Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ashby/Sherman - A problem marriage from Aldbury

I often get people writing in who have assumed that that the names given in the census returns are the same as the names on the relevant birth certificates. Carolyn wrote in saying she had details of her ancestors from the 1851 and 1861 censuses, the oldest child being Elizabeth Ashby, who was born in about 1840. However there was no sign of any marriage her ancestors James and Ann Ashby. A search of online indexes suggests that the couple lived together between 1840 and 1850 - having children every two years, eventually marrying in 1850. Children born before the marriage were registered as Sherman - but used the name Ashby in the 1851 census. Carolyn will need to purchase some certificates to confirm the story. It is possible that initially James was separated from and earlier wife, and only married Ann after his first wife died  so it will be interesting to see if James was described as a widower at the time of the 1859 marriage.

For full details see ASHBY / SHERMAN, Aldbury, 1840-1851

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