||Ospringe, Faversham, Kent
Tine. d. 1950s?
||Not marked deceased Sarah's wedding
William Bush was born
about 1829 at Ospringe near Faversham, to Joseph and Ann Bush.
At the end of March 1851 the census records that he was a farm
labourer, and was staying at 9 Old Dover Road in the St Mary
Bredman parish to the southeast of Canterbury. In
1861 he was
married, working as a farm labourer, and living in Chilham, south-west of
Canterbury. By 1871, at the age of 41, he lived at 29 Stour
Street, St Mildreds, Canterbury with his wife, children and two
lodgers, and was unemployed.
1881 his family's home
was at 54 Stour Street. On census night, the house was in the
care of his two teenage sons and his lodger and future son-in-law
Tom Browning. His 7-year-old daughter Sarah was staying with
friends in Ivy Lane, his wife was live-in nurse to the children
of a watchmaker in Bridge Street, and their teenage daughter
Charlotte was in service with a Tailor and his wife in the
Street. His father Joseph, aged 82, was in the Canterbury Union
Workhouse. What crisis had caused the family to be scattered in
this way is not certain; William was alive as his wife was not
described as a widow, so where was he?