Well now, it's taken just a few years! John Bradley was my husband's grandma's brother, whom he knew nothing about. In fact, he'd never heard of him when I first asked him about him in 2012. Unfortunately, not only was his name very common in the area, but there were a lot of JBs born around the same time there. Mary, 'Grandma', had three siblings. Their mother died in childbirth with her fourth child - that tiny baby grew up with her paternal aunt and her husband. The two older sisters moved with their father to Wolverhampton from Sedgley when he remarried, and John was still living in Sedgley with extended family in 1911. He had a very short spell in the army in WWI before being discharged because of his eyesight; his address on his army records was his father's place in Wolverhampton. And there the trail went cold. A fair few TD-ers have put in time on JB for me since then, particularly Ma-dotcom, AnnB and the lovely and much-missed Bookworm - of course, Sedgley was 'her patch'. Mary left Wolverhampton after marrying a local lad, and they moved up to near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. I couldn't find JB - he didn't appear in the 1939 register, anywhere, which meant one of three things to my mind... either his eyesight had improved dramatically and he had enlisted in WWII, had emigrated, or he was deceased. What I didn't bank on was him being mis-transcribed with the wrong surname and birthday! No wonder he was in hiding. I kept a diary, pages long, on my search, and now that the last pieces of the jigsaw have been tapped into place, it is easy to see where I went wrong. Crucially, when I did find the correct JB in 1939, I sent for his marriage cert and it was the wrong one. Two JB's, living within shouting distance, with wives called Florence! So, idiot that I am, I threw the unwanted cert into the ever-growing and expensive JB pile and discounted the chap I'd found in 1939 as not our man. Lesson learned. In fact, JB spent virtually all his life at the same address in Coseley. He didn't move! A breakthrough was buying the correct marriage cert for him and Florence - I had a maiden name to work with, and searching for Florence in 1939 I found her at home with her parents, along with her husband. Marriage cert-wise, it was just rotten luck that I purchased all the other JB marriages in Staffordshire/Worcestershire (and beyond) before I got to the right one - I started at the wrong end of the list. Once I had that, I was up and running. The big breakthrough really was the 1921 census - I bought the image after the census went live, and found that JB was still working in Wolverhampton where his family lived, whilst living in Coseley. I'd found him. JB featured in a couple of online family trees but the recorded year of death was incorrect. The 1921 census breakthrough wasn't the conclusion to the JB story - two more certificates sent for in error, added to the pile, but I was nearly there. Towards the end of July I sent for another death, crossing my fingers, but this time the wait was excruciating! Today it came through, the final piece of the jigsaw. John Bradley died at his little terraced house in Coseley, seven years before my husband, his great nephew, was born.