Sarah Ann House 1847-1921

Sarah Ann HOUSE is the mother of Ben’s 2nd Great Grandmother, Sarah Ann House SINGLETON who was baptised in Puddletown, Dorset on 26 December 18691. The family were living at Waterson, Puddletown. Sarah Ann HOUSE’s husband, Samuel SINGLETON was in the military and was a driver in the horse artillery in 1869.

St Mary’s Church, Puddletown, Dorset. 26 December 1869. Sarah Ann House SINGLETON. Parents: Samuel & Sarah Ann SINGLETON. Lower Waterson. Driver, Horse artillery. 


Sarah Ann HOUSE was born in West Knighton, Piddletown, Dorset on 29 November 18462. Her parents were John HOUSE, a labourer, and Sarah KEATS from Puddletown, Dorset.

When BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName and Maiden Surname of MotherRank or Profession of FatherInformantWhen Registered
29 November 1846. West KnightonSarah AnnFemaleJohn HOUSESarah HOUSE formerly KEATSLabourerJohn HOUSE. Father. West Knighton06 December 1846

1851 Census

In 1851, Sarah Ann HOUSE was living at home with her parents at Puddletown, Dorset3. She was the youngest of John and Sarah HOUSE’s 11 children.

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, Sarah Ann HOUSE was still living at home with her parents in North Brook, Puddletown4. Sarah was 13 years old and working as a servant. It is likely that the family needed the money because everyone in the household was working, including her mother Sarah HOUSE (nee KEATES).

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


Sarah Ann HOUSE married Samuel SINGLETON at the Registry Office in Dorchester, Dorset on 25 July 18685. Samuel SINGLETON was a driver in R.H Artillery, and stationed at the barracks in Fordington.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
25 July 1868Samuel SINGLETON22 yearsBachelorDriver R H ArtilleryBarracks FordingtonWilliam SINGLETONLabourer
Sarah Ann HOUSE21 yearsSpinsterWaterston, PuddletownJohn HOUSE, deceasedLabourer
Witnesses: W [??] and Elizabeth STONE

1871 Census

I have not been able to find Sarah Ann SINGLETON or her husband Samuel on the 1871 census. When their daughter Sarah Ann House SINGLETON was born in 1869 her father’s occupation was given as Driver, Horse Artillery. Perhaps, considering they were military, they were away for work?

1881 Census

In 1881, Samuel and Sarah Ann SINGLETON were living at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich6 with their daughter Sarah Ann House SINGLETON, who was still an only-child.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Samuel SINGLETONHeadMarried36Gunner Royal ArtilleryFaston, Lincolnshire
Sarah Ann SINGLETONWifeMarried34Soldier’s wifePuddleton, Dorset
Sarah Ann House SINGLETONDaur.11ScholarDorchester, Dorset

1891 Census

In 1891, Sarah A HOUSE (SINGLETON) was living with her daughter Sarah Ann House SINGLETON, her husband James T MARLOW and their newborn baby daughter Florence A MARLOW at 72 Harefield Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire7. Sarah and Samuel SINGLETON had another child, William J SINGLETON, who is estimated to have born about 1883. Sarah Ann HOUSE (SINGLETON) was working as a laundress. Without finding Samuel SINGLETON on the 1891 census, it is difficult to know why Sarah Ann HOUSE (SINGLETON) was living with her daughter and family – perhaps she was there to help with the new baby?

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
James T MARLOWHeadMarried21Labourer, RailwayBasingstoke, Hampshire
Sarah A H MARLOWWifeMarried21Dorchester, Dorset
Florence A MARLOWDaur.Single1 monthBasingstoke, Hampshire
Sarah A SINGLETONMother in lawMarried43LaundressDorchester, Dorset
William J SINGLETONBrother in lawSingle8ScholarWoolwich, Kent

1901 Census

In 1901, Samuel and Sarah Ann SINGLETON were living together again at 14 Grantham Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire8. Samuel was now an agricultural labourer. They had both of their children living with them – Sarah HYDE is the same Sarah Ann House SINGLETON who was married to James T MARLOW on the previous census, she had remarried after James’ death in 1898. The MARLOW family had 3 daughters: Florence, Edith and Mabel; and Sarah Ann House SINGLETON also had a son with her husband Harry Thomas Charles HYDE.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Samuel SINGLETONHeadMarried56Agricultural labourerFoston, Lincolnshire
Sarah SINGLETONWifeMarried54Stafford, Staffordshire
William SINGLETONSonSingle18Coach smithWoolwich, Kent
Sarah HYDEDaur.Married31LaundressDorchester, Dorset
Florence MARLOWGranddaur.10Basingstoke, Hampshire
Edith MARLOWGranddaur.7Eastleigh, Hampshire
Mabel MARLOWGranddaur.6Eastleigh, Hampshire
Albert HYDEGrandson1Eastleigh, Hampshire

1911 Census

In 1911, Sarah Ann HOUSE (SINGLETON) was living with her son William John SINGLETON and his wife Mary Louisa SINGLETON at 63 Grove Road, Hampshire9. Sarah Ann HOUSE (SINGLETON) was a widow, her husband Samuel had died in Hampshire in 1906.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars to MarriageChildrenPersonal OccupationBirthplace
William John SINGLETONHead28MarriedAgricultural Implement FitterWoolwich, Kent
Mary Louisa SINGLETONWife30Married 4 yearsNoneBrighton, Sussex
Sarah Anne SINGLETONMother64WidowDorchester, Dorset


Sarah Ann HOUSE (SINGLETON) died on 12 September 1921, at the age of 74, at 1a Chilworth Road, Southampton, Hampshire10. Her usual address was 63 Grove Road, Southampton (the same address where she was living in 1911).

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeRank or ProfessionCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
12 September 1921. 1a Chilworth RoadSarah Ann SINGLETONFemale74 yearsof 63 Grove Road. Widow of Samuel SINGLETON, army pensioner1. Senile decay
2. Syncope
W J SINGLETON. Son. 63 Grove Road, Southampton13 September 1921

Family Members:

Husband:Samuel SINGLETON 1843 – 1906
Daughter (Direct Ancestor):Sarah Ann House SINGLETON 1869-1946
Father:John HOUSE 1791-1866
Mother:Sarah KEATES 1801-1875

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  1. Baptisms (PR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 26 December 1869. SINGLETON, Sarah Ann House. Collection: Dorset, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906. : accessed 09 December 2021.
  2. Births(CR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 29 November 1846. HOUSE, Sarah Ann. Entry No. 65.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Marriages (CR) England. Dorchester, Dorset. 25 July 1868. SINGLETON, Samuel and HOUSE, Sarah Ann. Entry No. 36.
  6. Census Records. England. Woolwich, Kent. 03 April 1881. SINGLETON, Samuel (head). PN 748. FN 156. p. 40. : accessed 19 December 2021.
  7. Census Records. England. Basingstoke, Hampshire. 05 April 1891. MARLOW, James T (head). ED 7. PN 957. FN 107. : accessed 20 December 2021.
  8. Census Records. England. Eastleigh, Hampshire. 01 April 1901. SINGLETON, Samuel (head). ED 08. PN 1066. FN 53. p. 41. SN 253. : accessed 20 December 2021.
  9. Census Records. England. Freemantle, Hampshire. 02 April 1911. SINGLETON, William John (head). RD 99. ED 15. PN 6003. : accessed 19 December 2021.
  10. Deaths (CR) England. RD Southampton, [Hampshire]. 12 September 1921. SINGLETON, Sarah Ann. Entry No. 479.


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