Arthur Mee's background

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Using the census records to trace Arthur's family tree

By Alice Cave


Arthur Mee was born in 1875 in Stapleford.   It's possible to trace some of his early history through the census records, available to search for free in Nottinghamshire libraries.   The 1881 census records him living at 7 Pinfold Lane in Stapleford.   His father was a railway engine driver, originally from Heanor in Derbyshire.   There were already four children in the family:  Arthur was the second.   There were to be six more children before the family was complete. 


By 1891, there were seven children.   Arthur, aged 15, had already started work, and is shown on the census as 'Reader newspaper'.   The family had moved to Nottingham, and were living at 126 Manning Street.   Arthur's job is at the offices of the Nottingham Evening Post, reading out copy while the proof reader corrects it.   It isn't long before he uses his self-taught shorthand to transcribe a contentious sermon.   Offering this to the Express newspaper journalists, he gets himself an apprenticeship to write further articles for them.


By 1901, Arthur, describing himself as 'author, editor', is married to Amelia, and living in London.   A boarder shares their house in Lambeth.   Arthur married Amelia Fratson in 1897, and they had one child, Marjorie Ernestine, who was born in 1901 (after the census had been taken that year, which is why she does not appear on it).  

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This page was added by Alice Cave on 16/03/2011.
Comments about this page

On the census return fro an ancestor the place of birth is given as Crepple, Nottinghamshire. Does anyone have any info on this area. I have tried googleing to no avail.


Kind Regards,


Glenys Southworth

By Glenys Southworth
On 08/01/2018

We think the place "Crepple/Cropple" in 1861 is a phonetic recording by the census enumerator of "Cropwell". Looking at the 1861 census entry for your relative, John Foster, via they provide a useful link to his record in the previous census (1851) where his birthplace is given as "Cropwell Bishop" which certainly is a place in Nottinghamshire. We hope this helps with your research. Yours sincerely, Website Administrator

By Website Administrator
On 10/01/2018

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