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Hi All, after some years of doing various branches of my family tree, I have hit the proverbial wall !
My query is with finding the birth of an Ann CLARK of Petty, Invernesshire, abt 1840's but first some background:

John CLARK, born illegitimate 29 Aug 1878 at Crammond (Edinburgh), mother Ann Clark.

At John CLARK's marriage in 25 Apr 1902 at Corstorphine (Edinburgh), father stated as Hugh CLARK & mother as Ann CLARK nee FRASER.

Census's for 1881, 1891 and 1901 state Ann CLARK as coming from Petty, near Inverness and puts her birth in the 1840's. The returns have her status as unmarried or widowed.

Now, I have after much searching, came down to the most likely candidate that fits the birth of Ann CLARK, a church entry in 1838 at Petty:
Clark Ann, daughter of Hugh Clark & Isabel Fraser in ? Newton was born 15th July & baptised 8th Aug....

I think the story goes that Ann CLARK, daughter of Hugh & Isabel, leaves Petty and heads towards Edinburgh. Ann falls pregnant in 1877 and John is born in 1878 but is not present in the 1881 census with his mother at Crammond? As John grows up, he must ask questions about his farther and so when it comes to his wedding day and he is asked about his mother & father, he draws upon either what his mother has told him or said at the marriage. What could Ann say at this point? I think she draws upon names in her head as that of HER farther, Hugh CLARK and her mothers maiden name, FRASER.

What are thoughts everybody? Do I have enough to use this Ann CLARK as to go further back?

Regards, Stuart
 

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