One day I am going to give up with my Benn family history because it is a nut that wont be cracked, but maybe someone out there can help me.
My Great Grandfather John William or Wilson Benn was born Feb 1881 at 26 Bank, Eccleshill, Bradford to Samuel Benn and Eliza Benn formerly Lister. That is what it says on his birth certificate. The copy of his birth certificate says his middle name is William but he certainly became Wilson Benn and christened all his own children with the middle name of Wilson, so the birth certificate might be wrong, however... A few days before his birth was registered there was the 1881 census and he is shown at 26 Bank, Eccleshill as John W Vipond, living with Samuel Benn, Eliza Vipond and two Vipond siblings (not Samuel's children). I guess that Eliza didnt much like this experience of having to tell the census enumerator that she wasnt married to Samuel Benn so when a few days later she registered the birth she made a few changes.
There are no records of her ever having married Samuel. She subsequently married someone else but that is another story.
The 1881 census says Samuel Benn was 40 and born in Shelf but I cant find his birth registered there. He then disappears, unless he is the man who in 1891 was lodging at Lane Bottom Windhill and now claiming to have been born in North Bierley aged 50
I told you it was a nightmare!
So my great grandfather's mother is Eliza Vipond or Benn or Lister
and his father is Samuel Benn of unknown origins.
I cant find the birth or death for Samuel Benn nor the birth or death for Eliza
I long for the time when the whole census and the whole registers will be available online.....in my dreams huh!
Can you help at all?
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