After re-registering for the 3rd time (I know, clumsy, etc) I am going to have another try at this great-grandfather mystery which has haunted me for over 15 years now!
DOB 24 december 1962 Wolverhampton (as per RN service records)
DOD January 1942 Liverpool
1871 census W'hampton with father John Haycock (blacksmith, widower
1881 census aboard HMS Carysfort
1891 census aboard HMS Eagle, wife Frances (Prince) in Liverpool
1901 census with wife in Liverpool
I recently found his Merchant Navy records and discovered his mother's first name, Maria
. However, still no mention of her surname which, according to an aging relative, was either Whitehouse or Whitehead. Have scoured scores of websites, records, etc (you can find me all over the internet) but alas, no sign of either George's official birth papers or his mother's name.
As father John Haycock (Heycock on marriage certificate) is a widower both in 1861 (after wife Susan Dixon/Dickson's death in 1860) and 1871 and I have not been able to find a 2nd marriage for the man, I assume (dangerous, but still) that George was the result of a "fling".
Father John himself is still as elusive as his son, meaning that I haven't found any official records with regard to his birth (1806-1816 in Oswestry) either. His father and grandfather are almost 100% positive but no mother for him either.
So, if anybody is willing and able to help me out yet again, I would really appreciate finally solving this puzzle which has done absolutely nothing towards keeping my sanity. What little I have left
regards, TD (Saskia, Kya)