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Marriage surname but calling self single?
« on: Monday 19 November 18 21:25 GMT (UK) »
My ancestor, Eugene (known as Jane) Smeatham (maiden) married at age 15 to Louis Mouna. In the 1891 census (Liverpool) Eugene is 17 years old and named as "Jane Mouna" but named also as being "single". Was wondering why she was named single even though she wasn't? Thanks for any help.

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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #1 on: Monday 19 November 18 21:30 GMT (UK) »
My first guess, based on the principle you should always presume incompetence rather than conspiracy, is an enumerator's error.
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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 19 November 18 21:32 GMT (UK) »
My first guess, based on the principle you should always presume incompetence rather than conspiracy, is an enumerator's error.
Do you know any reason why her husband wouldn't be living with her at the time?

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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 19 November 18 21:36 GMT (UK) »
I would agree with GrahamSimons
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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 19 November 18 21:38 GMT (UK) »
She is living with her parents so probably as has been said it is just an error.
In 1901, her husband is a Ship’s Steward.
What occupation did he have on marriage?
If it was the same, he was probably working at sea.
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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 20 November 18 08:39 GMT (UK) »
this says she was 17 when she married - and her dad is John Smeatham

Name    Louis Victor Mouna
Birth Date    1861
Age    29
Spouse's Name    Jane Smeatham
Spouse's Birth Date    1873
Spouse's Age    17
Event Date    10 Dec 1890
Event Place    Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Father's Name    Victor Mouna
Spouse's Father's Name    John Smeatham
Marital Status    Single
Spouse's Marital Status    Single
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On all the records he is Louis / Lewis /Luis - did you know about Matilda Mouna ?christened 4th sept 1899 - died 1900 ...poor little mite
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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 20 November 18 09:00 GMT (UK) »
Yes, this is most likely an enumerator error, just look at the entry immediately above this lass, i.e. look to her mum's entry.  The enumerator was having trouble with his quill's nib .. and was also not exactly careful with how he recorded her surname - as it certainly does not look like Smeatham to me

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Re: Marriage surname but calling self single?
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 28 November 18 18:42 GMT (UK) »
I'd say an error by the enumerator my great grandmother is listed as Rose Watson on the 1939 register and is listed as married to William. But I have William and Rose's marriage certificate and they didn't marry until 1940.