<<If the Thomas MOFFATT in 1841 census at Rutland is your man, where are his
wife Jane and daughters Ellen & Betsey? The daughters died in Dunholme in
the latter half of 1841, but I can't find them or their mother in the
This question has been answered by Valerie. She and her daughter Betsy are
staying with her older brother, William, a miller and baker in Lincoln. But
you need to trawl the censuses to discover their relationship.
<<And if he worked in Rutland, is it possible he came back to Dunholme where
a further six children were born between 1841-1851, and was able to acquire
an Inn and 24 acres of land in that same timeframe? >>
Yes, I believe that is what Thomas would have done. North Luffenham and
Dunholme are about 60 miles distant from one another, much of the journey
would have been taken on the A1 (The Great North Road) - a 2 day walk or a
much shorter coach journey. Trade Directories will give you the times and
frequencies of such journeys. Lincoln was a very substantial city so it
wouldn't have been a problem to him. What might have been a problem was
just how much time off Henry HEATHCOTE allowed him! From what I discovered
today it would appear that the landlord of the Lord Nelson pub was a
relative of Jane - one William HARRISON but I'm not privy to facts around
older members of her family which is why I placed the question mark against
him being her father.
<<Does the fact that 1851 shows Jane as Inkeeper and Farmer of 24 acres mean
she owns the land or is just working it? >>
No, it is just a description of her occupation. Ownership and tenancy
details can only be found on estate surveys, *tax* documents (rates, etc) or
on electoral rolls. Many of these documents have survived and more are being
published daily on websites. They are not shown at present. So, in this
case we just have to wait to see if more of the documents will be published
- or they may have been destroyed.
Hope this helps.