Bastardy Orders can be found at Access to Archives A2A on the Archives site. This is the
site that replaced A2A. See if there is anything on it. At a quick glance I don't
see them anymore.
Not sure I am understanding exactly what you are saying about Richard's child's
name, but when an illegitimate child is christened, he/she takes their mother's
Then the mother may marry and the child uses the new father's name, but when it comes
to baptizing their children, they have to go back to the original mother's maiden name
in the first generation. I'm not sure of the exact church rules but perhaps one of
the priests who are on this site can explain more clearly.
I have a case like that. The father was sued in a bastardy order, and he didn't
contest, so we know he was the father. He married the mother a year later and the child
took his name from then on. There was no official adoption in those days. Even though
he'd used the father's name all his life, when that child married, his marriage
had to be under the name the church had on his baptism, and likewise, on baptism all his
many children also had his mother's maiden name. In daily life, they all used the new
father's name and used the maiden name as a middle name. Officially, at least in the
church, they remained the illegitimate name.
On Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:20:10 -0500, "dcsoracco(a)optonline.net" wrote:
Greetings listers, Reaching out for some guidance. My ancestor, Richard Coulthurst was
born in 1824 in Myerscough to Miriam Coulthurst.
Several records, I found, state that he was illegitimate. I was advised once to seek
Bastardy records. I've never been able to find any records.
I also cannot find any records of birth for Mom Miriam.
Interestingly enough, one of Richard's children ended up taking his mother's
maiden name (first name Elizabeth) Blackburn as his last name.
Any suggestionsDeb SoraccoUSA