Friday, January 17, 2014

52 Ancestors - #1 Edward Irvine KING

Edward Irvine KING, my 3rd great grandfather, was a native of Clogher, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.  To date nothing is known about his childhood, in fact the earliest record I have for him is his marriage certificate.

Edward was a Policeman when he married at 28 listing himself as the son of George KING a farmer. He married Jeannette Mary HUNTLEY (otherwise known as Mary Jane) who was 23 and the daughter of Edward Boyce HUNTLEY a Shipbuilder on the 9th January 1851 by licence at the Parish Church of Kirkley, Suffolk, England.

By the end of March that year Edward is recorded on the census in Halesworth, Suffolk, England as lodging with a Senior officer and their family while his wife and new born son were at her family home.

 Class: HO107; Piece: 1803; Folio: 580; Page: 17

In 1855 Edward moved from the East Suffolk Constabulary to Surrey Constabulary. The Appointment book lists that he had served the East Suffolk Constabulary from 1847 until 1855 and describes him as 5ft 10 ins, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.  Whilst at Surrey Constabulary he was disciplined twice for gross misconduct, the first in 1858 when he was demoted and "removed at his own expense from Egham to Ripley" and then again in 1867 when he was "called upon to resign" from being an Inspector.

In 1871 Edward had found himself a new occupation as a Builder's Shop Keeper, his eldest son had taken up lodgings a few doors away with his soon to be wife and her family.

Class: RG10; Piece: 814; Folio: 60; Page: 54

As the years passes Edward's children grew up and left home but grandchildren were never far away.  Edward and his wife were left to raise grandson John Alexander KING when their son Edward Huntley KING took a second wife in Kent, England.  

We are still looking for his daughter in law Emma following the John's birth in 1883 as well as what happened to Edward Irvine KING.  I'm sure they are rolling around their graves laughing as I try to find the needle in the haystack but the search continues.

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