My gr-grandfather was born in 1848 in Ireland and his father was Patrick. That is all I know until he is shown in 1871 as a boarder in a house in Birkenhead, Cheshire along with his soon-to-be wife, Elizabeth Smith, (also a boarder). She was born c 1849 in Kings County, Ireland. Her father was John Smith and unfortunately I cannot find any more information re either of my gr-grandparents before this date. They married in 1872 and had 7 children and I have all the info. from that date. It was rumoured that James may have been from Wexford.