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Offline Amandad82

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Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« on: Monday 16 October 17 21:51 BST (UK) »
Good Evening,

A small mystery and was wondering how to solve this.

I have an ancestor born 1876 (suspected in Wales).  From all the records i have been able to find he was married and the baptism of his children he was known as David Edward Patterson.  I have employed researchers to find his death certificate (no trace) he died around 1930 as per his wives death certificate. 

The family story goes that he "ran away" from home - at the time his surnames was Merrells (this has only been confirmed via verbal stories handed down).  He was married in 1897 as Patterson.

From baptism records I have seen a few people also present at some of the baptisms that have a Merrells link:

+/- 1901 - Petrus Johannes and Helen Maria Marais - Helen Maria Merrells (as per the records I have found was also Merrells before she got married).
+/- 1897 - Nicholas and Meta Josephine Heydenrych - Meta Josephine Heydenrych - At the time of her husbands death was known to have the Maiden surname of Merrells and on her death certificate some 20 years later her maiden surname was listed as Patterson.

I have asked the remain relatives we do have and no one knows anything except that there was a name change.

Looking into the MyHerirage website (I dont have full access)', I have seen:
Three daughters:
Helen Maria (Merrells) Marais
Martha Gertruda (Merrells) Beets
Maria Johanna (Merrells) Rorke

If I remember correctly the father listed here was a William.  However on the death certificate the father of Martha was listed as David Edward Merrells.

So, i am wondering if anybody van help me solve this riddle?

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Re: Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 17 October 17 01:26 BST (UK) »
Unfortunatelly, unless he died leaving an estate there won't be an estate death notice in the archives - and in this case there appears not to be one. I have searched under Patterson and Merrells and also David Edward over the time period of his death and there is no estate file.

Sorry
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Re: Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 17 October 17 11:39 BST (UK) »
Any clues  on any census?

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Garner, Marylebone Paddington  Northolt Ilford
Garner, Devon
Garner New Zealand
Maddieson
Parkinson St Pancras,
Lethbridge Paddington Slough
Jenkins Marylebone Paddington
Mizon/Mison/Myson Paddington
Tindal Marylebone Paddington
Tocock, (name changed to Ellis) London
Southam Marylebone, Paddington
Bragg Lambeth 1800's
Edermaniger(Maniger) Essex Kent Canada (Toronto)
Coveney Kent Lambeth
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Re: Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 17 October 17 13:56 BST (UK) »
Here is Martha's death certificate in case you don't have it https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS92-T9N4-8?i=1487&cc=2520237
Austin, Ayling, Alborough, Bescoby, Cheal, Groom,Rathbone,Tarboton,Lyell and Smith.

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Re: Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 17 October 17 14:39 BST (UK) »
I am sorry, initially I didn't realise this was  on the South Africa board, silly me, cancel my comment about census

Louisa Maud
Census information is Crown Copyright,
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Garner, Marylebone Paddington  Northolt Ilford
Garner, Devon
Garner New Zealand
Maddieson
Parkinson St Pancras,
Lethbridge Paddington Slough
Jenkins Marylebone Paddington
Mizon/Mison/Myson Paddington
Tindal Marylebone Paddington
Tocock, (name changed to Ellis) London
Southam Marylebone, Paddington
Bragg Lambeth 1800's
Edermaniger(Maniger) Essex Kent Canada (Toronto)
Coveney Kent Lambeth
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Re: Change of Surname - Merrells / Patterson
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 17 October 17 18:34 BST (UK) »
Thank you to everyone that has replied...

I do have Martha's death certificate (thank you).

If anyone can assist with census records that would be helpful (Wales, UK) - apparently the family was very involved in the shipping industry... Merrells - Wales - Shipping.?

Again - thank you all for the error and replies!!!