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Samhall
Hi I have just discovered that my GGG grand father is listed as a coast guard on his daughters marriage certificate in 1884 She was married in West Port County Mayo. I'm not sure where to look for information on him as I can't seem to find him in Westport can any one help?

Thanks Sam
 
crimea1854
Hi Sam

I was wondering if you had any other information, such as his daughters age and place of birth? I do have a possible candidate for her father, but before I get your hopes up I would like to try and confirm/rule him out.

Martin
 
Samhall
Hi Martin thank you for trying to help. Williams daughter was called Susan Eleanor Gray she was born in 1860 this is from the info on her marriage certificate I canít find a birth, she married a Martin Day in Dec 1884 in a Catholic Church in Westport and her address is down as Westport Quay. Later in life she was recorded as being from Ireland. After marriage she moved to Sculcoates near Hull.

Thanks Sam
 
crimea1854
Hi Sam

In the absents of any other information the following applies to the man I thought was the best candidate:

William Gray, born Parkstone, Dorset, 1819; his service record is available from the National Archives: ADM 29/83/40. Having followed his career using the CG Establishment Books in the ADM 175 series he appears to have served in the Westport area for most of his time, retiring in 1873 with a last posting at Pigeon Point CGS.

I don't think it unreasonable to assume that if his families roots were in the area he would remain there after his retirement. I have not traced his entire CG career from joining in 1848, but from Innisgowla in Sept 1850 (ADM 175/19 pdf 232) to Roscollergh, then in 1853 to Millisle (175/19 - 398), Aug 1856 to Innislyre; Mar 1861 to Pigeon Point (175/19 - 240); back to Innislyre in 1866 (175/20 - 212) and finally Pigeon Point (175/53 - 261).

The above may help you trace details of Susan's birth.

There was a break in this service when he re-entered the Navy during the Crimean War serving on HMS Boscawen in the Baltic and Princess Royal in the Crimea, for which he received the Baltic Medal and Crimea Medal with Sebastopol clasp, before returning to his CG duties.

Obviously this is my best guess as to your man and it would be nice to get some confirmation via another source.

Regards Martin
Edited by crimea1854 on 11/09/2018 17:00
 
Samhall
Oo thank you for the info Martin Iíll go and have a dig around to see if I can confirm any of these details.

Thanks a lot for your time Iíll post on here when and if I discover anything

Sam
 
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