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Census returns - Greenside


1851 VillageJames DALBY (head) (24) Carpenter
Susannah (wife) (23)
Ellen (daughter) (1)
1861 VillageJames DALBY (head) (34) Wheelwright
Susannah (wife) (33)
Ellen (daughter) (10)
Joseph (son) (8)
Smith B. (son) (6)
Jane E. (daughter) (2)
Mary H. (daughter) (4mths)
William Mawson servant (s) (22) Wheelwright
Thomas Auton (s) (19) Wheelwright apprentice
1871 VillageRichard S. NEALE (head) (30) General Practitioner
Laura (wife) (38)
Laura S. (daughter) (3)
Constance G. ( daughter) (2)
Henry P.B. (son) (1 mth)
Rose De PAIVA (s in l) (34)
Ann Naylor servant (w) (58) Nurse
Jane Ingram servant (s) (26) General servant
Annie Naylor servant (s) (16) General servant
William Watson servant (s) (22) Groom & Gardner
1881 VillageFrederick H. SAUNDERS (Head) (32) General Practitioner
Margaret (wife) (26)
Grace Rhodes servant (25) General Domestic
1891 Rose VillaKeturah JOHNSON (w) (Head) (?) Living on own means
Mary A. ETHERIDGE (w) (Mother) (67)
Thomas ETHERIDGE (s) (brother) (38) Public Accountant
1901 Rose VillaKeturah JOHNSON (w) (Head) (56) L.o.means
Thomas ETHERIDGE (s) (brother) (48) Retired Accountant
Walter E.Draper (s) (16) Groom domestic

We cannot be sure that the entries in the returns for 1851 and 1861 relate to Greenside since no property is named in the entries. However, the second of those entries lists a large household consistent with the size of the property and there is reason to believe that the known tenant James Dalby is the same person described as the head of the household.

Dalby's name does not appear in the 1871 census but a medical practitioner (Saunders) does and it is assumed from the position of his entry in the census list that he lived at Greenside.

Dr Saunders later moved to Bilton Garth (now Thimbleby House) in Church Lane and is shown at that new address in the census return for 1891.

Census returns - Greenside