Basing versus Basing

In my previous blog, The Footman, I discovered that Fanny Basing, the wife of William Basing, was living with her children in Poplar, in the East End of London, in 1881. Fanny was recorded as the head of the household and married, but where was her husband? William Basing, now a butler and valet, may…

The Footman

In my previous blog, "Margaret", I told the story of Margaret England, the mother of twin boys, Lewis and William Basing England, who were born illegitimately in Clerkenwell on March 14th 1866. Margaret informed the registrar that the father of her children was a man named William Basing, a footman. This is the story of…

Margaret

Prologue It was already dark and Harriet lit another candle at 39a Southampton Street, Clerkenwell. Margaret was in full labour and the time to deliver was close. She had come to her when her labour pains had started earlier in the day and Harriet was praying that all would go well. It was a risky…

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…