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My grandfather, George RUSSELL,was born in April 1840 at Yeovil's Red House Inn on the Dorchester road, to John RUSSELL and Sarah BARTLETT. In the 1851 census George is shown as an inmate in the Yeovil workhouse and, in the 1861 census, as working in the Oxford & Cambridge club in London's West End. This ties in quite nicely with the family legend that George was taken by a blind preacher to London where he became this gentleman's servant. However, I have not been able to discover why George was in the workhouse in the first place. I know that his father died in 1846, but I cannot discover what became of his mother. I hope to visit the Somerset Heritage Centre soon as they hold the workhouse records but would be grateful for any information as to whether Sarah, who was born around 1815-17, died, (or re-married) before 1851.

Posted: 2011, Member logged in: 2018
Yeovil, Somerset


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