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Re: Johnson sisters (Lamesley, Durham)

Postby MoVidger » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:11 pm

JMcK - I'm confused...in 1871 Lady Ashburnham is in Oxfordshire (with servant Georgiana). It's the 1861 census I need to locate her in. If it was the 1861 census you referred to, I think that Lady is a different person (born in Seal, Kent).
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