I am trying to find information on my KIRBY family, who are from Southall in England, but seem to have lived in Pontblyddyn, Flintshire for at least a year or so around 1873. I am trying to solve a bit of a mystery. One of my ancestors, Martha BROOMAN, is listed in the 1881 Southall, Middlesex census as Martha KIRBY, widow, living with her father and three KIRBY children. Until I found her in this census, I thought she married her London-born husband, Dennis KIRBY, around 1881, and there are four children born to Martha and Dennis after 1881. Of the three children born before 1881, one was born in Pontblyddyn in 1873 - John Thomas KIRBY. The remaining children were born in Southall, Middlesex. I have many questions I am asking myself: do I have the wrong marriage date for Dennis and Martha? Did the 1881 census taker list her as a widow by mistake? If the marriage date I have is correct and she was a widow in 1881, was Dennis perhaps her brother-in-law, hence the same surname for both marriages?
I thought if I could track some of the earliest movements of Martha and her first child in Wales, I might have some answers. I have not been able to find a birth for John Thomas KIRBY, other than the mention in the 1881 Census. I have no information on why Martha would have been in Pontblyddyn, so wondered if anyone on this board knows of a way I can search for Martha KIRBY in local directories, records, etc. Also, is there any particular reason a family would move from Middlesex to Pontblyddyn and back again in the 1870s? Dennis was a builder, so I wondered if the local industry might have something to do with it, if in fact it turns out he was her husband then. Any advice is very appreciated!