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Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby Mark49 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:43 pm

I’m trying to trace the Tamlyn family in the 1891 census. The father (William Henry, b. 24 May 1855), mother (Elizabeth Mary, b. 25 Jan 1850), and 3 oldest children were present in the 1881 census.

However in the 1891 census, while the father, those 3 children and one of 3 younger children are present (at 3 Binford Place, Bridgwater, Somerset), the mother (Elizabeth Mary) together with Elizabeth Ethel (age 9, b. 6 Jan 1882) and Tryphena Marguerite (known as Daisy, age 0, b. 5 June 1890) are all missing.

The mother and the baby reappear in the family in the 1901 census and the 9-year-old in the 1911 one. I’ve searched extensively for the three of them in the 1891 census, but without success. I’ve tried all the suggestions in the very useful article by Sarah Williams in the Feb 2019 issue of WDYTYA magazine, including using alternative databases, lots of possible name variations, numerous wildcard combinations, using initials only (in case they were in hospital), etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions of what I could try next or where they might have been on 5 April 1891?
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Re: Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby sdup26 » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:43 pm

I can't find them either. It's very frustrating when a relative can't be found on a census, and you've done everything right in your attempts to find yours. A possible explanation is that Elizabeth took the children to visit relatives, and was away during the census. William Henry would assume she'd be enumerated wherever she was visiting, while she may have assured her hosts that William would include her back home, and the result is that she's nowhere!
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Re: Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby elsabels » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:57 pm

I cannot find the family either
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Re: Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby Mark49 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:35 pm

Thank you both for looking. Your possible explanation sdup26 looks the most likely doesn’t it.

The family story was that Elizabeth (b. Taunton, nee Rose) was of Irish descent. Does anyone have suggestions of how I could investigate whether she might have been visiting relatives in Ireland in April 1891?
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Re: Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby sdup26 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:00 pm

Unfortunately, although the 1901 and 1911 Irish censuses are available online, there are no earlier searchable Irish censuses, and I don't think there are searchable records of passengers travelling by sea between England and Ireland in the 1890's.
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Re: Members of Tamlyn family missing from 1891 census

Postby AdrianB38 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:03 am

Yes. Not only are there no searchable Irish censuses from before 1901, there are no unsearchable ones - everything was destroyed, deliberately or accidentally. That is a slight exaggeration - fragments from some do survive, but essentially - forget it.

And shipping records across the Irish Sea were never kept in the first place - they were, after all, only internal journeys.

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