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Title: Has anyone an answer?
Post by: Muffin41 on Tuesday 21 January 14 15:55 GMT (UK)
I am not sure if this is the right place to find an answer or not ....................................

I have various birth certificates from 1848; 1851; 1853 and 1864, all the children being base born.

In the case from 1848 the father was summoned and ordered to pay the mother 1/6 a week; BofG Bastardy Orders 1844-1885. 

The two women from 1853 and 1864 later married and had their surname entered as their fathers, In both cases this could be their grandfather as the Christian names were the same as the grandfathers in each case. One girl was living with her grandparents as a child in the 1861 census.

The 1851 boy later had his name changed and married using the new name; the father (?) having `taken responsibility for a boy and two girlsī who used his name when they later married.
The censuses from 1861 to 1871 show them all as one family.

As adoption was not law at that time what other laws would have covered these circumstances?

Is it possible to find out if the fathers entered in the marriage certificates were really the grandfathers?

Title: Re: Has anyone an answer?
Post by: stanmapstone on Tuesday 21 January 14 16:10 GMT (UK)
Under English common law, a person may take a new surname, perfectly legally, without drawing up any formal record, provided that such action is not undertaken for the purpose of fraud of avoidance of obligation, etc.
Title: Re: Has anyone an answer?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Tuesday 21 January 14 16:40 GMT (UK)
The use of a grandfather's name in place of the actual father's name on wedding certificates is fairly frequent - done especially, i suspect, if marrying into a "Godfearing" or very correct Church or Chapel family. I suspect it happened more often than we all realise. The social approval of society, especially a "new" family was especially in 19th and early 20th c, very important to many.