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GreatGrandDad William Brett b.1836

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Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 20:32

Trying to discovery who my greatgranddad William Brett [on my dads side] was married to. Can't seem to go back any further than william. He is on one of the census and his sister Ann is listed but not his wife.....also on my mums side my grandmother was Margaret jane Franklin b.1882 married to James A Smith in 1914 and trying to find my great granddad on her side...any ideas please....


WayneTracey Report 12 Nov 2012 20:48

Hi Susan,

We would need more information to help you.... i'm sure the answer is out there for you!

Can you tell us how you have got to William Brett, his Year of Birth and Birth location.

Where have you looked so far? We need all this so we can help you help yourself. A lot of the fun is in finding the information yourself, rather than being spoon fed it by others.

T x



MarieCeleste Report 12 Nov 2012 20:54

Susan - you can start by looking up records on FreeBMD

If you find the birth of your ancestor who was the child of William Brett you can then order the birth certificate to see who the mother was.

You must know who your descended from so aren't they with the mother on any census?

You also need to give us an idea of which part of the world they were from.


MarieCeleste Report 12 Nov 2012 20:57

Are you sure about Margaret Jane's birth year?

London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921

Name: Margaret Jane Franklin, spinster of 7 New North Road.
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Age: 21
Spouse Name: James Albert Smith, bachelor of 5 New North Road. A glass beveller
Spouse Age: 24
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 1 Mar 1914
Parish: Hoxton St John
Borough: Hackney
Father Name: William John Franklin - Bricklayer
Spouse Father Name: William Smith - Walking stick finisher
Register Type: Parish Register

Witnesses: James Stanborough and Maryann Franklin.


MarieCeleste Report 12 Nov 2012 20:59


London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
Name: Margaret Jane Franklin
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 13 Nov 1892
Father's Name: William John Franklin - Bricklayer. 30 Wharfedale Road.
Mother's name: Mary Ann Caroline Franklin
Parish or Poor Law Union: Pentonville St James
Borough: Islington
Register Type: Parish Registers

Now look up her parent's marriage on FreeBMD.


Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 21:06

Hi..I had my dads info first and worked backwards using the 1911 census first. Then got my grandad Henry john Brett b. in holborn in 1862, by the way his name was same as my dad.....this got me my uncles on dads side....then went to next census down ets until I found William Brett b. 1836 also in holborn /lambeth....apparently William had son's Henry[my grandad] also charles b.1864, john b. 1866, frank b. 1868 some of these when the census was done were in Pancras.....thats how I got to William Brett. When I search for Williams marriage it stated no details of his wife....and she wasn't on the census i found him on either..bit William was born in 1836 pancras, london. So far have search GR and freebmd...agree with you am really enjoying putting the family tree together..and thanks to everyone for their help..I'm still fairly new at this.......Susan


Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 21:08

Thank you MarieCeleste..It's great to get other peoples ideas on how to go about things...much appreciated


Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 21:10

Yes MarieCeleste will look that up on freebmd..TY

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Mel Fairy Godmother Report 12 Nov 2012 21:53

Susan do you know what William did for a living please?

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 12 Nov 2012 22:07

Gosh found the census at last!!

1871 England Census
about Charles Brett
Name: Charles Brett
Age: 7
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Relation: Son
Father's Name: William Brett
Gender: Male
Where born: St Pancras
Civil parish: St Pancras
Ecclesiastical parish: St Peter
County/Island: London
Country: England
Registration district: Pancras
Sub-registration district: Gray
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Household schedule number: 61
Piece: 215
Folio: 47
Page Number: 13
Household Members: Name Age
William Brett 35 1836 Widower St Brides Middx occ Commercial - Brewery
Ann Brett 23 1848 St Brides Middx
Henry Brett 9
Charles Brett 7
John Brett 5
Frank Brett 3
Ann Nichols 28 visitor


Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 22:16

Yes..thats the one...Ann Brett is a sister of William...and Henry Brett is my grand dad....


Susan Report 12 Nov 2012 22:17

Will go back into that link I found William on and see what his occupation was...thanks