It seems I can't leave well enough alone. What I know is that Catherine Martin widow of my then deceased 2nd Gt.Gt. Uncle Joseph, married Mr William Bridger in 1832, their son William John Dowsett Bridger was born 2nd Nov 1832, Baptised 2 Dec. 1832. Catherine died in 1833. Code: http://www.genealogy-specialists.com/threads/birth-baptism-of-catherine-dowsett-dawset.3027/#post-37288 #5 I then have a note [from where?] that young William John went to USA in 1842. I have a poss. sighting of him in 1841 in a school in Croydon area. Class: HO107; Piece: 1078; Book: 12; Civil Parish: Croydon; County: Surrey; Enumeration District: Aubins Norwood School of Industry; Folio: 25; Page: 1; Line: 24 No proof that it is him of course. I have no other real sighting of his father William after 1832 marriage & Bapt. of his son & don't know his birth date or place of birth. I wondered if William John had been for some reason placed with family or elsewhere other than with his Father. 1850 USA census has a William [Bridget] (sic)16- a shoemaker in the home of Canadian Lewis Breer b. 1825- shoemaker & his wife South Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA. 25 Jun 1854 Marriage Date: William J Bridger-22 Birth Year: abt 1832: London England Marriage Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Father: William 1860 William A. Bridger son of William J. & Lucy A.-South Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts abt 1854 Massachusetts [unable to raise 1860 census on William J's name.] 1860; Census Place: South Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_509; Page: 130 I have not been able to find transport of William to USA in any of those years. His petition for naturalisation has his date of arrival as 5 Apr. 1850 Name: William J Bridger Record Type: Petition Birth Date: 2 Nov 1832 Birth Place: Deal, England ? unable to follow this up in UK Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1850 Arrival Place: Boston, Massachusetts ................ Name: William J. Bridger Birth Date: 2 Nov 1832 Birth Place: England Age at event: 34 Court District: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont Date of Action: 10 Oct 1867 .... Date of death Dec. 19th 1906 age : 74 yrs. 1mth+ 14 days. I've seen later instances of travel to Massachusetts for William or W.J. going to same address in Wakefield but none for his arrival in UK. This one I think he was listed as a tutor. retired Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963 Passenger Lists Name: William John Bridger Birth: abt 1835 Departure: Liverpool, England Arrival: 14 Dec 1905 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA Residence: USA, Eng. Now I cannot find any travel for him any which way. Can some-one suggest how a child of either 9 or 15 yrs would travel to USA between 1841 + 1851 with or with out an adult please? I've stayed with the belief that this is William John Dowsett BRIDGER because of the consistent birth date.