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Help finding fathers name

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Hi,

I am new to Genealogy. I am looking for a point in the right direction to help find my great-grandfathers fathers name.

My great-grandfather details..
Edwin Mountford Ellis
Born 2 SEP 1888 Burslem, Staffordshire, England
Died Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland

He had an older sister called Emily Mountford Ellis 1867 - 1926

As far as I can tell their mother was Eliza Ellen Ellis. What seems strange is that they look to have taken her maiden name. I know she goes on to marry a James Lear in 1895 and has more children (Margaret Lear 1898 and Ellen Lear 1899).

Is it possible that Emily and Edwin were illegitimate and took the mothers maiden name? I did find a record linking Emily Mountford Ellis where the father was named James Ellis, but this just seemed strange (was this James Lear with mothers maiden name).

Does anyone have any tips on which direction to look going forward?

Many Thanks
 

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