Richard married my cousin, Sarah Clark, on 28 Jun 1877 in Bridport, there is no father named, he is 22, a bachelor, a braider (of nets, I assume), resident in Bridport. I have found him and Sarah and two daughters in Portsea, Hampshire in 1881, this confirms his age, and states his place of birth as Beaminster (and I have found his birth registration in Beaminster RD in Jul-Sep 1853), occupation is given as Baker unemployed (maybe the enumerator misread braider?). RG11; Piece: 1146; Folio: 103; Page: 34 He is not with Sarah in 1891, where she can be found in Allington, Dorset with 6 children; she and the two eldest children are fishing net braiders. RG12; Piece: 1664; Folio: 30; Page: 12 Another child is born in 1895 who may or may not be Richard's (I say this as in 1911 Sarah states 6 children born, so the seventh may be illegitimate); and in Bridport in 1901 Sarah is stated as a widow. RG13; Piece: 2013; Folio: 61; Page: 6. My problem is that I can find no trace of Richard in any other record than those I have mentioned; no baptism, no census except 1881, no death record. There's no clue to tracking him down in the marriage witnesses as they are Sarah's relatives. I had a brainwave whilst typing ... earlier I found a Shiner/Forder marriage and then got disheartened when it became obvious they couldn't be Richard's parents ... now I realised that searching the 1861 census for a Richard born Beaminster c1853 doesn't bring up many options ... well, only 4 that look worth pursuing --- and a Fanny Shiner married an Alfred Hayward in Jun 1859 in Beaminster RD, and they can be found in Bristol in 1861 with what must be my missing Richard. So I am amending my request to (1) does anyone agree with my theory or am I going to have to buy the birth cert? , (2) can anyone find him in 1891, and (3) can anyone identify a likely looking death?