Meanwhile, Jeanette had taken on the job of searching for the marriage of Thomas and Elizabeth, and found a match in 1851. We ordered the certificate, and then moved onto the next task having spent a little time checking on the fate of the other children of this marriage and compiling a list of their possible births and deaths.
Jeanette has since received the marriage certificate, and it strongly suggests that the 1851 Census entry is correct. Thomas Gillison married Elizabeth Higginson on 6 June 1851 -just months after the census was taken - and was listed as a tobacconist living at Adlington Street; his father, Thomas, was an iron moulder, so it seems that we have added another generation to the family tree.
Our second task involved trying to track the origins of James Oscough Jones, born about 1905 in Garn Dolbenmaen. Jeanette's information on him was sketchy, and she did not have a birth certificate for him despite having his National Service card dated 1939 that gave a date of birth as 25 December 1905, his age at marriage in 1930 as 25, and his father's name as Hugh Jones.
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