The Whistler Family of Rotherwick

The Whistler Family of Rotherwick in Census Returns

The Road to Rotherwick

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 – Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: HO107/395/14 (folio 8, p. 9)
John Whistler 35 Ag Lab Y
Mary Whistler 30   Y
Mary Whistler 13   Y
Sarah Whistler 11   Y
Emily Whistler 8   Y
John Whistler 5   Y
Notes: John Whistler and Mary Ann Hulford were married at Rotherwick on 14 February 1828. Charlotte, the sister of John Whistler, had married Henry Thick at Odiham, Hampshire on 25 September 1823.
The next transcribed census return shows Charlotte living with her husband and young children. Her mother Mary Whistler was also residing with the family.
1841 census – Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: HO107/395/14 (folio 10, p. 15)
Henry Thick 40   Y
Charlotte Thick 35   Y
Elizabeth Thick 15   Y
Jane Thick 10   Y
William Thick 5   Y
Emma Thick 2   Y
Martha Thick 6 months Y
Mary Whistler 70 Independent Y
 
Name and relation to
Head of household
Marital
Status
Age   Occupation Birth Place
1851 census – Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: HO107/1680 (folio 390, p. 22)
John Whistler Head Married 48 Ag Lab Rotherwick
Mary A Whistler Wife Married 42   Rotherwick
Mary A Whistler Daughter Unmarried 22   Rotherwick
William Whistler Son   5   Rotherwick
George Loader Lodger   24   Rotherwick
Notes: In the 1851 census John, the son of John and Mary Ann Whistler of Rotherwick, was a lodger in Old Basing, Hampshire, working as a farm labourer. His reported age was 16
(census reference: HO107/1681, folio 107, p. 9).
The next transcribed census return shows Charlotte, the sister of John Whistler of Rotherwick, with her husband Henry Thick and children, now living at Hawley, a village in northeastern Hampshire.
1851 census – Hawley, Hampshire     Reference: HO107/1596 (folio 99, pp. 15–16)
Henry Thick Head Married 54 Beer Shop Keeper Rotherwick
Charlotte Thick Wife Married 51   Rotherwick
Emma Thick Daughter   11 at Home Rotherwick
Martha Thick Daughter   9 scholar Rotherwick
Ellen Thick Daughter   7   Rotherwick
 
1861 census – Rotherwick St., Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG9/707 (folio 96, p. 12)
John Whistler Head Widower 58 Ag Lab Rotherwick
    Neighbouring household:
John Whistler Head Married 24 Ag Lab Rotherwick
Mary Whistler Wife Married 22   Rotherwick
William Whistler Son   6 months Rotherwick
Notes: The same census page recorded the household of John Butler and his wife Sarah, the daughter of William Whistler of Basingstoke. Therefore, John Whistler and Sarah Butler were distant cousins.

1871 census – The Street, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG10/1233 (folio 95, p. 1)
John Whistler Head Widower 68 Ag Lab Rotherwick
William Whistler Son Unmarried 25 Ag Lab Rotherwick
The next transcribed census return shows John Whistler’s youngest daughter Elizabeth living with his eldest daughter Mary Ann, the wife of Thomas Seagrove. Mary Ann Whistler and Thomas Seagrove were married at St Giles, Reading, Berkshire, on 8 June 1856.
1871 census – Hook St, Newnham, Hampshire     Reference: RG10/1235 (folio 91, p. 13)
Thomas Seagrove Head Married 41 Ag Lab Nately Scures
Mary A Seagrove Wife Married 42 Dress Maker Rotherwick
Elizabeth Seagrove Mother Widow 81 Parish Relief Rotherwick
Elizabeth Whistler Wife’s Sister Unmarried 18 Visitor, Dress Maker Rotherwick
John Moody Lodger Unmarried 16 Farm Servant Nately Scures
Albert Seagrove Nephew   12 Farm Servant Newnham
 
