Catherine Elizabeth Whiting 1836-1841?

Parents: Joseph Whiting and Rebecca Cole (1)
Born: 4th November 1836 in Haverhill (1)
Baptised: 4th November 1837 at the Independent Chapel, Haverhill (1)
Married: ?
Children: ?
Died: December 1841 in the Poor House, Haverhill?(3,4)

Bio: Catherine is living with her parents and siblings in Burton End at the time of the 1841 census. By 1851, the family have moved to Chauntry Croft, Haverhill and it seems that she is still at home. A daughter aged 11, named what appears to be 'Lot' or more likely 'Liz' features in the household and the only candidate other than Catherine Elizabeth for the identity of this individual is Boaz Whiting, who although a boy, is missing on the 1851 census and would be closer to that age. A clerical error perhaps?

Catherine is not among the household on the 1861 census. There is no trace of her getting married anywhere or dying in Haverhill. There is, however, a Catherine Whiting who died in Bethnal Green in 1860(2). This would be around the time that the family moved to Bethnall Green but the GRO indexes indicate an age of 29 for this Catherine making it a little too old to be her.

Another more likely explanation is if Catherine Elizabeth was the Catherine Whiting who died in the poor house in Haverhill in December 1841.(3) This Catherine was four years old, which tallies, and was buried on 9th December 1841 in St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill.(4) It is made more plausible by the fact that her father Joseph was accused of stealing from the poor house in 1847, with the implication being that he was a resident there. Without checking the GRO certificates for these deaths it is hard to be certain.


(1) Haverhill Non-Conformist Registers LDS Film: 825404
(2) Death Register. 4th Quarter 1860, Bethnal Green district, Volume 1c Page 165.
(3) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p34 of 37
(4) Death Register. 4th Quarter 1841, Risbridge District, Volume 12 Page 253