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Birkhead Family

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rendcomb45 Report 28 Apr 2013 12:40

Thank you I have made necessary notation in my file Regards Alan :-)


Flip Report 28 Apr 2013 07:11

I think this is the David from above marriage, in 1841 (all born Yorkshire):

David Burkhead
Age: 45
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1796
Gender: Male
Where born: Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Bramley Ward
Hundred: Leeds Borough
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street Address:

Occupation: (Woolen Weaver)

View image
Registration district: Leeds
Sub-registration district: Wortley
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 1342
Book: 3
Folio: 21
Page Number: 34
Household Members:
Name Age
David Burkhead 45
Sarah Burkhead 40
James Burkhead 20
Mary Burkhead 15
William Burkhead 15
David Burkhead 13 <<<<<<<
Sarah Burkhead 11
Nanney Burkhead 9
Amelia Burkhead 6
Mark Burkhead 4
Elizabeth Burkhead 1


Flip Report 28 Apr 2013 07:01

I can only see 1 marriage for David/Elizabeth on Freebmd. This is the parish entry but I'm not convinced it is correct - his occupation is wrong, but I can't find the couple on the 1851 census to double check.

David Illingworth Birkhead (occ either farmer or tanner, not clear on image)
Birth Year: abt 1828
Age: 22
Marriage or Bann Date: 12 May 1850
Parish: Leeds, St Peter
Father's Name: David Birkhead (labourer)
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Hartley
Spouse's Father's Name: William Hartley (weaver)

Neither married before, both of Armley. Witnesses Samuel & Eliza Pearsons.

Not convinced though. Also, not finding anything definite on Emma.


rendcomb45 Report 27 Apr 2013 23:31

Thank you I will put that with my tree Regard Alan


Flip Report 27 Apr 2013 13:05

Reggie has already posted the details of Annie Elizabeth - married to Joshua Gaunt, and tied back to the census. Unfortunately not in the parish records to double check though.


Flip Report 27 Apr 2013 12:55

There is a death for Ellen in 1861 (no ages on BMD back then), but there is this burial, which I think has been mis-transcribed to give her age as 3 - the image looks more like 3 months to me:

Ellen Birkhead
Birth Year: abt 1858
Parish: Armley, St Bartholomew
Burial Date: 6 Jun 1861
Burial Age: 3


rendcomb45 Report 27 Apr 2013 12:42

Thanks once again "Flip" Yes that is my g-grandfathers marriage . I am now trying to trace Emma Ann elizabeth and ellen Thank you very much for your assistance sorry that I have caused you and "Reggie" so much grief Thank you Alan


Flip Report 27 Apr 2013 12:24

I've already posted 1871, so here is the 1861 census:

Davd Birkhead
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Birkhead
Gender: Male
Where born: Armley, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Headingley
Ecclesiastical parish: Burley
Town: Burley
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:

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Registration district: Hunslet
Sub-registration district: Kirkstall
ED, institution, or vessel: 5
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 112
Piece: 3353
Folio: 85
Page Number: 21
Household Members:
Name Age
Davd Birkhead 33
Elizabeth Birkhead 32 Born Armley
Anni Elizabeth Birkhead 10 ditto
Emar Birkhead 2 (Emma, born Burley)
Ellen Birkhead 4 Months born Burley


Flip Report 27 Apr 2013 12:18

This could be your g-grandfather's marriage?

John Birkhead (occ striker)
Birth Year: abt 1864
Age: 20
Marriage or Bann Date: 25 Dec 1884
Parish: Wortley, St John the Evangelist
Father's Name: David Birkhead (mechanic, which ties in with 61/71 census)
Spouse's Name: Frances Green (age 17)
Spouse's Father's Name: George Green (Plate Layer)

Witnesses were James Green and Sarah Ellen Johnson.

We all get led up the garden path sometimes!


rendcomb45 Report 27 Apr 2013 11:02

Thank You Reggie I feel that I have most certainly been " led up the garden path ' and i would like to thank you and " Flip" for putting me on the right track You guys are doing agreat job helping us poor innocents who are doing the hard yards from australia Again my thanks Regards Alan


patchem Report 27 Apr 2013 08:52

You have put;
'The other siblings were John( my g-grandfather ) 1864 Emma 1858 and William 1862. I am certain of these facts . '
Does that mean that you have the birth certificates of all of these?


Reggie Report 27 Apr 2013 08:17

'Marked as answered'.....and no acknowledgement of the recent posts.

