What would cause a married couple to use the surname of the husband in at least 2 census records? was it due to lack of understanding & writing skills? I've spent a large part of my day [before I got back to my book] ; trying to ascertain when this chap was really born & to whom. Finally found I think at Hollingbourn Mar. Qtr 1881 - Mmn Stonestreet. Still not absolutely certain. 1874 Marriages Jun 1874 Smith Ellen + STONESTREET Thomas Chertsey 2a-36 widow nee Smith ........ Deaths Sep 1874 Stonestreet Thomas 25 Chertsey 2a-18 ......... Name-Edward Tolhurst Spouse-Ellen Stonestreet-widow- father Smith. Father-James Tolhurst Marriage-05/02/1876 Addlestone, Surrey, England Residence-Addlestone, Surrey, England ....................... 1876 Code: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/4779/40815_1831101883_0592-00019pid=2054857&treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=xp4184135&_phstart=successSource 1891 Code: https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=2352&h=4276055&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=7814 1901 https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=7814&h=4192153&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=6598 gives a Mother's name as Mary Ann,widow - not Ellen. Has middle initial as 'F' but wife & children match up. 1911 https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=1623&h=2628719&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=2352 This census seems to be filled in by the wife who is quite befuddled by it all. 1898 Code: https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=1623&h=2628719&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=2352 Is this just a case of lack of word skills or something else? This has taken too much time to put down & I must go now to my cot, sorry to post & run.