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Back and determined to get some answers.

Hi All,

I am Tina. I started doing my family tree back in 2003. I am sticking to my mums side for now. I stopped as I came to a brick wall, on that I am determined to knock down:biggrin:

Basically I am trying to find details of my great great grandfather Joseph Redding. All I have at the moment is his name and that he was a Land Steward. His son was also called Joseph Redding born 1880 in Dublin and died 1915 in the first world war. Joseph (snr) was married to Mary who I found out today :biggrin: was born in Stanley, County Queen, Ireland. She was born in 1858 and died in Newton-Le-Willows in 1914 aged 53. I know by this time she was widowed.

I cannot find Joseph (snr) and Mary in the 1881 census. Their son Joseph was living with an Eleanor Swann in Cambridge and is listed as a visitor. I have no idea how this lady links with Joseph.

I also cannot find Joseph and Mary in the 1891 census. Once again I found Joseph their son. He is living with Eliza and Thomas Ray in Newton-Le-Willows. He is listed as nephew but unfortunately Eliza is Mary's sister. I was hoping that Thomas was Mary's brother so I would have a maiden name to search for Mary & Joseph's wedding records which would hopefully provide me with more information on Joseph.

Now that I know that Mary & Eliza were sisters, I have tried to find a wedding record for Thomas and Eliza in the hope that I may find her maiden name that way but I am having no luck there either. I know Eliza was born in 1866 in Ireland and Thomas was born 1869.

I was working on a theory that maybe Joseph (snr) died quite soon after his son Joseph was born and that Mary had to work away to provide for him. It still does not account for not being able to find Mary on the censuses.

If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be grateful.:) I am really happy as I have found a few bits of information that are new to me.:biggrin:

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