Emma GUNN nee BARKER c1816-1861

Has anybody come across Emma GUNN nee BARKER in their tree?

Emma Barker married William Gunn 24 April 1837 at St Nicholas Church. From various sources we have calculated that she was born about 1816. The 1841 census shows her living with William and daughter Ann (baptised August 1839) at Red Cross Street, Brighton. Emma is shown as born in Ireland. A son, William Charles, was baptised 10 February 1843. The 1861 Census shows her living with son William at 25 Frederick Place. Emma is shown as a widow and Charwoman born Canterbury, Kent and William, aged 17, is an Apprentice Baker.

Neither Emma nor William jnr can be found on the 1851 Census. I have made a search of the 1851 census for Brighton on fiche produced by the SFHG and also the whole of the 1851 Census at www.ancestry.co.uk. Some of the surname transcriptions on this website seem quite unusual. If anyone has any suggestions as to how GUNN can be misinterpreted apart from GUMM, SUNN, SUMM, GURR, GUMM (we've tried them all) we would like to hear them. We can say with certainty that she is not with her husband and daughter on Census night in 1851 as William Snr, his daughter Ann and his mother Ann (nee HERIOT) are all at 13 Oxford Street.

Emma died on 23 October 1861 in the Workhouse aged 46. So, was Emma born in Ireland or Canterbury and was she really a widow in 1861. She appears to have been less than honest with some of her census information. As yet we have been unable to find the death of William snr between censuses in 1851 and 1861. Any help will be gratefully received.

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