1881 census

oldbaldy

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#1
Not really military but!
Is this a spoof entry on the 1881 Census?

Dwelling: 16 Acacia Gardens
Census Place: Paddington, London, Middlesex, England
Source: FHL Film 1341004 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0020 Folio 126
Page 48


Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Robert GOODMAN M 52 M Maid stone, Kent, England
Reel: Head Handicap: Lunatic
Occ: International Playboy
Cecily GOODMAN M 97 F Maid stone, Kent, England
Reel: Wife
Occ: No Profession
Robert GOODMAN U 40 M Maid stone, Kent, England
Reel: Son
Occ: Ponce
James GOODMAN U 12 M Maid stone, Kent, England
Reel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Iain SMITH M 65 M Timbucktoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Butler
Nelly SMITH M 65 F Nepal, India
Reel: Servant
Occ: Wife Dom Serv
Alfred GREEN U 40 M Rangpoor
Reel: Servant
Occ: Chauffur
Abraham WILKE U 25 M Afghanistan
Reel: Servant
Occ: Footman
John GORDON U 31 M Pakistan
Reel: Servant
Occ: Footman
David KING U 25 M Syria
Reel: Servant
Occ: Footman
William JOHNSTONE U 40 M Lisbon
Reel: Servant
Occ: Footman
Mary SMART U 20 F India
Reel: Servant
Occ: Ladys Maid
Lizzie JONES U 19 F Colombo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Ladys Maid
Jean ABRANOS U 17 F Penal Colony, Australia
Reel: Servant
Occ: Ladys Maid
Mary WILSON M 41 F Timbuctoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Laundry Maid
Elizabeth KIMMETT U 30 F Timbuctoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Kitchen Maid
Mary BENNETT U 25 F Timbuctoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Kitchen Maid
Nellie DAVIS U 31 F Timbuctoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Cook
Mary PINK U 28 F Timbuctoo
Reel: Servant
Occ: Nurse
June MELLOR OR MELLON U 18 F Persia
Reel: Servant
Occ: Governess
Margaret SIDNEY U 23 F Russia
Reel: Servant
Occ: Under Nurse
Peter GEORGE M 40 M Russia
Reel: Servant
Occ: Gardener
John KING U 31 M Russia
Reel: Servant
Occ: Asst Gardener
William PALMER U 15 M Nepal, India
Reel: Servant
Occ: Page
John GORDON U 14 M Nepal, India
Reel: Servant
Occ: Page

Is this a case of a Victorian gent not taking the census seriously or a house of ill-repute? I can't help wondering about the number of residents born in Timbuctoo!
http://content.ancestry.co.uk/Brows...Robert&ln=Goodman&st=r&pid=13106658&rc=&zp=50
 
#3
Possibly the household of someone associated with the East India Company or some admin or navy Raffles-type who'd spent alot of time in the far east.
 

oldbaldy

LE
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#5
#6
oldbaldy said:
DPM_Sheep said:
EX_STAB said:
Let's face it, Pakistan didn't exist until 1947 which effectively puts the kybosh on it.
Good catch. If the wiki article on Pakistan is right, the name wasn't even coined till 1934.
Interesting.
Are we then to say that someone has been into the National Archives & doctored a census sheet as the scan definately shows Pakistan:
http://content.ancestry.co.uk/Brows...Robert&ln=Goodman&st=r&pid=13106658&rc=&zp=50
Can't see it without registering. Post a copy.

Edited to add:
Spoof 1881 Census entry

According to an entry in the 1881 Census at 16 Acacia Gardens,

Paddington, Middlesex, lived the Goodman family. Robert the head of the household, aged 52, was described as an 'international playboy', his son, Robert, aged 40 was described as a ponce. There were 13 servants, born in places as far apart as, Nepal, Afghanistan, Syria, the penal colony in Australia and a curious spelling of 'Timbucktoo'. On the face of it this looks like some enumerator having a joke with the census until you come to one of the servants, John Gordon, a footman, who was born in Pakistan in 1850. As Pakistan was not created until after Indian independence in 1948, this is clearly a joke perpetrated by one of the indexers who transcribed the census for the Federation of Family History Societies. We have already come across a number of what seem to be humorous entries, I just wonder how many more there are, and how many were inserted by bored transcribers.
Link

Try a search with
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...istan&btnG=Search&meta=cr=countryUK|countryGB
 

oldbaldy

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#10
EX_STAB said:
oldbaldy said:
The file is too big at the moment to get on but here is where I found it.
I am researching the Yorshire Dales for family history:
http://www.bishopdale.demon.co.uk/fhs/is_this_a_spoof_entry_on_the_188.htm
See this pdf Page7.
http://www.nnwfhs.org.uk/publications/journals/D2.pdf
That's all the help you're getting!
And no I'm not doing your family history for you! :D
Cheers ex-stab.
It looks as though a lot of family history groups have it.
I only stumbled on it when looking for information about part of my family.
Causing all a great deal of fun though, trying to work out what he was playing at.
& no I don't want you to do my family history, the fun is seeing where the various branches lead :thumright:
 

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