Just to update you, I received both birth certificates at the weekend. Lily's birth certificate names the father as Sidney T Law and Jack's has no father mentioned so it looks like your theory is correct.
Do you have any suggestions as to where to go from here? I still feel like there...
I've ordered both Jack's and Lily's birth certificates, I had the same idea too that it would be interesting to see both and see whether it sheds any more light on the whole thing.
Will definitely keep you posted, just got to wait in suspense now for a couple of weeks!
Thank you both for all your help and suggestions, really appreciate it. Thinking about the workhouse too, the other thing that puzzles me is how my grandfather and his younger brother ended up in a Barnardo's home in London after being in the Sheffield workhouse.
I will try the Ada Holborn...
Yes, that would be the right Dorothy. Were the workhouses usually a stopgap before children were put into care?
As for Ada, I'm getting very confused!! Would this be why she is named as Brown on my grandfather's birth certificate and not Law? And that would mean there are even more...
The age for Dorothy sounds right, she was only little when she died in the workhouse. My grandfather would have been in Barnardo's at the time Dennis was born.
That's what puzzles me, if she was married, why not name the father on the birth certificate? I guess my next port of call would be to...
Yes, he was named as a Thomas Edward Cox.
I haven't got the documents to hand at the moment as we have recently moved house and everything is in boxes still! I know Joseph was older than my grandfather and I'm pretty sure Lily was too.
I found the marriage to a Sidney T Law when I was doing some research last night. I couldn't find him on a census though.
Thanks for the info on the children too. Gives me a few more leads to go on. It still seems odd to me that my grandfather has the same name as the man that Ada was living...
I'd be really grateful if anyone could help me with my family tree which I've been researching on and off for several years and keep hitting dead ends.
My grandfather Thomas Edward Law born 1920 in Mexborough was put into a Barnardo's home when he was about 4 with his younger brother...