When you can’t find an accurate birth date, a marriage date will have to do.
24 May 1829
William Grist, my ggg uncle, married Emma Wood at Penistone, Yorkshire. I think this is the right marriage for him, as I know he married an Emma. As I can’t find a birth or baptism record for him, this marriage date will have to be his blog event. William Grist was born about 1804, to Henry and Ann Grist, and according to the census was born in Bentley, which is east of Barnsley and just north of Doncaster. In 1841, William and Emma were at Smithley, which is between Worsbrough and Wombwell, William working as a turner and with 5 children. By 1851 they have moved to Blacker Hill, near Worsbrough, and William had become a grocer and flour dealer, their eldest son is a smith, and two younger sons are grocers. They also had two coal miners living with them as lodgers. They’re at the same address in 1861 but William gives his occupation as iron turner, and living with them are daughter Eliza Cook and granddaughter Epsy Cook. By 1871 they’ve moved to Nether Hoyland and their granddaughter Epsy is still with them. William Grist died in 1880 age 74 according to his death registration.
24 May 1981
Birth of the grandson of one of my Strachan cousins in South Shields.