Windmills to Railways
Census returns, maintained by The National Archives, can be viewed
at the Ancestry family history website.
Note: In the 1841 census, the age was rounded down to the nearest five for those aged 15 or over.
|Name||Age||Occupation||Born in County?|
|1841 census – Lodge Farm, Odiham, Hampshire Reference: HO107/395/15 (folio 12, p. 18)|
|John Downs||5 months||Y|
|John Bird||20||Ag Lab||Y|
On 9 August 1817 the parish register for St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke,
recorded the marriage of Denis Downs, bachelor, and Martha Hannah Whistler,
spinster, both of the parish, by licence with consent of parents, witnessed by
Mary Whistler (the younger sister of the bride) and James Curtis.
For Denis and his wife Martha the census return gave the response No for ‘whether born in same county’. Denis and Martha were both from Basingstoke and therefore were born in the county of Hampshire. Possibly, for this census return, the response indicates ‘whether born in the district of Odiham’.
Martha’s sister Sarah, the wife of John Butler, is shown in transcribed census returns for the Butler family.
A local history, compiled in 1932, states: ‘Lodge Farm, in North Warnborough [half-a-mile to the north of Odiham], is a beautiful 15th century house. It was a hunting lodge in Elizabethan times and contains a fine old panelled room’. In 1929 the owner of Lodge Farm discovered fragments of Roman pottery. This led to excavations by archaeologists that revealed the remains of a Roman house (Odiham and its Surroundings, edited by M. Gotelee, 1932, pp. 18, 31 & 33).
|1851 census – Chapel Terrace, Odiham, Hampshire Reference: HO107/1680 (folio 112, p. 24)|
|Martha H Downs||Head||Widow||52|| Farmer 100 acres |
|Sarah Ann Downs||Daughter||Unmarried||26||Odiham|
|1861 census – North Warnborough, Odiham, Hampshire Reference: RG9/706 (folio 39, p. 26)|
|Martha H Downs||Head||Widow||62|| Farmer of 270 acres |
employs 7 labourers and 2 boys
|Sarah A Harris||Daughter||Widow||36||Annuitant||Odiham|
|Ann Downs||Daughter||Unm||32||Farmer's daughter||Odiham|
|John Downs||Son||Unm||20||Apprenticed Plumber||Odiham|
Notes: William Ireland Harris and Sarah Ann Downs were married in 1853 (FreeBMD website).
|1871 census – Church St, Basingstoke Reference: RG10/1234 (folio 56, p. 17)|
|Thomas Harris||Head||Married||55||Coal Merchant||Sherborne St John|
|Alice A Harris||Daughter||Unm||18||Dressmaker||Basingstoke|
|Frank W Harris||Son||Unm||15||Clerk to timber merchant||Basingstoke|
|Martha Downs|| Mother-
|Widow||74||Formerly Farmer's wife||Basingstoke|
|Martha Goodyear||Servant||14||General domestic servant||Nutley|
Notes: The same census page recorded the household of
Albert Portsmouth and
his sister Harriet who were the nephew and niece of Martha Downs
(their mother Mary was Martha’s sister).
The Butler Family in Census Returns
Census returns, maintained by The National Archives, can be viewed at the Ancestry family history website.
Note: Place names are in Hampshire unless otherwise stated.
|Name||Age||Occupation||Born in County?|
|1841 census – Summers Farm, Long Sutton, Hampshire Reference: HO107/395/1 (folio 4, p. 3)|
Long Sutton is a village near Odiham. |
On 22 February 1827 the parish register of St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke, recorded the marriage of John Butler of Odiham and Sarah Whistler of Basingstoke, by licence, in the presence of the witnesses George Whistler (the brother of Sarah) and his wife Mary.
