John House 1791-1866

John House is the father of Ben’s 3rd Great Grandmother Sarah Ann HOUSE. He was born in Puddletown, Dorset on 09 September 1791. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Puddletown, Dorset on 23 October 17911. His parents were John HOUSE & Bytha (Tabitha) GENGE. The parish register gives the following information:

St Mary’s Church, Puddletown, Dorset. 23 October 1791. John HOUSE s[on] of John HOUSE & Bytha GENGE (born 09 September 1791).


John HOUSE married Sarah KEATES in St Michael’s Church, Stinsford, Dorset on 03 January 18252. Unfortunately not much information is given on the parish register, which says the following:

John HOUSE of the parish of Piddletown in the county of Dorset and Sarah KEATES of this parish were married in this church by banns this third day of January 1825. 

Witnesses: William HURST & Ann KEATES.

1841 Census

In 1841, John and Sarah HOUSE were living at Piddletown Heath, Puddletown3. John was working as an agricultural labourer, and the couple had 8 children: John (born abt. 1826), Emily (born abt. 1828), George (born abt. 1830), Charles (born abt. 1832), Esther (born abt. 1834), James (born abt. 1836), Caroline (born abt. 1839), and William (born abt. March 1841). There is some inconsistency between the spelling of Piddletown and Puddletown throughout these records, but they are the same village.

NamesAgeProfession, Trade or EmploymentBorn in County?
John HOUSE45Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]Yes
Sarah HOUSE40Yes
John HOUSE15Yes
Emily HOUSE13Yes
George HOUSE11Yes
Charles HOUSE9Yes
Esther HOUSE7Yes
James HOUSE5Yes
Caroline HOUSE2Yes
William HOUSE3 monthsYes

1851 Census

In 1851, John and Sarah HOUSE were still living Puddletown, Dorset4. They had 2 more children in the past decade: Robert (born abt. 1844), and Sarah (born abt. 1847). Sarah Ann HOUSE is the youngest of the couple’s 12 children – she is Ben’s 3rd great grandmother. Some of the children were working as agricultural labourers and farm servants, like their father John. The family had a lodger living with them which suggests they might have needed some extra income.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John HOUSEHeadMarried59Ag[ricultural] labourerPiddletown, Dorset
Sarah HOUSEWifeMarried50A[gricultural] labourer’s wifeStinsford, Dorset
George HOUSESonUnmarried22Shoe makerPiddletown, Dorset
Esther HOUSEDaur.Unmarried18Farm serv[ant]Piddletown, Dorset
Charles HOUSESonUnmarried20Ag[ricultural] labourerPiddletown, Dorset
James HOUSESonUnmarried16Ag[ricultural] labourerPiddletown, Dorset
Carroline HOUSEDaur.Unmarried12Piddletown, Dorset
Robert HOUSESonUnmarried7Piddletown, Dorset
Sarah A HOUSEDaur.Unmarried4Piddletown, Dorset
Henry HAMMETLodger44MasonMelbury, Dorset

1861 Census

In 1861, John and Sarah HOUSE were living in North Brook, Puddletown5. John HOUSE was an agricultural labourer, his wife Sarah was working as a washer woman, and their teenage children Robert and Sarah Ann also had jobs which suggests the family needed the extra income from all the family members working.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John HOUSEHeadMarried69Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]Piddletown, Dorset
Sarah HOUSEWifeMarried60Washer womanKingston, Dorset
Robert HOUSESonUnmarried17Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]Piddletown, Dorset
Sarah Ann HOUSEDaur.13ServantWest Knighton, Dorset


John HOUSE died in Puddletown, Dorset on 16 May 1866 at the age of 746.

When DiedName and SurnameSexAgeRank or ProfessionCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
16 May 1866 PuddletownJohn HOUSEMale74 yearsAgricultural labourerStricture of UrethaSarah Ann HOUSE. Present at the death. Puddletown.17 May 1866

Family Members:

Wife:Sarah KEATES 1801-1875
Daughter (Direct Ancestor)Sarah Ann HOUSE 1847-1921
Father:John HOUSE 1752-1821
Mother:Tabitha GENGE 1864-1839

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  1. Baptisms (PR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 23 October 1791. HOUSE, John. Collection: Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812. : accessed 19 December 2021.
  2. Banns (PR) England. Stinsford, Dorset. 03 January 1825. HOUSE, John and KEATES, Sarah. Collection: Dorset, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921. : accessed 12 December 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Piddletown, Dorset. 06 June 1841. HOUSE, John. PN 285. Book 6. FN 36. p. 6. : accessed 09 December 2021.
  4. Census Records. England. Piddletown, Dorset. 30 March 1851. HOUSE, John (head). ED 11a. SN 38. PN 1858. FN 347. p. 10. : accessed 18 December 2021.
  5. Census Records. England. Puddletown, Dorset. 07 April 1861. HOUSE, John (head). ED 5. SN 111. PN 1355. FN 63. p. 27. : accessed 18 December 2021.
  6. Deaths (CR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 16 May 1866. HOUSE, John. Entry No. 24.


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