An illegitimate birth - 25 January 1891

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  1. The Artful Dodger

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    We have the birth and mariage certificate of the chap born on the date above. Neither specifies a Father - not unexpected - but the birth cert. names the mother as Susn Jane Bray.

    Susan Jane was born in Grade, Cornwall in 1869 to parents - William Henry and Mary Jane. William Henry was a Miller by trade and in 1871 was living in St. Keverne. He was 27 years old and already had 4 children + wife to support.

    By 1880 the family had moved to Sithney. William Henry was still a Miller and Susan Jane and her younger sister were the only children from the 4 in the 1871 census. She had been joined by 4 more siblings

    Like many of her sisters she became a Domestic Servant.

    1891 census has her at home with parents and 2 of the new arrival showing up in 1881 as well as 2 more after 1881. He had quite a family didn't he? In addition was her 2 month old son and a 30 year old single chap - Richard Johns - occupation General Labourer as a Boarder.

    We 'think' Richard Johns could be the elusive father - unnamed before.

    Lights flashing so will end now - more tomorrow - OK?
     
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    Continuing on my interupted post of last evening here are the observations of circumstances that have led us to feel 95% certain of the identity of the father:
    1] Richard was a General Labourer and a Boarder at the Bray household. He obviously contributed to the family finances.
    2] He was still there in 1895 when Susan's father died in 1895. Susan had left home sometime prior to his death and was working as a Domestic Servant in St. Keverne.
    3] In April 1900, Susan left Cornwall and went to New York and then on to Franklin where in November 1900 she married a chap 6 years her junior, who was from St. Keverne. In the 1901 census, Richard is still in the family home. His age is 40, still single and described as a Boarder. The young lad is now 10 and at school. Also there is Susan's sister Laura age 21.
    4] In 1911 the household has not changed. Mary Jane - the mother of Susan is aged 69 and still a Widow. She had previously given birth to 13 children and 9 were still living. Laura was married, but was living apart from her husband of 5 years. She had given birth to 1 child who had died. Richard is now stated as 49, a Lodger and a Labourer on a Farm. The young man is now age 20 and a Stone Breaker in a Quarry.
    5] In 1912 Mary Jane dies. Richard was the informant.

    We are of the opinion that the above is not conclusive, however, there are a few other events after the death of Mary Jane that add another 2% to our theory, but detailing those events may just muddy the waters.

    What are the thoughts of others?

    Colin
     
  3. gillyflower

    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    Yes I can see it as been true. I have something similar with an ancestor - I think some lodgers had a lot to answer for. - but how to prove it?
     
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    As you say - "how to prove it?" - maybe we need some luck as I did with own father's illegitimacy.

    Colin
     

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