I am un­able to find a mar­riage record for my great great grand­par­ents

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - Q & A - Alan Ste­wart

QMy great great grand­mother Louisa Letts was mar­ried to Ge­orge Letts (1841-1919) and had two chil­dren: Henry (born 1897) and Ge­orge, my great grand­fa­ther (born 1902). She was born in Maryle­bone, Mid­dle­sex, in ei­ther 1861 or 1865.

On the 1891 cen­sus, Ge­orge Letts was mar­ried to an Ann and mar­ried Louisa in 1895, ac­cord­ing to the 1911 cen­sus. How­ever, I can find no mar­riage record. My great grand­fa­ther’s birth cer­tifi­cate shows she was Louisa Letts, late Young, for­merly Lewis, so she must have been mar­ried pre­vi­ously. Can you help?

Su­san Jenk­ins, by email

AIn the Lon­don mar­riages on An­ces­try.co.uk, I was able to find the mar­riage of a Louisa Lewis and a James Win­ter Young in St Peter’s, Bat­tersea, on 17 Fe­bru­ary 1889. Ac­cord­ing to the mar­riage record, Louisa was 30 years old and her fa­ther was Robert Lewis, a coal porter.

An­ces­try also has a record of a Louisa Lewis in the parish of Padding­ton who was bap­tised on 2 Jan­uary 1859 (and born on 4 De­cem­ber 1857).

Her par­ents are shown as Robert (a coal porter) and Ann Lewis, whose ad­dress was in Dud­ley Street.

The 1861 cen­sus lists the Lewis fam­ily at 13 Dud­ley Street, Padding­ton. Robert (49) is shown work­ing as a coal porter from Waden­hoe, Northamp­ton­shire, while Ann (46) comes from the City of Lon­don. They have three sons and three daugh­ters, in­clud­ing three-year-old Louisa, who was born in Maryle­bone.

I could find no mar­riage for Ge­orge and Louisa, but in the civil reg­is­tra­tion in­dex I did find an en­try for the mar­riage of Ge­orge Letts and Ann Bai­ley in the Strand reg­is­tra­tion dis­trict in the De­cem­ber quar­ter of 1863. Fam­il­y­Search’s Eng­land

Mar­riages in­dex has an en­try show­ing that this mar­riage took place on 14 De­cem­ber 1863 at St Anne’s, Soho. Find­my­past.co.uk have images of mar­riages at St Anne’s, but up to 1837 only.

There is also an en­try in the civil reg­is­tra­tion deaths in­dex for an Ann Letts in the March quar­ter of 1898. Her age is given as 80, which ties in rea­son­ably well with the age of Ge­orge’s wife Ann in the cen­suses for 1871 (45), 1881 (60) and 1891 (70).

If this Ann is Ge­orge’s wife, then he couldn’t have mar­ried Louisa in 1895 (ex­cept big­a­mously), and may not have mar­ried her at all.

You will need to send for the cer­tifi­cates for the mar­riage and death, how­ever, to check that they do in­deed re­late to your Letts fam­ily.

Ge­orge and Louisa Letts are clearly noted down as a mar­ried cou­ple in the cen­sus of 1911

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