My great grandfather James Jeffery  is cited in 1891 census living in Peter Tavy aged 11 with an older sibling 14. Jameshis father's wife is named as Emma. There is no census information for 1881 which cites the family anywhere in Devon. Nor can I find a birth record for James or a marriage for James & Emma. There is another family with parents Jane & James, who have a son James who could be. I have their marriage certificate as well as his birth certificate. question: How can I find a birth record with Emma as mother of James or a marriage of Emma & James? I have explored the possibility of him marrying Jane 1st and then Emma, but can find no record of Jane's death! I am going round in fruitless circles and would appreciate a way out.
Thank you for such a swift response! James (10) was born around 1881 in Chagford, (according to later data) so unlikely his father was in Yorkshire, though you never really know in family history. What I am struggling with is finding a way to triangulate information and link what my mother can verify with facts going back before his birth. It's both frustrating and the joy of the process. Are ALL birth registered somewhere, do marriages have to be recorded? If so, where else might I look? Not living in Devon makes it difficult to visit parish record offices. The search continues!
If have found the right Families then the below are the children of James Jeffery, I've only given the year of Birth/Place and who I think the mother is base on Census/Baptisms/GRO Records.
William Henry 1876 - Chagford - Jane Mares Florence Annie 1877 - Chagford - Jane Mares Jessie 1879 - Chagford - Jane Mares James 1881 - Chagford - Jane Mares Maud Mary - 1882 - Chagford - Jane Mares Alfred Samuel - 1884 - Chagford - Jane Mares Beatrice Mary - 1890 - Ideford - Emma Dodd John 1892 - Tavistock - Emma Dodd Elsie 1894 - Tavistock - Emma Dodd Kathleen Hilda 1896 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd Emily Jane 1897 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd Amelia 1900 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd Elizabeth Jane 1903 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd George 1902 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd Bessie 1906 - Peter Tavy - Emma Dodd
According to 1911 Census James and Emma ha 9 children all born alive and had been married 37 Years (Making marriage about 1874).
Can find a Marriage of James Jeffery to Jane Mares in 1876. Cannot find one with marriage to Emma. Possible that that he never actually married Emma.