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PostSubject: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:29 pm

Well I can imagine you thinking what the hell is she on about

Im on a mission and its driving me nuts!!!!

Eds lovely Aunty Mary passed away 11 years ago and we brought a lot of stuff from her house to sort when we got around to it!

Amongst the things she had (and oh my was she a hoarder was she not!!) was the discharge papers, soldiers book with his wages where he was stationed and a certificate from the royal chelsea hospital which made him a chelsea pensioner for Henry Spain. From the outset I was curious about it and why Aunty Mary had these documents. i dont think there were any Spains on Eds side so its maybe from her husbands side.

The documents have been in the spare bedroom on a shelf all this time and ive googled the name a few times and come up with nothing but on Saturday I saw the documents brought them downstairs and thought right Im gonna find out who he is as I would love to give what I have to any living relatives because if it fascinates me then im sure they will do so for them

BUT what an elusive bugger he is turning out to me!!!!!! His papers when he enlisted said he signed up in 1841 at the age of 19 years and no months, that he was born in Westbere kent. I have that he served 21 years as a gunner in the royal artilliery

to cut a long story short I cant find him in any births nothing for 1881/82 or deaths. Though online army records i found a henry spain married a ellen harris in colombo ceylon on 1st january 1876 eventually I thought i found a breakthrough and also found the same docs i have and a couple more that I have downloaded which stated he was granted leave in January 1876 to get married this was him!!!!
His discharge papers state Ellen as his next of Kin residence unknown and that he was going to reside in the isle of Grain Kent so i started looking through the census documents from 1881 to find Henry and Ellen and have drawn a blank!!!!! I cant even find him on the chelsea pensioners site even though I have a document and number

BUT he is now under my skin and i wont be beaten!!!!!!!!

I can order a marriage certificate but it states that the abroad ones may not give as much info as a uk one but for a tenner I might order one and hope it may give me his parents names and a bit more to work on!

Sorry if Ive bored you!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:48 pm

Ooh not bored at all .... It interests me

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:52 pm

I will post what i have Shelley


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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Ooh yes please Jude

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:20 pm

Ooh this stuff fascinates me

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:24 pm

I would love to find out more about him!!! I also see he spent some time in garrison cells as well!!

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:38 pm

Would be interesting to know why

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:54 pm

Good luck with your search you find some more information about him

I love going through old records and looking at photos but couldnt start digging up stuff about the past I havent got the patience

Ive just picked up all the old deeds and paperwork for my house today so im looking forward to reading through that
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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:33 am

Wow Jude, this is interesting, I dunno how you would get more info on him, though with some, it does get done.
I used (I think) 1881 census to find my mothers family, she was adopted. I did manage to trace them all, sadly all past away but she has met and is still in contact with a few nephews and sister in law.
My sister used Ancestry.co.uk and has traced a load on my dads side.
But you havent got much to go on have you and unfortunately lots of records were badly recorded, many having mistakes.
Let us know how you progress with it, will be very interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:19 pm

Ive used ancestry.com and find my past websites. Find my past is where I found his marriage. i have sent away for a marriage certificate hopefully it will give me a few more clues.
Im wondering if Ellen came over to the uk at all from Ceylon its strange I cant trace either of them on any of the censuses

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PostSubject: Re: Henry Bloody Spain!!!   Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:20 pm

oo keep us posted hun its intriguing
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