Is it possible that the lady who lived with them was not your great
grandfather's mother, but his stepmother? Even if the christian name is
"right", it is not unheard of for a man to marry two women with the same
But I would think it equally possible that his grandmother's name was
not something that your grandfather kept in the forefront of his mind,
even if he knew it, and that in the stress of dealing with everything
his mind just went blank.
Chris Pitt Lewis
On 06/02/2017 21:05, Jack Wotherspoon wrote:
Thanks for this. I do take your point about not making assumptions and I
did think about that quite hard. My logic was my that paternal Great
Great Grandmother stayed in the same house as her son -my Great
Grandfather - and my Grandfather for about four years covering him
being fourteen to eighteen years old so I assumed that by that age he
would have knowledge of her name and maiden name in particular. Also my
Grandfather and his parents lived in a village amongst relatives of
both this Great Great Grandmother and Great Great Grandfather. In this
insular environment I judged that the family members would have known
who was who.
On 06/02/2017 19:14, Adrian Bruce wrote:
> I'm not sure that I'd dismiss the possibility that he didn't know his
> grandmother's name. Obviously it depends on how old he was and how long
> they lived together but I'm quite sure that I wouldn't have known my
> paternal grandmother's name if I'd not seen it on the grave - she was Nana
> to me and Mum to my Dad. But I was young when she died.
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