The Pettit Family 1823 - 2002

Elizabeth Pettitt b 1873 - d

Census Year Copy Found Certificate Type Copy Found Associated Locations  
1881 No



Place of birth (No map yet)
1891 Yes



Place of marriage
1901 Yes








Research Dates
7 Aug 06       

7 August 06
Elizabeth is another of the Pettitts who is not proving easy to trace.   Her birth record may prove impossible to find, as she was born in Dublin, presumably whilst her father William, a Coldstream Guardsman, was serving in that country.   I will be making enquiries to see if her birth certificate survived during the troubles of the 1920s and the burning of the records in Belfast at the start of the troubles.   To date, she has not been found in the 1881 census, possibly because her father was still serving overseas, so it is not until the 1891 census that Elizabeth makes a re-appearance.   That census shows her as being aged 18, and working in her father's pub, the Staff of Life, in Bramford Road, Ipswich.

Her final appearance in records found so far comes in the 1901 census.   She is found with her sister Bertha, who was working for a Lt Col Edward Fleming RA and his wife Gertrude.   The census sheet shows quite clearly that the Bertha stated on the record is the right Bertha, but things are not quite so clear for Elizabeth, primarily because she gave her name as Lucy E Pettitt, parlourwoman.   The record does show her expected age however, and also that she was born in Ireland.   I am convinced that this is Elizabeth, working with her sister, but I have no explanation as to why she chose to give her name as Lucy E Pettitt.   It may not be a one-off either, as no records such as marriage or death can be found for Elizabeth    This means starting a search for Lucy E.

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1901 Census

It was during a search for Bertha that a Lucy E Pettitt was found. Did Elizabeth add the name Lucy, and does the E stand for Elizabeth? This possibility is made more plausible by the the spelling of the surname (four Ts), the place of birth, shown as Ireland. and her age is 28, which is what would be expected. The house is the residence of a Lieut Col, so did her fathers military connections secure both Bertha and Elizabeth a job?   Interestingly, someone has entered the word 'Toff' against the Head of the Household's entry.   Did the good Lt Col upset the enumerator?

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