James BARTON – Lamplighter of the “Outer Gabbard” light vessel (LV50) 1911

James was born 26 Jul 1868 in Essex (Q3 Tendring district Harwich)
(NB on the 1911 census return birthplace was written as “Unknown” which is coded OX by the enumerator. This was wrongly transcribed as Oxford on some records)

His parents were James (agricultural labourer and stockman) (1845-1913) and Catherine FORDHAM (1847 – 1881) who married 1865 Q4 at Tendring, Harwich. Daughter of Adam, a shepherd, & Mary. They had 6 children in total: George b1866, James 1868, Alice 1870, Anna 1874, John 1876, Catherine 1879.

1871 and 1881 Census – with parents and siblings.
1891 – not found (Widowed father & sisters in Ramsey Essex)
1901 – 41 West Street, Harwich.
Jim BARTON, 30 – Sailor (seas) boarder with George HAYHOE and family

22 Sep 1904, Dovercourt, Harwich, married Edith Alice STANNARD, b. May 1879, daughter of Samuel (agricultural labourer) and Susannah ORFORD

1905 & 1907 Church Street, Harwich address at birth of children

1911 – James crew of Outer Gabbard, lamplighter
family at 24 Church Street, Harwich
Alice with children Winifred O, (5) James S (3 )and Ethel G (7mo.)

1925 address given as Church Street, Harwich on son James RAF enrolment

1930 Electoral register Church Street, Harwich Edith A & James – abs. voter, now Master of LV “Cork”

1939 Register – James now widowed and living at 23 Albert Street, Harwich (pensioner) with Nellie DRURY (b 11 Nov 1901) and her 3 children.

James died 24 Feb 1945 at Heath House, Tendring, Harwich His residence Stour House, Stour Road, Harwich. Probate granted to his son in Carlisle.

Of his children:

Winifred Olive born 17 Sep 1905, Church Street. Unmarried. Died May 1 1989, Harwich

James Stannard born 16 Jul 1907, Church Street. Joined RAF 7 Aug 1925. Married Q3 1933 Woodbridge to Joan M WAKELIN b. 21 May 1912. 1939 register listed at 8 Church Bank Road, Carlisle RAF Storekeeper Died 1979, Carlisle. 3 children found

Ethel Georgina b.10 Sep 1910, Harwich. married Q4 1935 to Norman DUNN b. 10 Oct 1909. Butchers assistant. 1939 register at 74 High Street, Dovercourt, Harwich. Died Sep 1988.
No children found.