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The Elusive William McRoskell
« on: Monday 15 June 20 14:46 BST (UK) »
William McRoskell was supposedly the father of the following children born to him and Elizabeth Cooper. I cannot find a marriage between the two.

Lois Selina 1863 West Ashford
Rose Ellen 1866 West Ashford
Violetta Anne 1869 Isle of Wight
St Clair Caffyn abt 1870 in Edinburgh (cannot find anything on scotlandspeople.)


Elizabeth went on to marry(?) John Tutt- I cannot find a marriage record.
their daughter Mabel Beatrice Tutt was born 1879 in Winchester.

I cannot find a death for William McRoskell and this is a very uncommon surname. According to his children's marriage records he was a silversmith.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm wondering if he was from another country and anglicised his surname? Or this was just a completely fake name?


Elizabeth appears to be Elizabeth Harriett Cooper born 1841 in East Grinstead, mother's maiden name Caffyn (hence her son St Clair Caffyn McRoskell)

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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #1 on: Monday 15 June 20 15:37 BST (UK) »
Have you ever found him on any census to determine his birthyear & birthplace?
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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 June 20 15:56 BST (UK) »
Lets start with 1871 census. Ref RG10 1688 48 4.

William ROSS 46 Watchmaker born Liverpool
Elizabeth Ross 26 born??? Sussex
Rose Ross 5 Ashford Kent
Violetta Ross 2 Newport Hampshire
St CLARE Ross 2 months Colchester Essex (recorded as son)

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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #3 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:01 BST (UK) »
Good find John  ;D

Birth Mar qtr 1871 
ROSS    St Clare Caffyn       
Colchester    4a   314   

1881 also has St Clare as born Colchester
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q274-XQP3
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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #4 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:04 BST (UK) »
Blimey Carole, by the time I had typed up his birth you have already found it typed & posted . Well done

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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #5 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:10 BST (UK) »
oops, sorry rosie99, it was you found him.

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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #6 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:14 BST (UK) »
That is OK John,  I certainly don't mind CaroleW getting the credit she works hard on here  ;D
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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #7 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:21 BST (UK) »
She does indeed rosie, just to add St Clare's mmn was Cooper.

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Re: The Elusive William McRoskell
« Reply #8 on: Monday 15 June 20 16:48 BST (UK) »
Got him.

1881 census ref RG11 1440 8 9

William FRAZER 56 Watchmaker born Liverpool
Esther Frazer 34 born Staines Middlesex.

Death: William MCROSKEL Frazer aged 63(c1824) JQ 1887 Watford 3a 288

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