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Offline gaffy

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Re: Gaws of Co Tyrone
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 14 June 18 03:06 BST (UK) »
Just throwing out some more leads to follow / eliminate as appropriate.  When Adam Gaw married Eliza Reid in Lisburn 1st Presbyterian Church on 10 October 1852, he was recorded as residing in Lisburn, the 25 year old son of John Gaw, a 'pensioner' (usually implies ex- police/military).

A couple of years earlier on 29 May 1850, a 21 year old William Gaw of Longstone Street, Lisburn, married Ann Mahin/Mahier, William was described as an engine driver, the son of John Gaw, pensioner. Fast forward several decades and a widower William Gaw married a Susan Watson in St. Stephens CoI Belfast on 20 March 1882, William was described as an engine driver, the son of John Gaw a soldier:

I suspect the William who married in 1882 may have been much older than Susan and was the following one who died in 1894:

This looks like his widow Susan in 1901:

So William Gaw born c. 1830, living in Lisburn, the son of John Gaw pensioner ex-soldier - maybe a sibling of Adam?

Also, on 26 December Day 1868 in Lisburn (CoI) Cathedral, an Ann Gaw with an address of Lisburn married Robert McDonald, Ann was described as the 34 year old daughter of John Gaw, a pensioner. So again, just maybe a sibling of Adam?

Also to note the following, a John Gaw enlisted to become a gunner in the 7th Batt. Royal Artillery aged 17 on 26 December 1804 and was discharged on 9 August 1814 aged 26 1/2 (with a pension payable from 10 August 1814) as a consequence of injury to his right leg at (presumably the battle of) Talavera, his birthplace was recorded as Drumbo County Down (about 3 miles east of Lisburn).  The regimental register of pensioners for the 7th Batt. Royal Artillery commencing 1845 has an entry for a Gaw, his forename is missing as that part of the page is torn, however his date of admission as a pensioner (10-8-1814) matches the pension payment commencement for John - anyhow, his residence was recorded in this register as 'Belfast' and there is a note against the register entry to say that he died on what looks like 20 or 30 March 1855.  Just a possibility.

Also, an Adam Gaw was baptised in St. Anne's CoI Belfast on 7 May 1820, parents given as John Gaw and Margaret Anderson, but no other information to indicate if this was the Adam who married Eliza Reid in 1852.

Edited to add: There would appear to be a read-across to the following topic, in particular note the reference to the  'Battle of Talavera' at reply #11: