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From: Ruth Aylett <>
Subject: Re: COLLINS ~ LIVING WITH GRANDMOTHER
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 21:41:54 +0100
And what about illegitimate children who just vanish? I have one Aylett
example who was living with his grandparents in Tillingham in 1861 age 7 but
is nowhere to be seen in the 1881 census - no record of his death has come
up either. I wondered if a lot of illegitimate children got sent away for
service young or even into the army or to emigration.
The other odd thing I've found in the 19thC is that the Ayletts I study in
the eastern part of Herts have a much larger number of illegitimate children
than the Essex families. I wondered if this was not so much geographical as
down to more of the Essex ones being from rural craftworker families and the
Herts ones much poorer ag labs - possibly more chance that the Essex
daughters would actually be married if they became pregnant as being better
> Me too, have loads of Hertfordshire ancestors bringing up siblings children,
> especially when a husband dies and the mother remarries, it seems that the
> new husband does not always want to bring up the children of the previous
> husband and then it is left either to a sibling or the grandparents.
> Something else I have noticed is that a lot of illegitimate children seem to
> die very shortly after birth - is it just me imagining something sinister
> going on, or has anyone else noticed this?
Ruth Aylett Professor of Intelligent Virtual Environments
Centre for Virtual Environments, Business House, University of Salford
Salford, M5 4WT, UK Tel: 44-161-295 2912 Fax: 44-161-295-2925
http://www.nicve.salford.ac.uk/ruth/ "Life is beautiful"