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11 December 2002
William is the first son known to have moved away from agriculture in the family. At the time of the census in 1881 he was 19, living with father George and mother Mary, sister Annah, brothers George, Herbert and nephew Horace. He was unmarried and on the land, working as an Agricultural Labourer.
Many things had changed for William in 1901. The census shows him as age 38, married to Mary and living at 153 Valley Road, Leiston. There were four children in the house, Lily L Pettit, William H Pettit, Daisy M Pettit and Mabel M Pettit. William had also made the move away from the land by this time, he was shown as a Brick Maker, a job which perhaps paid more to support his family.
15 February 04
The 1891 census shows William at home at 119 Valley Gardens, Leiston, with wife Mary and the three expected children. Mabel had not been born, and there were no unexpected finds to report.
22 January 2005
An entry for William has been found in the 1871 census, he is aged 9 and living with his parents and siblings Susannah (with her son Horace), George, Elizabeth and Herbert at Boyton Street, Boyton.
William was born on the 16th July 1861, at Boyton, to father George, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Mary. The birth was registered by Mary on the 16th August 1861. The registrar was William Arnott.
At the time of this census, William has married Mary, and has three children, Lily Louisa, William Herbert and Daisy Mary. The address is not fully readable, it may be Valley Gardens. He is working as a brickmaker's labourer. William also appears to have lost a year in age in this census!
William and his family have moved to Valley Road from their previous address. In the house at the time of the census are William and wife Mary, plus children Lily, William, Daisy and Mabel. William is now employed as a brickmaker.