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cazcove Report 25 Jun 2019 15:42

Please can someone help, I have just received my Aunts B/Cert only to find she had a different father from my dad and his other siblings.
Her name is Jose Vivienne Marguerite Simms Born, 12/09/1929 Royal Victoria Hosp,Boscombe. Bournemouth.
Father George William Simms he lived with my Gran at 143 Southcote Road Bournemouth. Tried Census no luck.
dont know were to go from here. Any ideas please


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 15:58

Maybe ??

George William Simms
in the England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
Name: George William Simms
Registration Year: 1886
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration district: Winchester
Inferred County: Hampshire
Volume: 2c
Page: 120

GRO Reference: 1886 D Quarter in WINCHESTER Volume 02C Page 120


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 16:01

Unfortunately, it's not exactly an uncommon name.

George William Simms
in the UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946
Name: George William Simms
Publication Year: 1920
Address: 44 Shirley
Residence Place: Hampshire, England

44 Shirley Road, Freemantle, Southampton.


Rambling Report 25 Jun 2019 16:10

From FMP reg as both Sims ( one M) and Butt, mmn Robinson.


malyon Report 25 Jun 2019 16:13

fathers name butt

Births Dec 1929 (>99%)
Butt Jose V M Robinson Bournemouth 2b 909


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 16:15

Caz - please confirm the spelling on the birth cert.
Does it give his occupation?

If only one "m", there's this one, in Fordingbridge in1911,not far from Bournemouth - but 1911 is a long time away from 1929!:

George William Sims
in the 1911 England Census
Name: George William Sims
Age in 1911: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1885
Relation to Head: Boarder
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Civil Parish: Fordingbridge
County/Island: Hampshire
Country: England
Street address: County Court Office, Church Street, Fordingbridge, Hants
Marital status: Single
Occupation: Assistant Schoolmaster
Registration district: Fordingbridge
Registration District Number: 97
Sub-registration district: Fordingbridge
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Household schedule number: 177
Piece: 5898
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Wren 39
Charlotte Ann Wren 40
George William Sims 26

But frankly, it's a bit of a needle in a haystack without any more clues.


cazcove Report 25 Jun 2019 16:19

Malyon, thanks for reply it seems strange i have Jose birth cert with surname Simms but she is also showing as Jose v m Butt with mothers name (nee) Robinson?


malyon Report 25 Jun 2019 16:21

was your gran called Marjorie L robinson


cazcove Report 25 Jun 2019 16:21

ArgyllGran, on B/Cert shows him as a Boatman


malyon Report 25 Jun 2019 16:23

there is this marriage

Marriages Sep 1922 (>99%)
BUTT Ernest W Robinson Christchurch 2b 1772
ROBINSON Marjorie L Butt Christchurch 2b 1772


cazcove Report 25 Jun 2019 16:24

Malyon yes thats her mothers maiden name

ArgyllGran on birth cert Simms


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 16:25

Not strange to have Jose's birth under two surnames - Butt is her mother's surname, and Sims is her father's surname.


cazcove Report 25 Jun 2019 16:26

Gran married Ernest Wilson Butt, 19/08/1922


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 16:26

Boatman - oh well, not the teacher, then!


malyon Report 25 Jun 2019 16:55

so ernest butt was the father


alviegal Report 25 Jun 2019 17:10

Jose Butt (Woodsward)'s life in 1939 (should read Woodward)
Perry Green, Braughing R.D., Hertfordshire, England

First name(s) Last name(s) DOB Sex Occupation Marital status Schedule Schedule Sub Number
Jose Butt (Woodsward) 12 Sep 1929 Female At School Single 1 191


SylviaInCanada Report 25 Jun 2019 20:14

Butt was your grandmother's legal name, and therefore any child born to her would have that name whether or not Ernest Butt was the father.

She was being honest in admitting on the certificate that George William Sim(s) was the father.

If she had not said that then Ernest would have been assumed to be the father ........... and you would never have known otherwise.

It might be interesting to find out where Ernest was ............. had the marriage broken up?


SylviaInCanada Report 25 Jun 2019 20:22

I was puzzled by the fact that Jose was seemingly on her own on that 1939 Register, so I looked more closely ............ I had to go back to page 1 of 5 to discover the following .........

Jose was apparently at St Elizabeth's House for Epileptics, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Herts.

Does that make any sense to you???????


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 20:46

She went to Canada in 1953 and returned in 1959;

Jose V Butt
in the UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
Name: Jose V Butt
Arrival Age: 29
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1929
Port of Departure: Montréal, Québec, Canada
Arrival Date: 26 Jul 1959
Port of Arrival: London, England
Ports of Voyage: Montreal
Ship Name: Arkadia
Shipping Line: Greek Line
Official Number: 0247/60

She was a seamstress.

In view of your last post, Sylvia, it's interesting that her proposed address was Warley Hospital, Brentwood, Essex.

Warley Hospital was a hospital for the mentally ill.

When she went to Canada in 1953 her address had been 6 Warrington Gdns, London W9.

Jose Butt
in the UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
Name: Jose Butt
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Birth Date: abt 1929
Departure Date: 17 Oct 1953
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Destination Port: Quebec, Canada
Ship Name: Columbia
Shipping Line: Greek Line
Official Number: 5106
Master: Demetrios Sigalas


ArgyllGran Report 25 Jun 2019 21:06

St Elizabeth's: