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The Common Room / Re: Change of name
« on: Friday 07 June 19 09:05 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for your help. Further research on this site shows that John Stanley's mother Mary Maslen married a Charles Mills in 1888. they had no children and by 1900 she had two children with Joseph Wood. Joseph Thomas in 1895 and John Stanley 1900. It does appear that Joseph and Mary never  actually married. Joseph Wood senior died in 1910 and then Mary seems to revert to her married name of Mills. Her and John Stanley appear in the Islington workhouse records and he is listed as John Mills. The older son Joseph keeps the Wood surname all his life and I have been able to trace records for him upto his death in 1951. Unfortunately I have not been able to find out why or when he started using the name Robert burns, but he called my grandad Robert John Stanley Burns when he was born in July 1923 and told him that it had been his father,s name and a family tradition ! Any help tracing John Stanley between 1915 upto his marriage in 1923 would be appreciated. Incidentally he is also told the family he worked as a chauffeur for the American Embassy in London during the 1930s. This may also have been a lie but I wonder if there is anyway of checking         

The Common Room / Change of name
« on: Saturday 01 June 19 21:41 BST (UK)  »
I believe my great grandfather changed his name from John Stanley Woods to Robert John Stanley Burns sometime before his marriage in 1923. Can anyone tell me how easy it would have been to do this and any possible reasons why people change their name.

Thank you 

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