In your excitement, you've got your calculations wrong. If Joseph was
born in October 1786 he would have been 17 in January 1804.
I take my hat off to Chris Watts for doing this research. Like him
I've become very interested in Joseph. Do let us know if you find out
On 14 January 2012 20:32, Irene Marlborough <imarlb(a)sbcglobal.net> wrote:
Well, I'm overwhelmed at your generosity. Thank you so much! This info all
ties in nicely with the known facts. If he were of a similar age to his wife
Elizabeth then he'd have been about 14 in 1804 when he enlisted.
At least now I can begin looking for his wife's remarriage from 1826 onwards
and perhaps she was still in Wrexham and not in Manchester where she was in
1851 and 1861.
And bingo! A quick look at familysearch gives the baptism of Joseph BYE son
of Joseph & Mary BYE at Wantage on 3 Mar 1787, birth date16 Oct 1786.
There's another one baptised in Aldermaston the same year but the army death
record seems to be clear.
That's a fair bit younger than I'd thought. He'd have been only 7 in January
1804 and appointed drummer when he was 8 years old the summer of the
following year. Does this seem likely? There are quite a few BYE families in
Berkshire. It's a new county for me - I have no other ancestors from there.
I'm unfamiliar with the LDS coverage, placenames and which surnames are
common. So I will need to do more research to be satisfied that this is the
correct boy (BOY, BUY, BYE!).
And it appears that there's nothing to the foundling story. The current
owner of Joseph's Waterloo medal didn't know what he was talking about.
Joseph's widow must have had to pawn the medal. I would have liked to have
seen a photo of it at least.
I really appreciate your taking the time to help me out like this. A lot
more avenues of research have opened up. And I'm now conjuring with the
image of a 7 year old soldier!
I'll let you and the list know if I find out any more.
Best wishes and thanks a million,
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