Finding James (part 4)

This post is a continuation of the series where I try to find a birth record for my great grandfather, James Saunders. My research plan can be found here. Here is a review of my search so far.

1901 census
In 1891, James was living with his 2nd wife and children in 17 Acklam Road, His son’s service record (1890 – 1902) gave James as the next of kin and 3 possible addresses: 17 Acklam Road, 99 Tavistock Crescent & 2 Lonsdale Road. James wasn’t at any of these addresses in 1901.
I’ve found his sons in the 1901 census. James wasn’t living with any of them. I found 2 possibilities for his daughter, Harriet. Both records were for a Harriet Saunders working as a domestic servant. I also did searches using various combinations and wild cards for James Saunders either living on his own or with his 2nd wife.
Outcome: can’t find James Saunders (yet)

1911 census
I’ve found a possible record. James Saunders, a widower age 63, was an inmate at Marloes Road Workhouse, Kensington. He was born in Kensington.
I searched for a death record for his wife: Elizabeth Saunders died 22 May 1895 at 99 Tavistock Crescent age 53.
Outcome: this is probably my James. Was James in the workhouse in 1901?

FreeBMD & GRO index
Searching for James Saunders between 1844 – 1850 came up with 1 possibility: James Saunders born Kensington 1st quarter 1850. I traced this James through census records and was able to discount him.
Outcome: Can’t find James yet

Willesden/ Kensal Green/ Middlesex baptisms
I couldn’t find any record that made sense.
Outcome: Can’t find James yet

1851 & 1861 censuses
I couldn’t find any record that made sense.
Outcome: Can’t find James yet

Where next?
I’m going to park this for now & focus on the possible family discussed in part 2 of this series. Is Lydia Saunders my 2 x great grandmother? Is her son James in the 1851 census my great grandfather? Going back to Phil Isherwood’s original post, I have an obvious gap in my timeline – the birth or baptism of James Saunders and his sister/s Elizabeth/Harriet. I’m going to focus on parishes in Paddington as that was where Lydia’s other children were baptised.

-1911 census, Kensington, RG14, Piece: 139, RD: 2, SD: 1, ED: 52, Schedule: 9999

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