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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby phsvm » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:20 pm

I've now got his place of birth - 196 Great Northern Road, Huntingdon.

That's in the same area of Huntingdon where William and Elizabeth Livett were living in 1871. I'm still trying to ascertain who was living at the address in 1871.

They were living at 32-33 Great Northern Street, Huntingdon by 1891. I'm assuming that Great Northern Road and Great Northern Street are one in the same.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby MoVidger » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:10 pm

I haven't located Great Northern Road/Street in the 1871 census. However, there are various dwellings located on Great Northern Street (Huntingdon) in the 1861 census, including a Union Workhouse (no number assigned that I can see).

Apparently, Births and Deaths registered in the Huntingdon Union Workhouse (1838-1949) are available, as fiche set D10, from the Huntingdonshire FHS.

For what it's worth, Mary Ann Brewster (widow) was working as a "boarding house housekeeper" in the 1871 census in Lincolnshire.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby phsvm » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:40 pm

I couldn't find the road on the 1871 census either.

I also found Mary Ann Brewster as a widow in Sleaford apparently running a boarding house in 1871. I'm confident that this is the same Mary Ann as her son William is with her and their details match those for the family on the 1861 census. Also living with them in 1871 is Elizabeth Barrand, listed as her mother and we alredy know the maiden name of our George Brewster's birth mother was Barrand.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby MayHam » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:25 pm

By comparing 1862 & 1869 directories to the 1861 & 1871 censuses, it appears the Great Northern in Huntingdon in 1861 is called New Street, St. John, Huntingdon in 1871 for some reason.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby phsvm » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:43 pm

That's interesting because George's birth registration in 1869 states Great Northern Street but I couldn't find any trace of it on the 1871 census either.

William and Elizabeth along with George are living in St German Street in 1871 but by 1881 are in New Street and in 1891 William and Elizabeth are in Great Northern Street. I found St German Street and Great Northern Street on Google Maps so they're obviously not the same place but it looks as if New Street reverted to being called Great Northern Street again, unless a different street took the name as it's certainly back in use by 1891.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby MayHam » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:51 pm

Strangely enough, in 1871 Huntingdonshire by typing "Workhouse" in the optional keywords on FMP, the family of William & Sarah Levett came up with their three sons, including George born 1864. They were living at Workhouse Lane, Fenstanton, St. Ives.
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Re: Brewster - Livett conundrum.

Postby phsvm » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:30 am

Mayham. That is definitely not the right family in 1871. William, Elizabeth and 2 year George were in St Germans Street in Huntingdon.
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