Census transcript for James Roots (1841-?) & family
1851: Luddesdown, Kent. Thomas Cogger (head) age 55, born Trosley Kent occ Hop drier. Ann Cogger (wife) age 54, born Tudely Kent. James Roots (illeg. son) age 10, born Luddesdown Kent occ Farmers boy. NA ref HO107/1609/201 page 10 sch 30
1861: Prospect Place, Snodland, Kent. James Roots (lodger) age 20, born Luddesdown Kent occ Chalk pit labourer. NA ref RG9/484/209 page 32 sch 184. The schedule numbering on this census page is out of sequence, and the street names different, so it is not possible to know for certain whose household James was lodging in.
1871: On board the vessel “Viscount Lambton”, Gravesend, Kent. James Roots (married) age 30, born Luddesdowm Kent occ AB*. NA ref RG10/894/182. *Taken to mean "Able Seaman". As the name suggests, to be an “able” seaman a man would have served many years at sea & would be experienced in any duty he was asked to carry out. The vessel ”Viscount Lambton” was registered in Rochester, number 20057, had a 202 tonnage & moved coal from Kent to Sunderland.
1881: No trace
1891: 4 Pump Lane, Rochester, Kent. James Roots (boarder, single) age 49, born Luddesdown Kent occ Town carter. Household head: Harriet Bennett (widow) age 61, born Sittingbourne occ Shopkeeper. NA ref RG12/656/43 page 18 sch 124.