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John henry Esp
I am trying to find out about my grandfather John Henry Esp who was born in Shropshire. He did not know who his biological parents were and never had a birth certificate. He was born around 1903. As a baby, he was taken in by George and Fanny Head who lived in Claverley. The only posession on him was a bible with the name John Henry Esp written inside.
George was a gamekeeper until at least 1911. My grandfather's name in the 1911 Census form lists John Henry as a visitor at their home located in South Stoke, Easton, Lincolnshire.
The only birth record located on Ancestry and the free BMD website is for a John Henry Esp born on March 1902 in Kingswinfold, staffs. Parents were Richard and Jane Elizabeth Esp. This John Esp shows up on the last 1911 Census. This was a farming family and John Henry was the youngest child. It is likely not a match and does not explain why both of them show up on the 1911 Census in different locations. I was told parish records were destroyed in a fire and that my grandfather may have been an illegitamate child. He said people in the village kept pointing him out saying, 'that's him, he's the one.' It's a real mystery. I wonder where George worked as a game keeper. Rumours also went round stating the lady who lived there may have had an affair with one of her employers and asked George and Fanny to stay silent and bring the baby up. Were there any Esps that worked at the same place as George. I would love to get to the bottom of this.

Posted Oct 2016
Shropshire (County, SAL, Salopia, Salop), Shropshire


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