The census not only tells us about our own family history, it records the history of well known people. I have always had a fascination for the Bronte sisters. This may be as the Yorkshire village where they grew up, was only 9 miles away from the Lancashire mill town where i grew up. I have many memories of visiting Howarth, as a teenager and the last time as a parent. When i was about 14, my sister and her boyfriend and i walked to High Withens from the village of Howarth. It must have been in January as the ground was covered in snow.It was absolutely freezing.High Withens is thought to be the house where Cathy and Heathcliff lived in 'Wuthering heights'. Ruins was all that remained of the house. We sheltered in its walls and warmed ourselves on hot soup.
The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Ann were three sisters who would become the most famous sisters in English literature in England.
Charlotte Bronte 1816- 1855
Emily Jane Bronte 1818-1848
Anne Bronte 1820-1849
Charlotte can be found in the 1841 English census as follows
Charlotte Bronte estimated birth year 1821
Civil Parish Guiseley
Registration district Otley
Sub Registration district Yeadon
In the census image Charlotte age was given as 20 and her profession is a governess. Her employers were Mr and Mrs White of Upperwood House, Rawdon,Yorkshire.
In the same census her sisters, Emily Jane and Anne can be found living at ‘Parsonage House’ in Haworth Yorkshire, along with their Father Patrick Bronte and Aunt Elizabeth Branwell.
Charlotte became famous for her novel, ‘Jane Eyre’ Emily for her novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ and Anne for the novel ‘Agnes Grey’
Charlotte can be found also in the 1851 English census. In this she is residing at the ‘Parsonage’ in Haworth. The only other member of her family still alive was her Father Patrick Bronte.
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