In the Royal Navy for much of the time he went by an alias 'James Woods'. He was an Ordinary Seaman until the last 15 months when described as Able Bodied. On the one and only occasion, that he disclosed a place of birth, on a 1805 muster roll he said we was 22yrs, born Kemptown, (I think this is now part of Brighton, Sussex.) On surviving several battles at sea, he left the RN in 1814 and for 40 years lived in Littleham, Exmouth, Devon. On census returns he said born Littleham but I can find nothing in parish documents to verify that.
Can anyone to do online searches for Kemptown?
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