Maiden Name Mys­tery

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - LETTERS -

The ar­ti­cle ‘The GRO Birth In­dex solved my fam­ily mys­ter­ies’ (Eureka Mo­ment, Novem­ber) struck a chord, as I had hoped that it would solve my brick wall. The 1881 cen­sus of Higham Fer­rers shows my great grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Miller with his chil­dren Mary Ann (aged 27),

Wal­ter (18), Annie (16), Wil­liam (14), Jane (11), Emily (10) and my grand­mother Ellen (8). Mary Ann was a child of his first mar­riage, to Mary Wells. How­ever, I have been un­able to trace my great grand­mother, Wil­liam’s sec­ond wife (Sarah Ann).

Hop­ing to find her maiden name I searched the GRO Birth In­dex to find to my as­ton­ish­ment that for Wal­ter, Annie and Emily the mother’s maiden name is shown as ‘White’, but for Wil­liam, Jane and Ellen it is ‘Wilkins’! I have traced a mar­riage in Northamp­ton be­tween Wil­liam Miller and Sarah Ann White in 1859, but there is no trace of a Sarah Ann Wilkins.

David Parker, Portsmouth

Editor Replies: How strange! Have you or­dered the cer­tifi­cates?

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