Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - Q&A -

QIn our De­cem­ber 2014 is­sue, Stu­art Clarke was try­ing to find the birth records of his grand­fa­ther Robert Lyons born in about 1872.

AEnid Dal­ton got in touch to say she’s dis­cov­ered Robert was in the Pi­o­neer Corps of the Royal En­gi­neers and was dis­charged on 18 Septem­ber 1917. “In the records it gives his chil­dren, some of whom are not on the census records. It also shows the death cer­tifi­cate for Ce­cil Lyons, his young son, who was born in 1911 and died in 1915.” She also notes on Ances­try that there’s a record for a Robert Lyons who left Eng­land for Amer­ica when he was six months old. Is this why he can’t be found in ear­lier census records?

How­ever, Catharine Stevens thinks she might have solved Stu­art’s query. “Robert’s At­tes­ta­tion pa­pers for WW1 give a birth of 4 June 1870 but the 1939 NHS data­base gives 4 June 1872. Look­ing at FreeBmd for th­ese dates, Lyon and Lyons gives three pos­si­bil­i­ties: Robert Wil­liam James born June 1870 in Lam­beth, son of Robert and Sarah – but he’s mar­ried in later cen­suses; Robert born June 1870 in Louth, son of Charles and Sarah – again on later cen­suses he’s with a spouse; and Robert Dixon Lyon June 1872 in Bridling­ton bap­tised 19 June 1872 at Bridling­ton, son of El­iz­a­beth Lyon.”

She found this last Robert on the 1881 census – called Dixon – at 57 Sowerby St Bridling­ton, liv­ing with his par­ents Robert Dixon, 41, a hawker, and El­iz­a­beth, 31, plus five sib­lings. “Robert’s father on the mar­riage cer­tifi­cate is also Robert so this would fit,” says Catharine, adding: “His par­ents don’t marry un­til the Dec quar­ter of 1875 in Bridling­ton. One daugh­ter Kate is in Bridling­ton Work­house in 1891. A pos­si­ble death for Robert Se­nior in De­cem­ber 1887 and El­iz­a­beth March 1886 at Bridling­ton might ex­plain that.”

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