1911: Married in? Children? Age?

How many of the 262 (for now – already one down on my previous post!) Walnes in the 1911 census were Walnes by marriage?

59 – or 22.5%

54 of these women appear to have been the first wives of their Walne husband, four the second, and one, the third. None of them were Walnes before their marriage (although there are examples elsewhere in my study of cousin marriage).

Under 20s make up 103 of the total, or 39.2% (compared to 39.8% in England and Wales). This breaks down to, with a comparison to all of England and Wales:


24 Under Five (9.2% Walne / 10.7% England and Wales)

27 Five – Nine (10.3% / 10.2%)

32 Ten – Fourteen (12.2% / 9.7%)

20 Fifteen – Nineteen (7.6% / 9.3%)

(1911 figures available here)

Not a great deal of statistically significant information here because the study is a small sample. However, on the surface it appears roughly inline with the national picture.

Finally, looking at the males, who in almost every case retain their surname throughout their life, the age profile in comparison to England and Wales is as follows:


In 1911, the oldest male Walne was 77. There appears to be something of gap between 50 and 54, and a baby boom creating a large number of 20-24 years olds….But, with such a small sample no statistically significant conclusions can be drawn here. It will be interesting to compare this shape with earlier census records to see whether the larger and smaller bars can be followed up the pyramid through time.

Note: ages in my index calculated from birth index entry or infant baptism, not necessarily the age enumerated – these can vary wildly!


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