Case Study - Fisher Family

Sometimes a little persistence can bear fruit.

Here's an extract from a report on the Fisher family of Derbyshire.

Census DocumentIn 1896 Thomas married Myra, born 1874. These details are in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. There are no available marriage details for Myra, so there is some difficulty in tracing her maiden name. However, the 1911 census shows Thomas and Myra with a lodger, a 76-year-old widow, Catherine Hall, born in Liverpool.

In 1901 Thomas and Myra were her boarders in Derby, when she was described as a toy dealer. Thomas, at this time was a wine cellar man and he and Myra had a three-year-old son, also boarding in the house, called Alfred Randolph.

Census DocumentAssuming some connection between Myra and Catherine Hall and going back to the 1891 census, we find Catherine, a dealer in toys, living in Derby with a 10-year-old nephew Alfred Hall and, according to the digitised summary, a daughter, a 17-year-old (ie born 1874) Maria Hall. This, however, is a mis-transcription: the original census return shows Maria's surname as Lovegrove, born in Derby. In the 1881 census, we find one Maria Lovegrove born in 1874 and listed as an 'inmate' of Captain Fielden's Orphanage.

There is a record of marriage between Thomas Fisher and Myra Lovegrove in July to September 1896. There is also record of Myra Fisher (born 1874) dying in Derby in 1960.

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