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Marriage & Children’s Birth Validity

Postby GrahamWP » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:20 am

Hi Everyone
I am after some advice …

My Wife’s 2 x Great Grandfather was born illegitimately in a workhouse in 1862, both the registration document & Baptism have no father listed and he has his Mother’s Maiden name. Later in 1867 his Mother Married, I don’t think this is the Father as in the 1871 Census he was listed as no relation to the head ( it was left blank ) and still had his Mother’s Maiden name. Interestingly the Census Clerk put a dot next to him and his Mother to indicate he was her Son. When he got married he incorrectly put his surname down as his Step Fathers, I am not sure if he knew this was incorrect.

Does this make his Marriage invalid and what about his Children who had the wrong Surname.

Sorry about the Long Question
Graham
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Re: Marriage & Children’s Birth Validity

Postby AntonyM » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:50 am

He was entitled to use whatever surname he wanted to - the marriage is perfectly valid. A person's marriage (or death) should always be recorded in the name they "use or are known by" at the time.

A birth registration doesn't show any specific surname for a child anyway until 1969 - only the parents' surnames (under which the entry is indexed).
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Re: Marriage & Children’s Birth Validity

Postby GrahamWP » Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:57 pm

Thank you Antony.
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Re: Marriage & Children’s Birth Validity

Postby brunes08 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:55 pm

Just as a point of interest. My 3xgt grandfather was illegitimate. His mother married when he was five years old. He used either his mother's surname or his step-father's surname on different documents throughout his life. It was tricky tracing his life until I realised what he was doing.
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