One of my direct ancestors is proving rather elusive, and with a name like Richard Bottom, you'd have thought he'd have been relatively easy to find.
I have his name from the birth certificate of his son, but have not been able to locate him on a census or find a birth, marriage or death certificate - his birth may have been pre-1837 though, but I thought a marriage would be doable.
I have his wife, Sarah (nee Mitchell) and eldest two children in the 1861 census and it gives her relationship to the head of house as wife, but the husband is missing from this census transcription and I've been unable to find the bit he is on! https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-KFTP
She is a widow in 1871, but even with those windows I can't seem to track him down! I'm guessing he was probably born locally, but don't really know where or when.
Many thanks for any help!