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From: Keith Jackson <>
Subject: Re: [STS] Maiden Names
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 21:18:03 +0000
References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <003b01c1aa97$e1133300$030a0a0a@stutzdesk>
Stephen Stutcinskas wrote:
> Jon - Whoever registered the baby was obliged to give the following
> information to be put into Column five of the birth cert.
> Name, and Maiden surname of Mother.
> eg Sarah Ann Procter, formerly Stonehewer
> If it just has Sarah Ann Stonehewer then she wasnt married - I believe
> There is always doubt as to how the registrar asked the question...
> What was your maiden name ?
> What was your former name ?
> If it says "Formerly XYZ" then I believe this to be a maiden refernce but
> yer pays yer money yer takes yer chance !
I've found an exception. A 2G grandmother had an illegitimate daughter in 1869,
three years after her husband died. On the birth certificate, the child is
registered as Hannah Pollard (her mother's maiden name) but her mother gives her
married name, Mary Varley - without any mention of "formerly Pollard". Just to
show how these things can get clouded, Hannah is listed in the 1871 census as
Hannah Varley and married as Hannah Pollard-Varley!