Paul, This is a bit of a long shot but I thought I'd ask anyway. My g.g. grandfather was a George Henry James. He was born in Bristol in 1820 and in 1837 he was married just outside Bridgend in South Wales. In 1836 he was apprenticed toJames Beard who was a cooper. I've assumed until now that this was in South Wales. Do you know if your James Beard ever worked in South Wales or by chance do you know anything about his apprentices?