On 31 Aug 2009 at 22:29, mike wrote:
Hi listers, I am new to this list as most of my research has been
elsewhere up to now, however, I have come across a brickwall.
My maternal G Grandfather, JOHN GARIBALDI (some times GERABALDI) was
married to a woman, DIANNE BRUETT (AKA MARY BRUETT/BROWETT) who
according to the 1901 census when they were in Swansea, was from
NOTTINGHAM. I've not been able to find any birth record on free bmd
for her, and as I believe they were married in NOTTINGHAM no marriage
record either, she was listed as being 34yrs in 1901, JOHN was 36yrs.
Their daughter CATHERINE is the oldest on the 1901 census at 15yrs
old, born in newtown Montgomeryshire. My grandmother, mary, was born
is sussex in 1888. >
I note that in the 1871 census (the only other one in which I have been able to find him)
his mother was born in Ireland. Could it be he married in Ireland and was there in 1881
and 1891 and so missed the censuses in England? Even though his older children are
shown as being born in England, the family might have been away on a visit
In my experience, men who had children born in a number of different places (as he
seemingly did, according to the 1901) were quite often proven to be serving in the army
and got moved around. If this was the case, then possibly he married somewhere
abroad. Have you checked the overseas marriages indexes?
Of course, there is always the possibility to be faced that they never married at all, but
just lived together and had children. This was by no means uncommon even in Victorian
times! You should also consider whether they might have used another name at some
stage, for whatever reason. This also was not entirely unknown.
Somewhat curiously, I also notice that his mother Catherine is found in the 1901 census
living with her presumed daughter and son-in-law Mary A Fergar and Henry Fergar, whilst
also in the household is another John Garibaldi, aged 9, born 1892 Pembroke, described
as the "adopted son" of Henry Fergar. Who was this John, then? Clearly he
been the son of John Garibaldi sr who had accidentally been enumerated twice, since
John and Mary have a son John but aged six and born at Swansea.
A somewhat confusing family!
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