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Chris Scott
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Post Number: 1049
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 12:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The A-Z says the following about Bella Husling:
"Registered Inspector Abberline's death in 1929, giving his address as hers. We do not know whether she was a housekeeper, cook general, temporarily employed resident nurse or family friend or relative helping at the sickbed. We do know that Abberline's wife Emma dies at the same address the following year."

Bella Husling has proved very difficult to trace and I am going to suggest that this is because this was not her real name. The name Husling does not appear at all in the 1891 index of surnames for the census and there are only two occurences in the 1901. But when these two occurences are investigated it turns out that the surname in question is not Husling but Rosling. It appears to be another example of our old friend the transcription error.
Here are the details of the two entries over the two census years, 1891 and 1901:
In the 1901 census, the only entries listed under the surname HUSLING are:
Annie Husling aged 52 born Sappley, Staffs and
Edwin Husling aged 29 born Wroot, Lincs

In 1891 census there is no entry under the name HUSLING but when the two above entries were traced, it turned out the correct surname was ROSLING:
William E Rosling aged 40 born Wroot, Lincs
Annie Rosling aged 42 born Sapley, Staffs
They had the following children:
Sarah Jane aged 14 born Wroot
Charles Ernest aged 13 born Wroot

I therefore suggest that it is probable that the name of the woman who registered Abberline's death was actually Bella Rosling.
Of course if I find any details about her I will post them here.


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