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Mayo / Re: Thomas Butler
« on: Friday 14 February 14 09:07 GMT (UK)  »
There is an 1838 baptism record for Thomas Butler in Aglish RC parish popping up on RootsIreland that may tick a couple of boxes for you

Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Thursday 06 February 14 13:09 GMT (UK)  »
Okay I have now had time to sit down and catch my breath and read all the suggestions that were put forward I must admit that everything went that quick I was struggling to keep up.

Kay99 you hit on the one thing that still makes me think there could be something I am missing in those census returns, the fact that the David I am searching for was according to the military a clerk and the David in the census was also a clerk is just seems a bit too far-fetched that two people of roughly the same age and name from the same town doing the same job albeit going in different directions but only records for one person in those early years, there is something amiss somewhere.

Gadget & MonicaL what can I say, apart from thank you both for the suggestions and leads I will spend a while following them all up, to get me started I donít know if anyone can advise what the main religion was in and around that area of Scotland during the mid-1800s. I am now pretty confident that we have good records for David from 1853 onwards, it is just those early years up to the 1851 census return that seem to be missing. Gadget if you can see anything in the transcriptions it would be most appreciated but if not then I am not sure where we could go next.

Thank you, GedB

Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Wednesday 05 February 14 16:59 GMT (UK)  »
I was originally tracking the very chequered life of Mary Anne Beer, one of fifteen children from Henry Beer and his two wives and her early life in Kent was equally interesting, David Ewart just happened along and has ended up giving me nightmares.

The possibility of an adopted child is very interesting as we are fairly sure Mary had at least one child before meeting David as one turns up in later census returns (with an illegitimate child of her own) living with the family in Lancashire and then links the name Smith into the family, we did find a possible record of a marriage in Kent for Smith / Beer that fell in well but lead to nothing.

Although I am pretty sure that we have David in camp in Hartley Wintney in the 1871 census I can only assume that Mary was a camp follower and somehow the census passed her by. If I could find record of either the marriage (if there was one) or birth of their daughter around that time then I would have a chance of getting some answers for Davidís roots but as I said earlier the early 1870s seem to have passed Mary Ann by and the Kirkcudbright searches for David seem to have come up blank as well.


Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Wednesday 05 February 14 16:00 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Gadget, we have nothing definite for the 1871 census, we can see in later records that daughter Mary was born around 1871 in Aldershot and other searches have shown that David's regiment were stationed there in 1871 but again nothing concrete.

Everything seems to point towards the Aldershot area for that time.


Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Wednesday 05 February 14 15:45 GMT (UK)  »
One other possibly strange thing is that we have record for Mary Anne Beer born in Kent during 1840 being baptised in Dover during 1870, we are not sure if that is anything to do with the possible religious background of David


Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Wednesday 05 February 14 15:28 GMT (UK)  »
Totally overwhelmed with the quantity and speed of the responses thank you all.

The further details we have are that David left the army in 1876 and settled in Bury Lancashire with his wife Mary (Beer) before moving on to Middleton where he lived out the rest of his life

The marriage to Mary is a bone of contention as well because we are unable to find any marriage record, there is a daughter born around the same time but again nothing confirmed by record, the early 1870s are as much of a mystery as Davids birth record.


Kirkcudbrightshire / David Ewart 1832 - 1906
« on: Wednesday 05 February 14 13:45 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to source the birth details and family records for David Ewart who is believed to have been born in Kirkcudbright sometime around 1832.

Military discharge papers dated 1873 state that 21-year-old David Ewart of Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire joined the 91st regiment at Ayr on 21st July 1853

There are census records for 1841 & 1851 with a David Ewart from Kirkcudbright that match my man just about right the problem though is that this David Ewart also appears in the 1861 census still living in Kirkcudbright whereas details in the military records show the David Ewart I am looking for serving at Kamptee in the East Indies during 1861 Q2 

I am not too familiar with the area, so I would be grateful if anybody could advise whether it would be normal for someone to travel from Kirkcudbright to Ayr to enlist in the military, or would it have been more likely for his family to have moved from Kirkcudbright to the Ayr region and be listed in the 1841 & 1851 census returns as resident in another district even though searches in the census returns seem to draw a blank

The Lighter Side / Unless someone knows different
« on: Sunday 19 January 14 20:09 GMT (UK)  »
I know the subject of name gatherers or body snatchers, call it what you will has been covered in numerous threads before but I have recently had someone copy quite a bit of information from a family tree. The information was such that I was really curious why it was wanted and if there was a branch of the family we had missed so I had a quick check on their tree and found that it listed 56,555 individual people.
I just cannot understand how anybody can control a tree with that amount of people (I struggle with 300) I am absolutely astounded surely this must be some sort of record, unless of course somebody knows different.

Ireland / Re: Rathdown registration district
« on: Wednesday 27 November 13 12:58 GMT (UK)  »
Aghadowey you are spot on, it is confusing the way the records are laid out even more so to a novice researcher like myself who assumed that details paid for would be correct, I have sent an email to FindMyPast to check the layout but will not hold my breath.

Thank you myluck, I think I have checked just about all the obvious records for the Rathdrum area with no success, so I will follow your suggestion and go in the direction of the mothers origins once that is I have sorted a possible lead on two births in the Rathdown Union workhouse in 1879 & 1882 where the parents are named as John & Ellen Byrne and who could well be older and younger siblings of the Bridget I am searching for, plus the age and details of the youngest one match the details we have for the family in the 1901 census.

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