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John BATH, Greenwich Pensioner 1861 - finding a Navy record.
« on: Saturday 11 November 17 02:18 GMT (UK) »
John was baptised on 16 Jan 1791 at Saint Stephens By Launceston, Cornwall. In the 1841 census he is living at St Stephens, Launceston, and his occupation is "Navy P" - which I interpreted as pensioner. In the 1861 census, he is living at the same place, and his occupation is "Pensioner Greenwich".

I have tried to find a military record for him, on Ancestry and Find My Past. FindMyPast has a pension record for a John Bath, Royal Marine, pension awarded 5th August 1825. This man is noted as 41 years of age, having served 21 years, 4 months. Did volunteers overstate their ages?

This morning I visited our local Family History Centre, to check the film of attestation papers for marines for 1804. I couldn't find him - in fact there were few surnames starting with "B" in the records.

I have looked at two other John BATHs - one awarded a pension in 1815...he is too old to be the man I'm looking for. Another, awarded a pension in 1842, and with a military record on Ancestry, wouldn't have been on the 1841 census.

Where else can I look for information on John? Is it worth requesting the microfilm of 1825 attestations? A note on Family Search said the attestation paper could be filed by discharge date.
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Re: John BATH, Greenwich Pensioner 1861 - finding a Navy record.
« Reply #1 on: Monday 13 November 17 03:24 GMT (UK) »
I looked back over the information I had collected, and found I had the award of a pension on August 3rd 1815, to John BATH, aged 26. He was a sailor, rather than a marine. He last served on HMS Menelaus, and had a lame left leg. I haven't found a service record for him yet, or an allotment declaration for Menelaus for 1815, which would give details of his dependents. I think this might be my man.
Farrell  - Ayrshire
Cairns - Ayrshire
McCann - Ayrshire
Brown - Ayrshire
Petty - Yorkshire, Durham
Lucas - Staffordshire, Durham
Whitaker - Yorkshire
Thackrah - Yorkshire
Stephenson - Durham
Marshall - Yorkshire
Walker - Staffordshire, Southland New Zealand
McCullough -  Antrim, Southland New Zealand,
Cavanagh - Galway, Southland New Zealand
Anthony - Tipperary, Southland New Zealand
Bath - Cornwall, Tasmania, Southland
Brungot - Alesund, Norway; Southland
Bonthron - Fifeshire, Southland

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