Money was a common why of avoiding a man being named, that and
throwing families out of their homes (when the father of the woman
worked for the "Noble Lord"), I have heard of cases were the
registrars refused to put the name in but I don't know how truthful
On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 1:37 PM, Jennifer Cairns <jenmathias(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I have three missing person problems on the go at the moment - and would appreciate
thoughts on the subject of hiding illegitimate births...
Two are Cardiganshire, and one is Bristol. Two definitely involve illegitimate births -
in one case the mother might have been local (Cardi) minor gentry and in the second case
(Bristol area) the father was of a gentry family (not known if the noble Lord, or his
brother a clergyman). In the third case there is a possibility that there might have been
some scandal which involved the (same) local Cardi minor gentry and a married man - exact
details are not known - but no birth involved, or known of. The missing man might of
course have been sent to prison for some reason.....
.... with the two illegit. births it has proved impossible to track down the
registration/baptism of either of the two children involved. Although both children were
taken abroad, one to Australia having been adopted (possibly by the brother [and his wife]
of the putative father - who had earlier gone suddenly to Australia) - the second
Glos/Bristol child was taken to the USA in the company of the mother who married rapidly
there and ended up in Argentina.
.... in the third case, cause of scandal unknown, the father of the family disappeared,
not findable thereon-in in any census or record.. but it has been suggested that the new
husband quickly acquired by the apparently deserted wife was actually the same chap using
a different name - so might have been a prison related incident.
My question is this
We all know that Parish Registers faithfully record (or apparently faithfully record)
illegitimate births .... but what scenario/template did gentry folk employ to hide their
involvement in "scandals" of this sort. Would children have been registered to
any pattern of surname name choosing, and where would the girls have gone to give birth -
family, or institute. With adoptions dating to around 1910/11 is there any chance of
finding adoption papers - and where? Both the cases where I know of live births that then
emigrated would have surely needed some form of ID to either leave or enter their
countries of choice - but I am ignorant on this matter.
Perhaps there is no pattern - but maybe a Lister has similar experiences in their
researches and can offer suggestions.
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