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Post  James Mac on Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:48 am


I'm not from Plymouth, but I may have something to offer you.

During the early 19th century the population of Jersey doubled, mainly as a result of immigration from England and Ireland. This began with people brought in to strengthen the defences on the island, but a large number of people came along behind them to service their needs.

Plymouth played a significant role in this. As well as locals it was the departure point for a large number of Cornish. Conversely, given that the Jersey authorities were very keen on removing those outsiders who turned to crime from the island, a good many were shipped back to Plymouth. Typically they would be held in Jersey's Hospital (actually a combination of poorhouse and prison as well as a medical facility) pending removal.

Now I spent some of 2011-2 transcribing records from the Hospital admissions book for 1873-1882, and I pulled out all the records where the person admitted claimed to have been born in Devon. Needless to say there are a fair number of Plymothians... if you want to try a name, I may have information.

I'm also currently transcribing records from a local undertaker from the 1850s: he did a lot of burials for non-locals, and I intend taking a closer look to see if I can identify places of origin. And of course there are also the new HO140 series records on Findmypast - many of those involve people being removed from the island.

I'd be interested to know if users of your local archive are aware of record series that might constitute the other end of the story - people shipping out, poor law records of people arriving from Jersey etc.

Hope this is of interest.

James Mac

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