On the 1871 census, Nelly is still at school, living with her parents in Parsonage Lane, South Molton. Her father is listed as 'Carrier'- but it does not state what he carried!
From there, it is difficult to find her on the census, mainly because of her name. On the 1881 census, there is an Ellen of the right age. On the 1891 census, a Helen. Or she may have got married and changed her surname (although I cannot find a record of a marriage for her).
So Nelly/Ellen/Helen remains a mystery. But that's what genealogy is all about. Mysteries, the thrill of the chase, and finally (and hopefully) the genealogist's 'Happy Dance' when you find the elusive record.
Nelly features in the Murch Surname Study.
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