The 1841 census for England and Wales (Piece number 1208, Book number 8, Folio number 26, Page number 2) has a John Wright aged 11 at Coventry Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. He is shown as being in a household on his own; the other household in the same property is that of Edward Harper a Publican.

Can I infer anything about John from this census record other than his name, approximate date of birth and county of birth? What circumstances might lead to an 11 year old appearing in the census in this way?

1841 census image

  • I'm not convinced the age is 11. Perhaps worth seeing if images on any other site are any clearer.
    – Harry V.
    Aug 6 '18 at 15:11
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    @HarryVervet FMP Ancestry MyHeritage and TheGenealogist all agree on 11 -- have changed the image for one from TheGenealogist which is clearer.
    – user104
    Aug 6 '18 at 15:22
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    Purely speculatively, I'd think that John was either staying with the Harpers, or that his family was lodging in the same building but his parent(s) were absent when the census was taken. I'm struggling to think of a way of testing that, though.
    – AndyW
    Aug 9 '18 at 10:45
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    @PolyGeo I was wondering about nephew of grandson. Maybe a nurse child. Too late a date for Outdoor Relief.
    – user104
    Aug 9 '18 at 10:53
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    @PolyGeo see also workhouses.org.uk/poorlaws/newpoorlaw.shtml#Outdoor
    – user104
    Aug 9 '18 at 11:02

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