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17-01-2010, 9:36 PM
NAPPER. James was a British naval surgeon in the 1820s living in France with wife Emma, children Richard and Marie. How do I find Marie's birth in that era, it may even have occurred in St Helena.

17-01-2010, 9:45 PM
Welcome to the B-G forums.

As a first step, have you tried the overseas births reported to the Registrar General (RG class at The National Archives)? Have a look at this TNA new item (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/381.htm)(other overseas events have also been made available). The records can be searched online via BMDregisters, or TheGenealogist.

If the children were born in Britain, then you may need to refer to parish registers to look for baptisms.

06-02-2010, 12:35 PM
Did James come back to England at any point for you to find the family on any of the Censuses? If so, what indications are given for the children's birth places?

07-02-2010, 1:55 AM
Yes, James NAPPER died when he died he was the surgeon on board the "Emu". His name is included on a memorial to the people who died of an "insidious brain fever" which developed itself on board the "HMS Queen" between the 14th day of October and the 15th day of November 1827 after leaving St Jago Island, Cape de Verde. He is said to have died in Simon's Bay, England. Reference was made then
to his wife Emma NAPPER and children living in France. The children weren't named in the reference. 4 midshipmen and a schoolmaster died as well.