What happened to the Children?

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I would like some ideas or indeed help establishing descendants’ lineage of Edward Field (Field-4518).   He is married to Harriet Whiddett.  Edward appears to have 5 children, Harriet Field, William Henry Field, Frederick Field, Edward John Field and Eliza Field.  Harriet appears to have been born out of wedlock.   Most of the children appear in the 1861 (Folio/Vol/Page: 519/5/3) Census and 1871 Census (Folio/Vol/Page: 967/23/14).  After that I do not seem to be able to find even one of the children to establish marriages and issue thereafter.  It’s as if they have been uplifted by aliens and totally disappeared.   Edward died in 1898, Canterbury Kent (Vol/Page: 2A/509) and his wife appears to have died in 1912 (Vol/Page: 2A/1030).  Absolutely no sign evident of the children.  I am posting this to gather ideas.  I can understand one or a couple of the children falling off the radar, but not all five.

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in Genealogy Help by Andrew Field G2G6 Mach 2 (27.4k points)
May I extend my sincere thanks to you all for your responses.  I am working through your responses.   I really do appreciate your contributions.
Andrew

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Harriet:

England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975No Image
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    Name: Harriett Phoebe Hendry Whiddett
    Gender: Female
    Baptism Date: 11 Feb 1844
    Baptism Place: Dover, Kent, England
    Mother: Harriett Whiddett
    FHL Film Number: 1836196
    by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)

    Harriet Whiddett

     in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

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      Name: Harriet Whiddett
      Registration Year: 1866
      Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Registration district: Thanet
      Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
      Inferred County: Kent
      Volume: 2a
      Page: 1430
      Records on Page:
      Name
      Thomas B Miles
      Sophia Richards
      Richard Smith
      Harriet Whiddett

      Harriett Miles

       in the 1871 England Census

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      Name: Harriett Miles
      Age: 27
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
      Relation: Wife
      Spouse's Name: Thomas Miles
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Wye, Kent, England
      Civil Parish: St John
      Ecclesiastical parish: St John
      Town: Margate
      County/Island: Kent
      Country: England
      Registration district: Thanet
      Sub-registration district: Margate
      ED, institution, or vessel: 5
      Household schedule number: 133
      Piece: 991
      Folio: 95
      Page Number: 26
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Thomas Miles 37
      Harriett Miles 27
      Eliza Miles 11

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      Harriet Miles

       in the 1881 England Census

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      Name: Harriet Miles
      Age: 37
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1844
      Relationship to Head: Wife
      Spouse: Thomas Miles
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Canterbury, Kent, England
      Civil Parish: Margate St John Baptist
      County/Island: Kent
      Country: England
      Street address: 5 Mill Lane
      Marital Status: Married

      Education:

      Employment status:

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      Registration district: Thanet
      ED, institution, or vessel: 9
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Piece: 985
      Folio: 35
      Page Number: 12
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Thomas Miles 46
      Harriet Miles 37
      Eliza Miles 20
       

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      Harriet Miles

       in the 1891 England Census

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      Name: Harriet Miles
      Gender: Female
      Age: 47
      Relationship: Wife
      Birth Year: 1844
      Spouse: Thomas Miles
      Child: Eliza Miles
      Birth Place: Canterbury, Kent, England
      Civil Parish: Margate
      Residence Place: Margate, Margate, Kent, England
      Sub registration district: Margate
      ED, Institution or Vessel: 16
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Piece: 728
      Folio: 104
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Thomas Miles 56
      Harriet Miles 47
      Eliza Miles 30
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      William Field

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        Name: William Henry Field
        Gender: Male
        Baptism Date: 23 May 1852
        Baptism Place: St. Mary-Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, England
        Father: Edward Field
        Mother: Harriet Field
        FHL Film Number: 1786140
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        Still with parents in 1881, cannot locate after that.

        William Feild

         in the 1881 England Census

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        Name: William Feild
        Age: 27
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1854
        Relationship to Head: Son
        Father: Edward Feild
        Mother: Harriet Feild
        Gender: Male
        Where born: Canterbury, Kent, England
        Civil Parish: Canterbury St George Martyr
        County/Island: Kent
        Country: England
        Street address: 4 St Georges Sq

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        Employment status:

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        Occupation: Bricklayers Labourer
        Registration district: Canterbury
        ED, institution, or vessel: 26
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Piece: 959
        Folio: 114
        Page Number: 11
        Household Members:
        Name Age
        Edward Feild 63
        Harriet Feild 63
        William Feild 27
         
        Thank you... I have just picked this one up, and I do appreciate your assistance.  Should have looked at misspelling Field as Feild...
        +5 votes

        There were two boys born FIELD with a mother's maiden name WHIDDETT in Q4 1850 and Q2 1851. They would therefore be 10 and 9 (or very close) by the time of the 1861 census. I believe the unnamed one became Frederick and on the census their names were inadvertently flipped so they had the wrong ages. This is supported by their birthplaces of Blean and Canterbury.


        FIELD, -      WHIDDETT
        GRO Reference: 1850  D Quarter in BLEAN  Volume 05  Page 25  Order 
        FIELD, WILLIAM  HENRY     WHIDDETT
        GRO Reference: 1852  J Quarter in CANTERBURY  Volume 02A  Page 474 

        Unfortunately Frederick seems to have been born in the Union Workhouse at St Mary Bredin. His birthplace is given as Herne which falls under the Blean registration district. There is also a 7-year old Harriott Field and another sibling Osborne Field.

        "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGLX-5L1 : 9 November 2017), Frederick Field in household of Osborne Field, St Mary Bredin, Kent, England; citing St Mary Bredin, Kent, England, p. 23, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast(http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

        If you subscribe to FindMyPast you can view the image and go back a page to find Edward and Harriott Field, both 30.

        Edit: And here's the baptism of Osborn Widdet [sic] showing his mother was Harriet.

        "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3MX-1Q8 : 11 February 2018, Osborn Widdett, 06 Jun 1841); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 355,633.

        by Matthew Fletcher G2G6 Pilot (107k points)
        edited by Matthew Fletcher
        Greetings... That little mix up between Frederick and William seems to be correct.  I have reverted back to a Baptism of Frederick...  He was baptised the same day as younger brother Edward John (on 22 April 1855) and clearly I missed a little comment on Frederick's entry "Born 3 Oct 1850"!  Thanks for the tip and for the inspiration to re-look!
        +1 vote

        I see that in the 1871 census Edward John Field is listed as John E. Field and is a journeyman butcher. In the 1891 census there is a John Field who was born at the right time in the right place and who is a butcher, so this might be him:

        "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6W-MN2 : 11 December 2017), John Field, Canterbury, Kent, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Kent county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

        by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
        Thanks Paul... I actually think you are right... The father Edward was of the same trade, and Edward John probably took on the name John so as not to be confused with his father.   Seems to me like the 1891 entry is a best fit and only the marriage certificate would confirm this.

        Thanks for your time.

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