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Victorian adoption?

Postby Historygeek71 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:42 pm

The family story says that my great grandmother Elizabeth Margaret North was an orphan, found on a door step - born in camberley Surrey (born 1872-4)? I have sourced her marriage registration and it documents her father as James North (bricklayer/lab).

I cannot find a record of a James North in Elsworth, Cambridgeshire where my great grandmother married my great grandfather (surname Tabraham).

I cannot find a birth record for my great grandmother Elizabeth North in camberley between 1872-4 either.

Is Elizabeth North likely to be her adopted name - did this happen in Victorian times or were adoptions informal .....?

This is driving me to distraction & I don't seem to get any further forward.
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby jakval » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:59 pm

Is it stated in any census that she was born at Camberley....who were the witnesses at her marriage?
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby Historygeek71 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:24 pm

Yes 1891 census, she is working as a general servant in Farnham and her place of birth is camberley. The wedding witnesses are the groom's sister and brother in law.
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby ianbee » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:20 pm

There's a baptism at Yorktown (Camberley St Michael)
1st September 1872
(christian name) Elizabeth Margaret North
daughter of Margaret Browning
abode Yorktown
occupation Servant

In the 1939 Register in Chesterton R.D., her birthdate is 27th July, albeit year 1873 (Margaret E Tabraham)
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby sdup26 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:27 pm

Elizabeth Margaret North and George Tabraham were married by banns 25/4/1901 in Elsworth, Cambridgeshire. She gives her occupation as servant, born 1875, father's name James, a bricklayer. George was a labourer b 1877, father's name William.

I can't find a birth in the GRO index for an Elizabeth Margaret (or vice versa) under Browning or North; maybe Margaret thought a baptism would be enough.
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby ianbee » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:33 pm

Frimley seems to be the parish for Camberley back then.
There are two James Norths in 1871
Lodging with George and Esther Latter -
piece 820 folio 47 page 26
ecclesiastical parish of York Town
James North Lodger Mar 38 Laborer Berks Sonning
Jane North Wife to Lodger Mar 39 Wife Berks Reading
Joseph North Son Unm 16 Gardiner Berks Reading
Lucia Browning Nurse Child 7 mo Middx London

Are James + Jane North the same couple in Frimley in 1881 with a daughter Lizzie North, 10, born London?
From that there may be a James North-Browning link.
James North in Frimley was a Bricklayers Labourer in 1891

Also in 1871, Frimley (York Town)
piece 820 folio 24 page 25
James North "In charge" Mar 55 Agr Lbr, birthplace Not Known
In charge of 15 year old James Kinsman
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Re: Victorian adoption?

Postby Historygeek71 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:37 pm

Thank you, those replies sound like plausible explainations for my great grandmother' origins.
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