|Name and relation to
Head of household
|1851 census – Rotherwick, Hampshire Reference: HO107/1680 (folio 384, p. 10)|
|John Butler||Head||Married||48|| Farmer of 300 acres
employing 4 labourers
|Sarah Butler||Daughter||Unm||23||Peppard, Oxfordshire|
|John Butler||Son||Unm||20||Peppard, Oxfordshire|
|Mary Butler||Daughter||Unm||17||Peppard, Oxfordshire|
|Henry Butler||Son||14||Peppard, Oxfordshire|
|George Butler||Son||13||Long Sutton|
|Charles Butler||Son||11||Long Sutton|
|Elizabeth Butler||Daughter||9||Long Sutton|
|Alfred Butler||Son||7||Long Sutton|
|Frederick Butler||Son||3||Long Sutton|
Rotherfield Peppard is near Henley-on-Thames. |
|1861 census – Rotherwick St., Rotherwick, Hampshire Reference: RG9/707 (folio 96, p. 12)|
|John Butler||Head||Married||56||Baker & Grocer||Cowfield, Hampshire|
|Henry Butler||Son||Unm||22||Butcher||Peppard, Oxfordshire|
|George Butler||Son||20||Ag Labourer||Sutton, Hampshire|
|1881 census – Blounce Farm, South Warnborough, Hampshire Reference: RG11/1249 (folio 88, p. 8)|
|Alfred Butler||Head||Married||37|| Farming 600 Acres and
Employs 10 Labourers, 2 Boys
|Ethel M Butler||Daughter||2||Grazeley, Berkshire|
|Mary J Plater||Servant||Unm||21||Nursery Governess||Bishopstone|
|Frank Trimmer||Servant||Unm||23||Agricultural Labourer||Holybourne, Hampshire|
|Note: On census day in 1881 Alfred’s wife Emma was staying with her parents as shown in the next transcribed census record.|
|1881 census – Culford Villa on Home Farm, Culford, Suffolk Reference: RG11/1838 (folio 41, p. 20)|
|Benjamin Hunt||Head||Married||64||Agent||Laindon, Essex|
|Maria Hunt||Wife||Married||62||Writtle, Essex|
|Alice Hunt||Daughter||Unm||26||Sherborne, Hampshire|
|Emma Butler||Daughter||Married||36||Sherborne, Hampshire|
|Thomas Jeffries||Nephew||Unm||16||Laindon, Essex|
|Reggie Butler||Grandson||4||Grazeley, Berkshire|
|Georgina Butler||Granddaughter||5 months|| Blounce, Hampshire |
|Elizabeth Bradley||Servant||Unm||18||General Servant Domestic||Cockfield, Suffolk|
|1891 census – 68 & 69 Cowley Rd., Cowley St John, Oxford Reference: RG12/1165 (folio 19, p. 31)|
|Alfred Butler||Head||Married||48||Miller & Corn Merchant||[Sutton], Hampshire|
|Reginald A Butler||Son||16||Draper’s Assistant||Slough, Bucks.|
|Ethel M Butler||Daughter||12||Scholar||[Grazeley], Berkshire|
|Florence Butler||Daughter||8||Scholar||South Warnborough|
Slough, now in Berkshire, is near Eton and Windsor.
The next transcribed census return shows Alfred’s wife Emma staying with family in Basingstoke.
|1891 census – Bury Farm, Basingstoke Reference: RG12/958 (folio 6, pp. 4–5)|
|Alice Butler||Wife||Married||35||Sherborne St John|
|Emma Butler|| Sister-in- |
|Married||44||Sherborne St John|
|Maurice Butler||Nephew||5||Scholar||South Warnborough|
|Frank Butler||Nephew||3||Scholar||South Warnborough|
|Gertrude Butler||Niece||10||Scholar||South Warnborough|
|Jane Hayward||Servant||Single||16||General domestic servant||Basing|
|1901 census – 167 Cowley Rd., Cowley St John, Oxford Reference: RG13/1380 (folio 6, p. 4)|
|Alfred Butler||Head||Married||57|| Grain, Baker &
|Sutton near Odiham|
|Emma M Butler||Wife||Married||54||Sherborne, Hampshire|
|Ethel M Butler||Daughter||Single||22||Assistant - Boot dealer||Grazeley, Berkshire|
|Gertrude Butler||Daughter||Single||20||Assistant - Baker dealer||South Warnborough|
|Florence Butler||Daughter||Single||18||Assistant - Corn dealer||South Warnborough|
|Frank Butler||Son||13||Scholar||South Warnborough|
|Alice Dunsdon||Servant||Single||21||Servant Domestic||West Hanney, Berkshire|
South Warnborough and Long Sutton are both near Odiham in Hampshire.
|1911 census – Southfield House, Cowley, Oxford Reference: RG14/8128 (schedule 211)|
|Alfred Butler||Head||Married||67||Miller Corn Merchant||Sutton, Hampshire|
|Emma Maria Butler||Wife||Married||65||Sherborne, Hampshire|
|Maurice Butler||Son||Single||25||Ironmonger||South Warnborough|
|Frank Butler||Son||Single||23||Corn trade||South Warnborough|
| Henry Stedham Stanley
|Florence Pether||Daughter||Married||28||South Warnborough|
| Marjorie Florence
|Alfred Henry Pether||Grandchild||2||Bartlemas, Oxford|
|Vera Nicholls||Servant||Single||25||Wootten, Oxford|
|Hilda Stroud||Housemaid||Single||18||Littlemore, Oxford|
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