James John Graham was born on 13th or 30th (difficult to read) September 1845 at 24 Geeks Alley, Devonport.
Father - John Graham (deceased)
Mother - Elizabeth Ann Graham (formerly Sedgeman)
Fathers profession - Seaman
Informant details - The Mark X of Elizabeth Graham - Mother - 24 Geeks Alley, Devonport
Birth registered 3rd October 1845
I just checked on the cotton industry in Carlisle and the 1840's seemed to be a boom period with the industry only declining in that area in the 1860's a;though that doesnt stop people changing jobs however what is interesting is there are a couple of John Graham's who died in Jan and July 1845 in Carlisle.
Yes, I just spotted that about the John Grahams dying in Carlisle in the quarter to March and the quarter to September 1845.
Strangely, I can see no John Grahams dying in Devon in that year.
The Carlisle thing came about because I searched for any John Grahams on the 1841 Census. There were only 3 and they all lived in places with memorable names.
I then searched the Census for James Grahams of whom there were far more and ran my eye down their addresses until I saw one which matched one of the three for John. There was only one James Graham which matched, the one in Carlisle.
Don't forget, it was not compulsory to register a birth or death prior to c.1875 IIRC. As for James Graham leaving the cotton mills to become a cabinet maker, I think that this is unlikely. In most cases a cabinet maker would be a journeyman (apprenticeship served) as it was classed as a highly skilled trade.
Simon, the place of birth is not recorded on a persons death certificate.
The Ships Muster & Pay Book are your best way forward. You have the name of a ship that you presume John Graham served on. To verify this fact, you should find him listed in the Ships Muster & Pay Book. Once you have found him listed, you can follow his career via the Pay Books. The Pay Books will record where John was serving,(whether he was transferred and where to) whether onboard a ship or at an establishment, and it will also record when payment ceased, ie, his death.
BTW, the surname Graham is common in Scotland too! :icon_smile: