Hunter Census

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This page details all census entries we have found relating to the Hunter family.

These are transcribed as is (no extra information added) apart from "dittos" being expanded

The dates of the census were:

  • 1841 was the night of 6 June 1841.
  • 1851 was the night of 30 March 1851.
  • 1861 was the night of 7 April 1861.
  • 1871 was the night of 2 April 1871.
  • 1881 was the night of 3 April 1881 .
  • 1891 was the night of 5 April 1891.
  • 1901 was the night of 31 March 1901.
  • 1911 was the night of 2 April 1911.


1841 - Torry & New Mills Pans - John and Helen Hunter

John and Helen Hunter were the parents of Janet Hunter who later went on to marry David Balfour. Remember that the ages in the 1841 census were rounded down to 5 years.

On the night of 6 June 1841, John and Helen Hunter were living at Torry & New Mills Pans.

1841 - Torry & New Mills Pans, Torryburn, Fifeshire, Scotland (PRO Ref , Piece:, Folio:, Page:15)
Name Age Profession Birth Place
John Hunter 60 Agricultural Labourer
Helen Hunter 60



1841 - Torry & New Mills - Janet Hunter

On the night of 6 June 1841, Janet Hunter was living with her first husband at Torry & New Mills.

1841 - Torry & New Mills, Torryburn, Fifeshire, Scotland (PRO Ref , Piece:, Folio:, Page:8)
Name Age Profession Birth Place
John Paterson 30 Cotton H.L.W.
Janet Paterson 27
Hellen Paterson 4
Mary Paterson 2
Thomas Murray 25 Sailor

Next door we have a Peter Paterson.


1851 - Torry Village, Parish of Torryburn - John Hunter & Helen Anderson

On the night of 30 March 1851, John and Helen Hunter are living in Torry Village. In the same building (but separate household) is their daughter Janet Balfour. Their son-in lawDavid Balfour married his first wife Mary Patterson in 1844, but she died in 1849, and by 1851 he has married Janet. Janet's three children by her first marriage are listed as Pattersons, and they are David's stepchildren, so he is not the father.

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1851 - Torry Village, Parish of Torryburn, Fifeshire.
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Hunter Head Married 70 Agricultural Labourer Torryburn, Fifeshire
Hellen Hunter Wife Married 70 Torryburn, Fifeshire
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
David Balfour Head Married 33 Mineral Borer Torryburn, Fifeshire
Janet Balfour Wife Married 38 Torryburn, Fifeshire
John Balfour Son 16 Scholar Torryburn, Fifeshire
Hellen Patterson Step-Daughter Unmarried 13 Scholar Torryburn, Fifeshire
Mary Patterson Step-Daughter Unmarried 11 Scholar Torryburn, Fifeshire
John Patterson Step-Son Unmarried 9 Scholar Torryburn, Fifeshire


1861 - Low Torry, Torryburn, Fifeshire - John Hunter & Helen Anderson

On the night of 7 April 1861 here are John & Helen Hunter, living at Low Torry. They are a separate household, but living in the same building as their recently widowed son-in-law David Balfour who was the father of Janet Hunter Balfour (who married Samuel Gordon). Her mother Janet Hunter, David's second wife has died at this time. Note (not transcribed) that he has 3 rooms with more than one window.

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1861 - Low Torry, Torryburn, Fifeshire .
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Hunter Head Married 80 Formerly Gardner Labourer Torryburn, Fife
Helen Hunter Wife Married 80 Torryburn, Fife
Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
David Balfour Head Widower 44 Mineral Borer Torryburn, Fife
John Balfour Son Unmarried 16 Woodmerchant's Cl. Torryburn, Fife
Janet Balfour Daughter 8 Scholar Torryburn, Fife
Helen M. Alley Servant Unmarried 17 Domestic Servant Lawiston, Lanlithgow