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Common name brickwalls that are unlikely to be solved.


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My 4xgreat grandfather was James Smith. He said on the 1841 census that he was not born in county which is Oxfordshire. He was living in Oxford city down Queen Street aged 55, a tin plate worker with wife Sarah.

He had married Sarah Inkpen in 1819 in Oxford City. One of their children had Inkpen as a middle name.

James died in March 1849 at Broadwaters Court, Queen Street, Oxford. Only 2 years before the 1851 census. And with a name like Smith it will be hard to trace his origin. His wife is on the 1851 census as a widow and she was born in Oxford City itself. She died in November 1858.

Has anyone else encountered similar scenarios with common name ancestors?


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