I do have the b.cert for g.grandmother Ellen Rooks
Born February 1859 Friar's Terrace Exeter.
As per b. cert
Mother's name Elizabeth Rooks.
Father's name William Simmons Seaman R.N.
Maiden name of mother Elizabeth Simmons formerly Rooks.
William and Elizabeth were never married. as far as I can tell.
No marriage ever found.
Census 1961 shows William Symons (sp) At sea.
Vessel Galatea 2. Cook and Steward born Starcross Devon estimated DOB 1832.
I did find a record but of course can't locate stating William as having a child Ellen. Possibly another record from navy.
Sorry this seems a little vague but all I have.
Simmons is spelt different ways.
William died at sea 1880 and it was as a Merchant Marine?
His daughter's birth cert stated seaman R.N. Could I be searching two different William Simmons (Symons?)
Thanks again Karen. Keep safe Sylvia
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