Thank you for your response - I'm delighted.
This family has been causing me all sorts of angst as I could not find a lead on it anywhere until recently when following the Brown family (a difficult name to say the least) from 1841 Census onwards.
My Susan is called simply that on her marriage certificate, the birth of her first child, George Charles Brown on 8 Aug 1842 at 2 Albany Street, Mile End Old Town, in 1851 and 1861 Census at 28 Brook Street, Ratcliff and 1891 Census (still at 3 Kimberley Road, Canberwell). The only reference to Susannah is on the 1881 Census. I have not ordered the 1871 Census yet - this all takes time as I am in the Far North of Australia and all LDS films take some time to turn around.
Susan was living at 42 Chapel Street, Stockwell at time of marriage and to date, I have not ordrered this Census film either. The data contained may give some idea of who else resided at 42 Chapel Street - my guess will be another brother because of the niece mentioned in next para.
In 1851 Charles Brown aged 34, is shown as being born in Glemsford, Suffolk and is a Builder employing 20 men, Susan aged 35, is shown as being born in Swanage. Children are Alfred Brown aged 15 (Charles' son from a pervious marriage), George Brown aged 8, Charles Brown aged 4, Elizabeth Brown aged 2 and Elizabeth HANSOM (undoubtedly Haysom) a niece aged 6 and born in Stockwell, Surrey.
In 1861, Charles Brown aged 44, Master Builder, Susan aged 45, George Charles Brown 18, Sarah Brown 16, Charles Brown 14, Elizabeth 12 and Susan Brown 6.
On 1881 and 1891 Census my Susan's age is given as 64 and 74 respectively.
Does your Susan/Susannah's age vary at all? I thought we may be able to differentiate between the two sisters if her age was say 24, 34, 44 or such. This might indicated if one had a birthday before or after each Census was taken. Otherwise, I cannot imagine how we can prove who is whom!!! Why would they call two children such similar names - no imagaination!
I would appreciate anything you can send me about this family and would be very interested in John Haysom's research. Can we make contact off the list, please?
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