The Therfield Rector's Lists of Inhabitants, 1803-1807
|Transcribed from photocopies of the bound index to the
Rector's 'census' of 1803-7, located at Hertfordshire Archives and
Local Studies (HALS), County Hall, Hertford (doc. ref:
DP/107/29/9). HALS is the custodian of the original volumes on
behalf of the Diocese of St Albans. Go to Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
for opening hours, services, etc.
- Conducted by Charles Moss, rector from 1802-1812, the
lists are an unusual and potentially useful asset for Therfield
researchers. The 'inhabitants' actually consist only of
householders, but some details of their families are also recorded.
- Persons are not in strict alphabetical order, but merely lumped
together as As, Bs, etc. One anomaly... Impletons are listed
- Some data is plainly in the wrong column, but no attempt has been
made to correct such 'errors'.
- Question marks before or after text indicate a degree of
uncertainty, although this may only be small.
- There are several unexplained blank spaces, e.g. missing
forenames in the 'Persons Names' column. These are indicated
with an underscore, i.e. "_____".
- An underscore plus question mark (before or after) e.g. "?_____",
indicates the presence of indecipherable text.
- Although the original has strong vertical lines separating
columns, in many cases the columns are too narrow, and the Rector has
written across the lines. For example, long wordy entries in the
'No. of Children' column are written right across the 'at Sunday
School' column, and into the margin beyond it. It is
impractical to try to replicate this, so all such text appears in
the column in which it begins (the 'No. of Children' column in this
- There are some contradictions here. Only one has been
investigated... Joseph Anderson, 'Wife & no Children', who has '1
Inft.' in the margin. The addition in the margin is probably
explained by the 23 Aug 1803 Therfield baptism of Benjamin Anderson,
son of Joseph & Mary. That such 'updates' occurred is borne
out by the 1807 List, which says, "Taken Novr. 20th 1807 - Corrected
Jany. 6th 1808."
Groom's two Chidren" is written across the first 2 columns. These must
be children of Elisha & Ann Groom, who baptised 5 children from
1786-1793, but they may have been orphans. The National Burial
Index (which includes Therfield 1800-1851), has an Ann Groom, died 1801
aged 31, who was probably Elisha's wife/widow. No sign of Elisha,
but he may have died before 1800, or maybe migrated elsewhere, leaving
his children behind.
- There are 3 instances of what looks like 'Mmas 1805'..... which
might be an abbreviation for Michaelmas (29 Sep) 1805... like Xmas for
last updated: 20th July 2019, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org