Re: John Marriott/Melvelle Elkington
- From: "Roy Stockdill" <roy.stockdill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:55:55 +0100
On 12 Aug 2011 at 6:52, JJupar@xxxxxxx wrote:
As no one has answered about this man I wondered if anyone has any
ideas how to look for this man who is my great uncle.
I have searched indigently through all the reasonable records of
death, Free BMD and Findmypast. I have looked in the 1911 census
and there is one called John M. Elkington but I have come across him
before and he is a sheep dipper and not the right one.
I have found him in several records and occasionally he calls himself
'John Melville'. He obviously had a strong liking for this name as he
called his son Wilfred Melville. I have been in touch with his American
family and they do not know what happened to him after this son's
He was rather a 'bad lot' and the family never talked about him but as
it was so long ago I thought they might have given up on that.
Can any one make any suggestions as to where I can find his death or
even whereabouts. >
I am sure these are possibilities you must have considered, Judy, but two things that
present themselves to my mind are.....
1) Prison records.
2) Emigration records.
If he was as bad as you say he was, then he must surely have served the odd term as
a guest of Her/His Majesty at some stage, perhaps more than one.
Can you be sure he didn't change his name and emigrate to somewhere like
Australian, N Zealand, South Africa, or not even an English-speaking country, in the
hope that nobody would know him or anything about his former life? Perhaps he
ended up in some far-flung part of the globe and died there in yet another name.
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