Hi there anybody and everybody.
William Banks is the 'alleged' father of my paternal Great Granddad 'William Verner Banks' born 1886 in Stockton, Durham. His mother Mary originally from Howden, Yorks. The family (including quite a few children of Mary and her late husband Charles Emmerson) moved to Newcastle in following years.
On his birth certificate his father is listed as a journeyman stonemason. Now i have figured out (via wikipedia) what the journeyman means, but all is still a mystery.
William snr appears on no census that clearly indicates himself. On the certificate the mother Mary (late) Emmeron has taken his surname Banks - yet i can find no record of marriage. And on the 1891 Census she and William jnr retain the 'Emmerson' surname. (Before anyone questions it, it is definitely them in the census).
So I found (from memory) i think 2 William Banks of varying ages listed as Stonemason in the census (1881 or 1891 i forget) One i think was in London, and one near Liverpool. Both i think had families, but doesn't entirely rule them out.
I have no idea his age, birthplace, date of death or parents only his name and occupation... a bummer I know!
However on WVB's 1914 marriage certificate his father is listed as deceased.
Would he definitely be dead? Not just a disgruntled family remark?! I'm struggling to find death records.
So i was wondering as this is the Stonemasons thread, if anyone can point me in the right direction at all for directories, employment records, guilds etc etc that i can scrape the barrel and check.
Does anyone know how likely it is for someone in that era to travel so far for stonemasonry work?
Is there a major difference in a stonemason and stonecutter's job??
How possible/likely is it that incorrect information was taken or given on birth records and census at that time??
Sorry for the long post, hope some one has a bright idea because i don't!