A family tree of the Randell's of North Walsham, Norfolk compiled from the Census records of 1841 to 1901
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Elizabeth Hunter RANDELL 1808

Elizabeth Hunter Randell was the eldest daughter of John Randell and Sarah Hunter and given a middle name which celebrates her mothers family. Elizabeth was born 30 October 1808 in North Walsham and was the third child in the family, although she would have never known her brother James, who like so many born in the reign of King George III died in early childhood.
Elizabeth married farmer Robert Lacey and lived for many years in Gimingham bringing up a family of six children. Together, Robert and Elizabeth had three boys and three girls, the second child being generously named John Randell Lacey allowing me to find Elizabeth.
The family moved to Kerrison Farm, Horsey around 1870. In the following years her children began to marry and move out, but they continued to live nearby.
Elizabeth and Robert Lacey lived out the remainder of their lives at Kerrison Farm. Elizabeth Hunter Lacey died age 74 in 1883. She outlived Robert by a year and a half.

Elizabeth and Robert had the following children:

Sarah LACEY 1842 Gimingham, Norfolk
John Randell LACEY, 1843 Gimingham, Norfolk
Jane Elizabeth LACEY 1897 Gimingham, Norfolk
Harriet LACEY 1846 Gimingham, Norfolk
Frederick LACEY 1849 Gimingham, Norfolk
Charles LACEY 1850 Gimingham, Norfolk

ANCESTRY ~ James / John / Elizabeth Hunter

Robert LACEY 1805

Robert Lacey was the husband of Elizabeth Hunter Randell. At the time of their marriage he was a farmer in Gimingham. Their farm was in Windmill Road which is an address that still exists today. During Robert Lacey’s tenure at the farm it grew a few acres at each census and by 1861 it was recorded as 120 acres. In 1851 the government commissioned a census of all farms in England and Wales which showed that 65 percent of farms were smaller than 100 acres. In Norfolk, farms tended to be slightly smaller than the national average and dairy herds were common. Robert and Elizabeth’s farm appears to have been a dairy operation. In 1851 the farm employed four men and a boy plus Mary Ann Gray and Sabina Spooner who were filling the role of milk maids and general servants. Beyond this the household had a teacher, Harriet Rowland, who presumably was catering for the education needs of their growing family.
By 1871 Robert and Elizabeth had moved south to the edge of Horsey Mere on the Norfolk Broads and were living at Kerrison Farm, a property that was originally constructed in 1770 and still exists today but in a drastically altered form. It was a substantially larger farm than Windmill Road, being recorded as a 182 acres. At the time of the 1881 census Robert, who was 76, controlled a workforce of six men and a young boy. Oddly their young domestic servant Susan Kerrison, had the same name as the farm.
Robert died, age 76 in the early winter of 1882.

The Curate of Horsey, made the following uncharitable observation about the area in 1784: "I trust, it may not be improper, to acquaint your Lordship that this Parish is so surrounded with marshes that its very dangerous. I have a very awful and lamentable apprehension of drowning and the parishioners neglect their Lord's Day to attend Plunder and Shipwreck, Smuggling, etc.
Rev. Ivory"

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