Mary Babbage

Mary Babbage (later Mary Burnell) was the second of the six children of John Babbage and his wife Ann Norman of Holcombe Rogus, Devon, England.

She married Samuel Burnell of Combe Florey in neighbouring Somerset, and the couple settled in Somerset after their marriage and had at least eleven children.

Mary's marriage certificate shows that both her and her husband were labourers in 1839 as they both signed the marriage register with an 'X'.

By the time of the 1861 Combe Florey census, the family are living in the "poor houses, Coombe Florey" with Samuel noted as a "road contractor". The poverty must have been hard, and goes some way to explain why their son George headed to London for a new start.

Life Events


  • circa 1817 at Holcombe Rogus, Devon, England.


  • 7th September 1817 at All Saint's Church, Holcombe Rogus, Devon, England.



  • Sarah Burnell (1840-?)
  • James Burnell (1841-1880) married Elizabeth Vinnicombe (1841-1909)
  • John Burnell (1844-18??)
  • Robert Burnell (1846-?) married Elizabeth Chorley (c.1840-?)
  • William Burnell (1848-?)
  • George Burnell (1850-1891) married Mary Ann Barker (1854-1929)
  • Susannah Burnell (1852-?) married Henry Samuel Sanders (c.1850-?)
  • Mary Ann Burnell (1855-?)
  • Elizabeth Burnell (1857-?)
  • Jane Burnell (1861-?)
  • John Burnell (1864-?)

Census and Residence

  • 1841: 25yrs, Sandings, Lydiard St. Lawrence, Somerset, England.
  • 1851: 35yrs, Combe Florey, Somerset, England.
  • 1861: 46yrs, Poor Houses, Combe Florey, Somerset, England.
  • 1871: 54yrs, Cottage, Combe Florey, Somerset, England.
  • 1881: 67yrs, Cottage, Combe Florey, Somerset, England.


  • 1881: Former Domestic Servant


  • During the March quarter of 1887.


  • Location not yet known.



  • Not yet known
  • Not yet known
  • Christopher Norman (17??-?)
  • Susannah Cross (17??-?)

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