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Anyone seen Edward James Button ?

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Cerynne Report 29 Jan 2020 09:38

Born Brighton, Sussex, 1854, he was a library porter in Brighton in 1871, then vanishes. Reappears as a bricklayer, a boarder in the home of his younger brother William Henry in Dartford, Kent in 1901. Three of his brothers had gone to Australia (Albert in 1870s to Melbourne, Arthur in 1883 to Queensland, William Henry in 1891 to Melbourne but returned to England in 1900). However I've found no trace of Edward James in any passenger lists or Australia/NZ records. If anybody has come across him in England, Australia, or anywhere else, please let me know! I also have no clue where he went after his brief reappearance in the 1901 census.


ArgyllGran Report 29 Jan 2020 10:17

Nice to see that his father was Benjamin Button! [ As in the film, in case anyone doesn't know what I'm talking about! ]

For our reference, as it often helps to see the actual records mentioned;

Edward James Button
in the England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Name: Edward James Button
Gender: Male
Baptism Date: 19 Mar 1854
Baptism Place: St. Peters, Brighton, Sussex, England
Father: Benjamin Button
Mother: Ellen
FHL Film Number: 1067134
Reference ID: item 7 p 150

He seems to be always known as James.

James E Button
in the 1861 England Census
Name: James E Button
Age: 7
Estimated birth year: 1854
Relation: Son
Father's name: Benjamin Button
Mother's name: Eleanor Button
Gender: Male
Where born: Brighton, Sussex, England
Civil Parish: Brighton
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Street address:
Condition as to marriage:
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Registration district: Brighton
Sub-registration district: Kemp Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 14
Household schedule number: 20
Piece: 592
Folio: 124
Page Number: 4
Household Members:
Name Age
Benjamin Button 42
Eleanor Button 32
Benjamin Button 19
Elizabeth Button 18
Charlotte Button 16
John Button 14
Mary Ann Button 9
James E Button 7
Albert Button 5
Arthur Button 3
Frederick Button 1

James Button
in the 1871 England Census
Name: James Button
Age: 17
Estimated birth year: 1854
Relation: Son
Gender: Male
Where born: Brighton Sussex England
Civil Parish: Brighton
Town: Brighton
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Registration district: Brighton
Sub-registration district: Kemp Town
ED, institution, or vessel: 14
Household schedule number: 12
Piece: 1074
Folio: 92
Page Number: 2
Household Members:
Name Age
Eleanor Bullen 42
Mary Ann Bullen 19
James Button 17 - library porter
Albert Button 15
Arthur Button 13
William Button 8
Eleanor Button 5
Ernest Button 3

James Button
in the 1901 England Census
Name: James Button
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1856
Relation to Head: Boarder
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Brighton, Sussex, England
Civil Parish: Dartford
Ecclesiastical parish: Holy Trinity
Town: Dartford
County/Island: Kent
Country: England
Street address:
Registration district: Dartford
Sub-registration district: Dartford
ED, institution, or vessel: 02
Piece: 702
Folio: 53
Page Number: 57
Household schedule number: 346
Household Members:
Name Age
William Button 35
Frances E Button 24
Hilda M Button 4
Beatrice F Button 3
Maude M Button 1
James Button 45 - bricklayer


ErikaH Report 29 Jan 2020 10:43

How certain are you that the boarder in 1901 is the right man? Do you have anything in the way,of proof?


ArgyllGran Report 29 Jan 2020 10:59

For what it's worth, there's no other James Button born in Brighton 1852-58.

Searching for Sussex births on FreeBMD -
there's a James Bottin born in Ticehurst in 1858, and a James Botten in Tunbridge in 1855.


ErikaH Report 29 Jan 2020 12:27

Registration in England/Wales wasn’t enforced until 1875


ArgyllGran Report 29 Jan 2020 12:46



ErikaH Report 29 Jan 2020 13:31

Not saying it isn't the same person, but just hoping to get the poster to think carefully


Catherine Report 29 Jan 2020 22:39

A tree on ancestry has this

James Edward Button

Fact DetailsMediaSource Citations
Fact Details
30 Aug 1882
Ringwood Victoria Australia
Margaret Elizabeth Ross

Margaret Elizabeth Ross
BIRTH 1859 • Inverness Invernesshire Scotland
DEATH 1895 • Melbourne Victoria Australia

James Edward Button
BIRTH JAN 1854 • Brighton, Sussex, England
DEATH 30 MAY 1938 • Perth, Western Australia, Australia


Valerie Report 30 Jan 2020 05:48

Have you checked 'members' trees'? There are several listings -which may help.

(I couldn't see any death of James/Edward Button in Perth WAus)



Maddie Report 30 Jan 2020 11:21

margaret elizabeth ross married albert button

Name: Margaret Elizabeth Button
Death Date: 3 Oct 1895
Burial Place: Victoria, Australia
Cemetery: Melbourne
Section: W
Grave Number: 446
Religion: C-E
Transcription: Sacred to the memory of our dear little bud Mary Eleanor BUTTON who died 13 Jan 1884, age 4 mths also my dear wife Margaret Elizabeth BUTTON who died 3 Oct 1895, age 36 yrs Alas she has gone, a wife so dear a mother kind,a friend sincere. We mourn her loss, but hope to meet inheaven above in union sweet Erected by Albert BUTTON.
Margaret Elizabeth Button

Name: Albert Button
Gender: Male
Marriage Registration Year: 1882
Marriage Registration Place: Victoria, Australia
Spouse: Elizabeth Ross
Reference Number: 4363


Catherine Report 30 Jan 2020 16:00

Looks like the ancestry tree may have added above info to the wrong brother.