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Old 12-08-20, 09:27
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when bm's great aunt went to register her illegitimate baby, the question of who the dad was completely threw her. She'd already used her own surname, so she named her brother as the father


We assume that this was a panicked attempt to appear respectable, rather than acknowledging a case of incest
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Old 12-08-20, 09:42
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When BM's great aunt went to register her illegitimate baby, the question of who the dad was completely threw her. She'd already used her own surname, so she named her brother as the father


We assume that this was a panicked attempt to appear respectable, rather than acknowledging a case of incest
OH's 3Xggrandmother left her husband and older children for a younger man, and spent the next 20 years apparently trying to hide her true identity. When she eventually married him (bigamously) she gave her correct married name for the first time, but named her father as the groom's brother (who was also a witness). It took a while to disentangle what as going on!
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Old 12-08-20, 10:48
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Quite a few of mine did not understand the question either! She named the father of her child as her own father. Fortunately for my sanity, he had been dead for many years.

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Old 12-08-20, 22:05
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My great grandfather, William, has Joseph for a father on his birth cert, instead of James.
It was OC who gave me the idea than Uncle Joe registered the birth.

Have since found some anecdotal evidence through old letters that William was born while his mother was visiting her family. It annoys me having the wrong name as the father, but not much I can do. So, certainly there can be lies and mistakes on certs.
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Edited original post because Frederick Palmer is 2nd Mate Merchant Service, Service being passenger ships I think rather than Navy.

Not sure I am right.

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Old 14-08-20, 13:41
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Recieved Thomas' birth certificate.

Born: 19 August 1846
Place: 2 Albion Place Hackney Road
Father: Thomas William Palmer occupation solicitor!
Mother: Sarah Eliza Wingfield

So we now have two fathers, Thomas William and Frederick!
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Who registered Thomas's birth, Maggie?
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Who registered Thomas's birth, Maggie?
Sarah I'm afraid so I am beginning to think she made them up but why not use the same name!
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Sarah I'm afraid so I am beginning to think she made them up but why not use the same name!
How do you know it's the same man?

Actually, I'd begin to wonder whether Fred's surname was Palmer.
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Hmm, here is a Thomas William Palmer, solicitor (retired) in 1911 but if his age is correct (80) he would be too young to be Thomas's father:

https://search.findmypast.co.uk/reco...249%2F0211%2F1
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