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Suffolk / Re: GARNHAM in Ipswich
« on: Thursday 22 April 21 12:39 BST (UK)  »
There's a useful page on FB called Family History in Suffolk which might be helpful in your search.  Lots of knowledgeable people on there more than willing to help.  In the meantime I'll look through my tree to see which side branches might be worth a look.


Suffolk / Re: GARNHAM in Ipswich
« on: Thursday 22 April 21 08:22 BST (UK)  »
If he didn't emigrate until he was 35, that would be about 1847, so he should show up on the 1841 census somewhere.  It's a pity the Suffolk parish records aren't online yet or you might have been able to pick up his baptism from those. 

Suffolk / Re: GARNHAM in Ipswich
« on: Wednesday 21 April 21 22:05 BST (UK)  »
You need to bear in mind that places of birth for people do change, depending on where they are living or indeed depending on what they want to admit to.  If he was living in, say, the village of Belstead, he would say in censuses and official documents that he was living there.  However, if he moved elsewhere it was often easier to name the nearest large town ie Ipswich as place of birth.  Ancestors are notorious for changing their birth places, dates of birth and suchlike, often because places and dates had less importance to them in those days.  A lot of people would just take a rough guess at how old they were.  And if he was in Australia I'm certain he wouldn't have bothered to name a tiny Suffolk village as his place of birth but would go for the nearest large town ie Ipswich. So I don't think you should confine your search for this particular James Garnham solely to Ipswich; and neither should you take the date of birth as fixed, but rather as a rough guide.

Best of luck with your search.  If you manage to link him to Gosbeck, Tattingstone or Belstead let me know as I have plenty of info on the Garnham line in those villages, none of which is particularly far from Ipswich.

Suffolk / Re: GARNHAM in Ipswich
« on: Tuesday 20 April 21 22:14 BST (UK)  »
I have a large number of Garnhams in my tree.  The earliest so far is Thomas Garnham, born 1524, Gosbeck, Suffolk.  The family remained in Gosbeck for several generations, at least until 1730.  My line next appears at Tattingstone in 1730.  These Garnhams arrive in Belstead in about 1800, which is a small village quite close to Ipswich, and eventually some of this family moved into Ipswich in the 1800s.  I've looked through my tree and can't find a James who would fit your chap, but that doesn't mean there isn't a link since I haven't developed many of the side branches.


Great - see you there.  I'm really enjoying the course so far.  Fascinating learning about the lives of the people who actually worked on the railways, rather than the history of the railways themselves.

I know many of us have people in our FTs who worked on the British railways.  This free course, from Strathclyde University,  commences online today, and deals with the people who worked on the railways, rather than the history of the railways.  I've signed up and am looking forward to four interesting weeks, and finding out a lot more about what my ancestors did in their working lives on the railways.

I agree with Igor - I think the occupation is definitely Gardener.

I agree with JenB, that it says '.... deceased, and...'

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1901 Carlisle census Query.
« on: Monday 15 March 21 20:22 GMT (UK)  »
I agree - Henry is a Shop Porter.

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