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Offline vivathia

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William Fraser, Late of 73rd regiment of Foot
« on: Thursday 22 February 18 10:59 GMT (UK) »
After going through a majority of posts on this site to try and get some hints and tips on finding my Illusive 4X G Grandfather, William Fraser, I've finally had to admit to defeat and plea for any help or pointers in the right direction into finding him.

I really don't have much on him, there is a big question mark on his birth, I believe the date to be 24th April 1789, being born in the Parish of Forres, Moray, Scotland. I was hoping to find further details on any Army records I could find to confirm this to continue on with this side of the tree. I have no real evidence here.

On his marriage Certificate, dated 10th March 1810, in Forres. it states...
On this day, William Fraser, pensioner late of the 73th Regiment of Foot, married Christian Robertson

from the birth certificate of his son, John Fraser in 1814, in Forres (my 3x G Grandfather) it states
John, Lawful son to William Fraser, Chelsea Pensioner in Forres and Christina Robertson, was born

from the death Certificate of William Frasers Wife, Christina who died in 1866 in Forres, it states she is the widow of William Fraser Chelsea Pensioner,

All I know from the details I have, his last child was born in 1817, there were two other children born earlier in 1811 and 1812, I have no trace of William Fraser from here. I have his wife in the 1841/1851/1861 in the Forres census at Tolbooth Street, which is the same Street given on her death Certificate.
Fraser, Matheson, McGruer, Kershaw, Greenhaulgh

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Re: William Fraser, Late of 73rd regiment of Foot
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 22 February 18 12:15 GMT (UK) »
FindMyPast has discharge papers for several William Frasers of the 73rd, including three who were discharged in 1810 or before:  one born circa 1748, another circa 1767, and another circa 1772. All born in Invernessshire.

UK Census info. Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Re: William Fraser, Late of 73rd regiment of Foot
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 22 February 18 15:51 GMT (UK) »
Thank you, I admit to having my eye brush over those a couple of times, I have to get my mind from where it is, having been sure he was born in Moray, but I have no proof of that and your reply has helped me shift my train of thoughts, I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get the credits to delve deeper into these 3 Williams on the find my family site, maybe 2 as I think I can discount the William born in 1748, not that it's unheard of, but he'd have been 69 when his last child was born in 1817.

I did find a snipped from the National Archive site for the William Frasers born in 1767 listed, not that it gave me anything solid, apart from the fact he was 41 in 1808, having served 22 years and 9 months with the 73rd regiment.

Sadly I doubt I'll have it resolved, as all this happened before he married, and I have no info on him prior to his marriage, but my minds rambling, once more thank you.
Fraser, Matheson, McGruer, Kershaw, Greenhaulgh