The Unknown Sister

This is the story of Hannah Redman, the half sister of my great grandfather, Josiah Simeon Thomas Bullock. Until recently, her identity was unknown. She is recorded only once with her siblings, enumerated with them in the 1871 census as a 9 year old visitor. She was unknown because her illegitimate birth concealed her existence…

Romance and New Beginnings

The Malet Arms, Newton Tony (author's own photo) Previously, I have told the story of the extraordinary marriage record of my 3 times grandparents, Thomas Dicks, a cordwainer and the parish clerk of Newton Tony, Wiltshire, and his bride, Caroline Bower, a household servant.  Read the full story here: https://genealogyjude.com/2020/02/01/a-most-extraordinary-marriage-part-1/ Caroline had been born illegitimately…

A Most Extraordinary Marriage

Tracing the parentage of a person born illegitimately is one of the biggest challenges for a family historian.  The name of the father is often a mystery, both then and now.  A child may be unaware of the identity of their father if they were not in their life and perhaps even the mother was…