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How to explain this burial puzzle?
« on: Wednesday 19 January 22 16:22 GMT (UK) »
William Lea married Harriet Lea, widow of his brother John, in 1894, in Leicester. John had died there in 1893. John was buried in Thurlaston churchyard, beside his parents. Harriet died in 1930 and was buried with John.

William died in 1909. He was buried in Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester. He was buried in the same grave as Stephen Dolby, who died in 1893. Elizabeth Dolby, Stephenís wife, joined them in 1912. The odd thing is that William had been a lodger with Stephen and Elizabeth in the 1881 and 1891 Censuses, but I canít seem to find any family relationship. It seems a bit odd. The grave was freehold, so certainly not a coincidence.

There were no children from either of Harrietís marriages, and it seems not to have been disapproved of (despite being illegal) by at least two of Williamís sisters: one witnessed the wedding, the other subsequently worked in their pub.

Does it seem likely that William and the Dolbys were just close friends?
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