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Two households in Coundon, County Durham

Explore the census entries for two households living in Coundon in County Durham in 1851. Compare their places of birth, their relations to the head of household and occupations by selecting the different features. Discover how to interpret this information and what the data can reveal.

The Coopers The Garthwaites
John Cooper head married 44   potter Derbyshire, Chesterfield
Charlotte Cooper wife married 39   Derbyshire, Dronfield
Edward Cooper dau 11   Yorkshire, Bradford
George Cooper son 10   scholar Yorkshire, Leeds
Louisa Cooper dau 7   Durham, Thickley
Charles Cooper son 5   Durham, Coundon
Mary Jane Cooper dau 3   Durham, Coundon
Charlotte Cooper dau 1   at home Durham, Coundon
Henry Kay brother unmarr 15   house servant Derbyshire, Chesterfield
William Hardy visitor widower 55   late potter Derbyshire, Chesterfield
John Sproats lodger unmarr 24   carrier Durham, St Andrew Auckland
Henry Sanderson servant unmarr 28   basket maker Yorkshire, Great Driffield
name and marital status relation to head of household age occupation place of birth
Name and marital status
This entry reveals twelve people living at the property. As well as the Cooper parents - John and Charlotte - there are six children living at home and a number of other people from other families and places. Compare this to the Garthwaites, where only immediate family members are living at the house.
Looking closer
Censuses are the best way to trace families but watch out for old spellings! Irregularities can occur as the enumerator may have made a mistake or the household members, unused to writing their name, could have presented inconsistent records.Surnames and maiden names can be checked against civil registration documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates.
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Industry: Canney Hill Pottery
Landscape: Thriplow
Village: Freckleton
City: Coventry

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