the joy of birth and marriage certificates

Finally, after four weeks wait, the various certificates ordered came through. From these I discsovered that James and Charles Haley’s mother was called Charlotte Warner and her father Charles Warner, who worked on the river. So the boys followed their maternal grandfather’s profession rather than their father’s. I wonder how that felt for Joseph. Interesting. … Read more

guildhall library fun and games

Friday I went to the Guildhall LIbrary to search through the apprentice records for the Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen to see if I could find James Haley. He was on the first microfiche I looked at, along with his brother Charles. The records are pretty clear. James was bound as apprentice to Joseph … Read more

sometimes things do not in fact become clear

So, the birth and marriage certificates arrived. James and Emily Haley’s marriage certificate gave up the information that his father was also called James and that James the elder was a lighterman. Fascinating! For those of you who don’t know, I give you the following link from Wikipedia. Due to the fact that Lightermen had … Read more