Birth: 1858 - West Ham, Essex Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: John Burns Mother: Mary Dunn
It has been suggested that James was born on 26 Dec 1857 in West Ham which would point to this set of records:
1851: 23 Well St, Stratford, West Ham. John Benns 34 Labourer, w Mary 30, John 4, William 3, Thomas 2
bc: 26 Dec 1857 James Burns. Well St, Stratford, Essex f: John - Fish Hawker
b: James Burns 1858 Jan-Feb-Mar West Ham Essex, Greater London v4a p6
1861: 7 James Ct, Well St, West Ham. f John Burns 45 b Middlesex Edmonton, m Mary 42, John 14, William 12, Thomas 10, Catherine 8, Peter 6, Bridget 11, James 3 b Essex West Ham, Edward 1
1871: 5 Elizabeth Gardens, Stratford, West Ham. f John 54, m Mary 53, William 27, Thomas 21, Peter 16, Bridget 13, James 13 b Essex Stratford, Edward 11
1881: missing from UK census but probably in the East Indies
1901: Essex > Colchester > Colchester, First Ward > District Garrison (2) > 37. James Burns 40 marr b:Wanstead, Essex (Head with younger men from Stratford)
Three reasons why this is not the man who married Charlotte Grainger in Wolverhampton in 1882:
a) West Ham (bp on bc) is in Essex not Middlesex - the bp given on the 1911census for the hus of Charlotte
b) This James's father was a fishmonger/labourer not a 'Gun Locksmith' as indicated on the marriage cert to Charlotte.
c) Recently released military records indicate that this James seems to have been a military man who joined the Essex regiment on Aug 1879 when aged 21yr 6 months and was finally discharged, still unmarried, in 1907. He is recorded as a bricklayer from Stratford, Essex (like br William?) and his father (listed as next of kin) was John Burns. Between '81and '87 he served in the East Indies. When enlisting in 1891 he gives his residence as: 38 Francis Rd, Stratford which is the next street to Well St.