Hi Joanne Thanks for the info on Albert.Hes he is one of mine.His mother Matilda died in 1855, so perhaps he was neglected.Anyway William married again in 1859, so maybe that is why his father got him out.He joined the Army at the age of 20 and was in the Somerset Light Infantry for 21 years.This Infantry was formed in Winchester in1858, the year he joined.He served in Wales, Ireland, India and Malta during that time.He came out early due to traumas received during his overseas engagements.He then went to live with his nephew John Bird (my Gt Uncle) in Southsea, where he died in 1891.
If it any help to you placing any Gaigers you have - my records re children of William & Matilda are:
Matilda born 1836, married John Bird in 1857.Had 17 children. William born 1840 died whilst serving in the Navy (this info from you) Laura born 1845.Was in service most of her life, but lived on independent means in her latter years and died in 1921.Did not marry Albert James born 1848 - info as above Charles George born 1850, married Isabella Puffett in 1877, lived in London, no children and died in 1922. Twins Lavinia and Agnes born 1852 both died as babies. Ellen (from 2nd marriage) born 1860, worked with her half brother in an Eating House in Winchester for most of her life, finally becoming the Eating House Keeper.Never married and died in 1912.I have copy of her will. Their father William Gaiger born 1811, died 1877 and I have a copy of his Will. As to his Father James Gaiger, who you now tell me married Mary Stockley, I don't know of his birth at the moment.I have his children as: William 1811 James 1813 Elizabeth 1814 Sarah 1817 Martha 1818 Charles 1821 Louise 1824 (this one came from you)
I wait to hear as to whether you know anything different.