Thank you for your reply.
I suspect that it is likely we are both descended from the same James Sivyer but I will investigate further. If my Cunningham is your James jnr I wonder where the name Cunningham came from. Or is it possible that he was a further brother?
Cunningham James Sivyer may possibly have been born in Ireland as I haven't been able to find a record of his birth in the Family record Centre. Cunningham's marriage certificate (as a Sivyer) gives his residence as Jarvis Brook, Rotherfield which you mention in connection with your Sivyers/Sivers. He died on 30th January 1932 (as a Sivers) in Brighton aged 62, his residence was then Main Street, Beckley and his occupation was then recorded as chimney sweep although he was a brickmaker at his marriage. If certificates and my maths are correct he must have been born after January 30th 1870 and before January 23rd 1871.
I have only very recently started looking into my ancestors and I don't have records of other descendants of Cunningham besides my direct line although I believe he had four sons. My mother whose maiden name was Sivers is still alive (but not in any contact with any Sivers) so I may be able to get some further information from her and I can gladly pass on to you what little I know and also what I find in further investigations.
I haven't yet been through any census records (besides 1881) so that will be my next line of investigation. I may also check the Public Record Office in Kew for any army records of James Sivyer. Do you know if your James was in Ireland with the army and if so do you have any further details such as his regiment?
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