I think you're probably right, Sally. Actually, I gave up searching some time ago but it's like an itch that won't go away and needs to be scratched so I thought I'd throw it out there and give it one last go.
There are no letters or references to the name change. In fact, we were not aware...
This is such an obvious thing to say but, just to be sure, have you got Elizabeth J. Wade's birth certificate? That should give the full name and occupation of her father.
There is a Frances Elizabeth Marshall, born 1882 who married in Hull in 1912.
Could that be her?
You've given this a lot of thought, haven't you?
I think some of your hypothesis is right and some is not......
My grandmother's maiden name was Walker. She married John Mimms and had three children by him. One died.
Then Mimms deserted the family. My grandfather must have met her at...
It's a long story. We knew certain facts, e.g. His exact birth date (there was no record of anyone with that name being born on that day). His eldest daughter remembered being taken, as a child, to meet an uncle who had a shop in Walworth. She remembered that the name over the...
It's a bit of a teaser, isn't it?
It is known that he stayed in touch with his brother, John.
His mother's maiden name was Tapsell.
IF it was a falling out, I think it's more likely to have been with his father but I don't actually know.
I don't think that was it. He had no problem speaking. In fact, he was quite well spoken.
I think he had always been partially deaf. He tried to enlist in 1914 but they wouldn't take him because of his deafness. He kept trying and eventually, when things became really desperate, they...
No. I think he just decided on a new name and used it. That's perfectly legal - so long as it isn't done for an illegal reason.
I don't think bankruptcy would have come into it. He never had any money to begin with! He was profoundly deaf. That wouldn't have helped in getting a job.
Thank you for taking an interest.
Yes, that's him living with his brother in 1901.
He married Alice Mimms (my grandmother) in June 1925 at Southwark Registry Office - after they had had six children together! Her previous husband had deserted her but was still alive so they were not...
My grandfather was born William Terrell in Bermondsey in 1875. I can track him as far as the 1901 census.
The next sighting of him is in 1906, when his first son was born. By that time he had changed his name to William Blake and was living in Leyton. Money was very scarce for the family...