Since the release of the 1911 census, many articles and blogs have been written about the eccentric entries made by our ancestors. From Beauty Lafayette, the beloved pet dog of The Great Fayette (aged 16) to Biddy, the “faithful Irish Terrier Bitch, Magnificent Watch, a demon on Cats and Vermin, age 11 years” of Mr and Mrs Arthur John Delve in Smethwick, there have been dozens in between. But I haven’t seen any mention of Timothy the Cat, Jack the Dog, Jack Cat or ‘Lark’ who I have discovered today….
Frances Catherine Stone, a 46-year-old church worker, living at 45 Claremont Road, Langley, Heanor, recorded her two animals, Timothy and Jack, aged 7 and 8 respectively (RG14/20398):
And, Tom Brooks recorded their ‘domestic animal’ Jack Cat – a mouse shifter – and Lark – a singer – at 37 Gaythorne Road, Bradford (RG14/26701):
Can any other genies add to the animal kingdom in 1911 – or indeed any other year? Is there a ‘definitive’ list of the ‘interesting finds’ to date? How about we start one here!