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Census Returns for Adam Burgess (1827 - ?) and family.

 (See meaning of abbreviations)

Census 1841

(Ref. LK-6, p 4  Schedule 20)

Address             Wick, Gulberwick, Lerwick, Shetland

First Names

Surname

Age

Born

Occupation

Born in Shetland

James

BURGES

38

1803

Fisherman

Y

Ann

BURGES

37

1804

 

N

Adam

BURGES

14

1827

 

Y

Adam is here living with his father, James Burges and his mother Ann Tough.

We have been unable to find Adam Burgess (and variant spellings) in the Scottish and English Census returns for 1851 and 1861.  It is therefore assumed that he was away at sea at the time of these Censuses.  We have not found him in any returns of Merchant Seamen in this period, so it is possible that he was fishing.

Census 1861

(Ref. B-5, p 4, Schedule 15)

Address             Upswill, Quarff,  Shetland

First Name

Surname

Status

Mar

Age

born

Occupation

Occupation

Elizabeth

BURGESS

HD

M

37

1824

Sailor & Crofters wife

Sandwick

James

BURGESS

SO

U

7

1854

 

Quarff

Ann

BURGESS

DA

U

5

1856

 

Australia

Mary

BURGESS

DA

U

3

1858

 

Australia

Walter

BURGESS

SO

U

1

1860

 

Quarff

Barbara

JOHNSON

SV

U

27

1834

General Servant

Sandwick

Mary

HENDERSON

SV

U

25

1836

General Servant

Tingwall

Adam Burgess is away from home, maybe at sea.  The Elizabeth Burgess above is his second wife, Elspit Johnson.  His first wife, mother of James (aged 7) was Elizabeth Laing who died in 1856.  The other three children above were the children of Elspit Johnson, recorded as Elizabeth.

 

Census 1871

(Ref. B-5, p 8, Schedule 38)

Address             Upswell, Quarff, Shetland

First Name

Surname

Status

Mar

Age

born

Occupation

Born

Jannet

BURGAS

WI

M

29

1842

Crofter & Fisherman's Wife

Nesting

James

BURGAS

SO

U

18

1853

Son of Crofter & Fisherman

Quarff

Ann

BURGAS

DA

U

17

1854

Daughter of Crofter & Fisherman

Australia

Mary

BURGAS

DA

 

14

1857

Daughter of Crofter & Fisherman

Australia

Walter

BURGAS

SO

 

11

1860

Scholar

Quarff

Jessie

BURGAS

DA

 

2

1869

 

Quarff

Adam

BURGAS

SO

 

8 m

1870

 

Quarff

James

BURGAS

FA

W

79

1792

Formerly Crofter & Fisherman

Dunrosness

 Adam Burgess seems to be away from home (maybe fishing?).  His second wife Elspit Johnson died in 1866, so Jannet (Anderson) Burgess is his third wife, and the two younger children belong to her.  Living with her was her father-in-law James Burgess. 

Census 1881

(Ref. B-5, p 2, Schedule 6)

Address             Upswell, Quarff, Shetland

First Name

Surname

Status

Mar

Age

born

Occupation

Born

Adam

BURGES

HD

M

59

1822

Fisherman & Crofter

Quarff

Janet

BURGES

WI

M

39

1842

 

Nesting

Ann

BURGES

DA

U

25

1856

Crofter's Daughter

New South Wales, Aus.

Mary

BURGES

DA

U

23

1858

Crofter's Daughter

Quarff

Jessie

BURGES

DA

 

12

1869

Scholar

Quarff

Adam

BURGES

SO

 

10

1871

Scholar

Quarff

Eliza

BURGES

DA

 

8

1873

Scholar

Quarff

David

BURGES

SO

 

6

1875

Scholar

Quarff

Helen

BURGES

DA

 

4

1877

 

Quarff

Margrat

BURGES

DA

 

2

1879

 

Quarff

Jannet (Anderson) Burgess and Adam had 7 children altogether.

 

Census 1891

(Ref. B5, p 6, Schedule 19)

Address             Upswell, Quarf, Shetland

First Name

Surname

Status

Mar

Age

born

Occupation

Employed

Born

Adam

BURGES

HD

M

64

1827

Crofter

Works on own account

Dunrossness

Janet

BURGES

WI

M

48

1843

Crofter's Wife

 

Nesting

Ann

BURGES

DA

U

35

1856

Crofter's Daughter

 

Sidney, NSW

Mary

BURGES

DA

U

33

1858

Crofter's Daughter

 

Sidney, NSW

Elizabeth

BURGES

DA

U

18

1873

Crofter's Daughter

 

Quarff

David

BURGES

SO

U

16

1875

Crofter's Son

 

Quarff

Ellen

BURGES

DA

U

14

1877

Crofter's Daughter

 

Quarff

Margrat

BURGES

DA

 

12

1879

Crofter's Daughter

 

Quarff

William

BURGES

SO

 

9

1882

Scholar

 

Quarff

Occupied croft, 2 rooms of which had one or more windows.

 

Census 1901

(Ref. LK-8, p 9, Schedule 33)

Address             Upswell, Quarff, Shetland

First Name

Surname

Status

Mar

Age

born

Occupation

Employed

Born

Adam

BURGESS

HD

M

74

1827

Crofter & Fisherman

 

Dunrossness

Janet

BURGESS

WI

M

59

1842

Crofter & Fisherman's Wife

 

Nesting

Agnes

BURGESS

DA

U

45

1856

Knitter & General

Worker, Works from home

Sydney, NSW

Elizabeth

BURGESS

DA

U

28

1873

Knitter & General

Worker, Works from home

Upswell

Ellen

BURGESS

DA

U

24

1877

Knitter & General

Worker, Works from home

Upswell

Margaret

BURGESS

DA

U

22

1879

Knitter & General

Worker, Works from home

Upswell

William

BURGESS

SO

U

19

1882

Fisherman

Worker, Works from home

Upswell

 

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