Got a odd one here. There are two Henry Searles and one of them married Mary Ann Smith 20 Oct 1857, said to be in Great Leighs Essex, that info comes from a Public Tree on Ancestry and from the book on Essex Searles by Ken Searles. Let me state now I have no reason to doubt Ken Searles research he was very thorough, but I cannot find those marriage details on FreeReg, Ancestry's EPRI, Family Search or FMP. What I have found from Free BMD is Henry Searles married Mary Ann Smith Dec quarter 1857 Chelmsford Registration District, vol 4a page 205. Great Leighs is in the Chelmsford Registry District, I have by the way sent for the Marriage Certificate because there is a problem attached which I'm relying on the cert to solve. Both Ken Searles and the Public Tree claim that Henry is a son of my ancestors Thomas and Sophia Searles and was baptised 1825/6 at Great Leighs, the Censuses back that claim but I'll be darned if i can find it and I've looked several times over the years. The only Henry Searles I can find is one baptised 26 Nov 1826 at Braintree Independent (Congregational) the son of William Searles and his wife Hannah Taylor, the register noted the abode of William and Hannah was Great Leighs. Those are also related to my Searles line. Oddly, the Ken Searles book, the Public tree and Censuses show the two daughters of Henry and Mary Ann Searles, Eliza born 1847 and Emma born 1851. I do wonder if Henry and Mary Ann could have got away with, as it would have been considered in those days, 'living in sin', that amount of time, Great Leighs back then was a small village, especially the part of Great Leighs Henry and Mary Ann lived in, Chatley Hamlet, everyone would know everyone's business So the reason I've now sent for the marriage cert for Henry and Mary Ann is so I can ascertain who the father of Henry is, Thomas or William, also the name of Mary Ann's father will help to determine which Mary Ann Smith she is, there are too many. From my recent research it seems that the only record of the 1857 marriage for Henry is the details for ordering the certificate. I'm beginning to consider my Searles a bit of a pain, I will be glad to put this family to bed. Even the other children of Thomas and Sophia Searles were difficult to round up, two at Gt Waltham C of E, then two at Felsted C of E, two at Braintree Congregational, one at Great Leighs C of E, then one at Braintree Cong and the last two at Great Leighs C of E, that is of course if Henry turns out to be theirs. I will post the conclusion of this once I have received the marriage cert.