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Fourth Generation

Alfred Benjamin Burgar (1849- ? ) - son of John Wesley Burgar (1816-1878) - son of John Burgar (1787-1816) - son of John Burgar (1742-1797)

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Alfred Benjamin Burgar was born in 1849 in Aston, Warwickshire.16 Civil Registration of Births reference is Sep 1849 V 16 p 173 - Aston, Warwickshire16

Alfred Benjamin Burgar appears as a child in the 1851 Census and the 1861 Census.

See 1851 & 1861 Censuses

Alfred Benjamin Burgar married Sophia Elizabeth (Yelph) Cope in 1871.   Civil Registration of marriage reference is Mar 1871 V 1C p 339 - Bethnal Green, London.16,25  The Marriage Certificate for the marriage has the following information.

Alfred Benjamin Burgar, aged 20, Bachelor, Carman, of Cambridge Road and Sophia Elizabeth Cope, aged 28, Widow Cambridge Road, were married on the 6th February 1871 at St Bartolomew's Church, Bethnal Green. Both signed the Certificate. Alfred Benjamin's father was given as John Wesley Burgar, a Watchmaker and Sophia's father as Henry Yelph, a Traveller. The witnesses were William Beckett and Sarah Ann Beckett.

Sophia Elizabeth Cope was born a Yelph.  Elizabeth Yelf. was one of the witnesses at Alfred Benjamin's grandmother's, Mary (Gough) Burgar, marriage to Andrew Wood West. This suggests that Sophia and Alfred may have known each other as youngsters through the friendship of their families.

The witnesses were William Becket and Sarah Ann Becket. In the 1881 census these are seen to be Publicans in Bethnal Green.

We have not found any trace of Alfred Benjamin or Sophia having children or dying in the UK. We have not been able to locate them in the 1871 or 1881 Census returns. It is possible that they emigrated.

Sophia Elizabeth Yelph (daughter of Henry Yelph) was born in 1843.25

On the marriage to Alfred Benjamin Burgar, it is stated that Sophia's father is Henry Yelph and that she is a widow. Her married name was Cope. However, on checking the civil registration for marriages from 1858 to 1870 for Sophia Yelf or Yelph there is no mention of a marriage.

Similarly, on checking the births from 1839-1845, there is no record of Sophia Yelf/Yelph.
(December 1840 was missing).

The name Yelph was not found in any records (IGI, Civil registration, 1881 census). Yelf was commonly found in the Hampshire & Wiltshire area. However, there was a Henry Yelf born 1843, Ernest 1844, and Sarah Jane 1842 in the London Area.

It is possible that Alfred Benjamin died pre 1881 and Sopia remarried. We have not found a remarriage under the Burgar surname.

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