The Pettit Family 1823 - 2002

George Pettit b 4th April 1854 - d

Wife - Annie ?   

Census Year Copy Found Certificate Type Copy Found Other Information  
1861 Yes Birth Yes Kelly's 1892 Kelly's Directory 1892
1871 Yes Marriage No Kelly's 1900 Kelly's Directory 1900
1881 Yes Death No  
1891 No        
1901 Yes        

Research Dates
11 Dec 02    22 Jan 05

11 December 2002

George is the first member of the family I can find who moved away from manual work in agriculture.   In 1881 he was aged 26 and working as an Agricultural Labourer, the same as the rest of the family.   Although his exact location has not yet been completely established on the date of the census, he was born Boyton and I think he was working on a farm close to where he was born.   He was unmarried at the time of the census, staying at the house of his parents George and Mary, along with sister Annah and brothers William and Herbert and nephew Horace.

Things had changed drastically for George concerning his work by the time of the 1901 census, where he is recorded as Farmer and an employer.   He was now 46 and things had also changed on the domestic front, he was married to Annie but they appear, on first look, to be childless, there were certainly no children staying with them on the date of the census.   They were living in Woodbridge Road, Bromeswell, a few miles away from Boyton on the opposite side of Rendlesham Forest.   In the house on the night of the census was mother Mary, and niece May Mousley, from Bermondsey in London.   Mary was by now the ripe old age of 76, surviving her husband, the census showing her as a Farmers Widow.   A copy of the original census return is shown below.

22 January 2005
Recent research has uncovered an entry for George in the 1871 census, where he is shown living with his parents in Boyton Street, Boyton.   Together with him in the house were his siblings Susannah (and her son Horace), Elizabeth, William and Herbert.   In the 1871 census, George is shown as being aged 16, and an agricultural labourer.   Unfortunately, no entry has yet been found for George in the 1891 census, but the search continues.   He was certainly still alive at that time, as he appears in the 1901 census.

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Birth Certificate

The birth certificate shows George being born to parents George and Mary Pettitt (Ling), on the 4th April 1854.   Father George was shown as a labourer.   The birth of George was registered by mother Mary on the 21st April 1854. The registrar was Thomas Lucock.

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1901 Census

George is shown living in Bromeswell with wife Annie, his widowed mother Mary, and visiting niece, May Mousley, a seamstress knitting, who was born in Bermondsey, London. George's occupation is given as a farmer, and an employer.

1892 Kelly's Directory

The 1892 edition of Kelly's Directory shows George (surname given as Petitt), working as a Farm Bailiff at Grove Farm, Woodbridge. His employer was Capt. Moore.

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1900 Kelly's Directory

The 1900 edition lists George (as Geo. Pettit), as a Farmer. This ties in neatly with the 1901 census, where he is listed as a farmer, but unfortunately the name of the farm is not given in this instance.

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Annie ?

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