How can I find out more about father and son David and James Brent?
QMy great great grandfather Jesse James Brent was, I believe, born in 1804. I cannot find a record of his birth, but I do have the certificate of his marriage to Susannah Jane Wheeley on 30 July 1843 at St John The Evangelist, Westminster, Middlesex, which lists him as James Brent, a butcher “of full age”. He was living at Charter or Chester Mews, Grosvenor Place. His father is given as David Brent, a shipwright.
I believe that David’s wife was Rebecca (née Brandon). There was a famous shipyard in Rotherhithe at that time called the Randall & Brent Shipyard and I was wondering whether David was related to them in any way.
How can I find out more about David and James?
Susan Daniel (née Brent)
AThe census of 1851 shows James after his marriage living at 26 Henry Street, Southwark, with four children and his wife Susannah who was 10 years his junior and aged 37.
By the time of the 1861 census James has seven children and is living in Bermondsey. Both of these censuses give James’ birth year as 1804 and his birthplace as Newington, Surrey.
At this time, Newington was served by one Anglican parish church – St Mary, the division of the ancient parish into three did not occur until 1825.
The St Mary, Newington, parish registers can be viewed on microfilm at the London Metropolitan Archives and are also accessible on ancestry.co.uk.
If you are unable to find James in the St Mary registers you should consider the possibility that the Brent family were nonconformists attending a chapel in the area such as the Independent Locks Fields Chapel with birth registers beginning in 1804. These registers were required to be deposited with the GRO in 1837 and can be viewed among the RG4 and RG5
series registers on bmdregisters. co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk and ancestry.co.uk.
James’ marriage certificate shows his father as David Brent, shipwright. The Randall & Brent shipyards of Rotherhithe were owned by a partnership of John Randall and John Brent.
Brent’s only two surviving adult sons Samuel and Daniel took over their father’s interest upon his retirement in 1797 and the pair bought out the Randall interest upon the death of John Randall in 1803. The two sons traded as S & D Brent until 1811 and then Brent & Co until 1819.
This indicates that David Brent had no major interest in this shipyard. However, David was a shipwright for which he may have served an apprenticeship. It’s also feasible he could have been granted the freedom of the city, but his name does not seem to appear among the London Metropolitan Archives records on Ancestry.
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