Famous People in the 1901 UK Census

Subscribers to sites such as Ancestry.co.uk, findmypast.com or Genesreunted.com can view these famous people on the 1901 U.K. Census.

H. G. Wells, 1866–1946. Herbert George Wells is listed as an author in the 1901 census. He proved it by publishing many books, including The War of the Worlds, Around the World in 80 Days, and The Time Machine.

Virginia Woolf, 1882–1941. Woolf has been recognized as one of the most important and influential feminist writers of the twentieth century. Her works are fully engaged with the important issues of her time. In 1901, she was 19 and still living at home, listed under her maiden name of Adeline Virginia Stephen.

Claude Monet, 1840–1926, was an impressionist artist famous for his paintings that look like chaos close-up, but reveal beautiful images at a distance. In the 1901 census Monet was 60 and listed "artist" as his occupation.

Charlie Chaplin, 1889–1977, was a legendary actor in silent films. His most famous film is probably The Tramp. In 1901, he is listed as a 12-year-old "worker."

Florence Nightingale, 1820–1910, is most remembered as a pioneer of nursing and a reformer of hospital sanitation methods. In 1901, she was living on her own means.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, 1874–1922, was a famous arctic explorer. He tested his mettle and that of his crew, however, when they were shipwrecked in the Antarctic, where despite fatigue, extreme temperatures, sickness, and lack of food, they managed to survive for months in the icy sea.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859–1930, is famous for introducing the world to Sherlock Holmes in a series of newspaper columns that was later published as one of the most beloved detective novels of all time. He is listed in the 1901 census as a surgeon.

King Edward, 1894–1972, Royal Monarch of England. King Edward VIII fell in love with Mrs. Wallis Simpson, a married American woman who had previously been divorced. In order to marry her, King Edward would have to give up the British throne—and he did.

(Helen) Beatrix Potter (1866-1943)

Helen Beatrix Potter was born on July 28, 1866 in Kensington Square, London, to Rupert Potter and Helen Leech, but the name Helen was dropped so as not to confuse her with her mother. Both parents having an inheritance from the cotton trade, life in the Potter household was easy and in want for nothing. Rupert Potter was a non-practicing barrister and amateur photographer.

Beatrix Potter spent a sheltered childhood with her brother Bertram, who was five years younger. She amused herself by painting, using specimens from the Natural History Museum or sketching the nature in the Lake District, where the family spent summer holidays.
Potter also had pets, including rabbits. She never went to school, but was taught at home by a governess.

At the time of the 1901 census, aged 34, she still lived at her parent's house in London, a place she once described as "my unloved birthplace".

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