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From: "Fran Vose" <>
Subject: [Ess] BUTLER NAME - ESSEX AND nORTHANTS.
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:58:42 -0400
I have a birth certificate for my grandmother who died in the l960's in
Essex. She was born 1870 in Northants. when my g. grandmother was age
20 no doubt working as a servant at the big manor house next door to where
she lived. . There is no mention of the biological father's name on
grandmother's , nORTHANT birth certificate- just an empty space. My
grandmother attended school when young which makes me wonder if the bio
father provided money for her to do this as probably few people were
attending schools in l870 until it became required in later years - think
l880. My g. g. grandparents lived in a very small village in Northants
which had a large manor house, so in all probability my g. grandmother was a
servant in the "big house" when all this happened.
Is there any way at all I could learn more? I have baptism record from the
parish church and also contacted the manor house which of course was in
different hands then. -Seems like there is almost a code of silence.
Why would no name appear where the father's name is usually written on her
birth certificate? Was this not mandatory in l870.
Frances ( U.S.)