The 1891 Census was taken on the night of 5th April and Heads of household were responsible
for completing the forms with details of all persons in their abode on that night.
The forms were collected next day by enumerators who helped complete the forms when
people were illiterate.
As I have found with other 19th century records - these census records have been
transcribed in 1891, by the original enumerators, into Census Books from the individual
household census forms and more recently by Genealogical Companies into online data
for searching via the Internet - the spelling of our surname appears to suffer greatly.
A first search of the census data for KEARVELL reveals ony 33 family members. After
much careful cross-searching using christian names with places and dates of birth
many other family members are found with the following transcribed surnames:
KEWELL, KIARVELL, KERRICK, KOWELL, REARVEL, REARWELL, RUSSELL and SEAWELL.
By looking at micofilmed copies of the original Census Books it is possible to see
why the spelling of some of the surnames might arise but, sadly, the modern transcription
work leaves much to be desired. I have found some 99 family members to date plus
22 married female Kearvells. This leaves a handful of other family members, known
to be alive in 1891, but not yet tracked down. The census information given about
each family member can be read via an individual's entry on the 'Family Tree' section
of this website.
Looking at some of the information we can see that our 22 female married Kearvells
have mostly remained in West Sussex (1 in London, 1 in Surrey, 1 in Kent) and have
married mariners (3), agricultural labourers (3), gardeners (2), a blacksmith, a
ship owner, a general labourer, a farmer's son, a coachman, a farm carter, an ex-army
officer, a woodcutter, a flour mill foreman, a tanners labourer, a machinist, a cab
driver, a corn merchant's manager and a traveller in fancy goods.
Our adult male working family members are more widespread with 17 in West Sussex,
1 in Middlesex, 7 in Surrey, 1 in Isle of Wight, 3 in London, 2 in Berkshire and
are employed as wheelwright/carpenters (6), bricklayers (6), agricultural labourers
(4), grocers boys (2), a florist, a clerk, a builder, a labourer, a shipwright, a
baker, a groom, a railway clerk, a head gardener, a garden labourer, a fish hawker,
a miller and a soldier.
Female employed occupations are few amongst family members. There are four in domestic
service, one an apprentice dressmaker, three in laundry work and one an assistant
Music Hall's Marie Lloyd appears in London Panto for the first time in 1891