1881 census – Frog Lane, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG11/1253 (folio 95, p. 8)
John Whistler Head Married 44 Ag Lab Rotherwick
Mary Whistler Wife Married 43   Rotherwick
William J Whistler Son Unmarried 20 Carter Rotherwick
Henry Whistler Son   9 Scholar Rotherwick
Notes: In the 1881 census John and Mary Whistler’s son Charles Whistler, aged 18, was living as a ‘farm servant’ at Lyde Green Farm House, Rotherwick (reference: RG11/1253, folio 97, p. 11).
The next transcribed census return shows Charles’s grandfather John Whistler living with his daughter Elizabeth, the wife of James Parsons. Elizabeth Jane Whistler and James Parsons were married in 1877 (FreeBMD website).
1881 census – 35 Raglan Street, Westoe, South Shields, Durham     Reference: RG11/5014 (folio 75, p. 37)
James Parsons Head Married 28 Seaman Great Melton, Norfolk
Elizabeth Parsons Wife Married 27 Dressmaker Rotherwick
John Whistler Father-in-law Widower 78 General Labourer Rotherwick
William Whistler Boarder Unmarried 35 General Labourer Rotherwick
 
1891 census – Frog Lane Cottages, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG12/956 (folio 79, p. 2)
Mary Whistler Head Widow 51 Agricultural Labourer Odiham, Hampshire
Henry Whistler Son Single 19 Farm Labourer Rotherwick
    Neighbouring household on the following census page:
William J Whistler Head Married 30 Carter Rotherwick
Ann Whistler Wife Married 35   Rotherwick
Percy W Whistler Son   8 Scholar Rotherwick
Daniel Whistler Son   7 Scholar Rotherwick
Lottie J Whistler Daughter   6 Scholar Rotherwick
 
1901 census – Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG13/1106 (folio 99, p. 18)
Mary Whistler Head Widow 62   Odiham, Hampshire
Henry Whistler Son Married 29 General Labourer Rotherwick
Elizabeth Whistler Daughter-
  in-law
Married 30   Alresford, Hampshire
1901 census – Wedmans Farm, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG13/1106 (folio 94, p. 7)
William Whistler Head Married 40 Carter on Farm Rotherwick
Ann Whistler Wife Married 45   Rotherwick
Percy Whistler Son Single 18 Gardener Rotherwick
Daniel Whistler Son Single 17 General Labourer Rotherwick
Lottie Whistler Daughter Single 16   Rotherwick
Mary Ann Whistler Daughter Single 9   Rotherwick
Notes: The next transcribed census return shows 16-year-old Cassie Trimmer, the future wife of Percy Whistler.
1901 census – Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG13/1106 (folio 95, p. 9)
Emily Trimmer Head Widow 53 Laundress Old Basing, Hampshire
Cassie Trimmer Daughter Single 16 Laundress Rotherwick
Mary Legrove Mother Widow 80   Up Nately, Hampshire
Harriett Mansbridge Niece Single 35   Basingstoke, Hampshire
James Allen Lodger Single 21 General Labourer Mortimer, Berkshire
William Scofield Lodger Single 37 Plasterers Labourer Sandhurst, Berkshire
John French Lodger Single 24 Stationary Engine Driver Clapham, London
 
1911 census – Frog Lane, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG14/6271 (schedule no. 16)
Henry Whistler Head Married 39 General Labourer Rotherwick
Elizabeth Whistler Wife Married 41   Winchester, Hampshire
Mary Whistler Mother Widow 71   Odiham, Hampshire
Notes: The census form noted that Henry and Elizabeth had been married for 16 years and had no children. The next transcribed census return shows Henry Whistler’s older brother William, also living in Rotherwick.
1911 census – Wedmans Farm, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG14/6271 (schedule no. 83)
William Whistler Head Married 50 Farm Labourer Rotherwick
Ann Whistler Wife Married 55   Rotherwick
Daniel Whistler Son Single 27 Carman Rotherwick
Notes: From a dictionary of old occupations a carman (or carter) was a driver of a horse-drawn vehicle for transporting goods. The census form noted that William and Ann had been married for 28 years and they had four children all of whom were living on census day in 1911.
The next transcribed census return shows their newly married son Percy William Whistler.
1911 census – The Laundry, Rotherwick, Hampshire     Reference: RG14/6271 (schedule no. 54)
Emily Trimmer Head Widow 64 Laundress Old Basing, Hampshire
Percy William Whistler Son-in-law Married 28 Garden Labourer Rotherwick
Cassie Whistler Daughter Married 26 Laundress Rotherwick
Annie Elizabeth Trimmer Daughter Single 37 Cook Rotherwick
Esther Emily Burt Niece Single 17 Laundrymaid Basingstoke, Hampshire

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