Sarah Keates 1801-1875

Sarah KEATES is the mother of Ben’s 3rd great grandmother, Sarah Ann HOUSE who was born in West Knighton, Piddletown, Dorset on 29 November 18461.

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

Sarah KEATES was born in Stinsford, Dorset in 1801. She was baptised at St Michael’s Church, Stinsford on 24 May 18012. Her parents’ names were James KEATES and Rachael TALBOT.

St Michael’s Church, Stinsford, Dorset. Sarah of James & Rachael KEATES was baptised 24 May 1801.


Sarah KEATES married John HOUSE in St Michael’s Church, Stinsford, Dorset on 03 January 18253. 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, Puddletown4. 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, Dorset5. 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, Puddletown6. Sarah was working as a washer woman, and their teenage children Robert and Sarah Ann also had jobs.

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

1871 Census

In 1871, Sarah KEATES (HOUSE) was widowed and she was living with her daughter Caroline and her family at Waterson in Puddletown, Dorset7. Caroline’s husband, John BURT, was also an agricultural labourer. Sarah KEATES (HOUSE) gives her place of birth as Bockhampton, Dorset.

Sarah’s mother Rachael TALBOT (KEATES) was living at Upper Bockhampton in Stinsford, Dorset in the 18418 and 18519 censuses, which helps confirm the link between Sarah KEATES and her parents John KEATES and Rachael TALBOT.

Name and SurnameHeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
John BURTHeadMarried43Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]Cattistock, Dorset
Caroline BURTWifeMarried32Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]’s wifePuddletown, Dorset
James BURTSon13PloughboyPuddletown, Dorset
Ruth BURTDaur.9ScholarWaterson, Dorset
Harriet BURTDaur.7ScholarWaterson, Dorset
John H BURTSon4Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]’s sonWaterson, Dorset
Sarah A BURTDaur.1Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]’s daurWaterson, Dorset
Sarah HOUSEMother in lawWidow70Ag[ricultural] lab[ourer]’s widowBockhampton, Dorset


Sarah KEATES (HOUSE) died at her daughter Caroline’s house: Winterborne, Whitchurch, Milton Abbas, Dorset on 05 November 187510.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeRank or ProfessionCause of DeathDescription and Residence of InformantWhen Registered
05 November 1875. Winterborne, WhitchurchSarah HOUSEFemale74 yearsWidow of the late John HOUSE a farm labourerApoplexy 8 daysJohn BURT. Son-in-law. Present at the death. Winterborne, Whitchurch06 November 1875

She was buried at St Mary’s Church in Puddletown11.

NameAbodeWhen BuriedAge
Sarah HOUSEWatcombe09 November [1875]74

Family Members:

Husband:John HOUSE 1791-1866
Daughter (Direct Ancestor)Sarah Ann HOUSE 1847-1921
Father:James KEATES 1778-1834
Mother:Rachael TALBOT 1778-1861

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  1. Births (CR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 29 November 1846. HOUSE, Sarah Ann. Entry No. 65.
  2. Baptisms (PR) England. Stinsford, Dorset. 24 May 1801. KEATES, Sarah. Collection: Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812. : accessed 12 December 2021.
  3. 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.
  4. Census Records. England. Piddletown, Dorset. 06 June 1841. HOUSE, John. PN 285. Book 6. FN 36. p. 6. : accessed 09 December 2021.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Census Records. England. Puddletown, Dorset. 02 April 1871. BURT, John (head). ED 5. SN 77. PN 2012. FN 54. p. 15. : accessed 18 December 2021.
  8. Census Records. England. Stinsford, Dorset. 06 June 1841. KEATES, Rachael. PN 286. Book 6. FN 8. p. 10. SN 117. : accessed 19 December 2021.
  9. Census Records. England. Stinsford, Dorset. 30 March 1851. KEATS, Thomas (head). ED 7. PN 1858. FN 213. p. 4. SN 11. : accessed 19 December 2021.
  10. Deaths (CR) England. Milton Abbas, Dorset. 05 November 1875. HOUSE, Sarah. Entry No. 279.
  11. Burials (PR) England. Puddletown, Dorset. 09 November 1875. HOUSE, Sarah. Collection: Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010. : accessed 18 December 2021.


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