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I am trying to find a birth for a James Spencer Ward in Wrenbury, Cheshire, sometime in the 1830s.

I know that James Spencer Ward lived in Chester as of the 1901, 1891, 1881 and 1871 censuses. His wife was Mary A, which I believe to be Mary Ann Davies (who married a James Ward in Chester in 1864).

His place of birth is listed on censuses as Wrenbury, Cheshire but the age is all over the place, some listing a YOB around 1833 and others a lot later.

A James Spencer Ward died in Chester in 1903 with an estimate birth date of 1837, which I think is the correct one.

I am struggling to find a birth record for him though. If the 1864 marriage is him, then his father was John Ward but I can't find any census records earlier which seem to be congruent.

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  • This may be him on the 1861 census. – sempaiscuba Nov 24 '17 at 23:16
  • @sempaiscuba yes I think it might be; I've seen that record but it unfortunately lends no more clues. It strengthens the 1837 figure I suppose – Charlie Nov 24 '17 at 23:27
  • Does the 1861 address match the 1864 marriage? – sempaiscuba Nov 24 '17 at 23:45
  • @sempaiscuba I don't have the certificate yet, so can't check. If that's the best avenue I can order it but I'd rather not as the expenses all add up. – Charlie Nov 24 '17 at 23:49
  • Looking at the Bishop's transcript it seems the addresses don't match. Ah, well ... – sempaiscuba Nov 25 '17 at 0:01

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