So we are left to wonder which info the OP has decided to believe. The obviously flawed results given by the so-called genealogist, or the facts provided on here

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Flip Report 26 Apr 2013 19:06

Here you go, this is probably Emma's christening record:

Emma Birkhead
Birth Date: 29 Jul 1858
Parish: Leeds, St Peter
Baptism Date: 4 May 1860
Father's Name: David Birkhead
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Birkhead

Father is a mechanic, the families address is Wordsworth Street.

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Flip Report 26 Apr 2013 18:27


I'm with Reggie on this one, I think the genealogist may have led you up the garden path - not the first time, we've disproved other "facts" on these boards.

The family I originally posted in 1871 looks more likely for your ancestors - that David married Elizabeth before the birth of their first child - Ann Elizabeth.

I really think you need one of the children's birth certificates for the mother's details - as John is your ancestor he would be the obvious one to buy.


Reggie Report 25 Apr 2013 08:29

If David married to Emma was John's father.............he was a bigamist, and in two places at once when the 1861 and 1871 censuses were taken

Have you thought of getting marriage certs for some sort of proof?

You seem to be fixated on the idea that Emma was the mother of the younger children..................if she was, why did they never live in the same house?

What sort of documentary evidence did your 'genealogist' give you?


rendcomb45 Report 25 Apr 2013 02:37

Hello all respondents and thank you for your interest and help !!! David Birkhead (1824) had 3 other siblings anne (1806) Charlotte and John (1816) His parents were John Birkhead (1776-1846) and mary marsh Born in Penistown in 1785? David married Emma Howe in 1858 there was an Ann born in !852 I had a genaeologist do some work for me and he sent me these results He thought that Ann could have been from a previous marriage.The other siblings were John( my g-grandfather ) 1864 Emma 1858 and William 1862. I am certain of these facts . It looks like the Ann in my tree married Joshua Gaunt I know that David died in 1879 . It looks like Emma Birkhead (wife of David) remarried .. James Marchant he is described as a widower in 1881 so Emma must have died in the interval between 1879 -1881 . This really muuddies the water!!!! Also I have a Hannah Taylor listed as Mary Birkheads' ( widow of John Birkhead died 1846) grand-daughter (1851 census) so I do not know how she fits in . Ann is not listed at the home in Hunslet Lane Hainsworth Yard Leeds in this census. Alan


Reggie Report 23 Apr 2013 16:48

1911 census

Person: GAUNT, Joshua Address: 16 Norman Mount Kirkstall Leeds

GAUNT, Joshua Head Married M 56 1855 Forgeman Kirkstall Leeds Yorks VIEW
GAUNT, Ann Elizabeth Wife Married23 years F 60 1851 At Home Armley Leeds York VIEW
GAUNT, Ellen Daughter Single F 22 1889 Mender Kirkstall Leeds VIEW
GAUNT, Janet Daughter Single F 18 1893 Mender Kirkstall Leeds VIEW
SKINNER, Albt Visitor Single M 4 1907 Schoolboy St Albans Herts VIEW
KUMER, Joyce May Visitor Single F 1 1910 School Girl Burley Leeds Yorks


Reggie Report 23 Apr 2013 16:47

1901 census

Person: GAUNT, Joshua Address: 4, Browns Place, Headingley Cum Burley, Kirkstall

GAUNT, Joshua Head Married M 45 1856 Furnace Man Iron Works
Leeds, Yorkshire VIEW
GAUNT, Annie E Wife Married F 49 1852
Leeds, Yorkshire VIEW
GAUNT, Ellen Daughter F 12 1889
Leeds, Yorkshire VIEW
GAUNT, Janet Daughter F 8 1893
Leeds, Yorkshire


Reggie Report 23 Apr 2013 16:43

Marriages Mar 1888 (>99%)
BIRKHEAD Ann Elizabeth Leeds 9b 661
GAUNT Joshua Leeds 9b 661

I've found the other two from the page married to each other in 1891


Reggie Report 23 Apr 2013 16:34


1881 census

Person: BIRKHEAD, John Address: Kensington Street, Dewsbury

MARCHANT, James Head Widower M 61 1820 Mill Engineer (Late)
Leeds, Yorkshire VIEW
BIRKHEAD, William Stepson Single M 19 1862 Soap Maker
Leeds, Yorkshire VIEW
BIRKHEAD, John Stepson Single M 16 1865 Mechanic Boiler Work
Leeds, Yorkshire