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Subject: Re: [BILLING] Thomas Billing and Mary Ann Faull
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:05:10 -0000
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Using Freecen, the UK=based free census index, it is possible to see that in 1871 Thomas showed he was 28 and born in Crowan,Cornwall (as were Mary Ann age 32 and his eldest son Thomas aged 6.
In 1851 it looks as if he was aged 7 and a pauper in the workhouse in Illogan, with other family members Elizabeth age 50 (married, not widowed) b Kea, Grace 12( born at Kea) and Joseph 9, though Thomas and Joseph were shown as born in Gwennap, and Grace in Kea. For details of the workhouse system and this one in particular look at the free website http://workhouses.org.uk/ . It appears that there are records at Cornwall Record Office.
In 1861 he may have been with another brother, John age 25, in Gwennap, 'age16'.
The household in 1841 in Kea with Elizabeth, 30, John (6) Grace (4) and Joseph (1 week) had Joseph BILLING, 30 in it, not Thomas. The head of household was Elizabeth MITCHELL, 65 and also present was William MITCHELL,'30' (remember in 1841 that adult ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 years) so I suspect that Elizabeth's maiden name may have been MITCHELL. A Familysearch IGI entry from a post-1991 LDS member shows a marriage for Joseph BILLING and Elizabeth MITCHELL in Kea in 1831.
The most likely birth registered for Thomas BILLING was in September quarter 1844 in Truro registration District, which included Kea and Gwennap [from FreeBMD free web site]
I suggest that after looking at the free GENUKI web site about Cornwall parishes and relative locations you may like to get a copy of this birth certificate. It may be that when he married Mary Ann FAULL Thomas did not want to reveal that as a child his family had been in the workhouse, and his father apparently absent, and may indeed not have wanted to reveal that his father's name was Joseph rather than Thomas.
This could all be wrong, but if not, where is Thomas in 1851 and 1861 censuses?
Cornwall OPC is another useful free web site if you want to research where your ancestors lived and worked.
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