I seek information about my gt.gt.gr.father John CARTER who was a UK coastguard from late 1820s to about 1860s or 70s. John was born Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, about 1805, and is reputed to have been son of a smuggler.???? He married Phillis James LASKEY at Flushing about 1829 and two children were born there. (Phillis' father, William LASKEY was also a "mariner"). From about 1833 to about 1840 John CARTER’s station was Outer Hope village in South Huish parish, Devon, where their next five children were born. After this he was apparently posted to Torquay, Devon, where the youngest son was born. Censuses of 1841, 1851, 1861 confirm that John CARTER was posted from Flushing, Cornwall; to Outer Hope village, South Huish, Devon; then to Torquay.
I am also seeking information about my great-grandfather William Edward Laskey CARTER, born Flushing, Cornwall 1832, who is said to have been in the British Merchant Marine from late 1840s to about 1875. William CARTER is said to have been mate on a vessel when he "jumped ship" to try his luck at the New Zealand goldfields about 1874.
Any help would be greatly appreciated as it is extremely difficult to research the UK PRO from here in Australia.
Thanks, Peter Carter.