Having confirmed Thomas KINGHORN’s (3x great grandfather) place of birth and baptism I think I almost have all the information I need to complete the mini biography for him, which was my initial goal.
However when I think about it there are still a few vital questions I would like to have answered before I move on elsewhere:
- When did he arrive in London and was he on his own or with parents and/or siblings?
- Where were his first six children baptised? Were the later births registered?
- Where were the family living prior to the 1841 census? What house numbers and street names?
- What does Thomas’ occupation of tailor mean? Was he self-employed or did he work for someone else? Did he have a shop? Did he work from home or in a workshop? What exactly did he make?
- Where did Thomas’ children go to school?
- Where were Thomas, his second wife and their child and his third wife buried?
- How did Thomas’ children (with his third wife) end up in Brighton?
I am sure that whilst answering these questions, others will occurs to me, but that is quite enough to be getting on with for now.
Then I need to get hold of some illustrations, probably old postcards of the churches and streets where they, along with current photos of the same locations. Also I need an old street map I can reproduce (so something in the public domain) and probably a modern day map for comparison.
So it still looks like I still have my work cut out, I can think of several archives that I am probably going to have to visit to find out what I want (or confirm that it is not going to be possible to find out). I should however have enough information already for a very rough first draft, so watch out for that soon.