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Yes, that is interesting. William had been a widower for quite some time at that point. Caroline, who is not mentioned was 24 at the time and wouldn't die for another 8 years. Daniel died in December 1870 - after the census was taken. But he too was not part of the household. However, I believe he died of consumption, as did Caroline (if that is her name). Maybe they sent my grandfather to live with his grandfather to keep him away from the disease. In spite of the notation was 5 on the census, he was actually born in 1868 and so would have only been two. It would make sense that his maternal grandmother would be there to help take care of him.
Anne and Matilda were both William's daughters. Susan Reader is a bit of a mystery - other than she lived with William and Barbara Hollingshead from a young age -according to the censuses. Another older Reader lived with Anthony Hollingshead, another son of William.
Thanks for this information. I wonder if there were hospitals where people with consumption went during those days.
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