Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So now we know why George moved down in the world

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Divorces were uncommon in Victorian times - and when they did happen they could be very expensive. When Carole contacted me about George Thomas Saunders of St Agnells Farm, Redbourn, nearly two years ago it was clear that something had happened in about 1865 to explain why he was an apparently well-to-do farmer in the 1861 census - and a mere farm servant, with a different wife - in 1871. Thanks to Sarah we now know that there was a messy divorce case in 1866, followed by his going bankrupt. [Details]

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