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10-07-2011, 9:11 PM
How would you find out if an ancestor fought in the Boer War? He married my great aunt in 1897 and is no where to be found in the 1901 census but his wife and children are living with my great grandfather in Darlington Co. Durham. He died in 1909.
10-07-2011, 9:27 PM
Boer War listings ( on FMP)indicate 22 John CALAGHAN's doyou have any other information on John!
10-07-2011, 9:59 PM
Pure speculation by me, but here goes,Marriage of a John Callaghan June Quarter 1897 Darlington Vol 10a Page 72 to Mary Jane Metcalfe. Mary Jane Metcalfe turns up as Mary Jane Callaghan at her brothers place on the 1901 at 51 Prescot St,Darlington,with her two children, Ref RG13/4618/5/2.Strangely there is no husband with her here either!
10-07-2011, 10:04 PM
Can we have John's place of birth, and his wife and children's names.
A census reference would be helpful too.
11-07-2011, 8:13 AM
What occupation was shown for the father on the birth certificate of the one year old child in 1901? You need the basic facts before trying to move on to other investigations.
11-07-2011, 5:37 PM
John was born in the first quarter of 1872 in Darlington, County Durham. His wife Mary J is shown in the 1901 census as living with her two children Doris Aged 3, Mary aged 1, her brother John Metcalfe, his wife Emily and their Daughter Laura aged 2.
John Callaghan is no where to be seen as Mary J is not shown as a widow in the census. Mary J appears to have died two years later in 1903 and John himself in 1909.
11-07-2011, 6:31 PM
As Peter pointed out in post #6, you really need to lay your hands on a copy of the birth certificate for Mary who is aged 1 in the 1901 census. Rather than leap to the conclusion that John was involved in the Boer War, you could find that his occupation on that certificate is listed as something entirely different that could also take him away from home.
I would also be interested in John's occupation on Doris' birth certificate as well. :smile5:
11-07-2011, 9:05 PM
You would appear to have the correct record there, thanks for your help.
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