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Born on sea - why
« on: Saturday 01 September 18 21:32 BST (UK) »
John King  1803 born on sea lived in Tetbury. Quite possibly parents (William 1767 Langford and Mary 1774 Downton)  and ancestors lived in same places. So seeking thoughts why he would be born on sea?

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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 01 September 18 22:07 BST (UK) »
Where does that information come from "born on sea" 

Maybe his father had a barge or sea faring occupation. 
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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 01 September 18 22:22 BST (UK) »
He is on the 1851 in pencoyd Herefordshire with wife and family, occupation labourer.

Pencoyd is near the navigable river wye, which joins the Severn  at Chepstow, there may be a connection to the sea there.

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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 01 September 18 22:49 BST (UK) »
A few threads on this.

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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 01 September 18 23:02 BST (UK) »
1841 census gives born on sea.
I can understand his father being on the sea but why his mother? 

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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 01 September 18 23:13 BST (UK) »
1841 census gives born on sea.
I can understand his father being on the sea but why his mother? 

Ray

Honestly,all I can do is speculate.

Born on a canal barge or river boat (technically not "at sea", but it could be stated as such)
Born on a passenger vessel (may be unlikely unless the family had money for fares and were moving around)
Born on a deep-sea fishing boat (very unlikely)
Born on a coastal fishing boat or coastal trader (quite possible)

The wife may have been helping the husband earn a living up to the last days of pregnancy.
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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 01 September 18 23:14 BST (UK) »
At least 2 trees on Ancestry have him 02 Jan 1801 born Limburg Netherlands, but neither give their source. They have a baptism 08 Feb 1801 in Landford, Wiltshire - father William and mother Mary. Maybe he was born on the voyage from the Netherlands to the UK?
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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 01 September 18 23:55 BST (UK) »
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1841 census gives born on sea.

That's not something I would expect to glean from the 1841 census. Do you mean 1851?
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Re: Born on sea - why
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 02 September 18 00:35 BST (UK) »
He was born during Napoleonic Wars. Men were conscripted/encouraged to join army, navy, militia. A percentage of ordinary soldiers were allowed to take their wives who acted as cooks, washerwomen (kept lice at bay) and nurses. The wars went on for a long time. Quite a few babies were "born at sea" or abroad or in Ireland during this period.