My ggf, Robert Stanton, was born somewhere in England about 1800. We do not know parents or siblings names.

The first record we have is a baptism of a daughter in St Ann, County Antrim, Belfast, with wife Elizabeth Crossley, no marriage record found in Belfast, in the year 1824, and second daughter baptism 1826. In that year they emigrated to the US to the port of New Orleans and made their way to Tennessee.

Robert is listed in census as an iron moulder or founder. He remarries in 1830, so I assume the first wife dies. Both daughters marry in Tennessee. He fathers an additional 6 children in Tennessee, none follow his occupation, and become farmers.

Where in England would someone be apprenticed to learn this trade, and then why leave to go to US and not remain to work in England in the time frame early 1800s?

Children names, Georgeann, Elizabeth, Martha, Woodman (William?), Benjamin Harrison, George W, Phoebe and Cora.

Maybe some names would have been his family members?

I have seen some birth records about 1805 in England with name Robert Stanton, most stayed and died in England.

How do I locate my Robert Stanton?

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    If his first children were baptised in Ireland, why do you believe he was born in England? Do you have any evidence for that?
    – user104
    Jun 22 '20 at 6:33
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    Unfortunately the iron moulding trade was widespread across the British Isles - he would have learnt the trade anywhere there was an iron foundry. So I don't think that's going to be much help. It would make certain areas unlikely but many more would remain.
    – AdrianB38
    Jun 22 '20 at 7:29
  • All the US census I have says birth in England, my grandmother told me he came from England, her sister wrote a whole long story saying he was born in England, our uncle DNA shows England, what other things should I check? Jun 22 '20 at 23:16
  • Would someone living in Belfast 1824-1826 consider themselves English? Not Irish? Children baptized Church of Ireland, not Catholic Jun 22 '20 at 23:24

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