The birth record was probably correct. James is not another name for
William. Jim is another name for James and Will, Willy, Bill, Billy are
other names for William.
(The family must have been patriotic - James was the name of Scottish kings
and William was the name of a man who fought the English).
The death certificate gives the names of parents who probably died a long
time ago and the witness of the death may have got the facts wrong. Or
possibly, the witness on the death certificate knew that Claire lived with
the family of William Gunn. It was common for children to live with members
of the family who were not the parents - either because of a shortage of
space/room in the parents home, or because a parent died.
Rena in England
still looking for Crum documentation prior to 1816;
also Brown and Ferguson- Perthshire records 1790's
----- Original Message -----
From: "jeanphilippe.dernoncourt" <jeanphilippe.dernoncourt@...>
> Hello Rena>
> Many thanks for your assistance and for the time you have spent to do
> Unfornunately the first name and the name are the only informations I got
> reading the birth certificate of Marie Jeanne Claire GUNN (William GUNN,
> aged 29 years, sailor).
> But in her certificate of death, we can read that she was the daughter of
> "James GUNN".
> Is James a surname for Willam (as Bob for Robert ?) or is it possible that
> the first name of my ancestor was James William or William James ?>
> Best regards
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rena MCCARTHY" <Rena@...>
>> Hello Jean,
>> I hope some of the listers can help you. It would have been more of a
>> if there was the name of a son. The first son was usually named after
>> father's father.
>> I have looked on some British government websites for you because
>> sailors/seamen had to make a "Last Will and Testament" when they signed
>> which would have given the name of his parents. Unfortunately, the
>> for your ancestor has not survived.
>> I have also looked on Scotland's website to see if there were some early
>> legal "Wills" which may have mentioned your ancestor William Gunn.
>> Unfortunately, there were no documents of the correct decade.
>> Interestingly, I saw mention of a David Gunn who also was a sailor -
>> all your family were sailors.
>> "Gunn David 13/3/1893 Fisherman, Willowbank, Wick, County of Caithness,
>> died. 14/02/1893 at Sea, off Caithness Coast, intestate Wick Sheriff
>> Rena in England
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "DERNONCOURT" jeanphilippe.dernoncourt@...
>>> I am a french new member on this list.
>>> Yesterday I descovered that one of my ancester was born in (about)
>>> 1779 in Wick (Scotland).
>>> His name was William GUNN.
>>> In 1808 he was a sailor prisoner of war in Valenciennes (North of
>>> France)and he had a daugther Marie Jeanne Claire GUNNE (26/12/1808)
>>> with Marie Claire Joseph ROMBAUX
>>> So, I am lookink for any informations about him and his family>
>>> thanks for your answers
>>> Jean philippe