Census transcript for Henry Roots (1843-1903) & family

1851: Luddesdown, Kent. Harriett Roots (head, widow) age 48, born Kingsdown Kent occ Pauper. Thomas Roots (son) age 26, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farm labourer. Theophilus Roots (son) age 21, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farm labourer. Sarah Roots (dtr) age 15, born Luddesdown Kent. George Roots (son) age 10, born Luddesdown Kent. Henry Roots (son) age 8, born Luddesdown Kent. Ann Adams (dtr) age 19, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farm labourer's wife.  Jane Adams (“her dtr”) age 5 months, born Luddesdown Kent. NA ref HO107/1609/200 page 8 sch 23

1861: Royal Navy, on board HMS Nile, position not given. Henry Roots (Ord 2 c*, single) age 19, born Luddesdown Kent.
* Taken to mean ordinary seaman, 2nd class. NA ref RG9/4437/150 page 31 sch 6. 53 census pages were devoted to HMS Nile’s 941 officers & crew - one of whom was, on a page to himself (53), His Royal Highness Prince Alfred (midshipman, single) age 16 years 8 months, born England. Alfred was Queen Victoria & Prince Albert’s fourth child.

1871: Royal Navy, on board HMS Invincible, a Third class armour plated ship, position Hull. Henry Roots (Stoker, single) age 29, born Luddesdown Kent. NA ref RG10/5783/167 page 13 sch 1

1881: Harvil Farm, Meopham, Kent. Henry Roots (head) age 68, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farm labourer. Mary Ann Roots (wife) age 58, born Upper Halling Kent. Hannah Roots (widow*) age 66, born Meopham Kent. Henry Roots (brother in law*) age 37, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farm labourer. George Roots (nephew*) age 21, born Meopham Kent occ Farm labourer. Alfred Venison (boarder) age 17, born Meopham Kent occ Farm labourer. NA ref RG11/878/38 page 9 sch 34


* It is perhaps not surprising that the relationships given were not accurate. Henry Roots (age 37) was the cousin of Henry Roots (age 68). George Roots was Henry Root's (age 68) great-nephew. The relationship with Hannah Roots was not given. On the balance of probabilities it probably refers to his sister-in-law Hannah (nee Pett).

1891: 5 Stanley Drive, Gateshead, Co Durham. Henry Roots (head) age 48, born Luddesdown Kent occ General labourer. Janet Roots (wife) age 47, born Berwick upon Tweed. Henrietta Jobson (adopted dtr) age 9 months, born Gateshead Durham. NA ref RG12/4182/101 page 6 sch 35

1901: 39 George Street, Westgate, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Henry Roots (head) age 58, born Luddesdown Kent occ General labourer. Janet Roots (wife) age 57, born Berwick upon Tweed. Henrietta M. Roots (dtr) age 7 [sic], born Gateshead Durham. NA ref RG13/4767/114 page 9 sch 50