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Mary Gregg

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patchem Report 15 Jan 2013 18:13

Just for ref:
Walter Gregg
Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relation: Crew
Gender: Male Where born: Bedminster; Bristol
Civil parish: Vessels Town: Malta
County/Island: Royal Navy Country: England
Registration district: Royal Navy at Sea and in Ports Abroad
Sub-registration district: RN Ships
ED, institution, or vessel: Illustrious
Household schedule number: 1 Piece: 5326 Folio: 39 Page Number: 4


patchem Report 15 Jan 2013 18:09

This could be Florence's birth:
Births Dec 1880
SIMMONS Florence Beatrice Bedminster 5c 650
and Minnie:
Births Sep 1879
Simmons Minnie Adelaide Bedminster 5c 687
so possibly Walter:
Births Mar 1877
Simmons Walter Alfred Bedminster 5c 712
and parents' marriage:
Marriages Jun 1876
Lock Mary Jane Bedminster 5c 1119
SIMMONS James Bedminster 5c 1119


Potty Report 15 Jan 2013 12:46

When and where did Walter marry? When did he leave the navy - not finding him in 1911.

Gregg is an Irish/Scottish name, so I wonder if Mary was Irish?


rootgatherer Report 15 Jan 2013 12:24

I could be completely way out with this one?

As you haven't found Walter on the 1881 or 1891 census I was wondering if he was lurking under a different surname i.e. that of a stepfather?


Name: Walter Simmonds
Age: 4
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1877
Relation: Son
Father's Name: James Simmonds
Mother's Name: Mary Simmonds
Gender: Male
Where born: Bristol
Civil parish: Bedminster
County/Island: Somerset
Country: England
Street Address: 123 Oxford Street

Employment status:

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Occupation: Scholar
Registration district: Bedminster
Sub-registration district: Bedminster
ED, institution, or vessel: 34
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 2457
Folio: 44
Page Number: 28
Household Members:
Name Age
James Simmonds 39 Butcher
Mary Simmonds 27 b. Bristol
Walter Simmonds 4
Minnie Simmonds 1
Florence Simmonds
Charlotte Simmonds 72
Mary Rolph 32
Bertha Hurford 17

I don't see a birth registered for a Walter SImmonds to match the above. There is a Male Simmonds registered in the June quarter 1877 but his death seems to be also registered in the June quarter 1877.

I don't see that Walter on any other census nor do I see a death for him at the moment.


Philip Report 15 Jan 2013 08:24

The only information I have is listed above. This information was obtained from Walter Gregg's Birth certificate dob 26.02.1877 who is my grandfather. No father was named on the certificate. Walter Gregg first appears in the 1901 census. I have no information of his early life. I have details of his naval career. He first enlisted age 16. I have tried without success to find residential school that feed the Royal Navy .... any suggestions?
I have looked at the local work house in Bedminster Bristol where Walter was born. I have written to childrens homes but have had little response. I have searched the trees of numerous Mary Gregg's aged 16 - 35 at the time of Walter's birth. I would appreciate any help available.

Thank you
Phil Gregg


patchem Report 14 Jan 2013 22:19

Welcome to the boards.
Have you got her name from a birth certificate?
There must be lots of females called Mary Gregg - do you know anything else about her?

Births Mar 1877
GREGG Walter Bedminster 5c 721


rootgatherer Report 14 Jan 2013 22:13

What information are you looking for please?

Do you have her on census records, a marriage, death?


Philip Report 14 Jan 2013 22:08

Does anyone know of a mary Gregg. She was living in Bedminster Bristol in 1877 and worked a a children's governess. She was employed by the Millett family as a governess.