If you’ve been following this blog, you may know that there’s a bit of a mystery about who the father is of my grandmother, Beatrice Eleanor Chapman, born 1925 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
DNA evidence appears to point to a family called Cox from the London and Essex areas of England being related, with 3 confirmed matches that seem to point to a Walter Fordham Cox being my great great grandfather.
The question then arises, who is the Fordham? And to which family does he belong?
There are a couple of possibilities here. Given that it has been extremely difficult to track down Walter Fordham Cox beyond his birth, with no death being found for him in his first few years of life, and not appearing on the 1891, 1901 or 1911 English, Welsh or Scottish census, it is my opinion that he may well have been out of the country for some period of time. The fact that I can vaguely remember my grandfather, the partner of Beatrice, some years ago referring to some sort of connection to France, with no connection found so far on any other branches of the family tree, this would seem to be the most obvious branch where that connection could have been.
However, at some point there would have had to have been travel made to Edinburgh in the early 1920s by my unknown great grandfather, for my great grandmother, Frances Eleanor Chapman to fall pregnant in Edinburgh.
And so, with this in mind, I decided to look for any Fordhams in the Edinburgh area.
There aren’t that many of them who appear in the Edinburgh area at the right sort of time.
The first Fordham I found was a James Fordham who married in Edinburgh in 1897:
This James, a policeman from the London area seemingly, according to the Scottish marriage entry. He appears on the 1891 census in Marylebone, London, England.
Also, James’s family are easily found in Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire in 1861.
However, there is another possible Fordham, who Walter Fordham Cox could be related to, if there were any Fordham relations in Edinburgh, him being a Thomas Henry Fordham.
In 1922, a Thomas Henry Fordham married an Isabella McBeath in Edinburgh. Thomas Henry’s father also being a Thomas Henry Fordham, his mother being Ellen Soundy.
I have also located a Thomas Herbert Fordham, who, in 1925 was of 110 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, Scotland, according to the 1925 Scottish Valuation rolls when I was searching for Thomas Henry, and/or his parents, I could not see a Thomas Henry Fordham.
110 Lauriston Place wasn’t very far from Home Street, Edinburgh, where my great grandmother, Frances Eleanor Chapman, and her parents, Henry and Eleanor Isabella were living in 1925.