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I'm trying to find a birth record for my 3 x Great grandfather George Edmunds.
I have an obituary for him that was taken from "The South Shields Gazette" Monday 23 September 1929;
"MUTINY VETERAN - Death of Hebburn's Grand Old Man aged 102
General regret is felt in Hebburn at the passing of the grand old man of the town, Mr George Edmunds, the Indian Mutiny veteran.
Mr Edmunds, who died at his home, 40 Bewick Street, on Saturday afternoon, was in his 102nd year, which is a remarkable example of longevity considering his experiences during the terrible mutiny.
Mr Edmunds was a remarkable personality and Hebburn was proud to have him as a townsman. He celebrated his 101st birthday on April 12, and although he had retained all his faculties and did not use spectacles, he had been confined to the house for a considerable time and generally weakened physically.
Born in County Down, Mr Edmunds was of an Irish mother and English father. He joined the army when he was 18 or 19 years of age, and, after being in barracks in Essex, he was drafted to India, where he spent seven and a half years of his 11 years military service.
During the Indian Mutiny he fought in 27 battles and was able to relate thrilling tales of the horrors and cruelties of that time. He was at Cawnpore and Delhi.
General Sir Havelock Allan, he stated, took a great interest in him, and he was at the bedside of that gallant soldier when he died.
On leaving the army Mr Edmunds married and commenced business as a greengrocer in Hebburn in 1887. He was proud of the fact that he was the oldest greengrocer in the north of England, if not the whole of England. He went out with his cart until he reached the age of 85.
Mr Edmunds never used spectacles, and up to a year or so ago he was able to converse intelligently on many things. He was a non-smoker, but was partial to a glass of rum and milk. He was able to eat almost any kind of food.
He had six sons and three daughters, and has lived comfortably with an unmarried daughter at 40 Bewick Street for a great number of years."
Any help will be greatly appreciated
Thanks for the reply Obbie
The main reason for finding his birth record is to find the full names of his parents. I would like to find out from whereabouts in England the Edmunds name comes.
In answer to your other questions;
I dont know of any other siblings.
He married Eliza/Elizabeth Johnston on 4/7/1861 in Downpatrick Church of Ireland, his father is listed as George Edmunds, wifes father John Johnston.
1871-16 Hebburn Road, Hebburn. Age appears to be 35, George is a Green Grocer living with wife, Elizabeth 27, sons Thomas J 9 and George 5 and daughter Annie 8.
1881-37 Charles Lane, Hebburn. Aged 48, a coal dealer, living with son's Thomas J 18 and Alfred 9 and daughter's Annie 17 and Georgina 7. George is listed as married but no sign of his wife Eliza.
1891-49 William Lane, Hebburn. Aged 57, George is living with wife Elizabeth 46, sons Alfred 19 and William 13 and daughter Georgina 17.
1901-16 Cuthbert Street, Hebburn. Aged 67, a green grocer living with daughters Annie 37 and Georgina 26, son William 21 and grand daughter Gladis 6. The house is listed also as a shop.
1911-16 Cuthbert Street, Hebburn. Aged 77, George is a widower listed as an Army pensioner, living with sons Alfred 35 and William 29, daughter Annie 45 and grand daughter Gladys 16.
In all of the census records his place of birth is Ireland apart from 1911 where it says County Down.
Thomas John, born 1862 Belfast
Annie, born 1864 Belfast
George, born 1866 Hebburn
Alfred, 1871 South Shields
Georgina, 1874 South Shields
Winnifred, 1883 Hebburn
Not sure how this has progressed?
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