30 September

Only one today, but one of particular interest due to the wording on the 1901 census. “Imbecile” is not a term we’d use today, and most certainly not on an official form, but back then it was obviously acceptable. However, what we see of the 1901 census is the enumerator’s book and not the form the householder completed. It would be interesting to know how Clara’s mother had described her.

30 September 1877
Baptism of Clara Green at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and his wife Mary Ann, and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. In 1881 and 1891 Clara is at Blucher Street, Barnsley with her parents and siblings: her father was a fruit merchant. Then in 1901 she is still at Blucher Street with her widowed mother and a domestic servant, but the census entry for Clara says she is an “imbecile from childhood” which is a dreadful way to describe someone. Clara died in 1903 age 25. As she was a late born child of her parents, it’s possible she had Down’s Syndrome.

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