One of my New Year resolutions was to fill in the gaps in my family tree! Quite a big resolution but with my Ancestry subscription I’m hoping it will be a fun task. This evening I thought I would start with George Benger (1838-1896), my paternal great-great grandfather.
For some reason I had only traced him through a handful of census returns – 1861, 1871 and 1891 were so far missing.
I found him in 1861 census under the name Robert Benger (and I’m pretty sure he didn’t have a brother of that name!).
At the age of 21 his occupation was recorded as ‘Musician Royal Marines’ and he was a visitor at the North Star Tavern, Alverstoke. The pub still exists but is currently known as the Coach and Horses.