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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Margaret Russell b.1903
« on: Sunday 22 November 15 09:10 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks, Isobel. That is very useful information.

Family History Beginners Board / Margaret Russell b.1903
« on: Sunday 22 November 15 08:44 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for the parents of Margaret Russell b.1903 in Kilbagie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. Looking for people in Scotland is much harder. If I buy credits for Scotland's People, how do I know i will find what I'm looking for?

Family History Beginners Board / Caroline Johnson b.1845/6
« on: Saturday 07 November 15 07:05 GMT (UK)  »
I'm looking for Caroline, wife of James Johnson. She was born 1845/6 in St Pancras. (James was born 1845 in Wellington, New Zealand. His father was William Johnson, b.1810, a Chelsea pensioner) They had children Ellen Beatrice b.1871, Lilian (Lily)b. 1877 and Alice b.1880. I have found the family in 1871 and 1881, but nothing in 1891.
I can't positively identify the marriage of Caroline and James, there seem to be 4 possibilities, so I can't get her maiden name. Any help would be gratefully received.

The Common Room / Re: George Tait
« on: Wednesday 04 November 15 16:41 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for all the comments - they have been very helpful.
I found the 1901 entry in Family Search as suggested and it doesn't feature in Ancestry - very strange.
I can't afford Ancestry and Find my Past, which seems to be a better site.
Thanks again.

The Common Room / George Tait
« on: Wednesday 04 November 15 07:49 GMT (UK)  »
I am researching George Tait but can find very little. Some help would be much appreciated.
I have no DOB or place as I can't find him on any census.
He was married to Mary Ann Edmeades (b.1856 Cobham, Kent) in 1881 in Cobham, Kent.
Their children were George Charles Conford Tait (b.1890 Londonderry), William John Tait (b.1892 Inneskillin), Elvy Augustus Tait (b.1892 Strood, Kent) and Herbert Frederick Donald Tait (b.1898 Northfleet, Kent)
George, the father, may have died in Strood in 1901.
George, the son, married Annie (again no details) and was living in Montreal in 1914.
I have plenty of data for Elvy.
Herbert emigrated to Australia in 1922 with wife Lily
In 1911 Mary Ann was a widow but living in Northfield, Kent with her 4 sons.
I think they must have spent time in Northern Ireland but don't know how to access that data

Family History Beginners Board / Re: James Henry Rendle
« on: Sunday 11 October 15 12:00 BST (UK)  »
Now that I've established James was born in Plymouth, I can throw in another complication.
I have a marriage for a James Henry Randle to Laura Louisa Kerswell in 1892 in Plymouth. In 1901 they were living in Willesden, London. He was a plasterer. I can't find them in 1911. Could this be him? It does put him nearer to Alice. Did Laura die? (no record found). I think I'll have to send for the marriage certificate.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: James Henry Rendle
« on: Sunday 11 October 15 11:53 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for all your help.
His occupation given when he emigrated to Canada was labourer.
All the information you have found is what I already have. I have 7 marriages for a James or James Henry in Devon.
My suspicion is that he did a runner in 1912, having got to know Alice Bellamy. She already had an illigitimate child - Raymond Richard Jimenez Bellamy. The name Jimenez comes from his birth certificate -no father named. But the unusual name got me searching the area where Alice was living and working as a governess. I found a family (Cuban merchants) a couple of streets away with a son of the right age (Richard, b.1883) to father the child.
In 1916 there is a record of Alice, calling herself Alice Jameson (!) with a son Raymond living with her aunt, Louisa Bellamy at 98th St, Alberta, Canada. Louisa had emigrated with stepsons Frederick and Sidney and her own son Arthur in 1912. I'm afraid it is very complicated!!
When James Henry Rendle got together with Alice in Canada he acknowledged Raymond as his son and went on to have 2 daughters with Alice. I don't know if they ever got married but Alice called herself Rendle on the 1921 census and also when she returned to UK. Either James Henry died or she left him. I'd love to know which! The Canadian branch of the family have had no luck with their investigations either.
Just read Tazzie's post. Alice Irene was the second daughter born to James and Alice. This establishes James' birthplace as Plymouth. That's really helpful. I presume the reference to the Civil Service relates to Alice Irene and not James.

Family History Beginners Board / James Henry Rendle
« on: Sunday 11 October 15 07:12 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to find out what happened to James Henry Rendle.
He was born about 1868 in Devon (I think). There are 2 that could be him - one born 1867 in Torquay to George Rendle and Mary Howard, the other b.1868 in Plymouth to James Edwin Rendle and his wife (not certain of her name).
On 17th March 1912 he emigrated to Canada on 'Hesperian' and in 1921 he was working in Alberta (98th St, Edmonton) as a government employed janitor. With him were his 'wife' Alice (no marriage record found yet), son (actually his stepson) Raymond and daughter Eva. Alice returned to England (Oxford) in 1936 with Raymond, Eva and a second daughter Alice Irene.
I can't find any further record of James Henry and would be grateful if anyone can help, either with his origins or his life after 1921.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Grovehill Rd, Redhill, Surrey
« on: Tuesday 08 September 15 14:45 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for that, Maureen. I think that is about as far as I can go with this line of research. There is probably no link between the owner of the house and the unmarried mum I'm researching, who gave birth at that address. I just wonder what the circumstances were.
She went on to travel to Canada, married a Mr.Rendle there in 1921, had 2 girls with him in Canada and then returned to her home town of Oxford in 1936 with her 3 children. She must have been quite a girl.

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