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Postby Norfolk Nan » Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:50 pm

Has anyone come across the surname Lefterhand in their research? I have a Susanna Lefterhand marrying into my family in 1790 in Little Saxham, Suffolk but I can’t find her origins or others of that name in the records. There are some in the USA and a close variant in Germany but none in the U.K.

Any ideas please?
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby ianbee » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:08 pm

Have you seen the parish register? Did Susanna sign? You get some strange corruptions of names sometimes.
Why does Suffolk Marriage Index on findmypast have her as Susanna Lanes, when everywhere else she is Lefterhand?

According to FamilySearch, the baptism of Edmund Sharpe in Great Saxham, 12 Oct 1800, has mother as Susan Long
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NK3S-MXH

Similarly, George Sharpe in Great Saxham, 15 Mar 1803
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NVPC-XGZ

Is she buried in Great Saxham in 1834 as Susan Sharp, age 69?
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Templ4r » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:16 pm

Every tree you look at is the same, probably using the image from Pallots index. But as that is a transcirption as well, as Ianbee says, you need to look at the actual register.

I looked for Listerland, there are a few of those about.
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:36 pm

Yes, I think that’s her burial in 1834, she’s not on the 1841 census.

I’ve ordered a copy of the original PR but Pallott is very clear as is the professional parish transcription in the Ancestry card index. I’m hoping the copy will prove them all wrong but I’m dubious that I’ll see something no-one else has.

I’ve no idea where Lawn, Lane or Lorne comes from but they are copied tree after tree. No one has added anything personal to her so either they’ve all drawn a blank or haven’t looked. Personally, I have a theory that she was given the name at an orphanage and sent to work in service. I read recently that Lefthand was used to indicate bastardy but I can’t find the reference. There were several ‘big houses’ in the area and it would explain why someone from outside a tiny village would appear from nowhere. But proving it is going to be a challenge.
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby ianbee » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:51 pm

The attachment is from
Little Saxham Parish Registers: Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, with Appendices, Biographies, &c. 1559 to 1850
Author Sydenham Henry Augustus Hervey

Snippet views available on Google Books!
LDS microfilm 952199 has Little Saxham PR's up to 1812, including Banns. Always worth a look at them.
FamilySearch have indexed the marriage from the Bishop's Transcript.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJF1-8XX
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Templ4r » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:54 pm

It's the Bar Sinister on a shield, indicates the bastard son of .....

There are some Leverlands in Suffolk..
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:27 pm

I’ve trawled through Hervey’s transcription and she is unique, not even a bastard foundling to hang her on. I’m assuming the B stands for banns. Fingers crossed the photocopy reveals something helpful. Leverlands are close ... thanks chaps!
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Templ4r » Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:20 pm

Out of interest, for those that can't see it on Ancestry.

2 public trees have her down as Susannah Lefterhand Lorn.
1 Private tree has her down as Susannah Long Lefterland ( but obviously you'd have to ask for permission to see that one.)

No indications where they got that from though.
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Norfolk Nan » Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:42 pm

And on a tree on Family Search there is a lovely photograph attached to her that was printed, possibly taken, in Salt Lake City (if you can go by the detail on the paper frame) bearing in mind Susannah died in 1834 and never left Suffolk...
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Re: Lefterhand

Postby Templ4r » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:02 pm

Oh yes.. strange that. Unless someone mounted the photo in Salt Lake City.

I see now where the Lorn comes from, Thomas Barnol/Barnards baptism 1798 at Great Saxham.
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