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On the 1841 Census Record for my 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary Symons, there is a notation that I am keen to clarify.

The record for this family starts at the bottom of one page and show that John is a 25 year old Mercer and Tailor living with Mary aged 25.

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At the top of the next page their two children Joseph (2 years old) and William (6 months) are enumerated along with a Catherine Sampson, aged 20, who has what looks like "F.S." written in the "Occupation" column.

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The same abbreviation appears elsewhere on these two pages against four other women aged from 20 to 75 years, and I think it may be short for "Female Servant".

Can anyone confirm that this is the likely or certain meaning?

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I should have searched harder before asking because I just found this abbreviation recorded on a page entitled Abbreviations Used On Census Returns England & Wales 1841-1891 where it says:

F.S. ~ Female Servant (1841 Census)

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