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Thurrock, Essex
How does one go about trying to trace someone, without knowing their surname?

My gt grandparents George Nelson Grant and Mary Hannah nee Copeland, appear to have split up and and taken other partners in or after 1881.

George Nelson by 1891 had new "wife" Annie and until after 1901 were living in London, then sometime after 1901 they were living in Leicester.
In 1910, George and Annie nee Packer, were married in Derby, and I have to assume that Mary Hannah may have then died either before or in 1910 which then enabled them to marry.
Perhaps they married in Derby so that Annie`s relatives would not have known that previously they had been "living in sin" !

Unfortunately not knowing which surname Mary Hannah may have adopted, I am unable to trace her death, I am assuming that she too would have had another partner, but would she mave married him? without him knowing that she already had a living husband. Or did she do as George did, take another
partner and adopt his surname?

I have tried searching the death indexes for Derby for any Mary Hannah who died either in 1910 or previously, but without success.
All I can do now, is hope that somewhere someone has an ancestor with the name of Mary Hannah , but is that expecting too much? that she could be "my" Mary Hannah

Any suggestions?

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