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    Can someone read this occupation please?

    1851 census:

    HO107/1659 Folio 568 Page 28
    John Mundell

    Does it say jailer????

    Thank you

    #2
    Does look like it!

    Otherwise it might be a ropey effort on tailor or sailor (as it's Portsea)....but jailer is what it looks like!

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      #3
      Ok, thanks Merry.

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        #4
        Looking at the J in his name and those of his wife and children, I'd say yes, jailer.
        Joy

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          #5
          It does look like jailer (or actually like jaile) though I would have thought he would be based in a prison if he was a jailer?

          If he was a jailer though, you could find out which prison and maybe get some further gen about him.

          I suppose to confirm you could get birth cert of child born nearest 1851 and hope its written more clearly!
          ~ with love from Little Nell~
          Chowns, Dunt, Emms, Mealing, Purvey & Smoothy

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            #6
            I agree Nell!
            I think there was a big prison in Portsea, but I've never seen a prison worker referred to as "jailer" before.
            But presumably wives and children of prison workers didn't all live in the prison ........................

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              #7
              If this says jailer, then I am a bit puzzled - the word used would have been gaoler, surely? Isn't jail a modern spelling?

              OC

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                #8
                1861 census he seems to be transcribed as Blundell - occupation Tailor
                RG9; Piece: 642; Folio: 128; Page: 25;
                Elaine







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                  #9
                  Nice one Elaine!!!!

                  Thank you!
                  (I thought jailer was a bit odd! Interesting- but odd!)

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Olde Crone Holden View Post
                    If this says jailer, then I am a bit puzzled - the word used would have been gaoler, surely? Isn't jail a modern spelling?

                    OC
                    OC, jail goes back at least to the time of Dr. Johnson and Boswell, so it could have been used in 1851.

                    Roger

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                      #11
                      Thanks for your help people, but after all that, he's not mine!

                      I thought Mundall was a variation on Mandell (as they both seemed to be in the same places!) but it's not!

                      Mundall is English origin, Mandell is German origin.

                      Drat!!!

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