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…

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…