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Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 20:41


Im a little stuck trying to trace John Sayer(s) and his family

I have found him in 1891 but before that im not having much luck

I have ordered the marriage certificate for the marriage of John Sayer to Elizabeth Ann Smith and in 1886 John was living at 6 Willway Street in Bristol. I have his birth as around 1862 in the Bristol area (one census does say Southampton but I think this is a typo). His father name is also John and they were both General Labourers.

Apart from this, I can find no trace of John before 1891

Can anyone help at all????




patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 20:54

Could you post the 1891 census, to help us and confirm correct person?


Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 21:01


John Sayers

Estimated Birth Year
abt 1861

Spouse's Name:

Elizabeth Sayers



Where born:


Civil parish:

St Philip and St Jacob

Ecclesiastical parish:

St Simon





Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:


Employment status:

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Registration district:

Barton Regis

Sub-registration district:

St Philip

ED, institution, or vessel:



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Page Number:


Household Members:



John Sayers


Elizabeth Sayers


Elizabeth Sayers



Choccy Report 10 Sep 2012 21:05


RG number: RG12
Piece: 1980
Folio: 86
Page: 16
Reg. District: Barton Regis
Sub District: St Philip & St Jacob
Parish: St Philip & St Jacob Out
Enum. District: 5
Ecclesiastical District: St Simons
City/Municipal Borough: Bristol
Address: 4, Prospect Place, Prospect Parade, St Philip & St Jacob Out, Bristol
County: Gloucestershire

SAYERS, John Head Married M 30 1861 General Laborer
SAYERS, Elizabeth Wife Married F 30 1861
Watchet, Somersetshire
SAYERS, Elizabeth Daughter F 4 1887


patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 21:11

1901 England Census
John Sayer Age: 38 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Sayer
Gender: Male Where born: Filton, Gloucestershire, England
Civil parish: Bristol Ecclesiastical parish: Easton St Mark
County/Island: Gloucestershire Country: England
Registration district: Bristol Sub-registration district: St George
ED, institution, or vessel: 14 Household schedule number: 57 Piece: 2389 Folio: 58 Page Number: 8
John Sayer 38
Elizabeth Sayer 40
Elizabeth Sayer 14
John Sayer 10
Eliza Sayer 7
George Sayer 2
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 2389; Folio: 58; Page: 8.


Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 21:15

Thanks for this

I have them in the 1901 and 1911 census but it was mainly before 1891 I was struggling with


patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 21:18

We need to check what information is available to try to find the missing censuses.
How do you know his father is John?


Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 21:21

Its on the marriage certificate I ordered for John Sayer and Elizabeth



patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 21:28

Have you found a possible birth for him in free bmd?


Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 21:38

No I cant seem to find a birth that quite matches dates and place!!!! :-S

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 10 Sep 2012 22:09

Please wil you tell us the names of the witnesses at the marriage of John to Elizabeth Ann.?
They might help find the family...



Charlotte Report 10 Sep 2012 22:11

They are from the smith family thomas and harriett



SylviaInCanada Report 10 Sep 2012 22:16

How does this birth registration fit????

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 about John Sayers

Name: John Sayers
Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1862
Registration district: Newent
Inferred County: Gloucestershire
Volume: 6a
Page: 218



SylviaInCanada Report 10 Sep 2012 22:19

If your only clue to his father is from the marriage certificate ................

....... don't forget that many people told porkies when getting married.

If they were illegitimate, or gather had died or left when they were very young ........ they would give "a" name on the certificate .............. it looks better for the in-laws!

The name could be made-up, it could be the name of a grandfather, or other male relative, a well-known figure in the town or area, etc etc



patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 22:28

Showing as Jack in 1911?
SAYER, Jack Head Married M 49 1862 Ashman Shirchapton Glostershire
SAYER, Elizabeth Wife Married 27 years F 50 1861 Assisting With Home Wakket Som
SAYER, Jack Son Single M 20 1891 Cok Dealer Fox Lane Bristol
SAYER, Eliza Daughter Single F 17 1894 Pickle Maker Baptist Street Bristol
SAYER, George Son M 12 1899 School Fox Lane Bristol
SAYER, William Son M 9 1902 School Charles Street Bristol
SAYER, Robert Son M 7 1904 School Charles Street Bristol
SAYER, James Son M 3 1908 Charles Street Bristol

RG number: RG14 Piece: 15002 Reference: RG14PN15002 RG78PN906 RD319 SD6 ED5 SN183
Registration District: Bristol Sub District: St Philip and St Jacob Enumeration District: 5 Parish: Bristol
Address: 57 Baptist St Bristol County: Gloucestershire

(Not clear which children are definitely alive and living with them, as some crossed out, claims 5 living, 3 died)
Shirhampton is Clifton, Bristol.


patchem Report 10 Sep 2012 22:31

Why are we repeating information that has already been given, when we are just trying to work out what is going on?


SylviaInCanada Report 11 Sep 2012 00:27

because Charlotte started another thread, and no-one realised that the work had already been done

.......... although, to be fair, Charlotte did say above that she had the 1901 and 1911 censuses, it was pre-1891 information that she wanted. :-D



Charlotte Report 11 Sep 2012 08:26

Sorry everyone for the confusion

Yes its only pre 1891 im really interested in and trying to trace Johns Birth and his family



Charlotte Report 21 Sep 2012 16:02

Going back to this thread again I have tried a few different options but still nothing but I have just found one of johns daughters eliza may, her full name was Eliza May Hollier Sayers!!
This is quite an unusual middle name do you think it could be of some significance?




Charlotte Report 21 Sep 2012 21:21

sorry to post again but I have just found a John Mayers in the 1881 census born bristol and the correct age could this possibly a spelling mistake and be a Sayers??????