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Family History Beginners Board / marital status on census
« on: Sunday 08 March 09 11:37 GMT (UK)  »
My GG Grandmother married in 1864 ( I have the certificate) and had a daughter that year. In 1869 she had another daughter (born in the workhouse), whose father is 'unknown' and my GG grandmother is named as unmarried on that birth certificate.

She then turned up as a servant in the 1871 census as 'unmarried' with both daughters farmed out to relatives. Two more children were born in the workhouse to fathers 'unknown' and each time she was labelled as unmarried. By 1881, she was in the workhouse with the last two children, still labelled unmarried. By 1891, she was out of the workhouse but classed herself as a widow, as she did in 1901 and 1911. She died in 1915.

There is no trace whatsoever of her husband after their daughter's birth in 1864.

I can't imagine they would have been divorced as they were too poor. Does anyone know if there was a policy of officials describing women as unmarried due to having children outside of the marriage? The whole thing is a complete mystery.

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