William Busby ♂


Born c1841, (on ship), Irish Sea?, (at sea)

Died c1909

Possible aliases/distractors

William Busby b. c1839, (Leafield, Oxon)  // same person?
William Busby b. c1846, (Tipton, Staffs)  // same person?
William Busby b. 1844, (Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warks)  // different people
William Busby b. c1835, (Finstock, Oxon)  // different people
William Busby b. 1839, (Northmoor, Oxon)  // different people


William Busby is James's father. In the only two census records we have for him (1891, 1901) he gave his place of birth as the Irish Sea circa 1841. But his whereabouts from 1841 to 1888 are a mystery. He may be the same William as one from Oxfordshire (but then, what was he doing in the Irish Sea?); see notes below.

His wife Harriett indicated (in 1911) census that he was deceased and that she had been married for 22 years; that would make his death late 1910 or early 1911.

Possible death recorded in Kings Norton in October-December 1905 (6c, p 207). Under investigation.


In the 1888 wedding certificate, William's father is shown as Augustine (deceased). This 1888 certificate also shows him as being a widow.

It is possible that William's first wife was Hannah Bridgman (Crawley, Oxfordshire). However, if that is the case, it may be that William's and Hannah had split up, rather than Hannah had died, as it appears that Hannah was probably still alive in 1888.

William probably died in Selly Oak Workhouse Infirmary 17th October 1905. The death certificate gives his occupation as formerly a general labourer of Smethwick. No home address is given, and the cause of death is given as pulmonary tuberculosis (and exhaustion). The death was notified by E J Evans (believed to be the Workhouse supervisor). No other details are given about the deceased.

Possible parents

None yet known

No father identified yet

Possible partners

  Harriet Hobbs (1859–1929)
      m. 06/10/1888 (Register Office, Birmingham, Warks)

Possible children

James William Busby (1889–1925)
Phillis Busby (1891– )
Rose Harriet Busby (1893– )
Hilda Busby (1896– )
Lucy Elizabeth Busby (1899–1981)

Possible maternal siblings

None yet known


William Busby 'Life track'

pdateagedob rangeAddressoccupation
05/04/18914906/04/1841 to 05/04/18426 Wheways Terrace, Wills St, Smethwick, Staffordshire Excavator
31/03/19015901/04/1841 to 31/03/184223 Tiverton Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire Road Draper


Date: 05/04/1891   Sheet: RG12/2364/116
Address: 6 Wheways Terrace, Wills St, Smethwick, Staffordshire
 M  F 
OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
13110William BusbyHead49    MarriedExcavatorIrish Channel 
1329Harriett BusbyWife   32 Married Birmingham, Warwickshire 
1331399James W BusbySon1     Birmingham, Warwickshire 


Date: 31/03/1901   Sheet: RG13/2821/138
Address: 23 Tiverton Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire
 M  F 
OccupationBirthplaceEditor's notes
13510William BusbyHead59    MRoad DraperIrish Sea (Aboard Ship) 
1369Harriett BusbyWife   41 M Aston, Warwickshire 
1371399James BusbySon12     Hockley, Warwickshire 
13835Phillis BusbyDaughter   10  Smethwick, Staffordshire 
13937Rose BusbyDaughter   7  Smethwick, Staffordshire 
14036Hilda BusbyDaughter   5  Birmingham, Warwickshire 
14138Lucy BusbyDaughter   1  Birmingham, Warwickshire 


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