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From: "Steven Reeve" <>
Subject: Servants
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 18:04:43 -0000


Having only been researching my family history for the past 9 weeks I have
now encountered my first family of ancestors that employed domestic servants
(two in fact) from information taken from the 1881 Census.

My question(s) is(are) this: -

How common was it for families to employ domestic servants?
How well-off did a family have to be to employ domestic servants (the male
head of the family has an occupation described as "Collector")?
Were domestic staff very easy to come by and therefore were wages relatively
low?

TIA.

Regards,

Steven Reeve, Norfolk, England

Researching in the UK for: -

CAPON bfr 1916 - today (Essex)
LITCHFIELD 1880 - 1915 (Tottenham, Middlesex)
LITCHFIELD bfr 1970 - c1975 (Northampton)
PARKER 1880 - ? (Tottenham, Middlesex)
PERRIN (Essex & Nottingham(?))
REEVE ? - bfr 1906 (Norfolk)
REEVE c1906 - c1950 (Edmonton, Middlesex)
WOOD c1865 - bfr 1906 (Carshalton, Surrey)
WOOD c1838 - bfr 1906 (Nettlebed, Oxfordshire)

Other surnames: - APPLEBY, AUSTRIDGE, BELL , GOODY, GREENAWAY, HUMPHRIES,
NEAL, PILLING, SAMUELS, STEWART, THORPE, WEALD, WHITE, WICKENS



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