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James Brown 1839 Southampton


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I am really stuck with this one which I am doing for a friend and maybe need another brain on it!

James Brown born 1839 married Sarah Ann Corke Dec 5th 1865 at Southampton. In 1851 he is in Scotland as distant relative born England aged 11 to Andrew Fairbairn aged 54 Annuitant born Coldstream. James is down as Brown (other name Fairbairn)

When he marries Sarah his father is stated as Wm Brown, carpenter

I have found a marriage for an Andrew Fairbairn to Elizabeth Cropp both 21 at Twyford, Hants.

My friend has a bible bookplate listing
John Cropp 1794
Andrew Fairbairn 1795
Elizabeth Fairbairn 24 July 1804 died 8th October 1849
James Brown 4 Oct 1839

The name Fairbairn is passed down the family.

I have found James and his family in Southampton 1871, Bristol 1881 and 1891. He was a customs officer.

I can't find a birth for James at the right time in Southampton to buy the birth certificate nor under Fairbairn and I am not picking up Elizabeth who may have been his mother? in Scotland either. I can't find a James in 1841 either

Anybody got any suggestions?

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