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Pauline Sims, UK

On my great grandfather’s birth certificate, his Father’s name is given as James Bird. Although I cannot find a marriage, on the 1861 Census, an Alice Bird (nee Sands) is listed as living with her two young sons, one being my great grandfather, Richard James Bird,  at Hawkhurst, in Kent, UK. There is a note added against Alice that “she is supported by her husband who is employed on the Rail–INDIA”. Similarly in the 1871 Census, James is not mentioned, and the words “husband absent”  are added. By the 1881 Census Alice is stated to be a widow.

Alice was born in 1823 at Hawkhurst, Kent. UK, and her two children were born in 1856 and 1858 in the UK., I have unsuccessfully searched Parish registers etc, but without any birth, marriage or death for James Bird I am stuck. As my only clue is the phrase “employed on the Rail- INDIA”, I am hoping some of you very knowledgeable people can point me in the right direction. Kind Regards Pauline Sims (nee Bird)

Richard James Bird was born in New Brompton, Gillingham, Kent in 1858, married Sarah Wenman in 1884 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Died 1941 Hawkhurst, Kent.

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