Week 5 – In the Census
This week my story is about a mystery young girl who appears to be living with my 4x great grandfather, Richard Adams and his wife Bettey (Elizabeth, Betty, Betsy nee Barrett), in Thornborough Buckimhamshire, England, in 1841.
Richard and Bettey’s 5 children are listed in the census records, as is a second Mary Adams who I believe to be Richards mother who is aged 74 at the time of this census.
But it also lists a Mary Barden, age 9. The “N” means that she was not even born in the same county. Who is she I wonder?
The name caught my eye because a couple of generations later once the Adams family had emigrated to Australia, settled in the Macedon area and married into the Cook family, my great, great grandfather, Henry Cook married a woman called Elizabeth Barden. Was there some relationship to Mary Barden? Did the families know each other in England and did this lead them all to settle in the same farming district?
So many questions yet to be answered……………