A few years ago I received an email from Shona telling me she thought her great great grandfather, George Musson, and my great great grandfather, William Musson, were brothers.
Shona and her sister in law, Dianne had been working back from Shona's father, Brian to her grandfather James, great grandfather, George and then hitting a brick wall with her great great grandfather George.
As we have not found a death for this George Musson I am recording a timeline for him with hopes of perhaps flushing out some information.
The death certificate of my ggg grandfather, William Musson, gave his parents names Elijah Musson and Mary (former name unknown). I found Elijah and Mary at Stonesby, Leicestershire in all the census. There was only one other Elijah Musson in the area and he was a nephew born 1836.
Following all the census Elijah and Mary Musson had six children.
In the 1841 census there were William b 1832 and Emma 1839.
The 1851 census then included Richard b 1842, Elizabeth 1845 and George 1847.
In the 1871 census Elijah and Mary were aged 56 and 60 with a 9 year old daughter named Ann living with them. Ann was the only child there on that night. Perhaps a granddaughter?
I know that my great great grandfather William had already left for New Zealand in 1862.
It seems George may have soon followed.
On the 16th of April, 1867 a George Musson married Annie Gough in Christchurch New Zealand. They were living at Rangiora, near where William had settled.
George may have fallen out with his brother William after signing his name on a promisory note without his knowledge.
In mid 1869 he spent a couple of years in "penal servitude" for perjury.
George and Annie went on to have five children all born in that area. They were Richard born 1868, George born 1869, James born 1871, John born 1873 and Annie born 1876. From here it gets confusing as all the later generations included a George Musson.
It seems George had money woes and was also facing bankruptcy.
Maybe that was why Annie was putting the land into her own name.
The following notice appeared in 1891, the same year that Elijah Musson, father of William and George, died at Stonesby. This is our main reason for thinking George is William's brother.