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MILTON ABBOT MINE WORKERS  LISTED IN THE 1861 CENSUS

 

The population of Milton Abbot in 1851 was 1242 men, women and children. 

 

Reserves of copper were discovered in the Tamar Valley in the 19th century and the area in and around Milton Abbot became heavily industrialised. Eventually the copper ores were worked out but useful quantities of manganese remained and were mined here until the 1930s. Used in steel making and in cast iron production, manganese played an important part in the industrial expansion of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Like the "Bal Maidens" of Cornwall, women worked the same long hours as the men at rough and did very dirty work.

 

Copper was also commercially mined in Devon at North Molton, Tavistock Hamlets and at Littleham near Budleigh Salterton.

 

NAME AGE IN 1861 EMPLOYED AS TYPE OF MINE
John Baker
19
Miner
Copper
Edward Brimmacombe
54
Miner
Copper
Edward Brimmacombe jnr.
13
Miner
Copper
John Brooks
38
Miner's labourer
Copper
Amos Dorman
47
Miner
Copper
William Doidge
35
Miner
Copper
John Ellery
40
Miner
Copper
William Friend
24
Miner
Copper
John Geak
29
miner
Copper
Edward Greening
52
Miner
Copper
Edward Greening jnr.
20
Miner
Copper
James Gregory
37
Miner
Copper
John Gregory
18
Miner
Copper
William Ham sen.
60
Miner
Copper
William Ham jnr.
23
Miner
Copper
Thomas Kneebone
29
Miner
Copper
John Lang
42
Miner
Copper
John Lang
13
Miner
Copper
William Littlejohns
32
Miner
Manganese
Henry Luke
25
Miner
Lead
James Morgan
51
Miner
Copper
Ida Oliver
17
Surface worker
Manganese
John Oliver
49
Miner
Manganese
Maria Oliver
47
Surface worker
Manganese
John Sanders
30
Miner
Copper
Joseph Squire
15
Miner
Copper
Richard Squire
13
Miner
Copper
William Squire
46
Miner
Copper
William H. Squire
19
Miner
Copper
John Walter
34
Miner's labourer
Copper
Richard Woodman
69
Miner
Copper
William Woodman
31
Miner's labourer
Copper

 

 

 
 
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