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James J Halford - London (1851 - ?)

Postby MoVidger » Wed May 09, 2018 11:50 pm

I have James in the 1851 to 1871 census reports, but he disappears after that. He doesn't resurface again until 1892, and then again in 1905. Below are the details I do have:

James John Halford - born 1 Feb 1851 in St Giles in the Fields, London. Parents are Robert Halford (butler) and Mary Halford (nee Heald).

1851 census (St Giles): James is listed as 7 months old, living with mother Mary and siblings.
1861 census (Marylebone): James is 10, still living with mother Mary and siblings.
1871 census (Marylebone): James is 20 (painter), living with widowed father Robert and siblings.

Then he disappears for 21 years until he turns up in the London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records -- discharged on 11 May 1892 from the St Marylebone infirmary. On 6 May 1905 he is admitted to the same, giving his sister Mary Halford as his nearest relation (her address: 145 Marylebone Road, which is correct). James' calling is listed as "odd work".

I've searched for the possibility of James travelling abroad, but haven't found any suitable records. There is a James Halford who sailed to New York in 1876, but after further investigation, I don't think that's him. Also, there is another James John Halford (painter) with wife Annie, living in West Ham, but that's not him either. There’s a John James Halford appearing in the Electoral Rolls for Marylebone circa 1890s, but he’s a different chap, too.

It could be that my James has been in the Marylebone area from 1871 to 1905, but I just can't see him for looking. :? I’ve tried various surname alternates (e.g. Alford), but no luck

Any suggestions and/or a fresh pair of eyes will be much appreciated!
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Re: James J Halford - London (1851 - ?)

Postby ianbee » Thu May 10, 2018 10:18 am

He was admitted to the infirmary, 4 March 1892, age 41, a Painter, by order of Master of W.H.
So, looking at the Marylebone workhouse records -
James Halford, admitted 2 March 1892
Age 40
No home
went off to the infirmary on the 4th, as we know.
Not much else!

Another infirmary admission for him (as Holford), 11 June 1906, given as a Painter.
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Re: James J Halford - London (1851 - ?)

Postby ianbee » Thu May 10, 2018 10:56 am

ianbee wrote:Another infirmary admission for him (as Holford), 11 June 1906, given as a Painter.

Discharge
28.6.06
James Holford
age 56
Dead

The death must be
June 1906 Kensington 1a 107
Holford, James
age 56
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Re: James J Halford - London (1851 - ?)

Postby elsabels » Thu May 10, 2018 11:30 am

Search these records ancestry All London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1738-1930
using the surname as H*lford
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Re: James J Halford - London (1851 - ?)

Postby MoVidger » Thu May 10, 2018 12:16 pm

Ian - thanks for the additional finds! Elsabels - thanks for the search tip. Looks like I'll be ordering James's death certificate. I'll keep searching for him in the 1881 to 1901 census reports.

James had an older brother Thomas Halford (b 2 April 1848) who was blind by the age of 40-ish. He was admitted to the Cleveland Street infirmary on 15 Sept 1891. I've no date of death for him, but will try searching "Holford".
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