Many thanks for all your suggestions and information. I was very interested
to hear about the canals in Wales - it was a long shot - Henry FLOWER
obviously used another form of transport to travel there. However I'll
follow up a possible canal route from Nottingham to Birmingham.
In answer to your questions - My Henry FLOWER had died in 1846 (have death
cert.) in Birmingham so he doesn't appear on the 1851 Census, only his wife
Ann and children. His first child Mary Ann was born in Aberystwyth in 1827
but his three sons, John, Henry and Edward, were born in Birmingham.
Finding Mary Ann's place of birth is what first led me to a Wales
connection. I have the Bishop's Transcripts for the marriage of Henry and
Ann and birth of their daughter. Both occurred in Llanbadan Fawr where
Henry was a publican. Interestingly enough Ann FLOWER had a brewhouse in
Birmingham years later. According to the Bishop's Transcript Henry and Ann
married at the Parish Church of Lanbadarn Fawr with the consent of parents.
The other White marriages (Thomas and George) are not connected to mine.
The comment about Henry and Ann not being poor was interesting - maybe he
owned the public house because Ann, as a widow, later owned properties and
was a rent collector in Birmingham!
I get the impression that the Nottingham records on the IGI are not reliable
and will have to start from scratch in looking for my Henry FLOWER :- (
I really appreciate the help you have all given me.