William George Underwood born 1841

William George Underwood‘s parents were George William Underwood and Maria Lane who got married in 1840 In Gloucestershire.   His parents spent most of the 1840’s living in a workhouse where they had four children, John James Underwood and Fanny Underwood, who both died in infancy, and William George Underwood and Ann Maria Underwood who survived.   William George Underwood was born in Gloucester Workhouse in 1841.  His mother died in the workhouse in 1850 so it would appear that the family were in a workhouse for the whole of that decade.

His father secured work as a train driver soon afterwards, and in 1851 his father married his second wife, Matilda Curtis.  At the time of the 1851 census William George Underwood is a 9 year old scholar living with his father and step-mother, together with his sister Ann Maria Underwood from his father’s first marriage.

UK Birth index 1841 Oct-Dec,

Gloucester Union, volume 11, page 348
Underwood William George, Mother’s name: Lane

1851 UK Census: Parish of Barton St Mary, Gloucestershire

George Underwood, head, aged 32, Engine Driver, born Atworth.
Matilda Underwood, wife, aged 20, born Bath.
William George Underwood, son, aged 9, scholar, born Bridgwater, Somerset.
Ann Maria Underwood, daughter, aged 7, scholar, born Gloucester.

1851 Census Barton St Mary
1851 Census Barton St Mary

It looks as though the person who took the census got confused and got the places of birth wrong for the two children.  It was William George Underwood who was born in Gloucester, and Ann Maria Underwood who was born in Bridgwater.