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James Whiting c.1821-?

Parents:     ? 

Born:          c.1821       

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Married:      ?       

Children:    ?

Died:            ?   

Bio:             All the Whitings in Haverhill on the 1841 census lived in Burton End with one exception - James is listed on the census as being a pauper in the Risbridge Union Workhouse. The Ipswich Journal of 13th May 1848 reports 'committed to Bury gaol.. Wm.Hurrell, James Whiting, Ann Seeley, Emily Cook, Edward Honeyball and Edward Cornell, for misbehaviour in Risbridge Union, by wilfully breaking 197 panes of glass: 14 days'. Although the others involved mostly seem to be teenagers, it is likely that this is the same James as he seems to be the only around in Haverhill at this time, let alone in the workhouse.  
On the next census, in 1851 he is still there - again a pauper, but his profession is listed as 'weaver'. His age is given as 33 which would make him born in 1818. Further research may establish James origins, but after 1851 I have been unable to trace his whereabouts. The 1861 census for the Workhouse only lists inmates by their initials so it is almost impossible to establish whether he was still there at this time.

There is the possibility that he was in fact the same James Whiting who was son of Stephen Whiting and who served time on prison hulks after a series of crimes.
As far as I know, this James was born in 1815 which would make him slightly older yet close enough considering censuses at this time were often 5 years out with ages. Also, this other James would not have been in gaol at the time of the 1841 census, and there is no trace of him elsewhere so could he be one and the same? The fact that this other James had served time and was pardoned in 1847 makes us wonder if he was back in the Risbridge Workhouse on the 1851 census. The ages are closer here, too, with only a three year gap this time. Some circumstantial evidence, then, but not enough to be conclusive.