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Chris Scott
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Post Number: 2020
Registered: 4-2003
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There is a mystery as to what happened to Joseph Barnett's mother, Catherine, between the 1861 and the 1871 census and thereafter. I can find no trace of a death record between that period. It is possible she returned to Ireland on the death of her husband, John, in 1864. If she stayed in London, however, I have been able to trace only one likely candidate who lived for a long period in the household of one Thomas Allman.
Here are the notes regarding this woman:

Catherine Barnett
Is listed in 1861 with the family at 2 Cartwright Street, Aldgate, wife of John Barnett, fish porter. Her details in that census are:
Catherine Barnet (sic) aged 40 born Ireland

John Barnett died in 1864, hence Catherine would have been widowed by the time of the 1871 census, if still alive.
4 Glass House Street, Aldgate.
Head: Thomas Allman (widower) aged 49 born County Cork, Ireland - Dock labourer
Daughter: Margaret Allman aged 12 born Whitechapel
Servant: Catherine Barnett (widow) aged 48 born County Cork, Ireland - General servant

Cohen's Buildings, Aldgate
Head: Thomas Allman aged 58 born Ireland - General labourer
Daughter: Margaret Allman aged 21born Whitechapel - Seed warehouse assistant
Servant: Catherine Barnett (widow) aged 58 born Ireland - Sack maker

Cohen's Buildings, 42 Royal Mint Street, Aldgate
Head: Thomas Allman aged 68 born Ireland - Sack maker
Wife: Mary Allman aged 46 born Ireland - Sack maker (canvas)
Stepson: Daniel Leary aged 11 born Whitechapel
Stepdaughter: Ellen Leary aged 14 born Whitechapel - Tailor's shopgirl

The marriage of Thomas Allman and Mary Leary was not actually registered until the 2nd Quarter of 1891 (Whitechapel Vol 1c page 501)

Cohen's Buildings, Whitechapel
Head: Mary Allman (widow) aged 53 born Cork, Ireland
Daughter: Ellen Leary aged 24 born Whitechapel - Fancy shell box maker
Son: Daniel Leary aged 21 born Whitechapel - Carman
Relative: Johnannah Brien aged 40 born Whitechapl - Bag repairer

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