What seems like a thousand years ago, I visited the Maidstone Archives (no interwebby back then ) and found the baptism of a several times great grandmother Mary Ann Dean CROSS. This took place at St Michael's, Smarden, Kent on 12th June 1825, her mother was Sarah - "a single woman" - and was seen on a microfilm of the parish records. When she married, she named her father as William DEAN - hence the 'Dean' in her name. As I had nothing better to do, I was having a rummage on FindMyPast to see if there was anything else going on that would give me a clue to who this mysterious William could be. Up popped the following transcription: Mary Anne Deane CROSS baptised at Pluckley, Kent on 21st August 1842, aged 18. Mother named as Sarah - no father. It might be that she did not know that she had been baptised but Mary Ann did not wed until 23rd April 1844 (to Charles HILLS at Ulcombe, Kent) so I cannot think that that could have been the reason. If anyone could shed any light on this mystery, I would be grateful.