Gurney, JAMES 1 2 3

Birth Name Gurney, JAMES
Gender male
Age at Death 45 years


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1847 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England  
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Residence 1851-03-30 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England Lower Dunsley [Courts ?]
Event Note

1851 Census of England:
Gurney: Maria 30 (widow) as head of household, with Hannah 10, and George 8, at the end of this sheet (#6). At the beginning of the next sheet (#7): Daniel 6, James 4, and Charlotte 2,  Gurney. Boarder: Mary Dolderfield (?) 32, (widow).  
Born: Maria - Drayton Beauchamp, Bucks;  all children in Tring, Herts. Boarder in Wheathamstead, Herts.
Rank, Profession, or Occupation: Hannah and Daniel are Scholars.
The house is a stand-alone dwelling.

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Census 1861 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England Lower Dunsley
Event Note

England Census 1861
Gurney, James (14), Charlotte (12) at Lower Dunsley, Tring.
James is an Ag Lab, and Charlotte a Straw Plaiter, both born Tring.
They live in a stand-alone house - mother Maria and siblings previous page.

Military Service 1867-05-27 Westminster, London City & Greater London, England 64th Regiment of Foot - see Notes
Event Note

"Did come across that army paybook which my bro Ken passed on to me  telling me it was our Dad's. It turned out it must have been his father's James Gurney Pvte 1533 in the 64th Regiment of Foot enlisted in Westminster in May 1867, aged 20 and served just about 10 years a lot of it in Malta." email EJ Leader, 14 August 2013

Also: joined in London Westminster - from 131027 EJ Leader email abbrv.txt

27 Dec 2014: full paybook scanned in.

Military Service 1867 Parkhurst Camp, Isle of Wight, England  
Event Note

After enlistment until Malta posting Dec 3rd 1867

Military Service 1867-12-03 Valetta, Malta  
Event Note

Garrison Duty - December 3 1867 – March 27 1872

Military Service 1873 UK  
Event Note

"The 64 th was stationed at various garrisons in Ireland between 1873 and 1875: Clare Castle
1873, Limerick 1874, Dunbar 1875. This was likely to be “police action” as needed with the
unrest which arose periodically in Ireland. In 1876 the Regiment returned to England and was
stationed at Portsmouth – this may also have been garrison duties, perhaps in support of the
UK's main Naval Base." - SJL

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Military Service 1876-09-01 Aldershot, Hampshire, England  
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Military Service - Discharged 1877-05-31 Aldershot, Hampshire, England 10 year's service completed
Marriage 1877-08-13 Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire, England Emma Simmons
Event Note

Specific date in julesi; quarter in Marriage Registration; own FT: children Annie, Ethel, Rose, James, George, Joseph

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Residence 1881 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England Lower Dunsley St
Event Note

1881 Census  of England:
Gurney: James 34, Emma 28, and Amelia 1,  living at Lower Dunsley St, Tring, Herts, all born in Tring.
James is a General Labourer, Emma a Straw Plaiter. This is consistent with later Censuses. In addition Edward T Gurney 16, General Labourer, is living there as "Nephew".
The dwelling is a semi-detached [my term] as it shares a wall with the neighbors: Henry 57 and Anna 46 Bain/d. He is a Chelsea Pensioner and General Labourer born Cathargh (?) Yorkshire, and she in Tring.

[No mention of Amelia in family records - died young? Actually Hannah/Annie?]

Residence 1891 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 2 Ballards Building
Event Note

1891 Census  of England:
Gurney:  James 42, Emma 38, Hannah 11,  James 8, George 5, Joseph 6 months.  
Occupation: James (Snr): General Labourer.
Born: All - Tring, Herts, except Joseph, born in Watford, Herts.
It is a stand-alone dwelling - 2 Ballard Building, St Mary's, Watford.

They have six lodgers: Rafe Smith 25, General Labourer, and William and Ann Young and  their three children.

Files: 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg and 1891EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg.

Note: An overseas researcher, Julie Simmons, with Gurney family links say that Ballards Building was “One of the worst slums in the town, over crowded.” and resultingly unhealthy. When we see that James and Emma have six lodgers it lends weight to the suggestion. [“julesi” in the Simmons Family Tree – and . See also article: from which the map is sourced.] - SJL

Death 1892    
Event Note

"Both Emma? and James died young, leaving their daughter Annie to raise the family". In GFV1

There is a likely death registration for James in September 1898, and Julie Simmons says July 1898 (and may have a certificate) - see Note for 1891 Census. Emma not in 1901 Census. - SJL

Death 1898-07-00 Watford, Hertfordshire, England in julesi


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Gurney, DAVID
Mother Tidder, MARIA
    Sister     Gurney, Hannah
    Brother     Gurney, George
    Brother     Gurney, Daniel
         Gurney, JAMES
    Sister     Gurney, Charlotte


    Family of Gurney, JAMES and Simmons, EMMA
Married Wife Simmons, EMMA
  1. Gurney, [Living]
  2. Gurney, ?Ethel
  3. Gurney, ?Rose
  4. Gurney, Hannah/Annie
  5. Gurney, GEORGE
  6. Gurney, Joseph



  1. Gurney, DAVID
    1. Tidder, MARIA
      1. Gurney, Hannah
      2. Gurney, George
      3. Gurney, Daniel
      4. Gurney, JAMES
        1. Simmons, EMMA
          1. Gurney, Hannah/Annie
          2. Gurney, [Living]
          3. Gurney, GEORGE
          4. Gurney, Joseph
          5. Gurney, ?Ethel
          6. Gurney, ?Rose
      5. Gurney, Charlotte


Source References

  1. Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. Gurney Family by Vera Stuart
  3. 130814 email from Edna Leader re Military Service.txt
  4. 1881 Census of England
      • Page: Tring/St Peter & St Paul/ pg 3; 1881EnglandCensusForHannahGurney.jpg
      • Page: Tring/St Peter & St Paul/ pg 3; 1881EnglandCensusForHannahGurney.jpg
  5. England Wales Free BMD Birth/Marriage/Death Index 1837-1915
      • Page: Births Registered Jan Feb March 1847; Aylesbury/Buckinghamshire/Volume 6/Page 363; EnglandWalesFreeBMDBirthIndex1837-1915ForJamesGurney.jpg
  6. from scanned K R Gurney Family Tree 9/2013
  7. 131027 EJ Leader email abbrv.txt
      • Page: from Army Pay-book
  8. 1851 Census of England
      • Page: Ref: HO/107/1716; Tring Herts/page 6/stamped "398"; 1851EnglandCensus Widow Hannah George.jpg
      • Page: Ref: HO/107/1716; Tring Herts/page 7/stamped "398";1851EnglandCensusForDanel James CharlotteGurney.jpg
  9. 1861 Census of England
      • Page: RG 9 / 843/ pg 32; 1861 England Census James Gurney RG09_0843_0038.jpg
  10. British Army Pay Book
      • Page: James Gurneys' Pay Book - 64th Regiment of Foot - complete with enlistment and discharge
  11. The 64th Regiment of Foot
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  12. England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
      • Page:; James Gurney, 'England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005'.htm
  13. 1891 Census of England
      • Page: Herts/Watford/St Marys/pg13; 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg