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Also - has anyone come across this where the husband has disappeared so the woman is known to be apart from her husband but then has more children who aren't his. If you've seen examples of this where she's then labelled unmarried (while still legally being so) I'd love to know about them.

Not quite the same, but I have a GG Grandmother whose husband apparently disappeared between 1851 and 1861 (where she appears in the census as "wife" but he is absent).

Then in 1870 she marries another man, using her married surname but described as a spinster.  Her father's surname on the certificate is correct, and not the same as her married name.

The first husband does turn up in 1881, in the workhouse of the same town, and he dies there in 1891.  Did she know all that time that he was alive?  Who knows.
How intriguing! You could write a story/play about it... I can see the deserter turning up broke & begging help/forgiveness while the wronged wife bolts the door (a bit like Olivia De Havilland in The Heiress).

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I have an ancestor who was widowed and then subsequently had 4 children, all with the father un-named. On their birth certificates, she is recorded as her married name but with no maiden name included. They were all born in the workhouse (she was a frequent visitor!) and when she was there during a census, she was categorised as unmarried. This also happened when she was working as a servant on a farm (presumably placed by the workhouse guardians). The first time she records herself in a census (1891) she categorises herself as a widow.

I'm interested in finding out if this was a common practice (England - 1870s/1880s) and/or if anyone else has come across this.

Also - has anyone come across this where the husband has disappeared so the woman is known to be apart from her husband but then has more children who aren't his. If you've seen examples of this where she's then labelled unmarried (while still legally being so) I'd love to know about them.

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Thank you Yvonne - that's so good!

I really appreciate people's time & skills - thank you all.

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Thank you very much Yvonne - that's amazing!

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Lovely restorations - thank you everyone for your time. The 2nd face is hilarious! I have another photo of Robert as an older man & his beard does seem to part in the middle like that.

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Thank you very much HandyPandy - most appreciated.

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Here's another one of my great-grandmother Janet (b1851 & known as Jessie) with her girls. My grandmother Lily (born 1891) is on the left. It's very damaged so I'll understand if people don't have the time to fiddle with it.

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one from me in original tone.  ,Tommy
Thank you Tommy - that's lovely.

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Great photo...the little girl on the mother's lap doesn't look like she wants her photo taken...maybe she wasn't very well on the day.
Carol
That's Mary Jane born 1895. She does look fed up doesn't she!

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