In 1865, Samuel Watkinson married Mary Howard in Oldham. On the 19th September 1865, Mary gave birth to a son, registered as Thomas Watkinson, but baptised as Thomas Howard Watkinson in St Chad’s Rochdale. Thomas died in 1878 of ‘brain fever’. In April 1867, Thomas was prosecuted for neglect of his wife and 2 children, so I went looking for another child. I found two more children, William and Edward, who appeared to be twins, both registered in Rochdale in the December quarter of 1866 (William with the ref Rochdale 8e 31 and Edward with the ref Rochdale 8e 32). So, I sent for the birth certs, expecting them to be identical apart from Christian names and maybe with a time of birth. Here are the two certs - Spot the difference. Same DOB, different places of birth, one registered by Mum, one by Dad, William on the 16th and Edward on the 26th. I’ve looked for a possible death for either or both and can’t find any. One of them must have died for Samuel to be prosecuted for neglect of 2 children, unless the paper got it wrong, but Samuel was prosecuted again in July of 1867 and it said 2 children again. Samuel was a habitual petty criminal and ended up being sent to Portland Gaol in July 1868, but died in 1872 in the Invalid Convict Prison in Woking, aged just 25. Any ideas about the differences? I don’t need any other information about his family, it is for a friend and I have masses of stuff – it’s just this I can’t get my head around.