Was Edwin Jeune Living in
on Census Day in 1901?
- Using City Directories to Find a Census Record -
Edwin JEUNE was a native of the British Channel Island of Jersey - he was born in St Helier in 1843, the son of Philip & Elizabeth [nee Le Veslet] Jeune. By 1874, he was at Paspebiac, on the south shore of Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula, on the Baie des Chaleurs, and there he was married to Martha Jane Allen, the daughter of Samuel Willliam & Nancy [nee YOUNG] ALLEN. Three children are known, born in Montreal and Sherbrooke, between 1875 and 1880. By 1890, Edwin was in Toronto, and he was enumerated in both the 1891 and the 1911 Census of Canada enumerations as a resident of that place. But details about him we might have expected to find in Canada's 1901 census schedules, have not been found. A detailed survey of both personal names and distinctive addresses found in Toronto City Directories, 1891 - 1902, shows that Edwin was indeed residing in Toronto in 1901, and the addresses identified in 1901 and 1902 directories have lead to a partial entry for Edwin in 1901 Census of Canada records from the district of Toronto Centre. But, this entry highlights the problems that can arise when depending on census records for facts - this seems to be an instance where the particular census enumerator made a couple of errors when compiling his final schedules - the ones we have access to today, and recorded only Edwin's surname, and missed completely other details about him.
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