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Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby marmac » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:54 pm

This is an extract from the Register entry of my Great Grandfather's (James Russel) death in Roxburghshire in 1874.
It records that his mother, Isabella Paton was deceased at the time of his death but what is the word on the line below her name in column 5?

It looks to me that it could be "afterwards" but, if it is, what does that actually mean? Could it be that she died in childbirth?Incidentally, James's Marriage record (1857) also records his mother as deceased and he is recorded in the 1841 Census, age 5, living with his paternal grandparents.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Re: Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby Amazinggrace » Sat Oct 07, 2017 12:32 pm

Any chance you could make the form bigger, it's impossible to read so small.
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Re: Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby marmac » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:07 pm

Yes, sorry, I was able to read it but perhaps because I am familiar with the content! Try this!
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Re: Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:00 pm

The normal format there is Jane Doe MS Smith - maiden name Jane Smith, later Jane Doe.

I am fairly certain that "Afterwards" is exactly what it says - or rather "Afterwards ---". This would imply that her maiden name is what's written here but her married name was unknown at the time that the certificate was made out - hence the dash. Which in itself has the implication that the parents weren't married.

I think.

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Re: Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby AdrianB38 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:05 pm

Yes, just double checked - even in Scotland, the typical format at this time is for the parents to be named as "John Doe ... Jane Doe MS Smith"

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Re: Can anyone help with this word and it's meaning?

Postby marmac » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:12 pm

Thank you for your input, Adrian. I had concluded that James's parents hadn't married. She did not appear with his father in either the 1841 or 1851 Census and she was deceased by the time James married in 1857. I have been unable to trace marriage or death records for her. James's father, unmarried in1841, was married to someone else in the 1851 Census.

James himself was living with his paternal grandparents in 1841 & 1851 as a 5 & 15 year old, hence why I wondered whether she had died shortly after James's birth.
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