DEVON-L ArchivesArchiver > DEVON > 1999-09 > 0938041542
From: Paul Benyon <>
Subject: Re: Enquiry
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 00:05:42 +0100
Time, by the look of it Claire to start delving into the Parish Chest
and the Overseer's Accounts etc.
Either someone was supporting her voluntarily, in which case
"darn-it", but more than likely there will be all sorts of bits of
paper from bastardy bonds to inquiries into who the father was with
associated orders etc.
I see that the Oct '99 issue of the Family History Monthly has an
interesting article concerning "illegitimate Ancestors" and the writer
remarks as to how lucky you are in your paper chase in comparison with
those of us with just a simple entry in the PRs, if we can find it :-)
If you'd like more info drop me a line.
>Can anyone help with this one? My g-g-g-grandmother, Sarah Porter lived in Ottery-St-Mary, born c.1812, had six children and never married. There is no father's name on any of the children's birth certificates.
>Two questions - one, how can we find out who the father of my g-g-grandfather was? Two, although census returns say she was born in Ottery, there is no record of her, under the name of Porter in the parish registers.
>Any advice, specific or more general would be appreciated. Thank you,