People (Re-unions, trace old friends and relatives.)
If this is the correct Clara, then she does seem to have been born in Durham. I found the family in 1871 in Derbyshire. Here Clara's birthplace is noted as Bishop Aukland, Durham. James is not with the family - perhaps one of the prison spells?:
Name: Claria Devine
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Mother's name: Mary Devine
Where born: Bishop Anckd, Durham, England
Civil Parish: Claycross
Ecclesiastical parish: Claycross
Registration district: Chesterfield
Sub-registration district: Ashover
ED, institution, or vessel: 10
Household schedule number: 87
Page Number: 19
Mary A Devine
Unfortnately, one of the trees on ancestry has this Clara marrying Charles Gascoigne Ackland in Doncaster in 1881. the marriage records on ancestry say 1887. There may be some kind of transcription error.
Now, it seems to me more likely that a Clara marrying a Thomas Ryan in Rotherham would be more likely to be the one living in Rotherham (census 1881) than in Doncaster, but I suppose this all needs crosschecking.
PS Sorry, mygriffiths, I have just noticed that you had already mentioned the 1871 census.
Replied: 29th Sep 2014 at 08:48